Starline presents The Brass Facts Hello and welcome to Starline’s
The Brass Facts. I’m Hunter Pilant and
today we’ll be talking about big bore handguns. Big bore handguns have
increased in popularity substantially over the past few years. This is mostly due to the
novelty of their size, but also because of
their impressive ballistics. Big bore handguns are
not for the feint of heart Punishing recoil,
along with oversized frames, and large grips
make these heavy pistols difficult to control, and are a challenge for most to shoot.
Dirty Harry’s .44 Mag used to be the most powerful handgun in the world
but it was replaced by the .454 Casull, which ran for many years
as the most powerful mainstream caliber. During this time, some talented gunsmiths
introduced some big bore calibers wrapped in Ruger frames,
such as the .475 and .500 Linebaugh. These calibers never really went mainstream,
but are still around, and not a bad answer
for carrying in the back country, where large carnivores roam.
In early 2000, Ruger threw their hat in the ring
with the .480 Ruger, which is basically a shortened version of
the .475 Linebaugh. The .480 Ruger
can be fired in a .475 Linebaugh, just like a .44 Special
can be fired in a .44 Mag. Not to be outdone, Smith & Wesson entered the
“bigger is better” game with the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum,
which is capable of pushing a 350 grain bullet at more than 1800 feet per second.
We performed a lot of function tests while helping design this cartridge,
and unanimously decided that it has the most obnoxious recoil
of all the big bore handguns. Next, Smith & Wesson introduced
the .460 Smith & Wesson. With the ability to push a 200 grain bullet
at over 2,200 feet per second, the .460 has less recoil, but a greater effective
range than the .500, and we feel that it is the
best suited handgun for hunting. I just have some .460 ammo. Anyway, thank you, Jason Hornady for that. Anyway, so hopefully we get to see
what one of these does in a wild boar. I think he was humping the mud. I could feel it hit my face.
Yeah, a little concussion. That’s the compensator.
It’s nice for recoil, but not for noise. The other type of big bore handguns
that we have yet to mention are the semi-autos.
The two most popular probably being the Wildey pistol,
chambered in .475 Wildey Mag, or the Desert Eagle,
chambered in .50 action express. Both of these pistols gained popularity thanks
to the film industry. Short of Hollywood,
they don’t serve a lot of practical uses. Both pistols are large,
heavy, gas-operated handguns, which make their recoil a little more bearable.
They are both well-built handguns, capable of pushing 300 grain bullets to
right around the 1,600 foot per second mark. This makes them a force to be reckoned with
in the field. However,
their main function is generally just putting a smile on your face
during a trip to the range. Thanks for watching, and be sure to check us out at starlinebrass.com.