5 in .44 MAG


August 1, 2011, 02:45 PM
Does anybody know who makes a 44 with a 5 in barrel for under 700? I cant find any any input is greatly appreciated. I'm not really interested in a ruger and I prefer a DA.

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August 1, 2011, 02:49 PM
Taurus Tracker comes to mind.

August 1, 2011, 03:00 PM
I just looked at the tracker and I couldn't find one in 5in just a 4 in. does anybody know what the difference is between a 4 and a 5 accuracy wise? Thanks for the reply NMBrian.

August 1, 2011, 03:08 PM
I can't say anything about the difference in 4" and 5" accuracy. However, I can attest the the difference between 4" and 6" guns, because I guns of the same model in each length. Personally, I don't see much of a difference in accuracy. The 6" in usually gives a tad more when it comes to velocity, but not enough to argue about.

August 1, 2011, 03:10 PM
Found one:


Im not sure accuracy will be that greatly improved from 4 to 5 inches. If you go to six or long you may start to see some major benefits.

Good luck.

August 1, 2011, 03:12 PM
I like that one thanks NM

August 1, 2011, 03:56 PM
does anybody know what the difference is between a 4 and a 5 accuracy wise?

Most likely none for most people.

August 1, 2011, 04:07 PM
One should be able to buy one for well under $800.00 from a local dealer. Also look for used ones.

August 1, 2011, 04:39 PM
All awesome suggestions thank you all. I'm new to the revolver world so any info to me is good info. @ DON44 WELCOME TO THR I love this community.

August 1, 2011, 11:38 PM
I got my 5" 629 for less than $700. I liked the looks and balance better than the 4".

August 2, 2011, 02:54 PM
Try to find a used S&W 629 Classic. They made some of those in 5 inch. VERY nice guns.

August 2, 2011, 03:25 PM
Ive been looking for a used 629 I can't seen to fine any :(

August 2, 2011, 10:51 PM
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=244834653 Just a bit more than you wanted to pay, but I found this in less than a minute. I'm sure there are, or will be more, for better prices.

August 3, 2011, 07:47 AM

Standing Wolf
August 3, 2011, 05:37 PM
There should be more revolvers with five-inch barrels.

August 3, 2011, 08:34 PM
Not 5" but close at 5.5". And I got it for $515 shipped last fall. Yes, I know it's a Ruger.


August 4, 2011, 10:18 AM
"Yes, I know it's a Ruger."

That's good. I like the way the 5.5" Redhawks handle. Great balance.

August 4, 2011, 12:25 PM
Magnum Research has the Big Friggin Revolver (BFR) for about $800 at Buds. You may find it used for less. Its .44 mag with a 5 inch barrel.

Also, Smith and Wesson has a 629 Classic for $700 and change, also 44 mag with 5" barrel.

Hope this helps.

August 5, 2011, 08:48 AM
S&W 5" is a great revolver. Shoots great, packs great and looks great too.
All the threads I've posted on I say the same thing and I'll say it again.
Such a sharp looking revolver needs a sharp looking holster you know.
Diamond D holsters here in Alaska makes an Alaska Guides Choice holster.
Extremely nice holster. Holds and supports the gun, tough as nails, and it rides really nice too.

August 5, 2011, 02:21 PM
Unless you're really desparate to get a gun RIGHT NOW then I'd suggest that you're better off to just be patient and wait for a used 629 or 29 to show up at your price range. The used gun market is like that. You just need to be patient and wait until only you are looking for one. Or at least no one is willing to overbid your offer. It may take a year or more to trip over the right deal. But in the end you'll have the lovely S&W trigger to enjoy for many years to come instead of some new gun with a second or third best trigger. Sometimes patience CAN be its own reward.

Ruger's can be slicked up internally to have a really nice trigger as well. Unless you have some major issues with Ruger as a company I'd say you could do a lot worse than a Redhawk with that 5.5" barrel. I find their new 4.2" barrels seem rather "stubby" but with the right grips I don't doubt it would be a nice looking gun as well. Just not quite as "balanced" looking.

Taurus has some nice looking guns but I haven't seen much good written about their trigger feel. Also there's no lack of posts in forums such as this to show that a higher percentage of their product ends up back for warranty than with other companies. Even to the point where a goodly number of THR members have been seen to say they will never buy another Taurus. Some searching on stuff of this sort using different search terms for the various companies may give you a feel of how all this goes for the different options.

August 5, 2011, 02:30 PM
@danjet500 nice ruger @jgiehl I'll be sure and check those holsters out @BCRider I've never owned a S&W so I'm really hoping to pick one up, I've got the money for what ever I want right now that's the beauty of yet another deployment LOL I like to buy a new pistol or rifle every time I come back from another "military adventure". Ive decided that life's to short so I might as well buy myself something nice. I'm definitely gona go with the 629 or model 29 whichever one I find first.

August 5, 2011, 02:42 PM
You won't regret the extra money or time to find a nice S&W. They are darn nice in OEM stock condition and with some slight internal work along with a Wolff spring kit the triggers become downright heavenly.

To get a feel for what this entails here's a link to a thread about tuning a K frame S&W. The internal guts and considerations are much the same for the N frame 29 and 629.

WIth even simple mods to smoothen and re-spring you'll be amazed at how nice the trigger becomes. In fact I've shot as tight or tighter in DA than I have in SA with my tuned up S&W revolvers. And a similarly tuned 629 that I got to shoot was able to produce a 4 shot (all the ammo I had) DA group of just 1.5 to 2 inches at 12 yards as I recall. Not bad for a guy shooting a gun for the first time and that tends to want to flinch when shooting magnums... :D

August 5, 2011, 04:02 PM
I find the trigger is much nicer out of the box on the new Redhawks than the S&W 629s.. I am going to sell my 4" S&W 629 and feel like I will be happier with the Redhawk. Also, the Redhawk can handle a greater variety of loads than the Smith. The extra inch helps a little ,but I suppose it depends on what you are doing. I will be packing mine in the woods and the extra inch will make it harder to carry.

August 5, 2011, 09:01 PM
Take your pick, 5.5" Ruger, 6" Colt or 6" S&W.


Walking Dead
August 6, 2011, 08:32 PM
Danjet thats a nice threesome.

August 13, 2011, 07:40 AM
Thanks every one I decided on a 629 Ill post up pic when I get it

August 13, 2011, 08:27 AM
Best way to get a 5 inch S&W M29 is to have a 6 inch shortened. The 5 inch N frame is the best balanced IMHO. Some M29s were made but they are pricey. Right now the Classic is closest but I like the lighter barrel. If you go for the shortened barrel then I would use a front sight base that allows interchangeable blades. That helps if you want to use the heavy bullets.

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