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Old 04-22-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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357 Magnum Colt Replica Recoil Question

I asked these questions on another board and figured I would ask them here too since I will not be able to get any 357 Mag ammo until Friday. So here goes:

My brother is letting me borrow his 357 Magnum single action cowboy revolver. It says it's made in Italy and has "Regulator" and "Uberti" on the barrel.

So I shot 38 Special from it last week, standard Winchester practice ammo, and enjoyed it. The revolver has wood grips and also the back-strap (I think you call it that) on the back of the grip is all metal/steel.

I've never shot 357 Magnum before and I've been really inching to shoot some, just once and maybe more if I enjoy it.

So far the only handguns I've shot are my 9mm SigPro 2022 and my Ruger Vaquero in 44-40 Winchester.

What I want to know is, what kind of recoil/kick should I expect from this Italian revolver using 357 Mag? I put it on the scales and it weights 40.90 ounces. I can shoot my Ruger Vaquero all day using 44-40 Cowboy loads. My Vaquero weights 41.80 ounces.

So if I do shoot this revolver in 357 Mag, what should I expect? Is it going to hurt my hand? Will it sting my hand? Also, what about the noise? I usually wear foam plugs in my ears and also muffs. Would using those two be enough to protect my hearing from the sound blast of a 357 Mag from this kind of revolver? I will be shooting this outdoors.

I asked my brother about 357 Mag and he just rolled his eyes and said it's a real wallop! It's been a number of years since he's shot it too. Still, I want to shoot this famous cartridge just once if I know it will not really hurt my hand and harm my hearing. When I say hurt I mean - I don't mind heavy recoil and a good thumb is fun. But I keep reading how some 357 Mag guns feels like getting slapped in the palm of the hand with a hammer. I don't want that.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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it'll come up quite a bit, does on my 4", '68 python that i bought new, use two hands.
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I've been shooting a rental Model 29, 6" barrel, in 44 Magnum.

As far as fun's concerned, these wheelguns knock the socks off all these "tactical" pistols...

After each "boom," you end up staring at the target mesmerized by the blast, only to find yourself saying, "let's do that again."

Big revolvers ARE so much fun to shoot, and are ridiculously easy to aim with their long (fixed) barrels. When firing single - action, my "accurate" range increases by 1.5 to 2x.

That being said, I could only go 50 rounds before my hand started getting sore.

BTW, I always wear ear plugs and muffs simultaneously when shooting - with Magnums, things are still relatively loud (probably due to the cylinder - barrel gap, just as bad as a muzzle brake).

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So if you wear ear plugs and ear muffs, is the 357 sound still uncomfortable?
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No, didn't mean to give the wrong impression.

You'll just notice that it's quite a bit louder and more of a handful than your usual Glock 20 in 10mm; I'm referring to the 44 Magnum...

I'm assuming some similarities between the two in "fun."

There are some online references recommending NOT shooting indoors with Magnums.
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it'll come up quite a bit, does on my 4", '68 python that i bought new, use two hands.
I love that Python......they are the BEST imo....
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I shoot a S&W 27-2 in 357 and the recoil is not something to worry about. To me not much more than 38 +P loads. It does make a big blast. I have owned a S&W 29 44 mag and the kick made me quickly sell it and move on. On the 44 mag I let a very large guy shoot it and the gun actually ripped a good size amount of skin off his palm and he was bleeding all over the place. After the 44 mag I never considered a 357 mag until I shot one at the range but the heavier the better to tame recoil. Let us know what you think after shooting it. I think your gun is much lighter than the 27-2 I shoot.

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it'll come up quite a bit, does on my 4", '68 python that i bought new, use two hands.
That python is awesome Bearone!
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On the 44 mag I let a very large guy shoot it and gun actually ripped a good size amount of skin off his palm and he was bleeding all over the place.
Bet I know what caused that.

It had wood grips, with sharp overhangs - it happened to me.

