Quantcast

Which 44 mag?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by brewer12345, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. brewer12345

    brewer12345 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2015
    Messages:
    769
    I have always wanted a 44 mag revolver to go with the lever. What I have in mind is a 6 inch barrel, suitable for hunting, solidly built and with good accuracy. Can be new or used. The ability to add an optic at some point is a major plus. Is a super black hawk the default here?
     
    JeffG and drband like this.
  2. troy fairweather

    troy fairweather Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2018
    Messages:
    2,583
    ruger
    or bfr
     
    Beach Bum, Obturation and Bones741 like this.
  3. drband

    drband Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2014
    Messages:
    1,704
    Location:
    GA
    You should be able to find a SBH used that will scratch that itch. Mine is a great shooter. (But I don’t have a lever gun—yet!)
     
    JeffG likes this.
  4. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2014
    Messages:
    173
    Location:
    Missouri
    I don’t think you can go wrong with the Model 29. The new 29-10 is stronger than previous versions and sells new for less than the earlier guns, which have become collectible.
    DyaGP4a.jpg
     
    Harvie likes this.
  5. MaxP

    MaxP Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2015
    Messages:
    825
    Location:
    Virginia
    BFR.....love mine.

    DSC_0776.jpg

    Can't go wrong with the Ruger in both flavors - Super Blackhawk and Super Redhawk.
     
    JeffG, Obturation, Bones741 and 3 others like this.
  6. adcoch1

    adcoch1 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2015
    Messages:
    1,824
    Location:
    Centralia Washington
    I've had a S&W model 29, a Ruger Redhawk, and a super blackhawk. All are excellent shooters, but the S&W I shot out of time, so I vote Ruger of some variety.
     
  7. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2014
    Messages:
    173
    Location:
    Missouri
    Smith and Wesson addressed that problem years ago.

    http://www.sixguns.com/range/SmithWesson44Mag.htm
     
    Harvie and adcoch1 like this.
  8. MaxP

    MaxP Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2015
    Messages:
    825
    Location:
    Virginia
    The Endurance Package does not fix the inherent weaknesses to the design, however, they are better with the Endurance Package than without. I love my Model 29s, but I don't do any heavy lifting with them anymore.
     
  9. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2011
    Messages:
    9,005
    629 Classic
     
    no.5enfield likes this.
  10. gonoles_1980

    gonoles_1980 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2013
    Messages:
    1,069
    I own the Redhawk, my wife shoots light loaded 44spl out of it, I shoot moderate, and just below magnum loads out of it.
     
  11. sabbfan

    sabbfan Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2012
    Messages:
    260
    Location:
    Gilman, IA
    Super Redhawk, even comes with the rings to mount your scope.
     
    Obturation and MaxP like this.
  12. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2014
    Messages:
    173
    Location:
    Missouri
    You are obviously more experienced with these guns than I am, so I’ll concede the point. It looks like a M29 would be a poor choice for a competitor that shoots thousands of rounds, but what about normal use? I only shoot a couple hundred rounds a year with mine and it looks like it will outlive me.
     
    adcoch1 and MaxP like this.
  13. WrongHanded
    • Contributing Member

    WrongHanded Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2017
    Messages:
    900
    Have you shot many (or any) with high-end loads? I ask because different grips and grip frames make a big difference to the experience. The right grip/grip frame can make it easy. The wrong grip frame can make it miserable. And you won't know til you try.
     
    brewer12345 and Rudolph31 like this.
  14. MaxP

    MaxP Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2015
    Messages:
    825
    Location:
    Virginia
    It was the Metallic Silhouette shooters who really tested the limits of their revolvers. Normal use (240 grain loads) should be no issue with the Model 29, but when you ramp it up, you will shoot 'em loose. Just a fact of life. No criticism to S&W as there probably is no more elegant a .44 Magnum, but the N-frame was designed around the .44 Special and never intended for a cartridge as powerful as the .44 Mag. I however still own Model 29s and always will. I just don't beat on them.
     
    km101, JeffG, Anchorite and 5 others like this.
  15. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2008
    Messages:
    4,714
    Location:
    Flatlandistan
    Perhaps a 5 1/2" Uberti Cattleman might do the trick, nice match for your lever gun.
     
    Armored farmer likes this.
  16. brewer12345

    brewer12345 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2015
    Messages:
    769
    That is a good point. I know how heavy 357 loads make grips important, so I had best handle a few examples and see what I can rent or borrow.
     
    WrongHanded likes this.
  17. jdavis123

    jdavis123 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2015
    Messages:
    197
    Location:
    Central Florida
    A single action is a perfect match for a lever action rifle. Ruger Super Blackhawk with scope rings is a good choice if that is to your liking. However, the double action revolver does have advantages in the loading and unloading as well as speed of fire. S&W DA revolvers of recent manufacture are factory drilled and tapped for optics and a plenty strong enough for anything but the hottest handloads. I have a 1974 model 29-2 that has digested thousands of factory and handloads without a hitch.I also have a modern 629-6 that is an excellent revolver also. The Redhawks are good revolvers but I prefer S&W action as well as it’s appearance. You may feel otherwise after trying both.
     
    Armybrat and adcoch1 like this.
  18. adcoch1

    adcoch1 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2015
    Messages:
    1,824
    Location:
    Centralia Washington
    As maxp stated, they are a lot more durable with the endurance package upgrade, but not Ruger or BFR strong. I just wish I would have known since that S&W was my favorite handgun ever. So, if only for occasional magnum use, and a healthy diet of 44 special type loads, by all means get the 29. If you want to ONLY shoot magnums? Go Ruger or better.. My $0.02
     
    MaxP likes this.
  19. Reeferman

    Reeferman Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    698
    Before buying a SBH I would suggest seeing if you can shoot one before you do. I like mine but at my age the plow handle really sucks with anything over a 44 special load.
    If it had a Bisley grip it would be awesome.
     
  20. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    7,905
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    The Super Blackhawk Hunter would be a good option for you.
    I like the lines of a single action to be paired with a lever gun.
    And if you really want an optic, they have integral mounts.
     
    troy fairweather and MaxP like this.
  21. Deanimator

    Deanimator Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    11,918
    Location:
    Rocky River, Ohio
    Ruger, Redhawk for double action, Super Blackhawk for single action.
     
  22. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2008
    Messages:
    5,019
    Location:
    SE GA
    I like my 629-4 quite a bit. Pondered a Redhawk or Blackhawk as well but found the Smith first.
     
    km101 and MaxP like this.
  23. 375supermag

    375supermag Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    400
    Location:
    Southcentral Pennsylvania
    Hi...
    Look for a used Dan Wesson double action revolver.
    It will handle any sane load and if anything like mine deliver superb accuracy. The interchangeable barrels are a big plus.
     
    MikeInOr likes this.
  24. Old Stumpy

    Old Stumpy Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2019
    Messages:
    224
    Ruger Super Blackhawk or Redhawk, both stainless.
    Rugged, accurate, and simple construction.
    No side plate on the Redhawk, so a solid and stronger frame, and easier to disassemble than a Model 29 Smth.
    Stainless is just more attractive, I think, and easier to tune up with slip stones, emery paper, and polishing compound, should you need to.
    No cold blue needed for a touch-up, and holster wear is invisible.
     
  25. gotboostvr

    gotboostvr Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Messages:
    2,259
    Location:
    Buckeye Country
    I'm a big fan of the 629's, but don't shoot anything over 240gr and I keep them under book max.

    Currently, I've only got this 5" 629 classic.
    [​IMG]

    But it does everything I need a large handgun for.
     
    km101, jdavis123, JeffG and 4 others like this.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice