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Old 02-03-2013, 08:09 PM   #21
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The most important question to ask yourself is how much do intend to use and shoot the revolver,, as indicated above, one can reload for desired recoil levels, etc., but hunting with a handgun is a different proposition than a long arm by a bunch. Much more practice is required, a good sighting system is highly recommended from those who make their living writing and hunting with handguns, all are considerations to look at when it comes to funds spent, time allocated to practice, reloading , etc. My favorite hunting revolver is a Ruger Blackhawk in .41 magnum, rebarreled by Mr. Gary Reeder and topped with a 2x Weaver,, I have .357's and even a FA Model 83 in .500 Wyoming Express,, a little heavy with factoiry loads for stuff here in the east, but loaded down it is just fine for hogs and deer and doesn't beat my hands to pieces. I would say get with some buddies who own both,, shoot them and work on making a choice that suits you and your budget.
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If the gun is to be for target shooting or hunting, a Ruger Super Blackhawk would be a good choice - sturdy, pretty accurate, but not abusively heavy. If it is intended for personal protection, a Ruger Redhawk would be pretty good. They come in 4", 5.5", and 7.5" barrel lengths. Or, maybe you could find a Dan Wesson model 44VH (blue) or 744VH(stainless), a double action .44 mag that comes with interchangeable barrels, 4", 6", 8", and 10" lengths. Quite heavy (64 oz), but sturdy and accurate. Kinda pricey, too. For personal protection you could carry .44 Special cartridges to get reduced recoil.

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As others have said if you're planning on using it for whitetail,go with the 44 rem mag. for the larger heavier bullet along with more power.
I have a S&W629 I use to deer hunt with that I have been very happy with,i'm sure the Rugers are just as nice and reliable,can't go wrong with either revolver choice.

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I had the exact same dilemma a couple of years ago,and I went with the S&W 629 .44 mag 6".The .44 can always do what the .357 can do with a .44 special round or light magnum but a .357 cannot quite do what a .44 mag can do.I use 240-300 gr hot loads for whitetails and critical defense 165 gr .44 special's for in the house.

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If you can only get one, make it a Dan Wesson .44 Magnum. It'll handle any loads the Ruger can and you don't have to compromise on what barrel length you want to use. 4" for carry/home defense and a scoped 8" for hunting? No problem, just swap them out. The accuracy of the Dan Wesson is legendary; ask any silhouette shooter. I can't say for sure, but I'd almost bet the Speer 200gr "short barrel" 1100 fps load would probably feel like a .38 Special.

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Guy I sometimes shoot Bullseye with bought a Dan Wesson and brought it one week. Gorgeous gun. He offered to let me shoot it but I declined. I didn't want to use up the last of his reloads. He is a bigger guy than I am but he was shooting it one handed. He told me he has owned several 29's over the years and the Dan Wesson is far more comfortable to shoot.

I have pretty much decided on the .44 for caliber but am a little nervous about the recoil.

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The Dan Wesson revolvers are very heavy, 64 ounces or so, and that really helps to minimize recoil. My wife is a little bitty old lady, and she really enjoys shooting hers. There are 2 general kinds of Dan Wesson barrel/shroud combinations, "vent rib" (V) and "vent heavy" (VH). The 44VH (blue) or 744VH (stainless) models have heavy lugs on the barrel shrouds, and with them, recoil is a non-issue.

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Guy I sometimes shoot Bullseye with bought a Dan Wesson and brought it one week. Gorgeous gun. He offered to let me shoot it but I declined. I didn't want to use up the last of his reloads. He is a bigger guy than I am but he was shooting it one handed. He told me he has owned several 29's over the years and the Dan Wesson is far more comfortable to shoot.

I have pretty much decided on the .44 for caliber but am a little nervous about the recoil.
Recoil in a heavy .44mag revolver-40+oz with standard ammo-240gr@1,200fps is not bad at all,my girlfriend has even shot my .44 magnum with no complaints,and I can shoot 50-100 rounds of that standard ammo in a session with no fatigue.Recoil in my .44 mag revolver is less than the 24oz .357 snubby I used to have.Now once you get hotter loads than the 240gr@1,200fps you do start to feel recoil,I shot some Hornady XTP's in 240gr@1,400fps and 300gr@1,150fps and those ones you do feel,like as if you smacked a tree with a wooden baseball bat,but the standard stuff isn't like that at all and a .44 special round in my gun has less felt recoil than a 9mm in a duty sized pistol.
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Just stopped by a LGS that I buy most of my reloading supplies from and they have a very lightly used Taurus 44 8 3/8" for $375. I hadn't really considered Taurus but that might be too good of a price to pass up.

I have a Taurus 94SS 4" that has been dead reliable. The .44 is in a whole other class though.

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The Taurus ought to be tough enough. An 8 3/8 inch barrel is pretty long. It'd be great for hunting and silhouette shooting, but a little unwieldy for personal defense.
The price is great if the gun is OK.


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