This is a modern version of the well respected
Model 29 but in stainless, the M629. It is a lighter
weight version and is not the most pleasant to shoot
for too long! It also has the dreaded lock - a contentious
feature both politically and practically.
The hard plastic Crimson Trace grips are useful for fast shooting
but the downside is they are not too comfortable.
For that a set of Hogues would improve matters.
Overall though a nice package.
Once more we are into ''hand cannon'' category
and a very capable platform for the Dick Casull
.454 round. Only five shot but that does mean the
cylinder walls have a generous thickness and the
lock-up is both via the rear cylinder release, and
.... a forward catch also. The grips are extremely
well designed making recoil easy to soak up. The
round is very high pressure (65,000 SAAMI) and therefore
at the top end is on the 'viscious'' side with recoil.
The Bushnell 'scope is good but as with many, if
not most extended eye relief 'scopes, tricky to
use keeping the target in view. Too much movement
either side of the rather narrow view acceptance
angle and sight picture goes!
Here again the Taurus Raging Bull - at its fire-breathing best! Interesting point here however - while it usually shoots Hornady hot loads with a 300 gr bullet (or reload equivalents), this time it was shooting a 240 gr Winchester factory load which had barely half the muzzle energy. As can be seen however, the flame was most pleasing.
This makes a nice desktop
background in its higher resolution form. Do download
that if you wish (1494 x 1069 330k)
This is another tough Ruger gun and capable of
handling the hottest loads. The grips are non-standard
but happen to suit well, making finger ''damage''
against the rear trigger guard less likely.
The red dot is a very economy model but seems to
hold setting OK even with the recoil. Yet again
a downside of an SA revolver is load/unload speed
but here, it is less irksome than with a plinking
22 SA. The gun has good hunting potential.
Well - here is a bit of history! Webley made top-break
very much their own over several models and calibers
- well let's say top break that would survive -
not all did! When the gun is opened the ejection
of empties is very fast, the effect being of almost
a 'spring assist'.
The original .455 Webley round was never very 'hot'
but when loaded up with 'manstopper' wadcutter bullets
was deemed quite effective. It saw service from
it's origins in 1915 until well after manufacture
ceased in 1932 and so was seen in WWI trenches and
many places thereafter. The load used now is based
on a light load using 230 grain LRN's, over sized.
This example was rebuilt from almost a set of parts
- having to be fully refinished, albeit only with
a multiple application of cold blue. Double action
is very heavy and this gun has a small problem with
cocking for SA whereby if cocked too far back it
can lock - but that is easily overcome in use and
DA is fine. Brownells came up with a new mainspring
and also a top-break locking lever spring but that
latter was sadly a poor representation of the original
''V'' spring - but adequate. I drew up the old spring
and new, hoping someone would find a way to make
the old types - see this