The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Revolver Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old November 25, 2013, 09:11 PM   #1
bclark215
Member
 
Join Date: November 24, 2013
Posts: 30
44 magnum

Ive been looking into getting a 44 magnum revolver. My budget is around $450 or less if possible(I dont mind buying used). Ive looked at the ruger redhawk and the taurus raging bull. Ive heard a lot about the ruger blackhawk however I would prefer a double action. Ill be using this mainly just for shooting but would also like to use it for hunting hogs and deer now and then. Im not in an area where there is any threat of animals attacking me so my life wont depend on the gun however I would like a nicely made reliable gun. Ill carry this in a hip holster while hog hunting so I dont realy want a big 8 to 10 inch barrel. Any advice anyone could give me in picking one out would be appreciated.
bclark215 is offline  
Old November 25, 2013, 09:31 PM   #2
Bob Wright
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 10, 2012
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Posts: 1,898
All of my experience with double action revovlers has been pretty well limited to the S&W Model 29, so not of much help to you there.

But if you'd consider a Super Blackhawk...........

Bob Wright

P.S. Regretably, $450 won't buy you much of a .44 Magnum revovler.
Bob Wright is offline  
Old November 25, 2013, 09:33 PM   #3
olddav
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 21, 2008
Location: Lower Alabama
Posts: 440
I'm thinking if you want a new double action in the $450.00 range you will be limited. If you want a used revolver, your still going to be limited. I looked for a used double action revolver in 44 Mag but what I found was everyone who had a 44 Mag wanted to keep it. You however may be luckier than I was.
If your willing to accept a single action I'm sure you can find a Blackhawk thats in your stated price range.
__________________
Never beat your head against the wall with out a helmet
olddav is offline  
Old November 25, 2013, 09:36 PM   #4
colbad
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 3, 2012
Posts: 325
I think you are going to have to bump up your budget. I know of nothing that fits your price range new or used. However, you never know what you can negotiate. I love my SW and Ruger blackhawks but neither is even remotely close to your price range.
colbad is offline  
Old November 25, 2013, 10:59 PM   #5
Deaf Smith
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 31, 2000
Location: Texican!
Posts: 3,251
If you save up your rupees you can get one mine.



If $450 is your limit then a used Ruger Blackhawk is about it.

I'd save up the money and go for the brass ring.

Deaf
__________________
"The government has confiscated all of our rights and is selling them back to us in the form of permits."
Deaf Smith is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 12:01 AM   #6
bclark215
Member
 
Join Date: November 24, 2013
Posts: 30
Thanks. Ive found several blackhaws well inside my price range and that may be what I end up getting. Ill keep looking and may have to set some money aside here and there to bump up my price range. Not considering price what would yall consider the best 44 mag revolver? If anyone has shot the blackhawk or the redhawk what did you think of them? Thanks for the help.
Deaf smith thats a very nice looking pistol what would that one go for?
bclark215 is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 12:07 AM   #7
btmj
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 1, 2011
Location: Near St. Louis, Missouri
Posts: 782
Funny thing about the Blackhawk. Even though you can find used ones fairly cheap, it is nonetheless a really fine gun. Hard to beat, overall. Accurate, durable, and strong enough for hot handloads and buffalo bore "1400 ft-lb" loads.

Redhawk vs Super redhawk... some don't like the look of the SRH, but I think the SRH DA trigger is better. In SA, they all feel pretty nice.
btmj is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 12:19 AM   #8
olddav
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 21, 2008
Location: Lower Alabama
Posts: 440
I have a S&W 629-6, good trigger. I was going to get a red hawk but could not find one when I was ready to purchase, but I could get a S&W. I personally do not enjoy shooting the Blackhawk, don't like the grips, but they are good guns.
__________________
Never beat your head against the wall with out a helmet
olddav is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 07:38 AM   #9
jasmith85
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 6, 2012
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 356
Rossi makes a double action 44 magnum in your price range. I believe the last time I was at Academy it was on sale for $329.99. I can't really say anything for its reliability though because I have never shot one and don't know anyone who has.
jasmith85 is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 07:46 AM   #10
plateshooter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 29, 1999
Location: N.E. Ohio
Posts: 522
I have a Taurus Tracker in 44 mag. I bought it new for under $400.00 a couple years ago. I don't pound it to pieces with really heavy loads (I have a Blackhawk for that) and it has worked out very well for me. Accurate, light to carry, and fits in my S&W K/L frame holsters.

