Looking for a 44 mag revolver


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grubbylabs
April 10, 2010, 06:40 PM
I was at a friends house the other night and he had a ultra light 44 mag that was full sized, any one have any ideas of what it might have been?

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ScratchnDent
April 10, 2010, 07:38 PM
Maybe a S&W 329PD?

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=14774&langId=-1&isFirearm=Y

FoMoGo
April 10, 2010, 07:42 PM
Sounds like a S&W 329 or a taurus.


Jim

grubbylabs
April 10, 2010, 08:07 PM
I think it might have been the 329 with some packmeyer grips have to ask him though.

conhntr
April 10, 2010, 08:10 PM
I've listed after that gun since it came out. Just looks fanatstic and would make a feat trail gun.

Buck Snort
April 11, 2010, 12:59 AM
It makes absolutely NO SENSE whatsoever to buy an ultra light 44 mag. That gun was designed to launch 240 gr. bullets at 1200 fps+ and doing so with an ultra light gun is a form is madness. If you want a lighter gun with plenty of OOMPH then get a 357 mag.

Zundfolge
April 11, 2010, 01:29 AM
The point of these ultra light 44s (other than separating you from your money) is as a gun to pack while hiking or hunting in bear country ... the idea is to give one a very light and easy to carry platform to launch potent .44mag from.

Unless you need a .44 that you'll carry a lot and almost never shoot you're better off with a heavier steel one (this is the conclusion I came to when I decided to buy my nickel finished, heavy as hell but great fun to shoot S&W 29-2).

grubbylabs
April 11, 2010, 02:20 AM
Since I am an archery hunter and I hunt in bear and wolf country it would seem to me like I would have a use for just such a pistol. I have two range toys and one of them is a great carry weapon.

If you want to face a sow grizz with cubs while holding a 357 go right ahead, I think I will opt for the 44 though. And since I already had a stainless 629 that hung out in the closet because it was too heavy to haul around the woods I figured I would try something a little different.

jad0110
April 11, 2010, 10:04 AM
What kind of rig are you using to carry that 629?

I ask because I concealed carry IWB a 4" N Frame that I assume weighs about the same as the 629 and have no issues with the weight. I use a stiff 1.5" bullhide belt from thebeltman.com and it makes all the difference in the world. But I suppose if one has back problems, the weight could well be an issue even with a solid belt.

I guess in the end it all comes down to recoil tolerance. I don't mind shooting 44 Magnum out of my 5.5" Ruger Redhawk. That thing is a recoil absorbing chunk of steel. I also don't mind shooting .357 Magnum out of my 2.5" S&W Model 66, or .38 +P in my 15 oz S&W 642. But interpolating what I know about my recoil tolerance to what a 329 would feel like, I don't care to even fire one round out of one, though YMMV.

Zundfolge
April 11, 2010, 04:07 PM
Since I am an archery hunter and I hunt in bear and wolf country it would seem to me like I would have a use for just such a pistol. I have two range toys and one of them is a great carry weapon.

If you want to face a sow grizz with cubs while holding a 357 go right ahead, I think I will opt for the 44 though. And since I already had a stainless 629 that hung out in the closet because it was too heavy to haul around the woods I figured I would try something a little different.

Sounds like you're one of the few that the S&W 329 or Taurus 444 would be ideal for then.

As for a rig to carry it in, a Simply Rugged Sourdough (http://www.simplyrugged.com/store/index.html) would be perfect.

buck460XVR
April 11, 2010, 06:15 PM
Sounds like you're one of the few that the S&W 329 or Taurus 444 would be ideal for then.

I concur. My son bought a 329 for the same reason. I thought he was nuts to buy a flyweight 44 that was nuttin' but pure misery to practice with. But practice he did and I figured out a load for 240gr JSPs that falls between .44 specials and full blown .44s that he could handle and quickly put the whole chamber in the target. I also load him some plinkers that he shoots once and a while, but the majority of the time the gun is either carried or sits in the gun safe next to his bed. He has other "toys" he brings with when we go to the range, but he considers the 329 a tool that has it's place........and fun targets at the range is not it.

grubbylabs
April 11, 2010, 08:01 PM
Yes I think the 329 pd is a great tool for a archery hunter who is trying to carry less weight. I have a 45 and 22 that are great fun at the range. A gun like this is not meant to be a range toy but as buck460XVR and his son has figured out, it is a tool that has a place.

As for the rig I used to carry my 629 in, it was a custom made leather drop holster and belt, western cowboy type. It was a very nice rig, but again a heavy gun and hard to wear with a pack and what not. While I was on horse back it was no big deal, but when the horses went it needed to go as well.

I just could not remember what model it was after looking at it, but after holding it for a minute I think that is the way to go for a archery season carry gun.

As for the holster for it I think I am going to see if I can custom make one or have it made to fit my pack so that it is in easy reach. Zundfolge I did look at those that you suggested and they do look like a great holster but I don't think they will do what I am looking for. I have come to the conclusion that my best option is to pony up the dough for a custom addition to a pack or similar solution.

Zundfolge
April 11, 2010, 09:15 PM
Maxpedition (http://www.maxpedition.com/) makes packs with built in holsters.

grubbylabs
April 11, 2010, 10:07 PM
Cool thanks I will look at there stuff. Just at a quick glance it looks like they have some good packs

preachnhunt
April 11, 2010, 11:32 PM
Have you seen these? I don't have one yet but it seems ideal to me.

http://www.grizzlytuff.com/

grubbylabs
April 12, 2010, 02:10 AM
Nope have not seen those. I do have to be careful about whats on my chest so as to make sure the string on my bow does not interfere with it.

But they do look like they would be a good option If I cant figure out how to get what I want in the end.

Zundfolge
April 12, 2010, 04:20 PM
A 329 just popped up in the for sale section

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=516615

NMGonzo
April 12, 2010, 05:29 PM
I really really really want a ruger alaskan

grubbylabs
April 12, 2010, 06:38 PM
I just looked and he wants a FTF :( other wise he has it at a great price if it is in good shape.

batmann
April 12, 2010, 07:19 PM
NMGonzo, I have a Ruger Alaskan in .44M and really like it. Get one and you will too.

grubbylabs
April 16, 2010, 12:41 AM
Well I think I am going to get it sooner than I thought. I just sold a dog and I might have an extra truck sold. So with any luck I will have my new revolver this weekend or some time next week.:D

racine
May 20, 2010, 07:39 PM
Thanks for posting all your thoughts. I'm headed back to Yellowstone this year for more fishing and am considering a Taurus 44 mag for CCW in the park. I'd like to have a Bladetech holster or some other quick access Kydex maybe even a shoulder mounted Kydex holster( that might fit under my waders and fishing vest). Anyone got one? My other thoughts are to have a grip mounted laser on it and a speed loader backup. Anyone care to share your thoughts? I'd go with a SW but budget is an issue as this trip is costly enough and I'm hard on my guns.
Thanks,
Racine

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