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Got the itch for a .44

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by DGreno, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. DGreno

    DGreno FF/Paramedic Silver Member

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    Hey everyone, I have gotten the itch for a new caliber and I have pretty much decided on a .44 mag. I am wanting a revolver with a ~5-6" bbl. I am pretty much between the Redhawk and the 629.

    For those with experience or just opinions, what are the pros and cons of each?

    FWIW, I have no real use for it, it is just something I want for range and fun. It may occasionally be carried in the woods but a GP100 usually fills that role. I know the Ruger can handle hotter loads but that is not really of importance to me at this point.

    Thanks!:wavey:
     
  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Owned a Redhawk in 7.5" and own a Redhawk in 5.5". Great guns. I prefer the 5.5". :cool:

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    I used to have two Colt Anacondas, one 6" and one 4". I sold both of them in a moment of desperation and have regretted it ever since.

    Shooting anything more than two cylinders of the full power loads would make me flinch badly but .44 specials and light magnum loads weren't too bad. Ammo is expensive, too.
     
  4. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    The Ruger will let you shoot a steady diet of the most powerful loads.

    Buffalo Bore and Double Tap put out some high end loads that they say are not safe to shoot out of the Smith 629.

    I really want a levergun in .44mag. I think it would make a great camp gun for the hunting camp and short range deer hunting.
     
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    I've been looking for a 5.5 Redhawk but I haven't been able to find a dealer with one.
     
  6. JMag

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    I have an Anaconda which I have no plans to sell. It is a great looking and great shooting revolver.
     

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  7. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I like the N frame Smiths, but the Redhawk plus a trigger job isn't a bad rig at all. The Smiths will handle anything wihin SAAMI spec. If you want hotter than that, I'd recommend a .454 Casull.
     
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    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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  9. DGreno

    DGreno FF/Paramedic Silver Member

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    I honestly am leaning towards the 629. There is just something aout the classic N frame lines that appeals to me more than the redhawk. I would love a colt i just can't justify the cost. Steve, thank you for the pic. Like you it seems, that little flag comes out of all my Smith revolvers that are so equipped.
     
  10. barth

    barth six barrels

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    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

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    N Frame and lever all the way.

    I have a Redhawk and two levers (marlin and Win Trapper) in .44. The redhawk is OK, the Win lever is OK, the Marlin is killer, and an N Frame is next. the Ruger and Win are going.
     
  12. pennlineman

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    I have one of each. I'd go with the S&W since you have no conerns of running lots of hot loads through it. Both good guns though,, you really cant go wrong either way.

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    :agree:Very nice pennlineman.
     
  14. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

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    This. :wavey:

    The only .44 Mag that I own is a Ruger. Let me tell you, for a 130 pound girl it's a real hand full but it's a lot of fun to shoot, plus I like the looks on everyone's faces when I show up at the range with that cannon!

    :wow:

    I really love S&W revolvers and I'm partial to them. However, Ruger makes the best and strongest .44 Mag revolver in the industry and it's the only .44 that I would recommend if it's going to be shot a lot especially if it will see a lot of really heavy loads.
     
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  15. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

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    WOW! Very nice!

    How the heck can you stand to shoot a .44 Mag with those wood grips???


    MEGA OWWWWIEEEE!!!
     
  16. pennlineman

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    The 500 mag has toughened up my hand. :dunno:
     
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    I have both and prefer the 629.
     
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    My vote's for the 629. Get a -3 or newer and they have the "endurance package"

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    I almost never shoot mine, but I would never sell it. Plus it really looks great in the wooden presentation box.

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