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Old January 29, 2013, 02:44 AM   #1
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Which .44 magnum revolver

In the market for a 44 magnum revolver 4" or less for the barrel. What do you guys recommend??
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Old January 29, 2013, 02:53 AM   #2
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I really like the S&W revolvers and feel you would not go wrong with a Model 629, but if it were me I would seriously consider the Ruger Redhawk.

http://www.ruger.com/products/redhawk/models.html
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Old January 29, 2013, 02:54 AM   #3
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IMO the ruger redhawk is "THE best built .44 double action revolver around. I believe they have a 4" model now. Happy travels
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Old January 29, 2013, 02:59 AM   #4
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Yeah i looked at the s&w 629. Im also intrigued by the ruger alaskan. Decisions decisions.....
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Old January 29, 2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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I love my 4" 629, but I think the decision needs to be based in part on what type of ammo you intend on shooting. If I was planning on shooting mostly full-power factory ammo, I'd probably go with the Redhawk. I think it has a better reputation for toughness.
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Old January 29, 2013, 10:08 AM   #6
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Please don't buy a snubby 44mag revolver by going under 4". You loose to much velocity. I would buy the ruger red hawk OR if you find a old dan wesson 44 buy it regaurdless of barrel lenght as that can be swapped out in 2 minutes from one barrel to another. EWKarms is in the process of makeing 44 mag barrels and shrouds too.
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Old January 29, 2013, 11:02 AM   #7
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If you want the John Deere of .44 Mag, get the Redhawk. Much stronger than a S&W. The Redhawk triggers can be really improved with a Wolfe spring kit. In fact, I like the Redhawk trigger once its' spring is replaced.

I have not had good luck with recent S&W production.
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Old January 29, 2013, 11:10 AM   #8
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Im probably gonna go with the redhawk 4" barrel (just have to wait awhile so the wife doesn't go nuts, I've bought 5 guns in the last 6 months). For those that have one how is the trigger out of the box?
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Old January 29, 2013, 11:12 AM   #9
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Why do you want a 4" .44 Magnum?


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Old January 29, 2013, 11:29 AM   #10
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To shoot 44 specials in it.
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Old January 29, 2013, 11:29 AM   #11
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Why do you want a 4" .44 Magnum?


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To shoot lol
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Old January 29, 2013, 12:08 PM   #12
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BOB WRIGHT asked a serious question. IF all you want is a 44MAG 'shootin'gun' the 4" is the worst one to choose.
AFTER owning and shooting every model and style of USA 44MAG sixguns ever made I am here to say you could NOT make a worst choice of an everyday 'shootin'gun' than a 4" 44MAG.
IF all you want to do mostly is carry it and look at it be my guest.
And so it goes...
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Old January 29, 2013, 12:18 PM   #13
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What is wrong with a 4.2 inch Redhawk in .44 Magnum? I love mine. Especially for the ease of carry. It is very versatile. Yes you lose some velocity but you can still shoot 300 grain slugs at about 1200 fps.

Yes, it may bark and bite a bit more but it is an absolute blast to shoo! BTW, I love shooting my 460 S&W Mag too. I'm a glutton for punishment.
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Old January 29, 2013, 12:18 PM   #14
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BOB WRIGHT asked a serious question. IF all you want is a 44MAG 'shootin'gun' the 4" is the worst one to choose.
AFTER owning and shooting every model and style of USA 44MAG sixguns ever made I am here to say you could NOT make a worst choice of an everyday 'shootin'gun' than a 4" 44MAG.
IF all you want to do mostly is carry it and look at it be my guest.
And so it goes...
A co worker of mine has a taurus 4" 44 mag i think its a tracker. Ive shot about 100 rounds with it. So my question to you is why is a 4" 44 mag a bad choice for a shooting gun?
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Old January 29, 2013, 12:38 PM   #15
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Its a personal choice. I had the same dilemma. I wanted another 44revolver to add yo the stable, and I wanted a snubby. Money was not the issue, rather the best gun. I chose the S&W PC 629. Contrary to popular belief you lose more velocity to barrel differences than you do just by having a shorter barrel.

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Old January 29, 2013, 12:50 PM   #16
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I love my Dan Wessons. And you can always add a different barrel length.

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Old January 29, 2013, 12:52 PM   #17
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The 4" Redhawk's single action trigger is light as a feather.
Double action takes some getting used to, to stay on target.

I find it to be an ideal woods/prairie EDC, but the right holster is essential to deal with its nearly 3 lb weight.
I'm 6'2" / 200 lbs so it doesn't seem a big issue for me.
YMMV
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Old January 29, 2013, 01:58 PM   #18
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Old January 29, 2013, 02:10 PM   #19
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My point is this: The .44 Magnum cartridge is essentially a long range cartridge. To get the maximun performance, the longer barrels are a must. Not only do they deliver maximum performance, but also extended sight radius. Whatever accuracy you derive from a 4" barrel, will be increased with a 6" or 7 1/2" barrel.

If it is desired to shoot .44 Special level ammunition, then a good .44 Special revolver is the better choice as to weight and convenience.

I have a 4" Model 29, and a 7 1/2" Ruger Blackhawk. The 4" gun has about 5,000 rounds fired through it. The Ruger over 17,000 rounds.

As to up-close power, a .45 Colt is a better choice, and if you are a glutton for punishment, it will serve equally well.

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Old January 29, 2013, 02:12 PM   #20
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Had a Dan Wesson that I shot IHMSA with and loved it. But I love the single actions more and no longer own a double action 44mag.
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Old January 29, 2013, 02:21 PM   #21
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I'm going to assume that you also include the Redhawk 4.2" in that.

That is what I have and it must be my favourite gun to shoot. Not necessarily the most frequently shot though, but definitely one I am veeeery attached to.

I can't compare it to any others through lack of experience, but I certainly don't feel the need to look for a replacement.
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Old January 29, 2013, 04:05 PM   #22
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I have the 5.5 Redhawk. My hunting and woods carry revolver. When I purchased my Redhawk (96), 5.5" was the shortest available.

For packing I would prefer a 4", but for hunting... 5.5" or longer.
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Old January 29, 2013, 06:04 PM   #23
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Nothing wrong with 4in 44 mag. I love mine. I have a 4in 629 and a 6in 29 and love em both. I would love to get one of the 2.68 629 PC versions with the unfluted cylinder. I don't own any Ruger Redhawks but they make a nice revolver and would not hesitate to buy one. I just prefer the smith.
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Old January 29, 2013, 06:32 PM   #24
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I would love to get one of the 2.68 629 PC versions with the unfluted cylinder.
I have one, with the wood grips and while it's great with milder loads it's not a "fun plinker" with the heavier stuff. In fact I think my .454 Alaskan is easier with its rubber grips...
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Old January 29, 2013, 06:41 PM   #25
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Ya I would probably put a hogue rubber monogrip on it.
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