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Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Mud, Apr 4, 2003.

  1. Mud

    Mud

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    smith 629 mtn gun vs ruger red hawk
    im looking to buy a .44 revolver for hikeing and hunting (under25 yards) and as a back up to my 45-70

    i like both the smith 629 with the 4" or the ruger with the 5.5
    it will be carried more than shot but i dont want accuracy to suffer

    any opinions

    and any pix??
     
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  3. Mud

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    what kind of loads do you use??

    how is recoil??
     
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    I've had a 4" model 29 (which I sold) and a 7 1/2" Super Radhawk (which I still have)

    If your planing on carrying a lot and shooting a little get the mountain gun. If you want to be able to shoot and hunt with it, get the redhawk.
     
  5. bustedknee

    bustedknee The Snowflakes have invaded GT

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    I absolutly love my 629MG.Be aware that recoil with full magnum loads is pretty stout,but managable with practice.My "plinking" load is 5.5 gr.of Bullseye under a 240 gr.swc.Very pleasant to shoot.
     
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    man I am still all tossed up im throughly impressed with the ruger and their duribility but the smith is a super smooth gun that just Looks right (i know look shouldnt matter)


    humm...
     
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    When I hunt, I do it with a rifle or shotgun. I do often carry a back-up though, and I like a defensive handgun when I camp and hike. I have been packing a 1911, but I wanted something with a bit more power.

    I just picked up an S&W model 29 today. It's from a special run for Lew Horton. It has a 3" fully lugged barrel and a non-fluted cylinder. The finish is a very dark blueing. I don't know how well I'll be able to shoot it at long range (although I suspect it will be respectable out to 25 yards), but at "stop chewing on my leg" distances it should be ideal. It is very similar in length and height to a 1911, although the cylinder is (of course) much wider than the slide of a 1911. I got it in 98% condition for $425. If your needs are similar, something like this or a Mountain Gun would be ideal.
     
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    I just switched out the grips on my new S&W 29. This was really interesting because it has a K-frame grip. I've never heard of that before, but I definitely have an N-frame .44 Magnum with a K-frame grip. I guess that explains why I like the feel of this when I've never liked any N-frames before. Now I really like this revolver, and I know that I got a really good price on a pretty scarce gun.
     
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    Trap kid packers rule

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    Ruger Vaquero. Its what patton would use.
     
  12. ithaca_deerslayer

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    One idea is to get a Dan Wesson with two different barrels. For hunting, use an 8 inch. For hiking, use a 4 inch.
     
  13. Guest

    Mud, Ruger is tougher and Smith is smoother. You can make a Ruger smoother, but you can't make a Smith tougher. All you need to know.
     
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    The Rugers are tough but you can blow them up too. I was always a little hesitant to shoot my 29 too much as it was made before they beefed up a few things. I don't worry about my 5 1/2" Redhawk 'loosening up'.
    The Dan Wesson with the interchageable bbls is nice and they are built like a tank. You can adjust the cyl/bbl gap and they are about as accurate as anything you can get for the money. I had a buddy that shot 1000's of 'just plain stupid' loads that probably would have destroyed a Smith. The gun was still running, albeit with some replacement parts, when he moved away a few years back. Haven't heard if it finally got tired or he got smart.
     
  15. GRIZZLYBEAR

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    another vote for the Smith Mountain Gun