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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Usmc-1, Apr 17, 2011.

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  1. Usmc-1

    Usmc-1 Member.

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    OK , before anyone gives me any grief , The Smiths are really nice, but really over priced , I like the Rugers as well, but the Taurus Raging Bull series is what I really like , having shot all three (smith,ruger,taurus) , I like them all but the RB just feels excellent in the hand and looks great as well, shot really well too! ,

    I also looked at the Tracker series but its in the medium sized frame , which really lack the strength to handle the bigger loads and for some reason ,it cant fill the cylinder with some loads as well (length) , its hard to pass up the Tracker though , I seen one on slick guns for $349 , with 6.5" ported , its really hard to pass on , but the RB with the large frame , is a no brainer and as far price ,its probably even with some of the Rugers (Smith isnt in the picture) , Unless I can find a decent used model?

    But I really think the Raging Bull is where Im headed , I would like to know what you guys all think , please limit the discussion to the pros/cons of the Raging Bull though!
     
  2. Bush Pilot

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    Why would we give you grief? It's your preference and money, buy and enjoy. BTW, welcome aboard.
     
  3. Usmc-1

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    Ive got a great friend who bashes me over Smith Auto's , He loves the revolvers but not the autos , anyway I really like the Raging Bull ,if I had the money the .454 would be the one, but it seems they tack on an extra $200 bucks for that so, I wont be getting it, Jet guns has the 444 Raging Bull on sale for $507 right now!
     
  4. bluetopper

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    Sounds like your mind is already made up. Enjoy your Raging Bull is all I can say. Choices are what makes this country great.

    Personally, my 44 Mags are two Smiths, a 29-2 and a 629-6........and a Freedom Arms.
     
  5. skidder

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    I don't have a 44 raging bull, but I do have the Tracker. Your better off with a Ruger or a Smith. I wanted a second 44 for packing (something lighter).

    My Tracker went back to the factory, right away, and they pulled a no-fix. With some elbow grease and man hours mine shoots good now, but I wish my experience with Taurus on no one.

    If you decide to role the dice I wish you the best of luck.....;)

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    I wouldnt say I have completely made up my mind yet , I do like the Raging Bull , but I remember when I was a Rookie Cop back in 87 I went out to buy a SW 686 , was all set to buy when just ,I guess by luck I walked into a pawn shop and there was an awesome Colt 1911 series 80 Mk 4 .45acp in the box for $145.00 , guess which gun I bought ? I still have my Colt ,with 10,000 rounds through ,never a failure !

    So if my luck comes back a Colt Python might just show its head (wouldnt that be something!!!)
     
  7. StrawHat

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    If you like the round butt, consider one of the Mountain series of S&Ws. S&W also made a 3" barrel 44 Magnum with the round butt.
     
  8. benderx4

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    Basically, you get what you pay for. If your budget only allows for a Taurus, go for it!

    Personally, I think you'll be hard pressed to find a better overall .44mag than the Colt Anaconda and/or the Smith 629s. Good luck.
     
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    If I saw an Anaconda in one of our stores I would probably wet myself, and then I would see how much my wedding ring would hawk for.....:D
     
  10. 22-rimfire

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    I would check it out as well as you can before you buy it. Other than that, I offer no advice. An Anaconda would certainly interest me a lot more. The only one that I might buy is the 480 Ruger version and I would buy it with some hesitation. I tend to prefer 41 mags in this caliber nitch. Personally I think your better off with a Ruger or Smith since the Colt is likely unavailable. No grief, just my opinion.
     
  11. Usmc-1

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    I would almost guarantee that the Anaconda wont be available and at the current rate it wont be available for me anyway!
     
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    I am new to this forum, so to get involved I will share my .44 experience. My first was a Ruger 7.5 SBH. Great gun but the barrel turned, like it rotated, I sent it back to Ruger and denied reloading for it. While it was at Ruger I bought a Taurus 7.5" in .44 mag for deer hunting. After shooting less than 200 rds the timeing of the cylinder and forcing cone went off resulting pieces of lead flying off the forcing cone. My dealer took it back and I ended up with a Ruger Redhawk 7.5" which the barrel turned after shooting it for a while. Ruger has a great C/S and they fixed all of the guns. My SBH is now a 4.5" thanks to Ruger. I own several S&W and have never had any problems with them but I have heard of barrel turning in some 29's, they also are known for there good C/S. I have never heard anything positive on Taurus C/S.
    Jim
     
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    Taurus guns are cheaper than either S&W or Ruger for a reason . . . just like the Yugo (remember that?) was cheaper than a Toyota.

