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Old September 17, 2021, 02:46 PM   #1
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Where are the 44 magnum revolvers?

Had my eye out to buy one in 6 inch range (S&W 629 or Ruger Redhawks) but haven’t seen any for some time Has anyone out there seen any new 44 magnum revolvers?
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Old September 17, 2021, 03:21 PM   #2
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Sorry, haven't been looking...any reason you want a new one??

Plenty of good used ones still around, I would think...
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Old September 17, 2021, 04:08 PM   #3
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I’ve been looking for 6 months. Nada. Well a few Taurus and one Blackhawk I saw at a show but that’s it.

Far and few between. Just noticed Ruger raised their MSRP on all their revolvers. A 4” is 1299 if memory serves me.

Hard to come by … even GBroker has a small supply and they want a fortune for theirs.

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Old September 17, 2021, 04:54 PM   #4
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I recently sold my NIB Ruger Redhawk 4" and selling it was easy. I was not supposed to buy ot in a first place because my perfect caliber is .357 mag.
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Old September 17, 2021, 07:25 PM   #5
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Why do I want a new one? One never knows where they’ve been shot with super hot handloads.
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Old September 17, 2021, 10:36 PM   #6
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Heck, just get a Super Blackhawk...., or an original Vaquero. The only reason I have not owned a Super Blackhawk is that I'm a 45 Colt guy....
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Old September 18, 2021, 01:51 PM   #7
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I don't know, but I suspect that production of 44 Mags is really low right now. The demand for semi-autos and more practical handguns in general has likely diverted the manufacturer's labor to those.

The good news is that there tends to be a fair amount of used ones floating about. It's not uncommon for someone to buy a 44 Mag, shoot it, and decide it's not really for them.
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Old September 18, 2021, 02:10 PM   #8
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The only reason I have not owned a Super Blackhawk is that I'm a 45 Colt guy....
I was a .44 guy before I really got interested in .45 Colt. So I do have a SBH and my favorite .44 Magnum, the 50th Anniversary flattop. Only the two. I don't shoot much .44 Magnum, but when I do the flattop gets the nod. And it will be the last one for me I think, as the .44 Special and .45 Colt are my cup of tea.

For whatever reason the 'demand' for any gun seems to be high. So that, I think is the reason you aren't finding one. I was to three different gun stores recently and selection was terrible for revolvers. Plenty of those plastic slab side things though it seemed.
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Old September 19, 2021, 02:08 PM   #9
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Why do I want a new one? One never knows where they’ve been shot with super hot handloads.
Inspect before buying.
If it is beat, you'll know.
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Old September 19, 2021, 03:25 PM   #10
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Be patient. One will turn up.

Related story, if I may indulge:

For several years, I wanted a S&W 629 Classic w/ 5" bbl. I wanted one, but not enough to move it to a top priority (we all have guns like that, right?), so I never got one. Then came a time when I was a bit flush with cash and I went to my LGS to buy a gun - I didn't have a specific gun in mind, I just went to go buy some gun. And yes, there it was: the 5" Classic. Sold.

It's a great gun. The trigger is really smooth for a new S&W (2016-ish). I'm glad I got it.

BTW, the second gun I ever got was a 629 w/ 8-3/8" bbl (1983; new, and I still have it). It has seen more than its fair share of "super hot handloads," and I can tell you that gun is fit as a fiddle.
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Old September 20, 2021, 11:25 AM   #11
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Check out Buds in Lexington, often they'll have things in store they don't show online plus I know right now they have a TON of used revolvers
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Old September 20, 2021, 03:54 PM   #12
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I buy used magnums. They are like Corvettes. Either owner run the snot out of it or only took it out on nice days for Show & Tell. I know of a dozen 29-2s bought on Dirty Harry whim back 72 or there about. Most don’t have 100 factories down the pipe.
First thing to do is look at recoil shield. If it has been shot extensively even with factory ammo it will be imprinted with case head. These guns aren’t hard to spot. Anther way to check any gun is screw heads. If they are boggered , that’s enough for me to loose interest.
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Old September 22, 2021, 02:26 PM   #13
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They show up regularly.
They sell fast.

Be diligent and persistent.
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Old September 25, 2021, 01:04 PM   #14
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Inspect before buying.
If it is beat, you'll know.
Great advice. A member by the name of Jim March posted a gold standard revolver checklist. It was super useful when I bought all of my used revolvers.
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Old September 27, 2021, 08:03 PM   #15
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Back in February 2021 I visited too many online stores to count, probably 20 to 25, and requested notification of a 44 model whenever it arrived back in stock. To date I have received 2 notifications: the first in April I purchased within a few minutes of availability (I saw the notification arrive), and the 2nd item in June was sold before I saw the notification. From this exercise I perceive the 44's being offered are likely pre-sold upon arrival (via backorder), or are purchased within a few minutes by those awaiting notification.

