I think it's time for a 44 magnum


May 24, 2006, 04:27 PM
Well, it has been a while...no new guns for more than a year (not counting an incomplete AR project in the safe). Lately, I have developed a need for a 44 magnum... for hiking, camping, SD and all around revolver shooting fun.
Now, I'm trying to make up my mind as to which one...S&W, Taurus or Ruger. Now the CA DOJ has provided me w/ a list of handguns they have deemed as safe and available for ownership in my state so they have narrowed the field some what, I just need it narrowed to one or two.
Personally, I'm looking for 4 or 6 inch barrel, maybe ported, med to large frame and capable of withstanding a lot of handloaded 44 mag :D
Thanks for the help :)

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Lost Dutchman
May 24, 2006, 04:31 PM
Ruger. Tho, there's a lot to love about a smith 29. ;)

May 24, 2006, 04:36 PM
Does the Gubmint of CA consider a Older Model 29 "safe"?
These are classic, have great triggers and the various stocks availible afford a good comfortable fit.

Next up, if the great State Of CA deems safe of course. Would be a Ruger. Tough gun, with some work the triggers are better, just not S&W "butter" smooth.

Don't rule out a SA Ruger if you choose to and allowed to, lots of great learning to have fun with, and you drive fence posts with it if you get tired of shooting it.

May 24, 2006, 05:16 PM
I'd move to Texas and buy any danged thing you want. It's none of the government's business what you buy. :fire:

May 24, 2006, 07:10 PM
Yeah, the idea of moving (although attractive to others) is not option. I'm sticking it out in the Golden State & doing my part to help initiate change...:banghead: :scrutiny:
Anyway, I would like a model 29...would go well with my model 19 :D Just curious, would it be strong enough to stand up to magnum rounds as well as the beefier Ruger? Also, I came across a Taurus Tracker that seemed like a nice little revolver...are they ay good?

May 24, 2006, 07:31 PM
I really, really like the two Tauri I have. They have VERY smooth triggers and are quality built guns. I hear complaints about this one and that one so I wouldn't buy one sight unseen, but I have been very happy with mine.

The Ruger will likely take a lot hotter handloading than a M29, but if you're shooting factory ammo, the 29 would take anything a factory can dish out. Really, I don't know how much you can improve on the .44 by handloading, though. I don't load it. I know there are some GREAT heavy bullet loads for the caliber for big toothy critter defense and hunting, stuff shooting up to 320 grains. A 29 would not be a bad choice comparing to a Ruger and, heck, you can buy a copy of "Dirty Harry" and practice the "speech". "I know what you're thinkin', did he shoot five shots or did he shoot six......":D :D :D

I've been thinking a lot about that Titanium Taurus tracker in .357 or maybe one in .41 mag. I'd like to get into .41 mag and it would be a powerful round in a handy revolver to carry afield I think. I need another gun like I need a hole in my head, but hey, I might trip over a big back of money sometime, you never know. The titanium tracker is like 24 ounces, would be GREAT carried IWB. Be kinda neat having such a comfy revolver to tote in .41 mag! :D :D

May 24, 2006, 08:42 PM
Anyway, I would like a model 29...would go well with my model 19 Just curious, would it be strong enough to stand up to magnum rounds as well as the beefier Ruger?

Yes, and of course there is going to follow right after me somebody who will say "It won't stand up to the **** rounds produced by **** that nobody every buys or let alone shoots. Believe me, anything you can buy in a factory box or load according to safe SAAMI data will not hurt a Model 29.

I have bought several Model 29s, Model 57s, etc. that had the original box of ammo with it, sans a couple of shells. The folks that *claim to* shoot those nuclear loads are just like the guys who told you what they did with those girls they took out in high school. :eek: I hope I have made myself clear. ;)

Tiny in Ohio
May 24, 2006, 08:47 PM
I have a Ruger Super Redhawk .44 magnum for sale of trade for a 1911. PM me if interested, or shoot me an e-mail at bgroom@neo.rr.com. It will stand up to all but the most insane reloads.

May 24, 2006, 08:49 PM
Consider a 41 mag over the 44. You won't regret it.

May 24, 2006, 09:07 PM
You only considering double action?

In double action, I like the Super Redhawk.

However, if you are thinking of possibly single-action, my choice is the Bisley Hunter.

