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Old March 22, 2007, 05:45 PM   #1
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Felt recoil

What has a greater felt recoil: 44mag @ 300gr or 444 @ 300gr?

The 44mag weighs 6.5 LBS and the 444 weighs 7.3/4LBS.
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Old March 22, 2007, 06:34 PM   #2
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Depends on the velocity and powder charge.
More powder or more velocity= more felt recoil.
So typically, I would say the 444 has greater recoil.
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Old March 22, 2007, 09:13 PM   #3
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The added weight of the 444 will help a little, but the larger case tends to need more and slower powder to get a matching velocity for a given bullet weight. It will thus have higher remaining gas pressure as the bullet exits the muzzle. The mass of the propellant gas ejected after the bullet leaves turns the muzzle briefley into an impulse rocket motor and contributes to recoil, often rather more significantly than is realized. This is why muzzle brakes that simply blow the gas out equally in all directions still reduce recoil. They vent the jet gasses before they get to the muzzle to contribute to the rocket effect by venting forward. It is also why such brakes seem to do so much more to reduce the recoil of maximum loads than of light loads. The loss of the jet gases leaves only the accelerating reaction against the bullet to contribute to recoil. What you get from the 444 in return for the added recoil is the potential to be loaded up to higher velocity if you choose to burn the powder needed to do so.
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Old March 22, 2007, 10:02 PM   #4
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I believe that felt recoil is the recoil that is felt. This can be different from actual recoil. The best example I know is – take a 12 gage shotgun and fire it with it held against your shoulder (you will feel the recoil) then take the same 12 gage and fire it with the butt about an inch in front of your nose. The actual recoil will be the same but the felt recoil will be different. DON”T REALLY TRY THIS. For actual recoil you might check here -
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