.44 or .454?...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by WARRIORPRINCEJJ, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. siyeh

    siyeh unproductive

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    or buy a couple boxes of cheap cowboy rounds 45 Colt to plink with

    great fun
  2. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    This ^ was the whole idea of holding-out for the .454: the versatility. I coulda' found a .44 Alaskan a long time ago; They're a dime a dozen.

    I never really had any intention of carrying the pistol with .454s in it. I figured I buy a box or two, for entertainment value, but not really for carry.


    The .45LC/.454 pistol gave me quite a few options...

    -.45LC cowboy and standard loads for plinkin'

    -.45LC standard/hollowpoint loads for human defense

    -.45LC Buffalo Bore low-flash manstoppers for defense

    -.45LC Buffalo Bore "heavy" loads for animal threats in the Hill Country

    -.454, in the event that I ever found myself travelling in bear country


    Not to get this thread punted to CS&M. But, I figured this pistol would make a great all-arounder, and a decent pannier companion.

    I don't reload, but own a few weapons chambered for this round (.45LC). So, after pondering it, the choice seemed logical.


    Thanks to all who posted.


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  3. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch I'm just a bean, trying to get some sleep...

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    Nice find!!

    I, too, have a completely unnatural attraction to the Alaskan in .454. I have no use for one at all, but... What the heck? Some day, I'll probably own one.

    I nearly bought one four or five years ago when my local range/shop had one on consignment listed for $820.

    I carry a S&W 357PD Airweight .41Mag when in bear country. It's a great camping and walking gun - lightweight, but packs a punch.

    Another thing you have to watch when shooting high-power, major-caliber loads in "Airweights" or titanium revolvers is bullet creep. The sharp and heavy recoil of a heavy load behind a heavyweight bullet can, with inertia, cause the bullets of the rounds in the cylinder to creep forward if they don't have a healthy crimp on them. Enough creep can cause the cylinder to lock if a bullet gets past the front of the cylinder.

    W.A.
  4. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    Thanks.

    I, too, have no use for one. That crap I've spouted, in my past posts, is nothing more than justification. :deal :lol3



    Nice piece.

    I woulda' probably settled for another .357. However, as I posted, I can't seem to keep one.



    I'm glad some folks are sharing warnings, in regard to these hand-cannons.

    I used to be a gun guy. However, other than throwing one in the car (or on the bike), when I travel, I don't get around them much, anymore. I'm hoping that the novelty of the Alaskan will change that: that it will cause me to get out to the property, and squeeze-off a few rounds, from time to time. What I'm saying is: Thanks for sharing the appropriate warnings with me (If even as a reminder).

    I don't think this piece qualifies as an "airweight", though. I have rifles that weigh less. :rofl



    Oh yeah...except for perterra and Nico. :deal :flip


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  5. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    First of all congrats on your purchase!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Secondly I have some and shot others. My 454 is a Rossi Puma M92 Lever gun that I have had since they come out and have put many a thousand rounds through and the only problem encountered when switching between the 454 and .45 is the residue left behind in the chamber from the 45 will cause the 454 cases to stick. The 45 cases are a tenth of an inch shorter and the powder residue will build up in that last tenth so unless you clean before shooting the 454 there may be extraction issues at lease there is with this lever gun, can’t speak for the revolvers. My revolver it a Ruger in 45 Colt and you can hotrod Ruger hand loads in 45 Colt with new brass to exceed 44 velocities but then you probably know that. Yes I roll my own you have to to shoot much 454… I have shot the Taurus in 454 and the Freedom Arms in 454 and I liked the recoil delivery of the FA better than that of the Taurus. The Taurus had muzzle breaks that caused the gun to torque and roll in your hand, its like the ports weren’t balanced correctly. The FA was like shooting my Ruger with a bigger grip, straight back over your head it to was ported with slots. Freedom Arms is a fine gun and I would own one if the prices weren’t so high.
  6. tslewisz

    tslewisz Long timer

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    That's exactly the reason FA recommends that a .454 owner purchase an extra .45 Colt cylinder if he wishes to shoot them.

    Thanks for the review of the Puma. I haven't heard much about them.
  7. perterra

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    Ya hurt my feelings ya little rat bastard :lol3
  8. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    When you comin' to San Antone, biatch?

    If you can't do that, let's settle on a barbecue place somewhere about halfway. Whaddaya' think?


    And don't start complainin' about your hemorrhoids and arthritis and shit. :deal


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  9. perterra

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    Works for me, where though I gots no idea. Maybe some chicken fried bacon at Sodalaks in Snook. Got to be some place better though, Que sounds good.
  10. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    Thank you.

    It sounds like you have some nice weaponry, there.

    It's funny you mention the Redhawk, in .45LC. I was looking for either the Alaskan, or the 4.2 Redhawk (in .45LC). Because, as I posted, I was not intending much (if any) firing of the Casull, it didn't matter to me which one I found first: Alaskan or Redhawk.



    I say push the Casulls into the cylinder/chamber, and squeeze-off a coupla' rounds. That'll clear-out the lead...and a coupla' thousandths of the metal, too. :lol3



    I'll think of something.

    Damn!...Do I have to do everything around here?


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  11. perterra

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    Somebody got to
  12. Hardware02

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    For fuck sake...something just occurred to me...I had been reading the "JJ" in OP's screen name as "SS"...that and the pink in the avatar and I was under the assumption WARRIORPRINCESS was a chick...:rofl

    ...I was thinking here's some chick that rides a Tenere and just bought a "...Ruger Super Redhawk "Alaskan", in the unobtainium .454 chambering."

    How can she be single?

    :rofl:rofl:rofl

    Fuck it, it's Friday evening...I'm cracking open a bottle of rye...:rofl
  13. perterra

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    :lol3

    Youre running late, I already got a hang over going
  14. RYANINMICHIGAN

    RYANINMICHIGAN Been here awhile

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    Anyone ever shoot this? .410, .45 or .454 it is a true hand cannon. I have been looking for one.

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  15. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    The Ruger revolvers are good solid guns. I had an SP101 snubby and it felt like it was machined from a solid block of stainless. Very modular too. If I didn't care about weight then I would go Ruger, but I am getting old and decrepit so I got a S&W 329PD in .44 Mag instead.
  16. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    :lol3

    Well Hardware, you ain't the fastest guy outta' the gate, but we're glad you made it. :rofl

    Welcome.



    My cousin's husband and I have been doing a "whiskey tour" (new and different bottle, every Friday). Last night, we got knee-deep into a bottle of Makers 46.

    Did anyone see the license plate?



    Do y'all have "Academy Sports and Outdoors" in your area. It might be a great place to look, if you absolutely gotta' buy it now.

    Our Academys, here in South Texas, stock a buttload of Taurus stuff.


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  17. RYANINMICHIGAN

    RYANINMICHIGAN Been here awhile

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    Nope none of them. This has been discontinued. My buddy owns an Ace Hardwear here and has a FFL. He only charges me %5 over his price. He is trying to find me one
  18. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    I don't know if there are still a few folks following this thread.

    However, I was wondering; Can anyone recommend a decent solvent for lead fouling?


    I went and played with the Alaskan, yesterday, with some "cowboy" loads (250gr. LFN). I came home and gave it a thorough cleaning, with "Hoppe's Elite" (pump bottle).

    I gotta' admit; For it being "elite", I wasn't that impressed with it. It left lead fouling in the cylinder chambers, and in the last 1/2" of the barrel.


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  19. tslewisz

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    Get a Lewis Lead Remover if you're going to shoot soft lead.
  20. fxstbiluigi

    fxstbiluigi crash test dummy

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    You would be better off packing the extra weight than dealing with the broken wrist and or bones that 329 will leave you with.

    :D