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Thank you - i have purchased a 44

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Trent, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    I kind of got bit by the revolver bug.

    Sold a PS90 rifle last week and I'm sitting on some spare cash, was kind of tossing around the idea of getting a 44 mag. That Ruger SP-101 I bought kind of inspired me. Putting all most shots through one big ragged hole at 7 yards was just too fun. And now whenever I shoot my plastic guns I'm going to be sad at the results. :)

    Having never SHOT a 44 mag, I don't know the first damn thing about what brand or type to get.

    I want one that's accurate. I'm a good shot, at target shooting, so inherent accuracy would trump all else. I'd like a gun that'd hit a soda can at 100 yards.

    Or Bambi's chest thumper organ.

    So, any suggestions on a good, highly accurate 44 mag?

    (I roll my own ammo and have lots of experience working up loads, no problems on that end. But you can only get as good as the gun can do with handloads, so I want a good gun.....)

    Thanks in advance!
  2. savanahsdad

    savanahsdad New Member

    New Mod. super blackhawk 44.jpg

    scoped blackhawk 44mag.jpg

    Ruger BlackHawk's can't have just one:neener:
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  3. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Double-action or single-action?

    In DAs, some folks really like the Colt Anaconda, but they're expensive and hard to come by.

    If accuracy was my absolute top priority, I might look at a Dan Wesson. They've got a cult following with reports of top-end accuracy.

    My personal choice is the S&W 629, though whether you'll get coke-can at 100 yds accuracy I'm not sure. Close, and with good handloads, possibly.

    The Rugers are built tough, of course, but they aren't for everyone. I personally like the looks of the Redhawk, but I think the SRH is considered a better and more pleasant shooter.

    For the SAs, you've mostly got the Ruger Blackhawk and SBH, and then the Freedom Arms guns, which are generally amazing but might give even that P90 budget a bit of heartburn. The real split-the-difference standout is probably the Magnum Research BFR in .44. Folks REALLY like them and MSRP is just over $1,000.

    (Of course, if you're going with the BFR you have to resist the temptation to get the .45-70 instead ... or the 20mm! LOL!)
  4. highpower

    highpower Member

    Get a S&W Model 29 or one of it's variants I have a Model 29, a 29-2 and a 629-4 Classic DX. All are superbly accurate guns.

    629-2 Classic DX


  5. planetmobius

    planetmobius New Member

    I also vote for the S&W model 29. I have a couple and you can't go wrong. beautiful lines, lots of refinement and come from 4" to 8 3/8" barrels. If you go single action, get a Ruger Super Blackhawk. You can get those from 3" to 10 1/2".
  6. BlackSky

    BlackSky New Member

    Model 29 with 8 3/8" barrel does pretty darn well for me.

  7. BemidjiDweller

    BemidjiDweller New Member

    Can't go wrong with a Ruger Blackhawk.
  8. MCMXI

    MCMXI Active Member

    That depends on how much he got for his PS90. If you like SA revolvers that are superbly well made and accurate you will LOVE a Freedom Arms revolver in .44 Mag. A friend has one and I couldn't believe how "tight" everything is. The clearances are all minimum at best. I know of another individual who has one chambered in .454 Casull with a 7-1/2" barrel and he's shot sub moa groups at 100 yards off a rest.

    I have a 629 with a 4" barrel and it's not a lot of fun to shoot with full power loads. It's accurate for sure but I'd rather shoot .45 Colt through one of my Ruger Blackhawks. The Rugers are Bisley models and they're much nicer to shoot.
  9. beatledog7

    beatledog7 New Member

    OK, I'll say it -- Redhawk!
  10. S&Wfan

    S&Wfan New Member

    I owned a nice, early Ruger "3-screw" SuperBlackhawk in .44 magnum (7 1/2" barrel). It was accurate and I hunted deer with it.

    Then I traded it in on a S&W Model 29-5 (w/endurance package) with a 6" full underlugged barrel and 4-way adjustable "silhouette" front sight and never looked back.

    It buries the SB in trigger pull and accuracy and it has been my primary deer hunting firearm for many years now. I have lots of fond memories with this tack-driving revolver through the years, including dropping three deer in mere seconds on TWO different occasions; taking a rare piebald whitetail buck, and lots of fine deer!

    It is accurate too, shooting sub 2" groups at 50 yards and easily hitting gallon milk jugs at 200 yards (just hold 34" high)! LOL

    If something happened to this wonderful revolver I'd go out and get another! That's how much it means to me!

    BTW, I've removed the front sight for silent, easy draw from the holster. It is topped by a 1st generation Bushnell Holosight that has been on it for many, many years now.


    Yes, even wily coyotes fall to the sweet shooting .44 . . . this one dropped in its tracks at 40 yards when it came sneaking by while I was slowly descending a deer stand in 2011. A quiet draw, then a one-handed shot (since I was holding onto the ladder with the other) . . . ah the memories!!!