May 24, 2006, 09:45 PM
Let me post a picture of what I think you are looking for


May 24, 2006, 10:36 PM
I'd vote for a Redhawk. It is the single most beautiful revolver. Fun to shoot with .44spl. I could not shoot more than 50 of the .44mag - too much pain.

May 24, 2006, 10:43 PM
I have a 5" bbl Model 629-4. It's the last generation with the forged controls vs. the MIM. I feel like I can hit a fly with that thing if I do my part. Balance is wonderful, feel is perfect, and it makes little girls cry when you shoot it at a public range. It's ideal for getting a crowded pistol range to yourself on a Saturday. I love it.

May 24, 2006, 10:59 PM
My '94 vintage 6" 629 has taken everything I've thrown it's way including some 315 grain hard cast solid loads that bring tears to your eyes. Nothing you're going to find in a reloading manual is going to hurt a 29 or 629.

The trigger is way better than the Ruger or Taurus. Find a 10-20 year old S&W in good shape and you'll not be disappointed.

Standing Wolf
May 24, 2006, 11:30 PM
I doubt there's such a thing as a bad time for a .44 magnum.

May 25, 2006, 12:02 AM
I'm very fond of my Taurus 44 Tracker. Stock porting and rubber grips help with recoil ALOT.


Groups well



May 25, 2006, 12:46 AM

May I ask what those stocks are please? :)

I really like the gun in your pic, thank you.


May 25, 2006, 12:48 AM
You might look around for a nice Colt Anaconda in 4" and make yourself proud. I love mine.

May 25, 2006, 01:37 AM
JMag - thanks for adding to the confusion! :neener: Adding another player wasn't fair! :banghead: Tell me tho, on the newer Colt revolvers, how are the triggers? The few I've played w/ have been gritty & heavy :( But these were mostly 357 magnums...I believe they were Cobras (?)

May 25, 2006, 01:45 AM
Hey 10 ring, just curious, how do you plan on carrying a 5 or 6" while hiking? I'm thinking about getting an older 629, but not sure how I'd carry it while out in the sierras.

May 25, 2006, 10:19 AM
I think as for carrying a big handgun, those cross chest bandolier style holsters would be best. I have a standard Uncle Mikes shoulder holster for my Contender and I've been thinking a cross chest style would be better. However, I don't know how such a rig would work with a back pack. I always carry on the hip, but never more'n a 40 ounce Blackhawk and I don't do long back pack hikes, just day hiking with a day pack. I'm too old and out of shape to go too far anymore. LOL

I think if the cross chest holster didn't work, I might try a cross draw. A big N frame would be a little much to draw from a traditional hip holster I'd think unless it was a 4 inch. I have carried my 6.5" blackhawk from a hip holster and the draw was rather long. :D

May 25, 2006, 12:15 PM
I have 2 629 classics. One 5 inch and one six inch ported. Liked the five inchher so much I bought another and scoped it. Nice guns. Tight shooters. Have killed a deer and a hog with them.

I have a bandoleer style holster for the scoped rig and a hip holster for the 5 inch. Think I'm going to get an El Paso Saddlery 1942 chest holster for the 5 inch. Nice way to carry one. Can't go wrong with the smiths in my opinion. They're not bad withh magnums, but the 44spcl's are much fun in these pistols. Think if I had it to do over, I'd get a moiuuntain gun for holster carry. Nice package.

Kramer Krazy
May 25, 2006, 02:43 PM
Between Missashot and me, we have two 6" Anacondas and a 6.5" Powerport 629. I LOVE my Anaconda, but for the money, I'd probably go with the 629 (despite the fact I'd love to have a 4" Anaconda). :D

June 10, 2006, 06:29 PM
sorry about the late reply, but Colt Anaconda is not avail in CA. Only Colt revolver on the approved list is the 357 Python.

June 10, 2006, 07:04 PM
10-Ring, I agree with you. I highly reccommend the Model 29 Smith and the Ruger Bisley Vaquero. :D
This is my 629-3 Mountain Gun

CSA 357
June 10, 2006, 07:12 PM
i love the 44 magnum! i have a 629 no dash 4 inch, and a 29-2 nickel 4 inch, i will no be with out one , they just shoot good and realy good lookin too! *csa*:) :) :) :)

June 10, 2006, 08:51 PM
Let me cast my vote for a 4 5/8" Ruger Super Blackhawk. I have a blue one that I absolutely love to carry. I feel the single action is no handicap for trail/woods use, and it packs a little lighter than my Redhawk. (Not that I dislike the Redhawk in any way though.)


