Yea or nay on trailboss?


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ChefJeff1
November 6, 2006, 10:08 AM
Check out this .44 trail boss. What do you guys think? What is the special designation mean? I might go check out this one in person, I'm due for a trip to the city anyway. http://www.gunbroker.com//Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=59385961 Thanks, Jeff

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Majic
November 6, 2006, 01:31 PM
Only a specific number of them were made for the distributor RSR. You won't see a lot of them for sale. S&W has made other runs of 3 inch .44 magnums over the years. They are handcannons with full power loads, but are rather tame with .44 spl loads.

woo18
November 8, 2006, 09:23 AM
This is an awesome gone, I got mine when RSR first came out with these earlier this year. This gun is a pleasure to shoot!!!! I especially like the 3 inch barrel and non-fluted cylinder; looks really nice.

Sir Aardvark
November 8, 2006, 06:20 PM
I have one - although the one I have differs from the one in the auction photos in that it has a fluted cylinder and is ported (S&W had 2 versions of the "Trail Boss").

The special designation - "Trail Boss" - means pretty much whatever you want it to... I don't think S&W ever gave an explanation.
But, I'll tell you my opinion anyways - "Trail Boss" to me connotates a firearm that is small and handy enough to carry while on the trail (such as in a backpack or on your hip) and yet have such devastating firepower that it would certainly be the "boss" of whatever task you set it against.
Feel free to dispute this if you wish, but it makes plenty of sense to me.

I can shoot full-power .44MAG ammo out of my pistol with no problem!. The porting REALLY helps control the recoil - of course this is offset by the huge tongues of flame shooting out of the ports, and it is the loudest thing on the range that I've yet heard.

I have some COR-BON .44MAG 305gr Flat-point Penetrator rounds that I have purchased for this gun - so that when I am finally ready to travel to Alaska I can feel a wee bit safe knowing that I now have a fighting chance to protect myself from a big, bad bear before it shreds me into taco meat.

hkenvy91
November 8, 2006, 07:53 PM
supposedly only 850 of them made.also heard that since they are a special run that the performance center built them. i have one and i must say it is one of my finest guns!!mine is the unported/unfluted one and she is a real flame thrower,she gets alot of attention from other shooters too.u will be pleased!!:evil:

ive only seen two and i own one of them. they look really nice polished up!!

ChefJeff1
November 8, 2006, 08:02 PM
The more I think about it the more I need it. This would be my first .44 mag and I've never shot one before.

hkenvy91
November 8, 2006, 08:16 PM
they can be a handfull with fullhouse loads:what: just get some comfy grips that fit you and u will be fine

Colt46
November 8, 2006, 10:15 PM
Had it for several years now. Quite a handfull with the standard magnum loadings. Too much gun for me. Some guy at the range was interested in it and asked to try it. At twenty five yards he put all six rounds into a fist sized cluster. The gun is scary accurate. More so than I'm capable of though.

Jack2427
November 9, 2006, 02:12 AM
I had one that was ported, made me realize that a ported 3" 44 Mag may not be such a good idea. LOTS of FLASH and BANG. If you need a short magnum, OK. but it won't do anything that a 4" will not do. I replaced mine with a Mountain Gun, much better.

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