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Old May 21, 2019, 08:54 PM   #1
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What's the hardest kicking handgun you have shot?

Wondering what the hardest kicking / snappiest pistol's y'all have shot

for me personally, nothing more then a hot loaded 357mag from a 4" smith, nothing to bad, I want to move up and try out some real power houses!
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Old May 21, 2019, 09:13 PM   #2
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If you want a kick put one of those .357s in a derringer. They'll hold two, but one will be enough.
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Old May 21, 2019, 09:20 PM   #3
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500 S&W.
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Old May 21, 2019, 09:30 PM   #4
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I want to try one! or a air weight smith snub nose 357! no local ranges have them as rentals, nor do i ever see people with them
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Old May 21, 2019, 09:34 PM   #5
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Hardest kicking? Probably my .454 Ruger SBH. Snappiest? Would have to say my Ruger SP101 2” with .357’s.
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Old May 21, 2019, 09:34 PM   #6
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The 12 oz 357 snubs are painful to shoot because they are so light - i have one. but their recoil is nothing compared to large caliber magnums.
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Old May 21, 2019, 09:38 PM   #7
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or a air weight smith snub nose 357
I’d rather pull the trigger on my .454 with my teeth...
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Old May 21, 2019, 09:41 PM   #8
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ouch!

357 Maximum.

I have a shooting buddy that has a derringer that fires a 45 Colt. It mangled his hand at the first shot.
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Old May 21, 2019, 10:04 PM   #9
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Handgun, technically, my TC Contender with a 10" 45-70 barrel.
The 35 Remington Super 14 barrel comes in second.
For a more traditional firearm it would have to be my Ruger Super Blackhawk 44 Magnum with Winchester Supreme 250gr.
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Old May 21, 2019, 11:11 PM   #10
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S&W500.

Five shots. That was enough. hated it. Never again.
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Old May 21, 2019, 11:32 PM   #11
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I've shot a few rounds from a 500S&W from the bench getting a handgun scope zeroed for a guy. I've shot a lot of .44Mag and put a few rounds through a .454 Casull. My first gun was a .357Mag revolver and I've shot thousands of full-power loadings through it over the years. I once shot 1000 rounds of 10mm in one day.

Honestly, of all the handguns I've shot over the years, my least favorite was a J-Frame S&W in .38Spl. Not even shooting +P, just with standard pressure ammo. Maybe it was a hand fit issue, I don't know. But I'd shoot several boxes of .44Mag or 100 rounds of full power .357Mag through my GP100 before I'd put a cylinder's worth through a J-Frame .38spl.
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Old May 22, 2019, 12:00 AM   #12
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This one.
20 ga. SBS pistol.
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Old May 22, 2019, 12:51 AM   #13
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.458 Win Mag, full length, chambered in a custom Remington XP-100 single shot bolt action. Fired one "mid range" loaded with a 350 gr cast bullet, and one round with a full 500 gr jacketed solid. One of each was plenty, fired from creedmoor position, the elbow pad was welcome!
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Old May 22, 2019, 03:05 AM   #14
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My buddy had some kind of tiny .380, maybe a Beretta?

It was downright nasty to shoot. Each shot was like being smacked in the hand with a hammer. None of us were willing to fire more than a single magazine through it, and those last couple rounds in the mag were a struggle.
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Old May 22, 2019, 04:57 AM   #15
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Not the most powerful handgun I have shot but the most unpleasant is/was my 2.75" Ruger Speed Six with full power .357 factory loads or my reloads with maximum charge of Lil' Gun powder....it's not a light weight "snubby" either at about 33 ounces.

I would imagine shooting a light weight snubby with those loads would be no fun. The .357 is somewhat over bore capacity and the relatively small bore/large case causes a loud report which IMO is worse than any perceived recoil.
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Old May 22, 2019, 05:26 AM   #16
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Owned a 4 3/4 inch 454 Casull for a while. You would pull the trigger and the barrel would be pointing straight up in the air from the rotation in your hand. I loved the 454's when they first hit the market and owned a bunch of them....but that one got traded off !
Also had a derringer in 45/70 and .410 calibers.....that 45/70 barrel seemed to make the pistol want to separate your thumb from your index finger....
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Old May 22, 2019, 05:38 AM   #17
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my least favorite was a J-Frame S&W in .38Spl.
Did it have those little factory wooden grips with an exposed backstrap?
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Old May 22, 2019, 06:00 AM   #18
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.45-70 Contender.
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Old May 22, 2019, 07:14 AM   #19
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Small framed (J frame), short barreled SW .357 perfomance center M60. Cut up my trigger finger pretty good.
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Old May 22, 2019, 07:32 AM   #20
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A T/C Encore pistol - 15" barrel chambered for 500 S&W. Shooting 600 grainers, it hurt from the first shot.
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Old May 22, 2019, 07:35 AM   #21
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Hardest recoil would be my 454 Casull with full power hunting loads. Second would be 44 mag. Both out of 7 inch Ruger revolvers. The Casull has a scope, so that tames it a little. The snappiest would be a 2 inch barrel 357 mag with a 5 shot cylinder. But even that snap wasn't as bad as 44 mag for me. But I have large hands and the little grip on the 357 wasn't comfortable.

If you want big but manageable, shoot it a lot, look into 44 mag. Lots of different loads available. And the options for a hand loader are tremendous.
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Old May 22, 2019, 07:44 AM   #22
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Wondering what the hardest kicking / snappiest pistol's y'all have shot

for me personally, nothing more then a hot loaded 357mag from a 4" smith, nothing to bad, I want to move up and try out some real power houses!
.357 through my Taurus snubby. I've only done it a few time, because it's scary.
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Old May 22, 2019, 08:30 AM   #23
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Biggest push... .454 Cassul with 300 g XTPs loaded hot
Biggest slap in the palm... .357 maximum
Biggest twisting out of hand, Glock 22. For some reason, I could not get that thing to work for me
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Old May 22, 2019, 09:11 AM   #24
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My buddy had some kind of tiny .380, maybe a Beretta?

It was downright nasty to shoot. Each shot was like being smacked in the hand with a hammer. None of us were willing to fire more than a single magazine through it, and those last couple rounds in the mag were a struggle.
LCP for me..nasty..Followed by a S&W 642, followed by a Ruger LC-9S..

Son has a new S&W 686+..real joy even with .357..
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Old May 22, 2019, 11:18 AM   #25
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What's the hardest kicking handgun you have shot?

Snappiest= LCP, P-11

Having owned the mags from .357-.44 recoil wasn’t as much of an issue as the concussive blast.

Most painful would be a cut down H&R single shot 20 gauge, not really a handgun per say.


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