Yeah, at the cabin, I used my 12 gauge short barrel pump to knock snow outa the trees.Fired an old single barrel 12 gauge about 12 years ago. It was just under a foot long after cutting a bent barrel. Once was enough, wow!!
Well, the Mod. 29 won't seem like much of a handful after you try a 500 Mag. After one 80 round range session with mine, my hands were numb & I had trouble gripping the steering wheel to drive home.I have a pistol that is a real handful....a S&W 029 44 Mag with the 10 5/8" barrel. I had to replace the original Walnut grips with rubber Hoag grips, as just a couple of rounds would really punish my hands. With that long barrel, it is accurate out to 200 yards. A few years ago, I went deer hunting with it, and took down a nice doe.....with the 240 grain hollow point, it was like she got hit by a bus....threw her sideways several feet.
Ah....the Ruger GP100. One of my favorites, too. Mine's the older one that came with those rubber grips with the walnut inserts. The trigger is so nice on mine (without any polishing) I competed in the steel plate matches with it.
If you want a semi auto that doesn't jam, it has to be a modern design - like Glock, Sigarms, CZ, Beretta. The 1911 design dates back to 1905 & it was high tech....for 1905. It has over 52 parts & everything has to be fitted just right to function reliably. Today's semi autos use MIM (Metal Injection Molding) instead of machining from bar stock to cut down on manufacturing costs & such cheaper parts are not as reliable.I switched to it as my main 'go to' after years of cleaning the semi autos...and dealing with jambs