Bowen Classic Arms revolvers?

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  1. Saul

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    I would like to know if anyone has any experience with Bowen Classic Arms. I have been invited to hunt in Alaska in the foreseeable future (nothing confirmed yet) and I have decided that I need (or maybe just want) a new revolver for grizzly defense.

    I have been looking at the revolvers made by Hamilton Bowen at Bowen Classic Arms and they are absolutely stunning. The one that I think looks best for my purposes is the Bowen GP44 Ruger SRH Alaskan, which is the Ruger SRH Alaskan but with a 4" Redhawk barrel attached. The gun has an option of either a 5-shot or 6-shot cylinder (not sure why the 5-shot cylinder is an option). I am looking at getting one in .454 Casull. The revolver is expensive at a starting price of around $2k, so I want to know if anyone has any experience/opinions on this gun (or any other Bowen revolver), I would love to hear it before I decide to purchase it.

    Now you cannot help but be in awe looking at the guns on the Bowen Classic Arms website (take a look and you'll see what I mean). Some revolvers that caught my attention were Ruger Blackhawks in .44 Special and one in .50 AE.

    I was also intrigued by the mention of the .50 Special round that many Bowen revolvers are chambered in. This is a different round than the .500 S&W Special, which is a shortened .500 S&W round. The description of the .50 Special listed are as a .500 Linebaugh that has been shortened to .38 Special length. This means that it can do 350 gr. bullets at 950 fps. The whole point of this round is as a low recoil alternative to the .500 Linebaugh that still hits with authority. I just do not know why anyone would go with this round over the factory produced .480 Ruger (which is also a low recoil big bore round). Does anyone have any experience with this .50 Special?
     
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    No takers yet? I thought for sure that someone here would have experience with these guns. A lot of what I have read online says that the Bowen revolvers in the Linebaugh calibers have been very sucessfully used to take big game, including some of the Big Five (never says which members of the big five taken) of Africa.

    Now I have no real interest in taking any of the big five with a handgun (although if anyone is offering me a shot at a free trophy I will). To me, it seems like the number of hunters who have taken any of the Big Five is a very small percentage, and the number of those hunters who did it with a handgun must be an even more miniscule percentage than that. If it is true that many of these select few hunters did so with a Bowen revolver, then it would be logical to make the assumption that the Bowen revolvers are the finest big bore hunting revolvers on the market (no one tell Freedom Arms) and would be the best place to go if I wanted to get a big bore revolver.

    Now on the topic of the calibers mentioned, I have always been a sucker for sort of oddball big bore cartridges in handguns (who here isn't) and I am very intrigued by the .50 Bowen Special (for the same reason that I was so intrigued by the .50 GI when that came out). The problem is that while I have heard a lot of buzz on the cartridge, I have never seen any real info on the cartridge or how I am supposed to load it myself (I really don't want to have to cut down .500 Linebaugh brass all day). I am also troubled by the fact that Bowen spent all of that time developing the .50 Bowen Special when the .500 S&W Special is already and readily available. On top of that, Bowen makes no revolvers for the .500 S&W, instead only building guns up to the .500 Linebaugh.

    Speaking of .50 cal Bowen revolvers, I am completely infatuated with the Bowen .50 AE Light Weight revolver (just look at those sheep horn grips). Now I am far from being a gunsmith, but putting a rimless pistol cartridge in a SA revolver and expecting it to fire and be able to be reloaded perfectly every time is simply beyond my comprehension (along with why anyone would want an ultralight revolver in .50 AE). I will give Bowen the benefit of the doubt, though, because it is a .50 AE revolver and I love the .50 AE cartridge (toyed with getting a L.A.R. Grizzly Mark V .50 AE 1911 for many years but never did).

    So basically what I am getting at is that I am finding some oddities/discrepincies in the Bowen products (such as offering a 5-shot cylinder instead of the factory 6-shot cylinder on a Ruger SRH Alaskan without and size difference) but everytime I run across something on the website that doesn't make sense, I am instantly am blinded by how beautiful these guns are (trust me, who have to see them for yourself) and I forget all and want one even more. Since I am not going to be an objective party when deciding on these revolvers (it has ivory grips and is a .50 cal, I want it!!!) it would be great to hear from some slightly more objective people that can give me an honest assessment of the Bowen revolvers.
     

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