Have you signed up for notifications?
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Old September 30, 2021, 07:35 PM   #16
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I just visited my largest volume gun shop today, have not set foot in a gun store in over a year. This store under calm times has hundreds of used guns for sale. I'll bet I saw about 200 total the cases were bare. I saw lots of Glocks and M&P whatever's which seem to be the typical quick flip guns. I'm waiting for a 7" Redhawk in .41 mag been casually searching for about 3 years and unless I want to pay $1600 currently for a $900 gun I will continue to wait..
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Old September 30, 2021, 08:02 PM   #17
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Plenty of .44 Rugers on GunBroker. If you have the $, you can still get a nice revolver
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Old October 1, 2021, 12:36 PM   #18
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The rest of them are in my safe…
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Old October 1, 2021, 12:50 PM   #19
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I'm waiting for a 7" Redhawk in .41 mag been casually searching for about 3 years and unless I want to pay $1600 currently for a $900 gun I will continue to wait..
While the Internet has put the whole nation's inventory on your screen with a few mouseclicks, it has not yet managed to repeal the law of supply and demand.

Something like that happened in the pre-internet days of the early 70s with the S&W M29. After the movie Dirty Harry, demand for the S&W .44Mag rocketed to the moon, and hugely out paced both the guns available on the market and S&W's capacity to make them.

MSRP (new) was $283.50. And you could get one from S&W for that price. With a wait time of over 2 years...

Friend of mine got a used 6" nickel model 29, and paid $450. He was happy to do it, to get the gun in his hands, TODAY. He didn't really want a nickel gun but that's what was for sale and he bought it, at the inflated asking price, because it would likely be months or more likely years before he found another for sale.

After the Dirty Harry "bubble" burst (which did take a few years), one could often find several new looking S&W 44 Mags in the used case at the gunshops. Frequently they came with a box of ammo containing 44 live rounds and 6 fired cases.

From what I hear, the only thing harder to find than a Redhawk in .41 is one in .357. Though I'd think the reverse would be true. .41s are not, and never were to most produced caliber. Not much to be done about that, one either waits until the desired gun, in the desired price range wanders into your sights, (which can take years or even decades!!) or one pays what the people who have them for sale want for them.
Good luck!

Murphy being Murphy there's a good chance that after you do find and buy that 7" .41 Redhawk you're wanting, then several others will show up for sale, some for less than whatever it was you paid. Life is often funny that way...
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Old October 1, 2021, 05:39 PM   #20
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I just sold a pair RedHawks one 41mg and one 44mg like new. Cut guy on Marlin forum a deal at $1500 for pair. Right know have 629-6 & 29-8 Mountain Gun, both mint 44s in trade pile. Took them on trade but only keep older P&R era S&Ws.
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Old October 2, 2021, 07:31 AM   #21
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I've been looking for a Blackhawk in .45 Colt for about two weeks now (I just bought a Henry in .45 Colt and it seems fitting to have a pistol too).

The closest I've found locally is an old model Vaquero that is a little too beat up for the price they want. Gunbroker looks like the best option now. There was a really nice looking S&W 25 at a pawn shop but that isn't quite what I'm going for.

I recall in my recent looking that I really haven't seen any .44 revolvers either. One of the shop owners made a statement that he doesn't want to hold any pistols in inventory that he can't also sell ammo with, might be part of the trouble in your area as well.
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Old October 3, 2021, 02:57 PM   #22
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[quote = Nick_C_S]

And yes, there it was: the 5" Classic. Sold.

It's a great gun. The trigger is really smooth for a new S&W (2016-ish). I'm glad I got it.

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I carry that same model all day, every day. It's the perfect .44mag, and the perfect handgun, period.
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Old October 3, 2021, 06:22 PM   #23
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> MSRP (new) was $283.50.

In 1973 my Dad bought a brand-new three bedroom house in a nice neighborhood. His payments were $124 and some change per month. Granted small-town Arkansas was probably cheaper than the rest of the country, but for most people you were probably still looking at two months' rent or house payments.
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Old October 4, 2021, 09:09 AM   #24
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And yes, there it was: the 5" Classic. Sold.

I carry that same model all day, every day. It's the perfect .44mag, and the perfect handgun, period.
This blows my mind. I find it inconvenient to carry a Sig P365, and this guy carries a 5" 629 every day. Hats off to you, man!!
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Old October 4, 2021, 12:48 PM   #25
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I carry that same model (629 Classic, 5") all day, every day.
I'm surprised your handle isn't "Dirty Harry." J/K, it's all good. I rather think it's awesome, actually.

In the cool season (which is only about 10 weeks/year here in the Sacramento valley), I can layer up with a windbreaker (more concealment) and carry my 686+ 3" bbl. Many are surprised at my carrying a mere "L" frame, much less, an "N" . It's big and heavy (not 629 big and heavy, mind you), but it doesn't bother me to carry it at all. It's my preferred carry piece. (Compact 9mm most of the year.)
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