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Taurus 444 ultralite?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by timmyb21, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. timmyb21

    timmyb21 Well-Known Member

    Anyone have one? I currently have a 608 and would like to replace the heavyweight .357 with a lightweight .44. I only use it for mountain carry, and the .357 is actually starting to make my back hurt while carrying (I have a degenerative back problem that kept me out of the military). I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with one. Thanks guys...Tim
  2. timmyb21

    timmyb21 Well-Known Member

    No one has one?
  3. big44

    big44 Well-Known Member

    I've handled them at the gunshop and some gunshows. I don't actually own one but I've been tempted several times to get one. I think the frame is an aluminum alloy and the cylinder is titanium. Before I actually buy one I'd like to hear how the frame, if it's aluminum, stands up to 44 magnum rounds.
  4. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    I have several Taurus revolvers, and am well satisfied. But 444 Ultralite is one I have no interest in. I've seen too many problems with Titanium cylinders chambered in heavy magnum calibers, and I won't even get into the question of amuminum frames.

    Concerning your back problem. I would suggest that you look into supporting the belt you carry(any) gun on with a pair of suspenders to help distribute the weight.
  5. Glockman17366

    Glockman17366 Well-Known Member

    I'm with Old Fuff on this one.
    Might take a look at a Tracker...they're smaller then the 608.
  6. roscoe

    roscoe Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't you do better with a lighter .357? The other concern would be the recoil on a lightweight .44 magnum. Ouch is all I can say.

    As for the back issue - if you carry on your belt, it shouldn't really hurt your back. I carry my SP101 in a Safepacker on my pack belt and my hips carry all the weight (fellow back sufferer here).
  7. Glockman17366

    Glockman17366 Well-Known Member

    Well, it's a gun to be carried a lot and shot very little. With any gun, I think it's prudent to put 100-200 rounds through it ASAP. This especially applies if it's going to be a self defense weapon (as I assume this one will be).
    I'd reckon this one will be a bruiser to shoot...but no need to shoot more then 5-6 rounds at a time (space that test firing out).
    Gotta admit, it does look pretty cool...but I'd still go for a stainless .357 first.
  8. JaxNovice

    JaxNovice member

    For mountain carry I would say that the Taurus Ultralite .44 is a fine choice. Don't expect it to be fun to shoot but it will protect you from almost anything out there. I fired one a few times and I came to three conclusions:

    1) It is really light!

    2) I cannot imagine a gun with more recoil or a gun that is more unpleasant to shoot.

    3) I feel sorry for any being on the wrong end of that barrell.
  9. salthouse

    salthouse Well-Known Member

    I've got one and I really like it. I don't agree with Jax on item #2. Its stout but not that bad. 44Spl is moderate. VERY light weight. I use it for wilderness carry and have 100% confidence in it. A number of friends told me I was crazy to buy it, but like to shoot it too. If you are considering one, keep in mind it probably has no re-sale value.

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