    BOTTOM LINE . . . I highly recommend a S&W Model 29 (blued) or 629 (stainless). Their triggers are superb, and their accuracy is too. Strong, yet one overbuilt (heavy) for long, comfortable carry and control.
  11. drwindmill

    drwindmill New Member

    I have a Colt Anaconda and several 29, 629's. As far as lockup and quality I would take the 629 over the Colt any day of the week. Colts are safe queens and the Smith is battle ready:):)
  12. targetshooter22

    targetshooter22 New Member

    As you can see, options abound. Personally, I'm a bit of Ruger whore when it comes to sixguns, so Redhawk or Blackhawk would be my pick (I own a Vaquero in that caliber). But no matter which way you go (Ruger, SW, or Colt), it's a fantastic caliber with many, many fun options and uses. Enjoy!
  13. Bio-Chem

    Bio-Chem New Member

    I'll put my vote in on the Ruger Redhawk. Have one with a nice 2X scope on it. Not sure as if im good enough to hit a coke can at 100 Yards with it, but it'll take game out to that distance in my opinion if done correctly. accurate, fun, and has a wow factor at the range :)
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
  14. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    Well, I pocketed $2200 on that PS90 sale.

    $300 of it has been spent on reloading stuff (mostly BOOLITS for my 7mm & 357, dies, etc), leaving me $1900.

    That has to stretch out for the gun, possibly a 2-6x pistol scope (if the gun accepts one, would be a big plus since my eyes are giving me problems lately), a supply of ammo & brass, and reloading dies.

    Oh, and I'm drawn to stainless finishes like a moth to a bug lamp.

    The 629 above looks real nice, the grip angle looks similar to my SP101.

    I don't mind DA, although I'd probably be shooting SA more than DA. I'm still not used to DA shooting and my shots tend to hit low (I've been practicing but still can't get a clean break, no matter how frigging steady I hold my hands and focus ONLY on moving my finger).
  15. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire New Member

    If I were buying my first 44 magnum revolver and I preferred stainless, I would probably try to find a S&W 6-6.5" M629. But if I intended to shoot really potent loads, I would get a Ruger Blackhawk. If you want the best, go with a Freedom Arms revolver.

    My most accurate 41 mag is a 8 3/8" S&W M57. My caliber steps go 357 mag > 41 mag > 480 Ruger/475 Linebaugh.

    Double Action vs Single Action... just personal preference and how you normally shoot. Honestly, I mostly shoot DA revolvers single action anyway most of the time, but I like the convenience of loading and unloading a DA revolver. But in a larger caliber, I find no speed issues with a SA revolver as I am not plinking with the beast anyway. If you are practicing for self defense... then shoot DA or shoot some in DA. You need to know your capabilities. But for hunting, you don't need DA for deer hunting. But you might prefer it for a bear defense gun.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
  16. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    Holy crap.

    I found this image on Wikipedia.


    Talk about a fire breathing monster.

    Why haven't I bought one of these before now?!
  17. CraigC

    CraigC Active Member

    You have a lot of options and a lot of homework to do. It's gonna take some trial and error to find the one that best suits you. I've got more .44Mag's than any other centerfire chambering and more .44's than any other bore size. All my experimenting led me to the following conclusions. Redhawks are uncomfortable. Super Redhawks are the most tolerable DA. S&W's are tolerable with proper grips up to 1200fps. The Super Blackhawk just doesn't work for me. The Ruger Blackhawk with the XR3 (Colt SAA/Navy) pattern also works up to 1200fps. The Ruger XR3-RED does not work for me. What I have found to be the most comfortable is the Ruger Bisley with a set of properly fitting, properly shaped custom grips. Which is probably why I have four of them.



    Accuracy shouldn't be a problem with any of them. I have S&W's and Rugers that will do 2" at 50yds. A Freedom Arms will halve that but you will pay dearly for it.
  18. klcmschlesinger

    klcmschlesinger New Member

    Super Redhawk

    I've got the Super Redhawk. Some say they are ugly, but I don't think so. Also, if you shoot and miss, it is big enough to beat to death whatever you missed.:D

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  19. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire New Member

    A man's got to know his limitations. :D

    I think the Ruger Super Redhawk is a good choice in 7.5" with proper grips. They are ugly revolvers but the work well. I have one in 480 Ruger. I also found the Redhawk a little uncomfortable to shoot, but I don't have a lot of experience with them.

    I really like the M-29's or their stainless cousins, but I agree with Craig that they get a bit uncomfortable in the more powerful loadings. If you buy one, experiment with grips. They sure are purty!
  20. CraigC

    CraigC Active Member

    I agree. I had a Redhawk 20yrs ago and couldn't find a way to make it comfortable to shoot. The factory wood grips were the best I tried, Hogue's and Pachmayr's were horrendous. Traded it for a .38-44HD and then traded that for the Mundenized 629MG above, don't miss it one bit.

    You cannot buy a better, bigger hammer than a .480 SRH without spending a lot more money. They won't win any beauty contests but where else can you buy a sixgun that slings a 425gr at 1200fps and is capable of taking any critter on planet earth for the princely sum of $550?


    PS, the Burris 2-7x is way too much glass for any revolver. This one is in place because I already had it and it needed a home. Were I buying a scope for a dedicated hunting revolver, it would be a Burris or Leupold fixed 2x. It's plenty but not too much.

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