EAA Bounty Hunter in .44 mag?


August 16, 2012, 04:28 PM
Just wondering....

Has anyone seen, fired, or owned an EAA Bounty Hunter (especially the .44mag model.) These look pretty interesting to me and the price is very nice. And yes, I know about EAA's customer service rep, but all that aside, what do you think.

My understanding is that they are a Colt sa clone with the Ruger bar safety. They are also supposed to be pretty beefy and built well for the load.

I'm not a handgun hunter, so the whole purpose is just for fun at the range hunting paper and steel with a big bore round. I"m sure I will rarely shoot the .44 mag, but will definitely shoot my fill of .44 special loads. I roll & cast my own so the cost for ammo should not be an issue. I also like the Ruger Blackhawk in .44 special, and certainly the improved sights are nice, but there is something about the Colt style single action that catches my attention. Also, the Bounty Hunter in .44 magnum is about $140 cheaper then the Blackhawk. That's a big difference to me. The Bounty Hunter also comes in the .45 colt, but the .44 mag is somewhat heftier which I prefer.


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August 16, 2012, 05:31 PM
I have a Facebook page with one that was at the local range. I shot it and was impressed. Real pretty too if you want to check it out and easier than me posting the pics and all here. Just like the "EAA Firearms" page and all the photos are there if you click photos.

August 16, 2012, 10:05 PM
Did you check it out?

August 18, 2012, 12:25 PM

For some reason I couldn't find this post when I signed in. Anyway, I'm back. I have seen the pics on the EAA web page. Is that what you were talking about? I'm really considering one of these in .44.


August 18, 2012, 03:26 PM
No the EAA site pics suck. Here is actual and the grip panels are the only thing that needs changed on them.




This is so pretty in person you have to see it. Solid!

August 18, 2012, 06:48 PM
That's one helluva nice gun!

August 18, 2012, 08:54 PM
Pretty nice! I'd like one my own self.

August 19, 2012, 06:37 AM
If you can afford to feed a 44mag, you can afford a better gun. For very little more you can get a Ruger

August 19, 2012, 10:38 AM
What makes the Ruger better? Would like to hear your in depth side by side research. You have handled, shot, measured each side by side??

August 19, 2012, 11:07 AM
The EAA might be a great pistol. I know EAA has imported some pot metal junk. I know when I buy a Ruger I have no need to disassemble it to search for inferior parts. EAA used to be worth the trouble - now they want $350 for a bounty hunter. The Bounty Hunter was $200 in 2010.

I know that for $430 I am going to to get a gun that will last a lifetime from ruger.

August 19, 2012, 11:31 AM
Cool. So when you shot both what were your thoughts? Which one had beefier or better made parts? Any differences stick out in your head when you had both side by side making it the better choice?

August 19, 2012, 02:23 PM
Where did One Jackal get off to?

I was hoping to learn something today from his findings.

August 19, 2012, 04:39 PM
I have seen nothing to indicate that Bounty Hunters are inferior. Maybe he's thinking Rough Riders. Rugers are good and durable but they ain't perfect.

However, not all single actions are Colt replicas ("clone" is a medical term). If it's big enough for the .44Mag, it's not one. Which is fine, just picking nits. ;)

August 19, 2012, 10:22 PM
I'm really happy with my EAA Bounty Hunter in .45 Colt.


The trigger pull, out of the box, is not as smooth as some guns, but it's usable "as is", or can be slicked up by some gunsmiths.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.

August 21, 2012, 12:12 AM

Love your gun! Where did you find the aftermarket grips? Also, did you do any work on the action of your gun, change any of the springs, etc? And one more question. What kind of accuracy are you getting?

August 21, 2012, 12:18 AM
Sadly it isn't mine. It was at the Range I go to and the owner let me shoot it and take pictures. It seemed pretty accurate to me and he special ordered the grips. They are from some movie from what he told me.

August 21, 2012, 11:14 PM
They are from some movie from what he told me.

