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  1. Quote Originally Posted by crowsnake View Post
    What is a Casull? I have to ask, there are so many guns out there. It is a hand gun? what Caliber? I have never heard of it.
    Basically it is a .45 Colt that's been stretched out and put on steroids. It first was developed back in the late '50's. Up until the .50AE (the Desert Eagle round) came out, it was the most powerful hand gun cartridge in the world and survived for decades as a wildcat before it was picked up by the major gun makers back in the '80's. Even today, after the .500S&W and all the new big bore revolver rounds have come out, it's nothing to sneeze at. It basically picks up where the .44Mag leaves off in both bullet weight and velocity.

    The .454Casull means a big gun (Ruger Redhawks came in .454 and nobody will ever say Redhawks are not big guns), big bang, BIG recoil. You can push a .454" diameter bullet weighing 435gr (that's basically 1 ounce of lead. 1 ounce = 437.5gr) up to just over 1200fps. The 'light' loads use a .454" 240gr bullet (over 1/2 an ounce) traveling at anywhere from 1700 to 2000+fps. It works at a VERY high operating pressure (everything happens very fast). The pressure is so high that you have to go up to the .35 caliber belted magnums to find a rifle round that has similar pressures.

    I got a chance to shoot one once. That's when I decided I didn't need all those hard kicking, harder hitting pistol rounds. That was the toughest 5 rounds I've ever fired.


    Back to the topic at hand.

    I agree with what's been said about shoot what you are most accurate with and comfortable shooting.

    I've been competing in Cowboy Action Shooting for over a decade and I've seen women shooting everything from .32's loaded so light that you can almost see the bullet going down range to .45 Colt with 255gr bullets mashed down on top of a case full of FFFg Black Powder. There's really no difference between men and women when it comes to shooting firearms. If a woman decides she wants to shoot a gun, she'll shoot it. The only issue that may arise is hand size but that's an issue for men with small hands as well. Heck, I'm over 6 feet tall and over 200 pounds and I have problems with some of the double stack, large bore semi autos being so wide and thick in the grip. It seems logical that anyone (no matter what gender) that's a foot shorter and 100 pounds lighter than I am would have the same issues, too.

    I used to work in a gun shop and I always HATED it when a man came in to 'buy a gun for his wife'. If the gun's for his wife, then SHE needs to pick it out. A man's got as much business buying a gun for a woman as he does picking out high heeled shoes for her. I figure he's got as much knowledge about with will work or won't work for her in both instances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtg452 View Post
    I used to work in a gun shop and I always HATED it when a man came in to 'buy a gun for his wife'. If the gun's for his wife, then SHE needs to pick it out. A man's got as much business buying a gun for a woman as he does picking out high heeled shoes for her. I figure he's got as much knowledge about with will work or won't work for her in both instances.
    Try working at Victoria Secret and dealing with the guys buying bras for their lady friends.

  4. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by jtg452 View Post
    Basically it is a .45 Colt that's been stretched out and put on steroids. It first was developed back in the late '50's. Up until the .50AE (the Desert Eagle round) came out, it was the most powerful hand gun cartridge in the world and survived for decades as a wildcat before it was picked up by the major gun makers back in the '80's. Even today, after the .500S&W and all the new big bore revolver rounds have come out, it's nothing to sneeze at. It basically picks up where the .44Mag leaves off in both bullet weight and velocity.

    The .454Casull means a big gun (Ruger Redhawks came in .454 and nobody will ever say Redhawks are not big guns), big bang, BIG recoil. You can push a .454" diameter bullet weighing 435gr (that's basically 1 ounce of lead. 1 ounce = 437.5gr) up to just over 1200fps. The 'light' loads use a .454" 240gr bullet (over 1/2 an ounce) traveling at anywhere from 1700 to 2000+fps. It works at a VERY high operating pressure (everything happens very fast). The pressure is so high that you have to go up to the .35 caliber belted magnums to find a rifle round that has similar pressures.

    I got a chance to shoot one once. That's when I decided I didn't need all those hard kicking, harder hitting pistol rounds. That was the toughest 5 rounds I've ever fired.


    Back to the topic at hand.

    I agree with what's been said about shoot what you are most accurate with and comfortable shooting.

    I've been competing in Cowboy Action Shooting for over a decade and I've seen women shooting everything from .32's loaded so light that you can almost see the bullet going down range to .45 Colt with 255gr bullets mashed down on top of a case full of FFFg Black Powder. There's really no difference between men and women when it comes to shooting firearms. If a woman decides she wants to shoot a gun, she'll shoot it. The only issue that may arise is hand size but that's an issue for men with small hands as well. Heck, I'm over 6 feet tall and over 200 pounds and I have problems with some of the double stack, large bore semi autos being so wide and thick in the grip. It seems logical that anyone (no matter what gender) that's a foot shorter and 100 pounds lighter than I am would have the same issues, too.

    I used to work in a gun shop and I always HATED it when a man came in to 'buy a gun for his wife'. If the gun's for his wife, then SHE needs to pick it out. A man's got as much business buying a gun for a woman as he does picking out high heeled shoes for her. I figure he's got as much knowledge about with will work or won't work for her in both instances.
    Thats a good comparison, as i have a Super Redhawk and a friend had a Desert Eagle, when we shoot his Desert Eagle gets a lot more use,LOL, the 454 is a tad stronger, ballistics wise, the 50AE is more easyer to shoot

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