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American Handgunner March/April 2011 - Page 56
John taffin Photos: chuck Pittman, inc. or more than 60 years big-bore sixgunners had been perfectly content, at least most of them, to shoot the .45 Colt, .44 Russian, .44 WCF, .44 Special and the relative newcomer, the .45 Auto Rim. Then in 1935 Smith & Wesson raised the Big Bore Bar significantly with the introduction of the .357 Magnum. It’s most interesting to go back and read the reports when this magnificent revolver first came out and see the awe it inspired. To promote the new Magnum sixgun Col. Doug Wesson hunted with it, taking antelope, elk, moose and even grizzly bear. Not too many sixgunners would choose the .357 Magnum today for such duties. The advertising called it more powerful than 56 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2011