357/45 recoil

Discussion in 'Ruger Revolver Forums' started by buster40c, May 29, 2014.

  1. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering how does a 6" revolver in 357 compare to a 45 revolver for recoil?
    I have a 357 in revolver and a 45 in semi auto pistol. The 357 even though it is heavier than the pistol it still has IMO much more recoil than the pistol. I imagine the semi auto does cause less felt recoil which makes me wonder how revolver to revolver compares.
    So I was wondering those that have 357 and 45 revolvers does the 357 still have more recoil than the 45 in revolvers? On a scale of 1-10 how would you say recoil compares for these two calibers in revolvers that are about same weight and barrel length?
    IE: I rate the 357 revolver a 7 or 8 and the 45 pistol a 5. Figuring a S&W 500 would bust the bell off the top of the scale.
     
  2. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    From what I have found the 357 has more recoil than the 45 in comparable revolvers.
     

  3. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Are you refering to .45 acp, or .45 LC.

    Normally revolvers (one I have ) shoot .45 LC.




    Jim
    I know you can shoot .45 acp with moon clips,in a revolver.
     
  4. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    I would be referring to the LC 45 as that is the norm for revolvers. Is the 45 lc similar to the 45acp as far as power and ballistics?
     
  5. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Okee dokee,

    I have both,
    I shoot both on a regular basis.
    Honestly I dont feel much difference in them using HOT handloads in both.

    Uberti Cattleman 1873 .357 magnum 4 3/4" barrel
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    Uberti Cattleman 1873 .45LC 5 1/2" barrel
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    Jim
     
  6. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the answer. I have the same 357 cattleman as you. Well maybe not the same as mine really isn't blued like yours seems to be. It amazes me with the weight of it that the 357 still has a stout kick to it. I guess I don't need a 45LC then. LOL like I need any more guns. Shooting the 38 special it is like a totally different gun.
     
  7. SmokeJensen

    SmokeJensen New Member

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    The big difference will be bullet weight and velocity. The .45 (LC) is slow and heavy wile the .357 is lighter and faster. Light and fast usually causes greater "felt" recoil. Both are great guns. I just prefer the heavier gun. Good luck.
     
  8. TINCANBANDIT

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    using a Ruger revolver (NM Blackhawk or original Vaquero) and Starline Brass you can get to near 44 Magnum levels in a 45 Colt, which would definitely put it ahead of the .357 in the recoil department.

    To answer the OPs question, in the same size/weight revolver, using factory loads the .357 would probably feel like it has more recoil, but it would be close.
     
  9. jstanfield103

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    Like already said, I have a 45 Redhawk and a .357 Redhawk. Both are comfortable but the .357 has more recoil because of the faster bullet. The 45 Colt is a slower bullet and the recoil is softer and a little different feeling.
     
  10. DrDenby

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    Some observations that I had and some interesting facts

    I found little difference between 357 and 45LC in terms of recoil or accuracy.

    Using 38special was a world of difference of course.

    Interesting fact : with comparative ammo, 357 and 38 has the same size/weight bullet , but 357 travels about 50% faster.. no wonder it feels like 2 different guns.

    One of the sweetest revolvers I ever shot was 45 .. man they are expensive and expensive to shoot .. over a buck a pop.

    Doc