I have a 7.5" Super Redhawk in 454. There's no way I'd carry that tank any farther than I'd have to. In fact, I've been entertaining the idea of trading it for a Redhawk in 45 Colt.
Since you want to get into reloading, grab a 4" Redhawk in 45 Colt and get on with life. It will do anything the 44 Magnum will do if you hand load and still carry the bonus of the larger diameter bullet.