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What is the best .44 magnum out there "?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Hook686, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Hook686

    Hook686 Northern California Active Member

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    If you wanted one for multi purposes ... hunting (coyote, deer, feral dog, ...), home/personal protection, woods carry, and just plain shooting range punching paper.
     
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Smith or Ruger.. for different reasons.
    The Smith's are super sweet and I'd love to get a lightweight one but I've had too much trouble with the old 4" 29's to really want one again for a shooter.. they are fragile compared to a Ruger but have great DA triggers.
     
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  3. CJ1089

    CJ1089 Aloha, Oregon Marveling at the world.

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    Sounds like 2 different pistols to me.
    Hunting/Range -- Ruger Super Redhawk or Super Blackhawk with 7.5 or 9" barrel. Either can be scoped.
    Home/Carry-- Ruger SRH Alaskan or S&W 29 (w/ 4")

    Up close, all that unnecessary barrel just slows/weighs you down.
    Long range you want all the barrel you can comfortably carry/handle.
     
  4. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    A multi purpose gun is a compromise.
    for what you want, I would chose a Ruger Redhawk (not super) in 4"
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  5. ruger45blackhawk

    ruger45blackhawk milwaukie Active Member

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    Gone
     
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  6. BVB

    BVB PDX Active Member

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    how about a Dan Wesson in .44 interchangeable barrels, lengths. very accurate.
     
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  7. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Kind've like asking a preference between Ford, Chevy, or Dodge.:)

    The .44 I shoot the most, and is the most fun to shoot is a Super Blackhawk, in either 4-5/8" or 3-3/4". Not an easy gun to master, but an incredible gun once ya learn it. They're still a (relative) bargain.

    The .44 I shoot the best is my S&W 629 6".

    I've gone the Redhawk/Super Redhawk route too. Tanks, but good shooters.

    For folks that are slightly more well heeled, the Freedom Arms .44 is reported to be the best of the single actions.

    Not ever an easy choice, so pick one. Eventually you'll own the others, too.

    WAYNO.
     
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  8. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    on second thought, the best choice might be a marlin lever gun. The best I shoot with a 44mag by far.
    but... this is handguns discussion...
     
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  9. CJ1089

    CJ1089 Aloha, Oregon Marveling at the world.

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    I didn't bring that one into the discussion since Ruger no longer produces them.
    But that would be a serious contender.

    Although it wasn't stated earlier, I prefer DA revolvers if used for protection work, so the SA guns are off the list when going for the single solution compromise.

    Of course you will probably get 2 or 3 'cuz they're small.
     
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  10. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I like my 29-2 with the 6.5 inch barrel. It's not too heavy for carrying and the DA trigger is excellent. I got it for my collection as a "Dirty Harry" replica but it does quite well in accuracy and overall handling.

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  11. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I would say Ruger and then have the action worked over.

    However, I have carried heavy .44 Mags in the field, and I quickly got tired of it. After a while I got to a point where if a handgun is too heavy I left it at home.

    So I bought a S&W 329PD.

    Definitely not something that is fun to shoot, at least not with ammo that will be good for anything more than shooting holes in paper or taking a rabbit. But it is light enough that I don't hesitate to carry it - I am just not that eager to shoot it.

    Make your choices and pay the piper one way or the other.
     
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  12. techiej

    techiej vancouver, wa Active Member

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    Personally I would go with a lever gun...but my second option would be a Desert Eagle...definitely fulfills the punching paper & fun test.
     
  13. BVB

    BVB PDX Active Member

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    well if you go the route of a lever gun go with a Henry! smooth as butter.
     
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  14. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Elmer Keith liked the 4" Model 29.. he used it like a rifle too.. well, a .44 magnum carbine anyway.
    For real rifle work he invented the precursors of the .338 Weatherby magnum etc.
     
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    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I was talking to an old timer that shoots a lot of cowboy shoots and stuff like that. He is always talking up the blackhawks. He said he has never felt the least bit uncomfortable loading them very hot. He also said he has one with unknown round count (too many to keep track) and he has never had to do anything to it besides clean it, he has never replaced a spring. Unlike his colts he said he replaced springs a few times a year every couple of thousand rounds.
     
  16. pdxjazz

    pdxjazz Portland Active Member

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    I think either a 4" barreled S&W 629 or Ruger Redhawk would both fit your needs. Both are stainless steel and double action (not a fan of SAO for self defense) It's true there are some rounds the Ruger can handle that the S&W can't, but do you really need to shoot those rounds? Both Garrett and Buffalo Bore sell 300+ gr. hardcast ammo that can be shot out of the S&W. It's only their top, most powerful load that is suggested for Rugers.

    I much prefer the looks of the S&W, but like the simplicity of the Ruger. Ruger is not currently manufacturing the Redhawks, and the 4" guns have always been harder to find. There is however a used one on gunbroker right now and it has been Mag-na-ported (a plus in my book). S&W is still making the 629 so you can buy a new one (if you don't mind the lock), and they have been making the 4" 629 for well over 30 years so finding a used one is not a problem. If you want a collector/investment gun, the 4" 629 "no dash" model that came with the pinned barrels and recessed cylinders is the one to buy. However they are in the Colt Python price range and pretty hard to find. S&W also made a 4" 629 "Mountain Gun" that was a little lighter weight than the standard 629 and may be exactly what you are looking for.
     
  17. glockman99

    glockman99 Hoquiam, WA. Active Member

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    If you want to shoot heavy .44 magnum loads, the Redhawk is the way to go...For sissy .44 loads, the S&W 29/629 is ok.

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  18. gaijinsamurai

    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm very happy with my S&W Model 29 with 6" barrel.
     
  19. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    carried and shot a 624 for years, 44 special can be loaded to near 44 mag specs and it was nice to have something a little different. Would not hesitate to get a 29/629 if I had a use for it, S&W makes a great gun.

    That being said I'm getting pretty sick of the "what's the best....?" threads
     
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  20. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    That's because you don't have a Smith 29. lol