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Ruger Alaskan now in 44 mag??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SAKOHUNTER, Nov 27, 2006.

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  1. SAKOHUNTER

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  2. Ralph Bryant

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    "NOW" ? These have been on the market for months. For some reason, Ruger has put the .480s and .454s on the back-burner and gone full steam ahead with .44 mag production in the Alaskans. Hasn't been unusual to see several of the .44s for sale at area gun shops and shows, but the other two are pretty sparce.

    Nice guns though. A real handfull of steel, but not quite as bad as the S&W "Bear Specials".......
     
  3. bigmike45

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    That is true. I got my 44mag back in August of this year. I saw it on the shelf since July.

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  4. AnthonyRSS

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    We've got one in and I think it feels great, and recoil probably isn't all that bad, whilst still being big enough to take on the bruins.

    Anthony
     
  5. SAKOHUNTER

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    Well I guess it's obvious I don't keep up with Ruger.:eek:

    I just read an article on it in the January '07 issue of Guns magazine and just assumed it was coming out this next year. I also noticed they were not in the 2006 Ruger catalog.

    Still should be fun for a hand loader.
     
  6. eastwood44mag

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    My SRH is painful to shoot with hot loads. I don't know how you guys can shoot that snubby.
     
  7. counterman6

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    I love my Alaskan .44 mag. It's easy to shoot, no, pleasurable to shoot even with the stiffest of magnum loads. Yes, hand-loading for this snubbie is cool, you can toy around with the largest and mildest of both special and magnum loads.
    The other thing about the Alaskan is the range envy one can incite. Everybody popping off nineteen rounds of nine and there you are, a lone man or woman with six big hard-casts and a two and a half inch barrel. The "shock and awe" we all strive for. Do I need one? No. Do I have one? Hell yes.
     
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    The nice thing about the Ruger Alaskan is the grips they've put on the gun. I believe they are the same Hogue grips that are on the S&W .500 and .460. The backstrap is covered, taking away quite a bit of the sharpness from the gun recoiling.

    Steve
     
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    I find myself really wanting an Alaskan, for no reason at all. It doesn't fill an empty need, it probably wouldn't get shot all that much but I am drawn to that big honkin piece of steel. The .500 Smith does nothing for me, the Rugers do for some reason.
     
  10. Ralph Bryant

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    "The .500 Smith does nothing for me, the Rugers do for some reason."

    Ditto here. There is just something about the more compact size of the Alaskan, and the style of the design that makes the Smith seem a little "blah" for lack of a better word.

    There is really no "backstrap" to speak of on the Alaskan. More of a "stud" type grip-frame like the GPs. Actually, the Alaskan looks much better with a set of GP grips IMO. I wish the .454 was more available because of it's ability to fire .45 colt rounds and still capable of some very hot .454 loads. It doesn't give up much to the .500 mag.
     
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    Well the AR comes 1st, but already reloading for a S&W 696 ,the 44 Alaskan sounds intrigueing. I think 300 gr HC @ 1,100 fps are doable :) but I would tone it down to 1025 fps
     
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    eastwood,

    Try some 44 specials in the Alaskan till you find one that shoots to the same point of impact the 44 mags do and you will have a practice and plinking round that you will enjoy immensely in this gun.

    tex
     
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    Is it me, or does Ruger need to make a 44 mag in a 4 inch?

    Something in between 2.5 and 5.5 inches. I would not care if it was a RH of SRH, as long as it was 4 inches, I'd buy it.
     
  14. Cosmoline

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    The .44 mag on that platform is sane and practical.
     
  15. rtl

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    That's next!

    "Is it me, or does Ruger need to make a 44 mag in a 4 inch?

    Something in between 2.5 and 5.5 inches. I would not care if it was a RH of SRH, as long as it was 4 inches, I'd buy it." .45&TKD

    Better start saving for it now. About a month ago Ruger announced they will be coming out with a 4" Redhawk, there's been a few range session write-ups on it already as well. I WILL own one. Now when does that '07 catalog come out...?
     
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    Great!
     
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    The .454 Casull Ruger Alaskan is my first large bore revolver. I have lot's of .357 Mags. .40 and .45 Cal hand guns.
    The Alskan was sligtly used and came with a box & 1/2 of Hornandy 240 Grain that say on the box I believe close to 2,000 FPS.
    I would not want to go to the range and shoot 50 rounds because of the recoil, but it was not designed for that. I can get through a dozen or so rounds and that's enough practice to let me know if I can hit what I'm aiming at.
    It was designed to shot a large animal at close range. I hope to get a second round off if that ever happens.
    I really only bought it because it is the coolest looking revolver I had ever seen. And it came with bullets and a Holster and was only $500.00/ No tax of transferfees.
    Now how could pass that up?
    Oscar
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    The AK is a neat version of the Red Hawk, but after owning several Red Hawks over the years, I would prefer to have the 4 inch Red Hawk myself.

    Now if only Ruger would make the 4 inch Red Hawk in 45 colt/454 and the 480 Ruger. I would buy both.
     
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    There is write up in the latest issue (June) of Combat Handguns on the new Redhawk .44 Mag in 4 inches.
     
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    Man, the 44 Alaskan is expensive though! I saw one at Gander Mt and it was something like $860.
     
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    I just got a new Alaskan .44 Mag on gunbroker for $550
     
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    The Alaskan seems to be my ticket to getting the Ruger .44 special 3" barrel I want--its the closest gun Ruger makes.

    True, its not quiet 3" (2.5" barrel), and its chambered in .44 magnum. However, I can shoot mostly .44 specials and occasionally magnums.

    I handled one a couple weeks ago and like the way it fits. The grips are comfortable even with the finger grooves, and its a reasonbable size for a big bore full framed gun.

    I would love to see Ruger introduce a .44 Special on the GP 100 frame size, but until they do the Alaskan will be an alternative.
     
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    Another vote for a 4" Redhawk in .45 Colt.

    I'd even take a 5"
     
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    While we are wishing, I'd like a "six series" sized 45 colt (5 shot would be fine) that could handle the Cor-Bon DPX 245 gr at 1100 fps.... :p

    I have bee lusting over the Alaskans for awhile, just can't seem to whiddle (sp?) down my wish list so that it is at the top... :mad:
     
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