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Old December 22, 2013, 05:13 PM   #51
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Did a 44mag revolver and DE 44mag at the same time and so far have not looked back although the revolver and a mule have a lot in common.
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Old December 22, 2013, 05:31 PM   #52
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Desert Eagle....

I'd ask for the big Desert Eagle. I think this year or maybe 2014 is the big anniversary of the IMI(Israeli Military Industries) Desert Eagle.
The firm is now owned by Kahr Arms & they updated the Desert Eagle line about 2/3 years ago. I'm left handed & wouldn't mind buying a .50AE pistol just as a safe queen.
Id get a .44magnum Ti version to shoot.
Those huge mothers aren't easy to use if you aren't in shape.
They are very popular in US video games & Hollywood productions.

PS; as another TFL member noted, you can get a .44 barrel & shoot both calibers out of a Desert Eagle pistol.
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Old December 22, 2013, 05:52 PM   #53
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I have been eying the 460 for a while, I like its caliber versatility, 45 Colt, 454 Casull, and the 460. Plus the 460 is second to the 500 for pure power in a handgun if I recall correctly.
This is only somewhat true. If your a handloader the .460 will produce more velocity and energy up to about a 350 grain bullet. After that the .500 leads the way.
I've owned both a S&W.460PC and a .50 DE. Have to say my personal preference was the .460. Way more fun and versatile IMHO.
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Old January 25, 2015, 03:44 PM   #54
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1 year update

The .50 Desert Eagle was the way to go. It's an awesome range gun that incorporates the wow, stout recoil and power all into one pull of the trigger.

I'll probably never hunt with it, I have plenty of other options to use for that. But for that firearms gift idea from the wife category, I would highly suggest this gun!

At 6'1", 245lbs and college sports in my past, I am possibly larger than most. And for some reason, I really like the feeling of pulling the trigger on that gun. It's recoil is similar to that of a light single shot shotgun firing 3" mag deer slugs that I used to have. Pulled the trigger on that gun and it actually cracked my back for me. The .50 Desert Eagle isn't near that bad, but its type of recoil reminds me of that old gun.

Like I said, if you can, the .50 is a total riot to shoot.
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Old January 26, 2015, 11:36 AM   #55
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I've got some experience with both. The DE is certainly cool but at the end of the day, the .460 rules. It is more reliable, more fun, less finicky, honestly more pleasant to shoot, and you get a much wider selection of ammo. You'll be surprised at how light cowboy loads of .45 Colt are in an XVR. It rocks the .454 Casull more comfortably than any gun specifically chambered for it. Of course, .460 is what you really want. Even the less expensive 200-grain factory stuff from Hornady is a zinger. It vaporizes water jugs, watermelons, and more. It shoots flat and can be accurate at incredible distances.

If you are really going for power and "wow" factor, the top end factory loads for .460 are much more powerful than anything you'll find in .50AE. (I think the hottest commercial .460 loads can match the velocity of the hottest 50AE stuff with a third more weight.)
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Old January 29, 2015, 12:57 AM   #56
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I just noticed that this was an update from a year ago. I'm glad you've enjoyed your choice. It is certainly a great gun. Of course, you could always pick up a .460 to keep it company.
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Old January 29, 2015, 06:59 PM   #57
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To TerryBarb3, the OP:

Well, 50. Congratulations. It's the year that the bones start getting
brittle and arthritis starts to creep in. So enjoy those big boomers
for a few weeks.
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Old January 31, 2015, 12:48 PM   #58
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Great terry! My experience with the .50ae desert eagle was very comfortable and fulfilling. The recoil was Big but progressive, I only took 7 shots out of one but it was enough that I still have it in my mind that I'd like to get one!

I'm really happy for you! Make every shot count!

P.S. what finish did you get? Any chance you'll post some pictures?
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Old January 31, 2015, 05:07 PM   #59
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Old July 8, 2015, 08:02 PM   #60
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Year and a half update: Love the DE .50

Gents, I like that gun so much that I actually now have two!

The first was a brand new purchase from Cabela's.

The 2nd one I recently aquired from a trade of a M1A socom I didn't shoot (didn't like). The rifle litterally sat in my safe for a year or so at a time before I'd shoot it. The trade was for a used, but great condition DE .50 that they had NiB treated, two extra mags and ammo. Now my son and I can shoot at the same time and have a riot.

My eyes aren't the greatest, so I need to add fiber optic sights. But we love the thump recoil and the explosive nature the rounds destroy old concrete blocks in the junk yard.... they literally just poof.

If you're a thumper junky like me, I strongly encourage the DE .50 (and reloading dies)
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Old July 10, 2015, 11:20 AM   #61
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Since you have 2... you might need a picture of yourself shooting with one in each hand. Not many people get that chance

Congrats! Glad you're having fun with the family.
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