Might be something to consider if it would meet your needs for what you want it for.
__________________
Make a hole
plateshooter is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 07:48 AM   #11
jrinne0430
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 30, 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 154
You can probably find a Taurus m44 model with in your budget. I owned one and it was relaible but I just did not like the ported barrel. I owned a few Taurus over the years and my experience is the revolvers are generally fine however; if you get a lemon, good luck dealing with their "so called" customer service for repair.
jrinne0430 is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 08:31 AM   #12
jmr40
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 15, 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 6,029
Buy a Ruger or Smith. Even used I don't think $450 is reasonable. I know you won't find a Smith&Wesson anywhere near that. Maybe a used Super Blackhawk. Find a way to up your budget now, or wait a little longer. I'm not even sure you can find any DA 44 at that price and a used SA is going to be close.
jmr40 is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 08:39 AM   #13
Magnum Wheel Man
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 26, 2006
Location: Southern Minnesota
Posts: 8,367
Right now my only 44 magnums are a Dan Wesson, that I have set up with a snubbie barrel... I did this gun in this format, before Ruger came out with the Alaskan... mine is blued, & if it had been stainless, I might not have bought an Alaskan ( though my Alaskan is in 454 Casull ) if you can find a Dan Wesson, I think they are probably really the finest double action ( I know the Colt guys will argue ) but accurate, durable & smooth, & you can change out the barrels for a length that suits your use )

my other 44 Mag is a Contender, which is not a revolver, but still quite a hunting handgun, because of the break action style, the barrel length can be longer, than a revolver, & keep the same over all length... ( my 10" Contender, is the same length as my 6" S&W revolvers ) the additional barrel length, gives you the best velocities per size of gun, in comparison...
__________________
In life you either make dust or eat dust...
Magnum Wheel Man is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 09:59 AM   #14
g.willikers
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 28, 2008
Posts: 5,270
If you are going to shoot full power .44 mag rounds, there's no real advantage to having a DA over a SA revolver.
It's not something most folks would rapid fire.
Of course you can always either use .44 Special ammo, or download the .44 Mag, if you reload.
Then the DA is useful.
__________________
Lock the doors, they're coming in the windows.
g.willikers is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 01:04 PM   #15
Deaf Smith
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 31, 2000
Location: Texican!
Posts: 3,251
Quote:
Deaf smith thats a very nice looking pistol what would that one go for?
bclark215,

Now the 4 inch 629, older models (mine is a 629-1) is about a $800 gun now days.

http://www.armslist.com/posts/233583...ade--s-w-629-1

You don't have to have stag grips like I do but they do look nice along with a Tyler-T grip adapter. Sort of retro.

Deaf
__________________
"The government has confiscated all of our rights and is selling them back to us in the form of permits."
Deaf Smith is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 06:30 PM   #16
bclark215
Member
 
Join Date: November 24, 2013
Posts: 30
Thanks for the help. I found a blackhawk for a good price that I may go ahead and buy. I do reload abutwill probobly shoot mostly full power 44 mag loads. I was really just looking at the redhawk and other da pistols because im used to shooting double action however I dont mind shooting single. I just like shooting double and seem to be a little more accurate now with the longer trigger pull.
bclark215 is offline  
Old November 26, 2013, 11:18 PM   #17
Deaf Smith
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 31, 2000
Location: Texican!
Posts: 3,251
I'd love to find a Redhawk 4 inch barrel .44 magnum! But they are few and quite expensive.

Deaf
__________________
"The government has confiscated all of our rights and is selling them back to us in the form of permits."
Deaf Smith is offline  
Old November 27, 2013, 01:50 AM   #18
jamaica
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 24, 2006
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 520
Hmmmm..... maybe not in your budget range, but the Ruger Blackhawk is the way to go for a hunting piece. Get one with a 5.5 inch barrel. This is the handiest size for carry, and is long enough to shoot well. Enjoy!
jamaica is offline  
Old November 27, 2013, 10:57 PM   #19
Nanuk
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 2, 2005
Location: Where the deer and the antelope roam.
Posts: 1,709
Quote:
If you are going to shoot full power .44 mag rounds, there's no real advantage to having a DA over a SA revolver.
It's not something most folks would rapid fire.
Of course you can always either use .44 Special ammo, or download the .44 Mag, if you reload.
Then the DA is useful.
Speak for yourself.
__________________
My rifle and pistol are tools, I am the weapon.
Nanuk is offline  
Old November 28, 2013, 08:11 PM   #20
C5rider
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 20, 2011
Posts: 103
I know that if I had to carry around either my Super Blackhawk or my Redhawk 44 magnum all day, I'd rather have the SBH. It's lighter for sure!

That said, either one will handle full house loads quite well. Only question, single or double-action?
__________________
The United States Constitution is not under glass to protect it from the dust of the ages, but rather from the fingerprints of those who are elected to uphold it.
C5rider is offline  
Old November 29, 2013, 11:20 AM   #21
hdbiker
Member
 
Join Date: December 19, 2012
Posts: 82
Ruger Single Action

With practice you can shoot as fast and as accurate with a single action Ruger as any double action revolver IMHO. I've proved it several times at my gun club. hdbiker
hdbiker is offline  
Old November 29, 2013, 03:22 PM   #22
shortwave
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 17, 2007
Location: SOUTHEAST, OHIO
Posts: 5,936
bclark215,

You said you may want to hunt with this. You probably already have but make sure and check your local hunting laws as in some states there is a minimum bbl length requirement. Would hate to see ya plop your $ down and not be able to use it.
shortwave is offline  
Old November 29, 2013, 03:40 PM   #23
badge851
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 25, 2005
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 237
My suggestion would be these.....
http://www.taurususa.com/product-det...adcrumbseries=
http://www.taurususa.com/product-det...adcrumbseries=
__________________
Only two defining forces have ever died for you:
1. Jesus Christ.
2. The American Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & Marine.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
badge851 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.12180 seconds with 9 queries