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Old 04-06-2010, 07:11 AM   #11
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Ruger, built like a tank, super strong frame and extra thick cylinder walls make for a heavy weapon but it does a great job on soaking up recoil. If could only own one weapon it would be my 7 1/2" stainless steel Redhawk. It's paid for itself with venison in the freezer over the many years I've owned it. It's as tight now as when I bought it close to thirty years ago.

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Old 04-06-2010, 11:43 AM   #12
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Like they said, you can't go wrong with either the Ruger or the S&W. To those that thinks a S&W's DOUBLE action pull is lighter/smoother I say this-you've never felt a Redhawk's double action trigger pull after a Wolff spring kit & polish. By design it's almost impossible for the S&W's (tuned or otherwise) double action pull to be as light as a tuned Redhawk pull. My Redhawk has a DA pull of less than 6 pounds, and closer to 5.5. Naturally S&W beats the Redhawk in SINGLE action pull.

You COULD get a S&W model 329 if you want a REALLY light (physical weight) .44. The recoil is brutal however with "full house" loads even by my standards.

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Go see Jimmy at A Pawn for either. I'm a Ruger fan myself, but that's mostly because of the $$$ issue, I'm a bit of a cheapskate. I'd buy the Ruger, spend $12 on a Wolff spring kit, and spend some time with a fine grit stone.

A trip to Jimmy's place is definately in order. I am leaning toward the Redhawk. I will see what he has. He will probably be at least $100 below retail value on a new one.
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The Smith is a "nicer" gun. The Ruger is larger and the cylinder is longer. If you are goinig to stay in the 180-240 gr bullet weight range the Smith is fine. If you want to go heavy (300+ gr bullets) the Ruger is the only way to go. You can fit more powder in the case and load the bullets long to work in the Ruger.

I had a Superblackhawk 7 1/2" that shot the 300's very well (pie plate at 100yards). I currently have a 6" blue 29 and a 4" stainless 629. For what I need, they work well and look beautiful.

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I am a handloader. I will start out light. But I like the ability to get nasty later. I am not recoil sensitive. Going to have to go with the Ruger. I don't even mind cleaning a little lead out of the barrel. The thrill is sooo worth it!

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Hey Robo, why go to a 300gr and not reach for a 460? Just sayin...

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A trip to Jimmy's place is definately in order. I am leaning toward the Redhawk. I will see what he has. He will probably be at least $100 below retail value on a new one.
My last purchase at Jimmy's was my 6" stainless GP100. Ruger's website lists it at $701.00, I paid $467.86, over $230 off MSRP. You gotta love that.
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I have a Ruger Bisely cut to 5", it's sweet. But I'm a dinosaur. I think it's lighter that either the Smith or Redhawk.

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Got an extra set of 44 dies? I'm trying to feed my 629...pricey!

I'll echo CA357 here but I'm partial to S&W revolvers, especially the older ones. If I were you, I'd be looking for a 29/629, a Black/Redhawk would be a close second. Nothing wrong with the Rugers, I just have a thing for the Smiths and their sweet triggers.

Will this work for you? If so, PM me.

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Got an extra set of 44 dies? I'm trying to feed my 629...pricey!

I'll echo CA357 here but I'm partial to S&W revolvers, especially the older ones. If I were you, I'd be looking for a 29/629, a Black/Redhawk would be a close second. Nothing wrong with the Rugers, I just have a thing for the Smiths and their sweet triggers.
I sent you a PM reply. I don't know if you got it. I have 44 Auto 3 die Hornady sets and some Lee. If you did not get my PM please send me another. I think my reply deleted when trying to attach an image to the PM.
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