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Old May 5, 2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Magnum Research BFR?

Looking for opinions of the bfr and how they feel it stacks up against the quality of smith and wesson and rugers. I've handled two lately and I'm impressed. I'm looking for a dedicated hunting handgun for deer and moose.
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Old May 5, 2013, 03:56 PM   #2
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I've had one in 45-70 and one in .454. great guns, wouldn't hesitate on one.
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Old May 5, 2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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I bought the 460xvr after looking at the BFR. For me the driving factor was the grip angle and balance of the DA S&W -vs- SA BFR. I have shot 44m in SA and I prefered the DA grip. Also if your looking at the big mags or 45/70 I would consider sending it to magnaport. Add in that expense and your close to the cost of the XVR
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Old May 5, 2013, 06:21 PM   #4
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I think they are higher quality than your standard Ruger single action and as good as the X-frame Smiths. I think you will find them easier to shoot/handle than a Ruger SRH.

I have a 475/480 and so far have been pleased with it. I just got it in the latter part of the of last year. My choice would be one in 475/480 or 500 JRH. The 45/70 should not be too bad to shoot and it was the very first BFR offering.
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Old May 5, 2013, 10:46 PM   #5
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I have one in 460 with the 10" barrel. They are very well built, with fit and finish a bit better than Rugers. Not like a Freedom Arms, but they are almost 1/3 the price.

No need to magnaport. Plenty of mass there to help tame recoil. Especially if you mount a scope on it.
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Old May 6, 2013, 05:50 AM   #6
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So what caliber are you considering? What barrel length?
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Old May 6, 2013, 07:21 AM   #7
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Mines in .450, zeroed @ 100 yards, great for deer, elk & bear. Great fit & finish. Beautiful gun!
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Old May 10, 2013, 07:20 AM   #8
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I'm considering the 45-70 with the 10" barrel. I compared the lockup of the bfr with the smith and wesson .500 and noticed the bfr is rock solid while the smith has a little play in it. I kinda wish they put a nice rollmark on the cylinder.
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Old May 10, 2013, 09:38 AM   #9
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Keep in mind that the .45-70 will have cheaper brass, while the .452 calibers will have cheaper bullets. I'd go with a .452 vs the .458, as the variety is much greater. .458 bullets all tend to be heavy and made for thumping big game. You can load some bunny farts with 200 grain .452 bullets.
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Old May 11, 2013, 08:03 AM   #10
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Mine is a 10 inch barrel. I have both a 45/70 and a 450 marlin cylinder for it. I love the gun. I have loaded it with bullets as light as 250 grain all the way up to cast loads that weigh 540 grains.

It is a very fun gun!
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Old May 11, 2013, 09:03 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Robinson

how it stacks up against the quality of smith and wesson and rugers.
IIRC, their frames were actually made the same as their Super Blackhawk frames, by Ruger, at Ruger's Pine Tree Castings plant in NH.

I know Ruger has made/currently subcontracts/makes gun parts (mostly frames & gripframes) for other gun makers, there.



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