    Still, if you're lucky enough to get a good one, it's likely to work for a while.
     
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    I like my 629-3 a lot. Don't know why I waited so long to get one, nice big & heavy 6 inch barrel. Paid $500 for it used. No regrets.
     
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    I couldn't resist, here's one on my Smiths. Only better action that I've felt other than this gun has been on one my older Colts.

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    Save the money, wait a few extra weeks or months till you have it, then buy a Ruger Devildog! You won't regret it. Search the forum and you will find that Taurus revolvers have the most problems out of any brand. Rugers have the least, and are the strongest. Smiths generally have the best trigger pulls and smoothest actions, but Smiths will not handle a steady diet of the real bear-buster loads that the Rugers will. Taurus revolvers have sloppier tolerances and fairly poor workmanship in the assembly of their revolvers.
     
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    No worries mate! I have all three and love them all. The Taurus isn't as refined as the S&W, but it's just as strong as the Ruger is in my opinion. I too think the Taurus is nice to the touch, accurate as can be, and doesn't break the bank. I have a bunch of Taurus pistols and revolver's, S&W's and Ruger's and they all make feel kind of warm and squishy. And if you load your own with full house rounds like I do, you really begin to appreciate just how well they are built. Even the little one's like the PT111 doesn't have problems with high working pressure loads. I've heard stories of some having problems, but I've also heard simular stories about Ruger's and S&W's.
    +1 for Taurus
     
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    +1 to you get what you pay for. Rugers and S&Ws cost more fore a reason. I'm not diss'in Taurus, just know what you're buying.
     
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    My best friend has been buying Taurus for years, revolvers and autos and he has never had a problem , like me ,I love Ruger Revolvers but cant stand there cheaply made autos , he loves Smith Revolvers as do I but cant stand the autos , we both agree on COLTS , i know that if you look for problems on the internet about a Smith revolver YOU'LL FIND THEM, on any gun , and there fanboys for the manufactuers , I love the Smith guns , but they are starting to get in the Colt arena of being way too overpriced (800-1000) ,sure you can find some (sometimes, under those prices ,) but not often, I have a Smith Revovler model 66 and love it ,had it for years ,had 686 ,loved it ,I used Ruger autos on the job and hated them worst POS I ever used ,there revovlers Ive never had but have shot and always liked them!

    I just like the idea of being able to buy a gun that wont break the bank ,I dont intend to fire 1000 rounds through it , I will plink and possbily hunt depending on how well it shoots ,but a 1000 rounds? nope!


    I will wait a minute to buy though , just dont have the money yet for any of them ,I have a business to run!
     
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    i have a SW 44 629 and have had it for a very long time LOVE IT.

    i don't like to shoot max loads out of it just seems to much to me.

    i also have a DE 50/44 and it takes all the max loads i want to toss out it.

    i also like Taurus guns and only had problems out of 1 and it was a 444 ultralight ,
    loved the light 44 had a good sting to it but it didn't like firing 20-25 rounds back to back, cylinder got tight , so it had to go, i didn't need a gun that might need a cool down period.

    WILL I BUY ANOTHER TAURUS=======YES========

    thing with Taurus is the warranty, my smith mod10-5 is in the shop on my dime, Taurus would be on there dime
     
  21. Jim NE

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    My opinion, regardless of which brand you buy, is to look for a used one. It will be lower cost than a new one, and you shouldn't have any depreciation in value if you sell it.

    Why would you sell it? I could be wrong, but I'm under the impression that .44 magnums (and larger calibers) are eventually seen to be impractical by a lot of people who buy them. They're great for hunting or if you live in Alaska (or griz country), but I don't see a lot of practical use for them beyond that, unless you're just a collector. Ammo's expensive if you don't reload, and it takes a lot of practice/experience to learn to control them. Just my opinion.

    I would look at the single action Rugers in .44 mag. I had one, and it was good. Not so horribly expensive like some of the double actions.
     
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    I got a brand new 629-6 for $549 (gun show in Pasadena, TX). I don't think that's overpriced.

    BTW, it's my favorite gun I've ever owned.
     
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    i wouldn't take that for my 629-1 :rolleyes:
     
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    Now that says it all ! And its not just guns, I think cars ,tv's all kinds of stuff!
     
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    Have you ever considered looking for a Dan Wesson revolver? Personally I like the quality of DW's plus a few other benefits such as the interchangeable barrels. They turn up for sale on Gunbroker and usually are in nice condition.
     
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