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Old November 5, 1999, 10:30 PM   #1
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I was offered the opportunity to fire this montrosity and foolishly agreed. Not being totally foolhardy, I loaded the first three cylinders with .454 Casull and the last three with .45 Long Colt. Six rounds were then fired in the DA mode.

At a distance of about 25 yards, I kept the three .454 in a 8" group. The blast was terrific and the recoil sharp. I then fired the three .45 Long Colt as a comparison. While the group did shrink considerably and by comparison it was very pleasant, I would hazard to say that it is very unlikely that I would own such a gun.

It does make for a strong argument in favor of magnaporting (reduced felt recoil) and a red dot sight (more mass for less recoil).

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Old November 6, 1999, 12:00 AM   #2
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The only Casull I've shot was the Taurus Raging Bull, with full-house 260-grain.

The shape and the soft material of the grip, and the porting, make it about the same as my Redhawk in .44 Mag.

HOWEVER, I recommend ear plugs AND hear guards!

Fun, though!


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Old November 7, 1999, 07:50 PM   #3
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And I thought you guys were real guys!
Mine is a Freedom Arms No Shi# gun with iron sights and 4 1/2 bbl.
Load her up, take a good hold and picture and touch her off! Everything will be fine.
It will not hurt but the aforementioned hearing protection is well advised!
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Old November 7, 1999, 11:40 PM   #4
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What impressed me about Senor R. Toro was the controlability for followup shots. Recoil is mostly psychological, anyway, until you get to the REALLY big stuff...

The owner demonstrated double-taps at 10 to 15 yards, with very close pairs. But for the noise, it was comparable to typical semi-auto shooting. This was with the 260-gr; he said he couldn't do as well with the 300-gr.
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Old November 10, 1999, 01:36 AM   #5
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My one encounter with .454 was with a Freedom Arms no-frills version, and with 260g bullets, it impressed me by allowing me to tag the 8" 100yard gong 3 out of 3 tries. I was especially impressed because I had held dead-on. I then shot some silohuetes at 200. This is one hot cartridge, and I mean from the standpoint of down-range ballistics. Surprisingly flat-shooting, and that heavy gong really swung after a hard jump!

Pretty fair amount of muzzle flip, but then I expected that. From my point of view, one of the neatest, no-nonsense hunting rigs ever. HankL has the -CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED-, if his is anything like the one I shot.
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Old November 10, 1999, 04:39 PM   #6
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Dats sum handgun!

I shot the Freedom Arms Raging Testosterone Tester, it kicked like a bull!

I know the single action has less apparent recoil than the saw-handled DAs based on the S&W design. The SAs roll back in your hand while the S&W type kick straight back into the web of your hand and then lurch up. At least that's how it works in the 44 Mag flavor. Haven't shot the Casull in a DA, yet...

45 ACP: Give 'em a new navel!

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Old November 14, 1999, 10:10 AM   #7
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Y'all stop. I've got more guns now than I can keep decently fed. I can see me now standing on a corner-emaciated- holding a sign that reads,"will work for ammunition."

So many fine firearms, such a short lifespan.

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