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Old 10-13-2011, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hamilton Bowen and the .475 Linebaugh

Recently I looked into getting another Ruger Alaskan in .480. I like the 480 but not being able to use the Alaskan for hunting bothered me a little bit. Even though I like the Alaskan platform it does have it's drawbacks as well.

There I was in another gun store selling a pistol when someone came in hawking a Bowen Blackhawk in .475 Linebaugh. Bowen does incredible work. This gun is a 5 shot Nimrod with all his options. It looks like it's been fired twice. So, how badly is this thing going to hurt me to shoot? 410gr bullets at 1500 fps. OUCH! Should have it in a week or two. Wish me luck!
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Recently I looked into getting another Ruger Alaskan in .480. I like the 480 but not being able to use the Alaskan for hunting bothered me a little bit. Even though I like the Alaskan platform it does have it's drawbacks as well.

There I was in another gun store selling a pistol when someone came in hawking a Bowen Blackhawk in .475 Linebaugh. Bowen does incredible work. This gun is a 5 shot with all his options. It looks like it's been fired twice. So, how badly is this thing going to hurt me to shoot? 410gr bullets at 1500 fps. OUCH! Should have it in a week or two. Wish me luck!
My guess is it's going to have been fired 3 times the next time it is sold! Good luck!
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Recoil is probably in line with a .454 casull, but you should have some interesting cast bullet choices .
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Recoil is probably in line with a .454 casull.
Not really.

In a few weeks, I'd guess he'd have it pushing 1800.
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I must be a limp wristed
Just can't stand heavy hitting handguns. 45lc and 44m Blackhawks are about my limit.
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I must be a limp wristed
Just can't stand heavy hitting handguns. 45lc and 44m Blackhawks are about my limit.
Have you shot one with the Bisley grip frame? Much bettererer.
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Not really.

In a few weeks, I'd guess he'd have it pushing 1800.
I doubt very highly that I could handle that. I think it could be done, I just don't think I could do it. I fired a BFR in 30 caliber something a few weeks back. Just absolutely brutal.
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410gr bullets at 1500 fps.

Wowsers. I am pretty sure I have never fired anything even close to that powerful out of a handgun. Sounds like fun.....once
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Wowsers. I am pretty sure I have never fired anything even close to that powerful out of a handgun. Sounds like fun.....once
I've fired a cylinder of 400 gr bullets at a nominal 1675 fps out of a S&W 500. It wasn't that bad, but I had doubled up on ear protection and the brake seemed to help a lot. I wasn't using a chrony, so couldn't tell you if it was a true 1675 fps, but it was a lot of fun. 8.375" bbl, 72 oz. may have had something to do with it.

I can tell you that 300 gr @ 1350 fps is more painful from a Super Blackhawk than that S&W, but I think that has more to do with the retarded square-backed trigger guard and grip shape.

I'd like to borrow a Contender in .45-70 and see what I could do, but I don't know anyone who owns one, and I'm surely not going to buy one anytime soon.
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I'd like to borrow a Contender in .45-70 and see what I could do, but I don't know anyone who owns one, and I'm surely not going to buy one anytime soon.
Buddy of mine had one in .44 Mag & said it was unpleasant to shoot. .45-70 would have to be way worse
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I don't have a clue as to what 410grains at 1500fps is like, but I have shot a short barreled .500. It was mildly harsher than one with an 8 3/8" bbl.
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years ago at a range there was a guy with two freedom arms field grade revolvers. one in a 454 casull and one in 475 linebaugh. we wanted to shoot something i had and let me shoot both of his revolvers. the 475 was no where near as bad as i had expected. in fact, i think i may have shot it tighter than i have any handgun (i'm no handgun expert). i couldn't tell you what the loads were but they were his hunting loads. if i remember correctly, he took it to africa to hunt very large game.

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Chris, do you wear gloves when you shoot stuff like that?
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Never have tried a glove.
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I doubt very highly that I could handle that. Just absolutely brutal.
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Wheeeeeeyouuuu! Hang on tight! I couldn't find Linebaugh brass anywhere so I loaded up some 410 gr cast loads as hot as the 480 Ruger brass would handle them and just shot some 1 gallon water jugs by the light of my truck headlights. First I shot some factory Hornady 325 XTP's at 1500, pshaw. Then moved on to the 410's. It will wake you up but is nowhere near as bad as I expected. I would really, really like to use this on an elk. 500's have no soul.

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^^^^ That thing makes my happy place all tingly
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^^^^ That thing makes my happy place all tingly
It's incredibly tight in every way, too. I have a relatively new 41 Blackhawk with 150 rounds down it that feels like it's been beat with a sledgehammer compared to this thing. It's a work of art.
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Awesome gun but do you have any plans to dress up the grips? Those just don't do anything for that fine piece of craftsmanship.
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Awesome gun but do you have any plans to dress up the grips? Those just don't do anything for that fine piece of craftsmanship.
LOL those grips are HACKED. If you look at the radius at the top of the grip it is chopped out rather than a smooth radius. I have other grips, but these are a bit thicker and do very well with the recoil. I do hate them, though.
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I have a 500 linebaugh, 400 grains is not to bad, much more then a 454 though. 500 grains lots more kick

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Awesome gun but do you have any plans to dress up the grips? Those just don't do anything for that fine piece of craftsmanship.
How about these?






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The top set is nice but that bottom book matched set is awesome. I'm loving how that thick grain flows. I wonder how a lighter colored grip, say figured maple, would look on it. That bottom set is killer though. Are those blanks you already own?
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