I have a Walker as well. Problem is, renting the fork lift to pick it up and take it out of the safe gets expensive.I have the 1847 Colt Walker .44 repro. Surprisingly, a very accurate revolver. Haven't shot it very much, but, believe I will start more shooting with it. Need to find it's sweet spot. I may experiment to see what range I can get to with accuracy.
The 1847 Walker weighs in about the same as my Ruger Super Redhawk .44 mag w/9.5" barrel. About 3.5 - 4 lbs.I have a Walker as well. Problem is, renting the fork lift to pick it up and take it out of the safe gets expensive.
As heavy as it is, it really isn't all that troublesome to shoot. My shoulder gets a bit shaky after several shots. 4 pounds doesn't sound like a lot, but it does get heavy quickly.
Changed my mind on the muzzle brake. Decided against it. It's heavy enough and don't need the flash & noise like the ole 105 recoil-less rifle.I'm contemplating taking my Super Redhawk to our gunsmith and have him install a custom muzzle brake. Taking this pistol deer hunting this year.
Finally after over 20 years of owning this Ruger Super Redhawk .44 mag, I'm going to due a trigger job with the Wolffs spring kit and shim kit. The current SA trigger pull is around 7 lbs. and the DA trigger pull is around 12 lbs.
The kit should get my SA pull down around 3 lbs. which is much more acceptable. Then we take it for deer on the eastern Colorado plains in Dec.
I also noticed wear by the trigger and hammer housing. Shimming should take care of that and also will be a smooter pull on hammer or trigger. Got the shims in a couple days ago. After muzzie season will complete that task.Got the springs in yesterday for my Ruger Super Redhawk, .44 mag, 9.5" barrel.
Installed the springs today with help from Jon & Stan. This made a significant difference. Took very little time to do.
Will do the hammer, trigger, and hammer dog shimming, when they come in.
You're right about the sound, extremely deafening. However, a muzzle brake can lessen recoil substanially. I had a Winchester model 70...pre64 in 30-06, many moons ago. The recoil was really harsh on that rifle, actually seemed worse than the recoil from my issued M14. Took it up to the local gunsmith who did a gorgeous job of marrying up a brake to it. If you didn't like it, it was easy enough to unscrew it and store it. However, after I got it home, I went to sighting back in. I guess I anticipated the recoil, and when I squeezed off the first round, it just wasn't there. Surprised the hell out of me. That calmed that "06" done like an M16. you could literally shoot a box of shells without developing shoulder shock.I've never liked muzzle breaks. They produced so much noise that a shot 2 miles away sounded like it was 50 yards away. Some folks are just too afraid of recoil and will do anything to soften it a tiny percentage.
DL,When i do go handgun hunting for deer i almost always take one of my Gen 1 contenders. Either the Super 14 in 35 Remington or the 10"bull in .357 Max Mag. or the 10" bull 7 mm TCU. The TCU is a pleasure to shoot. The Max Mag has very noticeable torque when fired. The Super 14 in 35 Remington is just darn right brutal after 5-10 rounds. But on that 1 deer shot you never know it.
Out of all my rifles I have from a 45/120 , 416 Ruger,375 Ruger 7mm Mag on down to the smaller stuff . I only have one that rattles my teeth and has a very sharp recoil is my Ruger #1 in 9.3x74R . In handguns my 45/70 Contender 16 in ,only Contender barrel without a brake is my worse kicker .