3:10 To Yuma

August 22, 2012, 01:21 AM
Looks like you are correct:


August 25, 2012, 01:43 PM
I like mine. They are tough revolvers. The trigger pull is a bit heavy, but that's because of the trigger spring. An easy fix with Wolff springs.

So, exactly which "pot metal junk" does/did EAA import? The Windicator revolvers are steel(.357) and aluminum(.38 Special) framed.

Which "inferior parts" are utilized in the BBBH?
The trigger/bolt spring is heavy/stiff, but is not inferior in materials or construction to SAA or SAA clones.

I bought my BBBH .45 Colt for about $200.00 used, and am happy so far. I may replace the trigger spring with a Wolff, or I may fit my spare Pietta '51 Navy spring to it. Not because it doesn't work. Just because the trigger pull is heavier than I would like.

I suppose the .22 BH could use a ZA frame. Or, it could be 7075 Aluminum. Either one is entirely suitable for a rimfire revolver.
My dad has an old Herter's .22 SA revolver with either an aluminum or ZA frame. It has held up for what, 40+ years. It's the first handgun I ever shot, back in 1978. He had it for quite a few years before I ever got to shoot it.
It still works. It must be junk.

BTW, we need a smiley for "dripping with sarcasm".

September 4, 2012, 02:12 AM
I was doing a search and came across this forum. Since the thread is relatively recent I thought I would post personally I enjoy my EAA Bounty hunter in 44 magnum. I just shot my first 100 rounds though it and it functioned flawlessly. I actually picked mine up used for $299, but it was pretty much flawless. Looked like there was hardly any shells put through it. I found some pachmayr grips for it (they are discontinued) and hoping they can help improve the grip and finger position on the trigger (I read they are a little bit thicker). Has the same ruger breach plate safety. It's a fairly heavy gun, actually heavier than a Ruger Blackhawk with a longer barrel holding them side by side.

Here's a video from shooting this weekend. I was shooting Remington 180g

September 5, 2012, 12:53 AM
The Big Bore Bounty Hunter (.357, .44 and .45) has the same diameter cylinder as a S&W N-frame. The .22's are alloy framed, the Big-Bores are all steel. The Bounty Hunter is the decendant of the Hawes and "cousin" to the Herter's PowerMag. I suggest using the Wisner reduced power spring from Brownells instead of the light springs from Wolff. Don't just replace the spring; get an action job as well. Bob Munden works on these and there is something to be said about having your six-shooter tuned by the world's fastest quick draw artist. Tombstone has both the long and short stocks. There is a considerable amount of info on these sixguns on the CAS sites.

September 5, 2012, 05:48 AM
Ive not seen the BBBH before, look (and sound) like decent pistols. Is there a "transfer bar" or other arrangement allowing a 6 round carry? I apologise if I missed it somewhere..
Dude the Jesus grips are a statement... well done, look good <but> each to one's own.. the Prince of Peace on a deadly weapon... I'll need to study on that for awhile! Dun

September 5, 2012, 11:08 PM
The Bounty Hunter does indeed have a transfer bar firing system that allows a full-cylinder carry. This was added when they changed the name from Arminius to Bounty Hunter. The transfer bar has a spring which can cause light hammer strikes with the Wolff springs; which is why I recommended the Wisner. The Bounty Hunter also has recesses for the cartridge rims but the cylinder is 1.75" long so you can seat your bullets out a bit and gain some powder capacity.
I forgot to mention John Taffin and Paco Kelly use these "working man's" sixshooters.

captain awesome
September 6, 2012, 08:34 PM
I have never owned one, but I made a holster for one that a friends dad owned. That particular gun had a lock up problem. As soon as the hammer fell the cylinder would unlock and rotate on its own. It did not seem safe to shoot to me. Now, I don't know what kind of loads had been fired through it, or how many, or even how the gun had been handled to that point, so take it this info for what it's worth. I can't say it would prevent me from purchasing one if I had an interest (I have way too many 44 mags as it is), but I would research thoroughly to see if it was a fluke or a more common problem.

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