Range Report - 325gr WFN-GC in .44 Mag Redhawk

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 20,564 Senior Member
I finally got to the range to test the loads for the Redhawk using the 325gr WFN-GC from Matts Bullets.

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On the right next to a 240gr Hornady XTP (left)

Well, to say that the loads were rather "energetic" would be...................pretty close.

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Here is a stop frame of the gun at max recoil.

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Even the REST comes off the bench!!!

Sucker "feels" stouter than my Casull! I know that a lot has to do with the weight of the gun and the grips. But, this load out of the 5.5" Redhawk ain't much for the faint of heart and I don't even think it's a HOT load. Just book max. It's not painful (I fired 22 rounds today), just abrupt. I only wore the glove for the video (you don't get to see my sexy hand), so all the rest were without a glove and not uncomfortable.

But, even with all the noise and recoil...........this sucker LIKES this load!

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After I figured out what it liked, I got a 25 yard zero.

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and we are good to go.

I'm liking this lead stuff.......................time to order more...............
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,982 Senior Member
    Bet you won't shoot a full cylinder full fast as you can pull the trigger :tooth:

    Definitely take care of about anything you would encounter and want to use a handgun on.

    Not a Saturday afternoon plinking load for sure :yikes:
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • KENFU1911KENFU1911 Senior Member Posts: 1,052 Senior Member
    Looks good........unless you get to Alaska of Africa.........it's going to be hard to find a beast big enough to slow that bullet down...........
    My idea of a warning shot is when the 2nd bad guy watches his 1st buddy go down....
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    Bet you won't shoot a full cylinder full fast as you can pull the trigger :tooth:

    Definitely take care of about anything you would encounter and want to use a handgun on.

    Not a Saturday afternoon plinking load for sure :yikes:

    No.
    Yes.
    No.


    :cool:
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    KENFU1911 wrote: »
    Looks good........unless you get to Alaska of Africa.........it's going to be hard to find a beast big enough to slow that bullet down...........

    Yeah, this is gonna be my last ditched effort load.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,944 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I'm liking this lead stuff.......................time to order more...............

    assimilation ongoing. . .

    MMMMWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

    Yeah. . .those 240 grain SXT's are puny little things ain't they?:tooth:

    I bow to your superior recoil tolerance. I've backed the Keith 255 down to 16 grains of 2400 for comfyness in my 5.5 RH. Still gotta chrono - I'm guessing about 1200fps.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Yeah, yeah, yeah. This is kinda addicting. The whole lead thing.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,500 Senior Member
    Oh. My.
    I gotta buy some new molds.
    Those things are sexy as he'll.
    I've been using 300 gr semi jacketed bullets for my sledgehammer 44 loads.
    I gotta get to casting some of those.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    jbohio wrote: »
    I gotta get to casting some of those.

    Yes..........yes you do.
    And you will be my bestest friend even more, then. :cool2:
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,500 Senior Member
    Yes. If only I had one.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    jbohio wrote: »
    Yes. If only I had one.

    Still!!????
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Those would be hella cool in a Marlin lever gun.

    Honestly, I don't know if they'd feed.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,500 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Still!!????

    Yes.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,053 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Those would be hella cool in a Marlin lever gun.
    Or a bolt rifle!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    Or a bolt rifle!

    May not feed in that, either. They are seated kinda long.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    jbohio wrote: »
    Yes.

    Good lord, man!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    That's an even LONGER nose!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,726 Senior Member
    I like it, I am curious to see how your hand and forearm feel tomorrow, how many rounds in that hole for the 25 yd zero?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    I like it, I am curious to see how your hand and forearm feel tomorrow, how many rounds in that hole for the 25 yd zero?

    Arm feels fine. I can tell in the palm of my hand that I did some shooting, though.

    Just one round in that target. It's actually the shot I videoed. I'd fired a few rounds to zero. Fired two on one paster to confirm, then set up the video and fired that shot on video. The one pictured.

    Here are the two prior shots to confirm zero.

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    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,053 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Honestly, I was just being a douche.
    So was I. I see you are trying to ignore me.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,944 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Honestly, I don't know if they'd feed.

    I think you'd have difficulties. At the very least, you'd probably be smearing the corners off the meplat. Such has been my experience with the Keith 452423 in the .45 ACP - it feeds OK from the right magazines, but it doesn't come out of the barrel as pretty as it goes into the magazine.

    For this reason, I wish somebody would update the Henry/1866/1873/1876 straight-line feeding system into stronger, more modern lever and pump actions. You could probably feed straight wadcutters with that beastie.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,726 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Arm feels fine. I can tell in the palm of my hand that I did some shooting, though.

    Just one round in that target. It's actually the shot I videoed. I'd fired a few rounds to zero. Fired two on one paster to confirm, then set up the video and fired that shot on video. The one pictured.

    Here are the two prior shots to confirm zero.

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    That is looking good considering you know what is coming when you touch one off, nicely done.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    That is looking good considering you know what is coming when you touch one off, nicely done.

    The video was the last shot of the day. Last round I had. All the others were either testing loads or zeroing, so i didn't want to have to deal with the video on shots I needed to "count". Figured I didn't care if I shanked that last round on video, but it turned out to be a good one. Also why the video is so long, I guess. Trying to get the sight picture/grip/breathing/etc right.

    Thanks.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,226 Senior Member
    I think it could punch through two pigs side-by-side. Sound like a doable experiment performed...in the name of science?
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    I think it could punch through two pigs side-by-side. Sound like a doable experiment performed...in the name of science?

    I did that with a .35 Remington once. Lined two pigs up and killed both with one shot. I think the bullet lodged in the second one. I don't think this bullet would. Not up close, at least.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    16,250 grains of sexiness.

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    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,944 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I did that with a .35 Remington once. Lined two pigs up and killed both with one shot. I think the bullet lodged in the second one. I don't think this bullet would. Not up close, at least.

    You could hunt for a LOOOOOOONG time and not line up that shot again, but I'm betting that as hot as you're loading, it probably would - unless we're talking some kind of ginormous radioactive mutant Pigzillas from the Bikini Atoll. That bullet's going to take a lot of stopping.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Just watched the video. You need a thin piece of leather to lay over your rest. Suede would work. Something to keep the powder nastys off of it, and to prevent it from getting inadvertently leaky...

    No, what I NEED is a pistol rest designed SPECIFICALLY for revolvers!!!! I'm tired of trying to adapt rifle rest to short revolvers!!!!

    Ideas?
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Bigslug wrote: »
    That bullet's going to take a lot of stopping.

    And THAT............makes me giddy.............like a schoolgirl.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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