You may have to watch Recoil twice. Try to follow the gun. This video is
basically a 'show and tell' custom built on a Thompson fancy version of the
Thompson Contender). The Caliber....600 Nitro Express.
That's right...an elephant gun round in a handgun. The story goes that the
guy that built it is some kind of custom gun maker, and built this as an
exhibition piece. He takes it to the range with him just to show it off, and
the big guy that shot it (in the video) had been bugging the builder to let
him shoot it.
Only until fairly recently (early-mid '80's IIRC) the 600 Nitro Express was
hands down the biggest, nastiest, hardest hitting, and heaviest recoiling
weapon you could buy.
It was designed for one simple purpose...to knock an elephant flat on his
butt...., it was really built as an exhibition piece for guys 'compensating'
This cartridge is known for breaking collarbones, arms, shoulders....of the
In the gun world they use what is termed a 'recoil index' to kind of give
prospective buyers an idea of what a gun kicks like.. A 30-06 gets a rating
of a 1.0, which for many people is about the limit of what they can shoot
multiple rounds comfortably.
A 243 BR is rated at like a 0.4, a 270 was like a 0.8, etc. The 600 Nitro
Express is rated at a 9.4.......9.4 times more punishing power than a 30-06.
Now watch the video