I only noticed I was bleeding after the 50th shot...

Because it was so much fun!
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I don't think the recoil will be bad in a 40 ounce revolver. The blast and noise, however, can be substantial. Be sure your thumb is clear of anything that might bite it (like the hammer spur) when the muzzle jumps, which it will do on a single action. I shot a rattlesnake with my Ruger Vaquero 357 last summer, and don't recall the recoil or noise at all!
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I don't think the recoil will be bad in a 40 ounce revolver. The blast and noise, however, can be substantial. Be sure your thumb is clear of anything that might bite it (like the hammer spur) when the muzzle jumps, which it will do on a single action. I shot a rattlesnake with my Ruger Vaquero 357 last summer, and don't recall the recoil or noise at all!
were you using snake shot or did you just shoot it between the eyes?
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Re: 357 Magnum Colt Replica Recoil Question

If you enjoyed the 38, I bet you'll like the 357, too. 40 ounce gun has some good heft to it, you will notice a bit more recoil, but as long as you have a good firm grip on the gun, it won't bounce off your forehead like that poor girl set up to shoot the 44 magnum on YouTube!

I have a couple small S&W J frames that I think weigh 15 ounces. Those aren't too much fun to shoot a lot of hot 357 at the range, but 38 is ok. My 2 1/2" S&W 686 and 4" Ruger GP100 are more in line with the revolver you are shooting and I could shoot hot 357's all day from them (if they weren't so dang expensive, that is!).

I think you will be fine. If it is a single action, as others have said, you will be surprised how accurately you can shoot it. I guess the question I have is this, does your brother expect you to return it? If so, I have a kayak I'd be willing to let you use. Sometimes those darn kayaks tip over and all the contents fall out! I'd sure feel bad if something like that were to happen! :what:

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Used to have a Ruger Blackhawk single six in .357mag with a six inch barrel. It sounds to be similar to the Uberti. Both being a single action that is.

It was the easiest, and best, shooting 357 I ever shot. I put some pachmyer grips on it and it just got better.
(comparing to s&w models 19, 28, and 686 in 4-6 in. barrels.

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My brother recently retired from LE and is a C.A.R. prophet. If he can have me fire an LCR .357 with C.A.R., you can fire the big boys.

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I have a Ruger GP100 .357mag and it is one cool gun to shoot. Don't worry about the recoil, in your gun you'll find it very manageable. It's just the ammo cost that will be brutal.
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YOu won't know how you like it until you shoot it. Be safe and have fun!

BTW. Always use the best hearing protection you can afford. Hearing loss is gradual and it's better to use ear plugs and ear covers than to get old (like me) and pay $4,400 for hearing aids. Reading lips and saying "Huh" alot really is an inconvenience.

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I had a Ruger GP-100, and Ruger Blackhawk in .357. I shot full loads of .357 in both, and the recoil felt about the same as the Taurus PT-92AF I once had. I actually think the muzzle rise was a bit less with the .357 than with the 9mm. A .357 round causes little discomfort with a 4" or longer barrel, in my experience. If you are used to a 9mm, then a .357 shouldn't be a problem.
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I have a Ruger GP100 .357mag and it is one cool gun to shoot. Don't worry about the recoil, in your gun you'll find it very manageable. It's just the ammo cost that will be brutal.
Forgot to mention: .357 ammo is readily available, and most will cost less than 9mm with the current shortage. In fact, some 22LR will approach the price of a .357 round on auction and ammo sites. There is simply less demand. Everybody is buying semi-automatics and using that ammo.
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In an all steel duty sized revolver .357 magnum isn't bad at all as far as recoil is concerned. What gets most people is the blast. The .357 does put out quite a bit of blast and make sure you don't have your fingers close to the cylinder gap, hold the revolver properly or you could really hurt yourself.
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were you using snake shot or did you just shoot it between the eyes?
158 grain hollow point. I managed to hit it square in the head on the third shot. Decapitated.
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