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Old February 15, 2013, 02:43 AM   #1
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Best Ruger .44 years?

So these comparisons between the Smith 29 and the Ruger Redhawk got me to thinking. I really want to find and buy a nice, preferably unfired, 29-2. The durability issues got me to think about the Ruger though. In the Redhawk/Super Redhawk line are there better years than others and how does Ruger differentiate slight modifications, if any. I know Smith uses the dash system (29-*). Truth be told I will probably still migrate towards Smith, but I want to weigh everything out. The usage of the gun will be for range work and occasional field/trail companion. It won't be a hunter.
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Old February 15, 2013, 11:47 AM   #2
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The model 29-5 and later versions had real improvements in the locking system, making them stronger. I know pinned barrel and recessed cylinder are "nice" but I prefer the strength of lockup of the 29-5 and later revolvers.

A good article on the different versions found here:

I believe the SBH has been virtually unchanged for the length of it's existence, with the exception of integral scope mounts on the Hunter models. If you want to scope your handgun, I'd look for one of those.
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Old February 15, 2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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Any ruger RH or SRH will do well. Also may watch for a Dan Wesson 44mag.
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Old February 15, 2013, 08:09 PM   #4
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Dan Wesson would be a great choice except for the number of 0’s after the 1$. Prices have become abnormal.
Personally I don’t shoot that much magnum in my 29’s so the lockup issue is not anything that would concern me. I would be curious how much stronger the lock up is.
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Old February 16, 2013, 09:42 AM   #5
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I'm not sure I understand what you are asking.
The Redhawk I shoot simply cannot be compared with a Smith. Or visa/versa. The R'hawk frame is notably stronger. The cylinders are bored at the meatiest portion between the flutes. The lock-up system is much-much stronger, and the list goes on.
Mine is smooth as butter on the action. Beautiful. I shot it competitvely for years. Tens of thousands of rounds. Except for coloring on the stainless it is a no different gun than the day it was new.
There is no comparision. But the choice is yours. If you go for the Smith and do any real amount of shooting, I'll betcha you will be trading off for a Ruger in short order.
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Old February 16, 2013, 11:16 AM   #6
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If you go for the Smith and do any real amount of shooting, I'll betcha you will be trading off for a Ruger in short order.
That is why my Redhawk remains, and my 629 is no longer around.
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