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.44mag too much?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by cat_IT_guy, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. cat_IT_guy

    cat_IT_guy Well-Known Member

    I am looking for input about a possible revolver purchase.

    I am interested in the .44mag (probably Ruger, Smith, or Taurus - open to other suggestions tho), as I like powerful toys for the range, and could possibly have a chance to hunt IL deer with it.

    I currently have a .22 buckmark and a .40 M&P.

    I know that the .44 will be a big jump in recoil, but would I be crazy as a new-ish handgun shooter to buy one? I am a pretty big guy (6-3 about 190), and I can manange the .40 with ease.

    Would the .357 be a better choice, and if so, why? I know ammo is cheaper, but Im not too concerned about it.

    Anything else to consider?
  2. Bartkowski

    Bartkowski Well-Known Member

    If it's just for the range, I would get a .357, it is much cheaper to shoot .38's and since you like powerful guns, it would fit. Also if anyone you know has a .44 see if you can shoot it just to feel the recoil.
  3. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Well one advantage of the .44 Mag is that you can shoot Specials in it.

    Now, if you don't reload they are horribly expensive but if you can roll your own you won't find a sweeter shooting load than the old .44 Special

    It's absolutely my favorite handgun cartridge.
  4. birddog

    birddog Well-Known Member

    .44 mag was my 3rd handgun after a .380 and a .357. I now have several .44s. I reload (medium/light) my target loads and use factory or medium/warm handloads to deer hunt with.

    I've only ever been put off by hot loads in my 4-inch barrel 629. Other than that .44mag is in the top 2 favorite handgun cartridges to shoot (.45acp being the other).

    I think you'd like it. Just don't go crazy with hot loads (they aren't needed for deer hunting anyway).
  5. jameslovesjammie

    jameslovesjammie Well-Known Member

    If you're looking to hunt with it, I would say that .44 is the way to go. I've shot 3 deer with the .357. It is really marginal for deer. If you were to hunt, I would definitely suggest using a 180 grain variety, either hard cast or XTP. The 44 just makes such a bigger entrance hole, especially with a WFN design, that the .357 can't even compare.

    You can download the .44 by using .44 Specials...which will make it MUCH more affordable to shoot, especially if you reload.
  6. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Well-Known Member

    I'm really starting to love the .44 Rem Mag after years of being a .357 guy. I handload,so I can controll the recoil level.

    A big beefy revolver like the Redhawk (not the Super Redhawk) with some rubber grips and you'll handle any load. It will buck and roar, but it will not hurt your hand. Much more pleasant than any .357 snubby.

    You can always use any Cowboy load in .44 Rem Mag or .44 special for low recoil practice.
  7. BigBlock

    BigBlock member

    I've never shot a .44 magnum, although I do have a .44 cap and ball revolver which has similar power to a .44 special. I find the recoil to be very small and easily manageable, even my small 55 year old mother who's afraid of guns can shoot it alright.
  8. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Get the .44. As has been said, start out with .44 Spls, but I don't think you would have a problem with the mags.
  9. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    A .41 mag would be an even better choice :)
  10. glockman19

    glockman19 Well-Known Member

    Based on your other guns I mioght start with a .357 magnum. It will be cheaper to shoot and more pleasurable to shoot more than 50 rounds.

    I love my 5" S&W 629 .44 magnun but after 20 rounds you can feel it, after 30 I'm nearly through and after 50 my hand literally hurts. I'm shooting 240 grain magnatech/CCI/Winchester/Remington/Speer Gold Dots.
  11. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    If you reload, the .44 is fantastic. The round is incredibly easy to reload and the only expensive part is the bullets. You can cast your own to make up for that. Brass tends to be think and lasts a long time. The round is quite forgiving as far as OAL and tolerances.

    If you DO NOT reload, and you plan on shooting it a fair amount, the .44 is prohibitively expensive. And it's getting worse all the time.

    Recoil depends a GREAT deal on the platform. With a carbine the .44 mag is nothing, with a little titanium pocket revolver it's very painful. A nice open carry size is a steel revolver with 5 1/2" of barrel and at least 35 oz. of weight, preferably 40. SRH, RH, Vaquero, BH, are all good Rugers.
  12. Stoneface

    Stoneface Member

    Go for it!!
  13. gaudio5

    gaudio5 Well-Known Member

    629 6in will hit the spot!
  14. Seven For Sure

    Seven For Sure Well-Known Member

  15. john1911

    john1911 Well-Known Member

    Sound advice there.

    To me, .44 mag recoil isn't that bad. I would think if you have no problem with a .40, you can handle a .44.

    .44 special is always a choice in .44 mag too. So is light loads you load yourself.
  16. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...Anything else to consider?..." How well any one of 'em fits your hand. Your height and weight means nothing. The size of your hand does. Go try a few on for size and buy the one that fits your hand best. Look at a Ruger Super Redhawk. Same grip as a GP100. Great big SOB though, so it is.
  17. cat_IT_guy

    cat_IT_guy Well-Known Member

    I think I mentioned that cost of ammo isnt too much of a concern. If I all I cared about was price of ammo, I would go down to .22, which I already have.

    I also mentioned that I have a .40, for something with some power and mid range ammo price.

    I am looking for something powerful - with a lot of oomph. I actually looked at the .41, but it was about the same price as the .44.

    Im not trynig to step on any toes, but I am aware of the ammo price difference, and I am willing to accept that. Should I be aware of other things?

    Also, how much more powerful is the .357 than my .40? I looked at the bullet velocity and weight, and there didnt appear to be too much difference, barring the uber-magnum loadings (180gr at 1200ish fps). The corbon ammo I have for my .40 is a 165gr at an advertised 1150.
  18. cat_IT_guy

    cat_IT_guy Well-Known Member

    Hand fit is something I didnt really consider. I have fairly large (not huge) hands with long fingers. I certainly wont buy anything without handling it first.
  19. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...Hand fit is something..." Comes from having wide but short hands. You have to try everything on. None of the DA 9mms fit. Nor does a CZ 75, but a Government model and BHP do. Oddly the Super Redhawk fits due to having the same grip as a GP. It's a big bugger though. 3.25 pounds with a 7.5" or 9.5" barrel.
  20. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    Shelf ammo there is a little difference,and a .357 will retain it energy a little better at longer distances,and as you said there's the botique ammo and reloading where the .357 can breath especially with big cast bullets.
    IMHO if you can handle a .40 in a relativly light(compaired to a Redhawk) a .44 esp. with run of the mill shelf loads should be no problem,work your way up to the "uber mag .44"

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