June 10, 2006, 09:27 PM
For hiking, I'll second the .41 Magnum.


June 12, 2006, 05:57 PM
Had a 629 classic 5in barrell..nicest shooting pistol I ever had. yes I said had..

It got sold a few years back after an unexpected layoff...still I'll never forgive myself:banghead:

I replaced it with a Redhawk just so I could take Garretts and Buffalo Bores hottest loads to Alaska with me every summer. It's a great gun But I'd really like to have that 629 back and now that BB say 629s are ok for all but one load THERE IS HOPE!:what:

Tom C.
June 13, 2006, 10:58 AM
If you are looking for a new .44, the short list is S&W 29/629, Ruger Redhawk/Super Redhawk/Super Blackhawk and Taurus. If you are also looking at used guns, the list adds the Dan Wesson 44/744 and Colt Anaconda. If you want to use the hot “Ruger Only” loads from the small vendors, that does narrow things a bit. I have a 5 ˝” Redhawk, a 6” Super Redhawk, a 5 ˝” Super Blackhawk and a 6” DW 744. All are nice. Your choice will reflect your personal preference.

June 14, 2006, 01:07 PM
Some folks here and about talk well about the rossi but I can't see it. The S&W 629 is more costly but you can figgure on getting most of the difference back in better resale value. If you are in the market for a used gun there are 10 S&W to choose from for each rossi you will find. For accuracy and a good trigger (kinda the same thing!) the 629 is the industry standard! Folks seem to harp about the rugers being "stronger" than the S&W guns,true in some cases but I just can not see many folks needing or being able to put to good use much more power than full power factory loads.I shoot nothing but reloads but keep my upper loads near the factory loads. If you really feel the need for power you might consider the 500S&W or the 454Casuall ,or the 480Ruger.
I have owned the Ruger Redhawk which handled like a brick,and have a couple blackhawks ,but I find I shoot full loads much better in my 629's.
You may go a different way but you owe it to yourself to look hard at the 629.

June 14, 2006, 02:36 PM
Get a brand new 4" (SKU 163603) or 6" (SKU 163606) 629, both partial lugged and $630-$700 depending on your retailer. Order a Hoque .500 Magnum style grip from S&W Accessories for $35 + s/h - great recoil absorbing aid. I have both, the 6" from last August, while the 4" replaced my 629MG this April. Super revolvers. They will serve you for a lifetime.

I have owned a .454 SRH - now a 5.5" .45 RH. They just aren't as nicely made, nor do they operate as well as a S&W. I still have a 4.6" SS SBH - to which I fitted a BHG when new. Interesting revolver - certainly a great shooter... but I really like DA shooting... and you just can't beat a S&W. Those new Hogue grips are real recoil tamers - and I hate rubber - everything else I own sports wood.


June 14, 2006, 02:53 PM
Get you a handful of handgun. :fire: I shoot a .44 SUPER REDHAWK that is scoped w/ a Bosch & Lomb. :D It is a great combination. It does feel like a brick, :what: but what do you expect for a 'HAND CANNON' :evil:

June 14, 2006, 07:55 PM
I found a 6 inch model 29-2 at a local gun shop last weekend that appears to have never been fired. I traded my last two autos to get it and am darned pleased to have it.

June 15, 2006, 12:59 PM
As I also am a avid backpacker, my standard revolver that I carried was a Lady Smith .357. It was a neat little gun. Since my daughter was moving to Phoenix, I gave it to her. I then had to start looking for a new travel companion and just recently picked up a Lew Horton 3" unfluted cylinder Model 29. It also came with Tritium sights and ported barrel. It basically looks like a Lady Smith on steroids. The recoil is less than my 6 inch Model 29, though you can definitely feel the concussion in your teeth when you fire it. The accuracy is superb. I haven't fired it double action yet, so I imagine my accuracy will suffer somewhat. I still need a suitable holster for it. Any suggestions out there? I would highly recommend this as a suitable bear gun.

June 18, 2006, 04:20 PM
No doubt the Ruger is a beast. I bought my Redhawk for the sole purpose of prolonged use of 305-330 grain BB & Garrett loads, it's my "going to Alaska again gun" (along with the 1895gs) But even with some trigger work it is still no where near as smooooth as my 629 classic, 5in bbl. That 629 was like an extension of my hand. Someday I'll forgive myself for selling it(laid off ok!):banghead: BUT NOT TODAY

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