Leave it up to Dover, guy wants to shoot a 44 mag and Brian is telling him how to game it.Brian Dover said:Dang, he gives good answers! I think I'd favor a 200 or so grain round nose-flat point bullet to speed up the reloads. And, if you can find an open top speedloader carrier that gives adequete retention--Price Western Leather in the UK has one--you can almost keep up with the moon clip guys, especially when using the SL Variant, or other spring-assisted speedloaders. Has sorta worked for me, anyhow.
Yes, the initial outlay for gear is less in IDPA than in other sports. If you want a gun setup just for IDPA to win revolver, get the 625. If you want to go out and have fun, use whatever. It's the Indian, not the arrow in most cases. A 44 would put you at a bit of a disadvantage, but it isn't like night or day. If you lose a club match by a second or three to a 625 shooter, then you may have been able to make it up if you had the same gear. But don't let that stop you. Shoot for a while and see what you like. To win revolver class where the category is well represented, you have to be good. Just having a 625 isn't good enough. Likewise, if you are better than them, should beat the 625 guys. You will only be at a disadvantage to the shooters that are very near you in skill. The better ones will beat you no matter what. You will beat the worse ones no matter what. It's the guys that you are neck to neck with that may shade you due to their gear.automan said:Jim,
No, I've never competed in an IDPA match. IDPA seems to be about the only shooting competition where one doesn't have to spend a vast fortune buying special gear and custom guns to shoot competitively. But, it does seem to be almost a fact, that if one wants to win in the revolver division, then you need to buy a SW 625 .45 acp. Based on the postings I've read here and on the IDPA forum, most people would agree. If that's the case, that the weapon, not the person, is responsible for most of the winning, then if you really want to test the shooters' skill, you make the equipment equal across the board. Didn't mean to get anyone mad at me. No offense intended.