Best .44 mag double action revolver?


January 23, 2003, 04:13 AM
Hidy killas,

What .44 DA wheelgun is your favorite? Which is the best value? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Kahr carrier
January 23, 2003, 07:05 AM
RUGER REDHAWK - well built and reasonably priced.:)

January 23, 2003, 07:21 AM
I like the S&W 629 for the accuracy and crisp creep-free single action trigger pull. I've owned 2 Ruger Super Redhawks - one was an excellent revolver - the second was a assembled by Ruger's worst employee on a Monday morning after a Sunday night drinking binge!

January 23, 2003, 07:22 AM
S&W for trigger pull and sex appeal. Ruger Super Redhawk for brute strength.

Swamp Yankee
January 23, 2003, 07:38 AM
My first choice would have to be a Dan Wesson Model 44 or 744 if you prefer stainless with a six inch barrel. Solid frame, proven reliability, interchangeable barrels, whats not to like. If you can locate a used one they're usually a bargain.
A true classic if you could find one, is a S&W Model 29-2 P&R. Not as heavily built as the DW or Ruger, but certainly capable. These older Model 29's usually had outstanding triggers from the factory and a gorgeous deep blue finish.
Take Care

The Mighty Beagle
January 23, 2003, 08:05 AM
Dangit, Swamp Yankee beat me to it.

Have owned Smith 629's, 29's, Ruger Redhawks ... but the one keeper in the whole lot has been the Dan Wesson I just acquired. Built heavier, it seems to absorb recoil better than any .44 I've ever had, and has the best DA trigger of any of them. It is the easiest-shooting DA I've ever had, actually fun to practice with.

These characteristics combined with being able to swap out my 8" hunting barrel for a 4" defense barrel makes it my most favorite revolver, ever.

The only thing better than a Dan Wesson 44 is having TWO Dan Wesson 44's ...

January 23, 2003, 08:19 AM
Ruger Super Redhawk. Built like a tank and will easily take a full power handload.


January 23, 2003, 08:51 AM
Any of the S&W's "N" frame revolvers Quantrill

Gila Jorge
January 23, 2003, 10:05 AM
Smith 629-5 or 29-4s are the best double action 44s available bar none.

January 23, 2003, 02:49 PM
S&W 629 Mountain Gun! Mine is moonclipped so its even more fun!

BTW guys, its coming out in high polish blue!


January 23, 2003, 04:10 PM
45 Redhawk (

Talks about the strength of the Redhawk, the evolution of Ed Keith's experimentation leading to the 44Magnum, and how Elmer (corrected) Keith might have not made the 44Magnum if the Redhawk was available then.

Sixguns beyond the 44Magnum (

For you people that believe the 44Magnum is a girly-man's cartridge. :neener:

January 23, 2003, 05:14 PM
No doubt about it, the 4" S&W M24.

A good HP or SWC, Unique, & 296 works wonders.
:D :D

Edited: Rubbing my eyes..... Looking at the subject again & rubbing my eyes again.... OK, make mine a 4" M29 with that deep blue mirror like finish....... This will do all that I need done from a big bore six shooter :).....

Now if I can add a 16" lever, and maybe a Thompson Contender, then that's even better.....

January 23, 2003, 05:35 PM
I think you are referring to ELMER Keith who came up with the .44 Magnum. He designed the .44 mag around the N framed triple lock Smith and Wesson and was content to just load the .44 spec to Magnum velocities. The extention of the case length was to prevent fools from loading the extra hot loaded .44 spec in other .44s that would not handle the pressure such as Colt Peacemakers. See "SIXGUNS, the Standard Reference" by Elmer Keith. Quantrill

January 23, 2003, 06:29 PM
S&W for trigger pull and sex appeal. Ruger Super Redhawk for brute strength.


January 23, 2003, 06:33 PM
Nothin' beats a pre-'95 Smith N frame--:cool:

January 23, 2003, 06:43 PM
From 44 caliber:
Just picked up a new Perf Center 629 Comp Hunter 7.5 inch barrel with Leupold 1.5 scope Unbelievable appearance. Will post accuracy results
44 caliber

January 23, 2003, 11:12 PM
I have another vote for the S&W 629. I love my 629-5 Classic. It has a 5in barrel, smooth DA and SA trigger pull. It doesn't get much better that this.

January 23, 2003, 11:14 PM
I had a 29 Classic in 5" that was just great. Only sold it 'cause it was expensive to feed.

January 24, 2003, 12:49 AM
Well I got a .44 Mountain gun brand new with the lock right around last Thanksgiving because I wanted a light 4 inch .44mag and they were $575 . What a piece of offal! The rear sight cut in frame was machined canted and trigger pull was 16lb da. I got my free shooting bag and rather than send it back to S&W for some more butchery I returned it for refund(I lost tax and registration fees) I found a 1990 production 629-2 mountain gun and what a difference. This one was like new in box and came with nice Bianchi thumbsnap holster for $535 and I snapped it up. I have early M29's and I am saving them now. I wanted the bolt locking and metalurgy advances of later 629s but I sure dont like Lazer roll stamps and the other baloney and shoddy workmanship of the whole case of recent S&W's I was looking thru in this fiasco. Thank God I found this one that has nice trigger and real roll marks, no locks and the sights are on straight.It has a blast finish instead of the higher "polish" of the newer one and just looks better attention to details all around..:)

January 24, 2003, 02:06 AM
Ruger Super Redhawk without a doubt.

January 24, 2003, 05:19 AM
I have four Redhawks.
I have a 357, a 41, a 44, and a 45.
I shoot IPSC.
I like my Redhawks.
(I could have bought something else, but I didn't, because I like my Redhawks best.)

January 24, 2003, 07:40 PM
Now -this- is a gun forum,

Thanks folks. I took your advice around town today looking for a companion for my .44 Trapper. I tried a Taurus (sp?), and even the single action trigger pull was average at best. I've lusted after a redhawk for a long time, and it's pull is so much better. Great price too for such a machine.

But the S&W trigger was everything you promised. "44 Caliber"s Perf center Hunter has one of the best triggers I've ever pulled. It's as crisp as any SA I've touched off, amazing. Looking forward to your range report 44C. So I'm gonna save a bit longer and get a S&W. With my average skills, a good trigger is a big help. ;)

Oh gunshow gods
please hear my prayer
after parking and entry
let me find a gun there

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