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"light-weight" and .44 Magnum do not belong in the same sentence. Nor in the same paragraph. The Herters 240 grain soft points are sorta light, though, if what you want is to see grown men curse at their hands. Unfortunately, that gun is not built strong enough to shoot a round of Buffalo Bore's Heavy .44 Magnum +P+ Ammo - 340 gr. Hard Cast L.F.N. - G.C. If it was, you could load one and watch what happens to your manly friends. But it is not, period, full stop, end of discussion. Buffalo Bore says:
"We get hundreds of emails asking if this load can be fired in S&W revolvers or some firearm other than what is in the above list. The answer is NO. The above list is all-inclusive. If some shooters continue to use this product irresponsibly, we may have to discontinue it, and that would be unfortunate as it is our best selling 44 mag. Load, and it gives excellent performance for those that use it responsibly; however, as is always the case, irresponsible use of any product ends up penalizing responsible users."
The all-inclusive list of firearms strong enough to shoot it, as of today according to Buffalo Bore, is: "Ruger Red Hawk, Ruger Super Red Hawk (the Ruger Alaskan is a short barrel Super Redhawk), Ruger Super Blackhawk or Vaquero, Freedom Arms Model 83, Taurus Raging Bull All Steel Versions (no lightweight alloys), Colt Anaconda, Magnum Research BFR and Dan Wesson Revolvers. Suitable rifles include T/C Encore, CVA Hunter, Handi Rifle and any rifle with a falling block action."
I shoot them in my Ruger Alaskan as infrequently as possible; there is nothing at all fun about it.
 

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I remember checking out a Scandium lightweight .44mag at a gun store once. Man it really was light in weight too. I chickened out and didn’t buy it. I am glad I did. That beast would have hurt. But if I lived in bear country I might have gotten it though. If a bear is going for you I doubt you would notice the recoil.

I did eventually get the Ruger Alaskan .44 mag though. It is all steel and more hefty in weight. But it still has a lot of recoil and muzzle blast though.
I practice drawing the Ruger Alaskan from my chest rig and firing quickly using .44SPL. The heft of the gun easily dampens the recoil so that at least I can get some muscle memory of that motion. As earlwb says, and as I've been told, if you are in the adrenaline-saturated situation of shooting at a charging bear, you won't notice the Buffalo Bore Heavy Magnum's recoil until later on, if you survived the attack. (I just got back from 10 days in Alaska; we saw plenty of bear scat and tracks but no bears actually on the trails we were hiking. And the 4-mile long peninsula our lodge (and two others) was on held a bounty hunt during the 2021 hunting season because it had become fairly dangerous to go outside at all with so many sows with cubs around. 54 bears were taken, reducing the danger until the population rebuilds itself in a couple of years as it surely will in view of the bounty of wild berries all over the place.)
 
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