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Should I scoop up this 44 mag?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Rock Hound, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. Rock Hound

    Rock Hound Earth Churner

    Aug 3, 2012
    Washington State
    Alright, I had big bad SW500 mag as my serious woods gun. I asked myself though, "Am I serious?" hahaha. I decided to part ways with it and picked up my first Glock. A G20. Ive made friends with it over the years and even bought another and tuned it. Got into hot handloading etc... blah blah blah.

    I want another wheel gun for serious woods. Was thinking a 629 but then I saw this.....

    Talk me into it or out of it...

    NIB Ruger Super BlackHawk 44... 7.5" blue/wood - $380
  2. Decent price on a great gun.

    Only downside is the barrel is a bit long.

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  3. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    That's a great price for a new one.
  4. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    For that price I would have jumped on it, and, taken it to my favorite Smitty, and had the barrel cut to 5-5 1/2, which is a better carry length, IMHO.
  5. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Have you shot SA revolvers much? Heavy recoil out of a SA is a whole different animal than your 500. I don't care for .44 in a SBH. I prefer DA.

    That is a good price on the SBH though.
  6. SigFTW


    Nov 4, 2010
    That's a great price, don't let it get away.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  7. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Sounds like a good price but if you decided to have the barrel shortened, I wonder how much that would cost.
  8. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    I've owned a few of the Super Blackhawks. The 7 1/2 barrel is way too long for a carry gun. The gun is heavy and cumbersome. If you get it, you'll not carry it or use it much.

    They make the Super Blackhawk with a 4 5/8 inch barrel these days. Excellent gun. Easy to carry.

    And, no, there is not much difference in the accuracy potential of the two barrel lengths.

    Pass that gun up. Not a particularly good price anyway.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  9. pennlineman


    Feb 16, 2009
    I have to agree with the others. Great price, great gun, barrel too long for a carry gun though. If you were actually hunting with it a 7.5" would be good. I have a Blackhawk in .45 Colt with a 5.5" barrel that is about perfect. The 4.625" barrel would be a great choice also.

    If you reload, look at the .45 Colts as well. You can load them to match or exceed the power or the .44 magnum with less pressure in the Ruger Blackhawk.

    Good luck!
  10. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I agree. Good price, but barrel is about 2" longer than I would prefer. My G20 is my woods gun too. I used to have a 7.5" SS Ruger Redhawk in .44, but now have a 5.5" SS Redhawk .44 and like the shorter barrel. Would either tote it on my hip in "grizzer bare" country or my 5" S&W .460, but the G20 goes with me for now. It pretty much replaced my 4" SS GP100 .357 as my woods gun.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  11. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    love SA revolvers, but can't hit a thing with SAs.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  12. AKRover

    AKRover 10MM Fanatic

    Jun 22, 2012
    Kenai, Alaska
    For a serious woods gun, as in carried in grizzly bear country, I wouldn't carry a single action (1911 is an exception). In a stress situation such as a charging bear I don't want to be fumbling any more than necessary. I'd prefer to just pull the trigger and have it go bang. That's one of the primary reasons I like striker fired pistols and I carry my 1911s cocked and locked.

    I wish I had thought of having the barrel on 629 cut down to a more manageable length. I had the 8-3/8" barrel and it was just too long for a sidearm. Great for handgun hunting though from what the precious owner told me.
  13. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Good price but clumsy length IMO. Even my Anniversary Flattop at 6 1/2" is too long. I an thinking about having it trimmed since it is a nice "packable' frame size
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  14. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
  15. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

    Apr 7, 2011
    Arlington, VA.
    A collector will give you a "yes", someone like me that only owns what they can justify will say "no".

    Just consider BAC and I to be on polar opposite sides of the spectrum.:rofl::rofl:

    Which are you?
  16. dnuggett

    dnuggett PRO 2A

    Feb 28, 2005
    DFW TX
    The SBH is nothing like the 629. I won't get into which one I think is better, that's just a matter of opinion. What I will say is based on actual sales on GB that price is equal to or maybe a little higher than what they go for used. For NIB, that is a good price out the door. If you have to pay tax or FFL fees than the price is about what it should be.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  17. Rock Hound

    Rock Hound Earth Churner

    Aug 3, 2012
    Washington State
    I was concerned about carrying a piece of that length, the weight isnt a concern, but the awkwardness of a foot long hand cannon. Id obviously wanna cross draw it Id guess as I spend 99% of my time off trail it would likely be in the way on the hip.
  18. Rock Hound

    Rock Hound Earth Churner

    Aug 3, 2012
    Washington State
    Taxes will be on top at 9% but no ffl fees. Im kinda shying away... Im a collector but only of what I can deem to be the best bet for a situation. I never have shot a SAO pistol so thats a good point. I have shot SA but am not sure Id like it to be required. Reloading is a bit more time consuming as well. God forbid it be necessary with a weapon like that.
  19. Rock Hound

    Rock Hound Earth Churner

    Aug 3, 2012
    Washington State
    A 4-6" seems much more practical and for field carry stainless would be more desirable, yes?
  20. Rock Hound

    Rock Hound Earth Churner

    Aug 3, 2012
    Washington State

    I sure have come to love the 10mm. The cartridge is so versatile. I reload so ammo is not an issue. I shoot for a fraction of what cheap otc 9mm even costs so no one will be able to argue with me on that. The high cap mags full of 1200fps 200 grain fmj will deter about anything I run into in the woods.:supergrin: