Just wanted to know if anyone has the Taurus model 444 with 8 3/8'' barrel? Was interested in getting one for my next gun. Is the grip on it nice? Is the the raging bull frame all its made out to be? I have shot the S&W 629 5'' barrel before but I like the looks of the Taurus and the choice of the longer barrel.
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August 18, 2006, 01:48 AM
Do you mean the model 44 or the Raging Bull? Both guns are solid. The Raging Bull is very strong and you won't find a 44 mag load that can shake it apart. The grip is a tad unpleasant for people with small hands.
August 18, 2006, 02:04 AM
I have both a 445 (2 in tracker .44) and a 629 4 inch. I LOVE the ribber grip on the Taurus. But I do hear there are some who dislike it. It shoots just fine, but is not up to the quality of the Smith & Wesson (i.e. trigger pull, and sticky parts).
May I ask what you plan to do with it? If you just want to have one, a Taurus will be fine. If you need a serious combat magnum, or are going to be serious about target shooting you need the Smith. Of course, a 44 is poor choice as a regular target gun, as the caliber is expensive.
August 18, 2006, 07:37 AM
I own 3 Taurus revolvers, and like them all. When I was looking for my .44 mag, I went to a local gun shop fully intent on buying the Raging Bull. The grip turned me off, feeling a little oversized for my average sized hands -- and that ugly red stripe on it is just...ugly... The M-44 however (very similar to the SW 629), fit perfectly. The grip is very ergonomical. The bluing is great (despite the excess oil in my picture) and the gun is a tack driver as far as handguns go. I killed my biggest whitetail buck with this gun in 2004 (there's a thread on here somewhere). I've had it out in ice, pouring rain, snow...A little CLP, and the finish looks just like it did on day 1. I'd recommend the M-44 to any handgunner.