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Old 03-13-2010, 10:49 AM   #11
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I own a lot of .44 Magnums. Many are Rugers and a few are Smith & Wessons. However, I don't own any Taurus .44's. The reason being, for the price of a Taurus you can get a Ruger. Of all my .44 Magnums I have to say I favor my S&W Classic 629-5, followed by my S&W 329PD. However, when I hunt I generally use my Ruger Redhawk or my Bisley BUT my S&W 329PD in on my hip at all times.


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I say the Smith & Wesson 625, sorry but the 45 ACP is the perfect round IMO. If it's good enough for the 1911 it's good enough for a revolver.
I don't even remotely agree...
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IMHO, one should have both calibers, .357 mag and .44 mag in their stable. Either Smith, Ruger or Colt, and indeed ultimately, the choice is yours.

The Taurus Ranging Bull series are indeed lookers, but I have not had enough shooting experience with one personally, to honestly recommend their performance.

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If you are looking for a cheap and good revolver, Taurus Raging Bull is the way to go. I personally do not like Ruger for their looks, and they feel like a brick in my hand, but they have a excellent track record which cannot be denied. Also the mechanics in the Raging Bull are not as smooth as e.g. a good S&W, but i would still give it the thumbs up.
I own a 8 3/8" Raging Bull (.44Mag) and it is the best purchase I have ever made. To me the Raging Bull has proven itself as I have shot several IPSC level mataches with it, and it never failed me. Off course if you got the money go for a S&W......

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My .44 Mag. is a S&W 629 with 6-1/2" barrel. Excellent pig gun. I've shot from 240 gr. wad cutters to 300 gr. cast core and some +P rounds as well with no hitch what so ever.

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I have a S&W 586 with a 6 inch barrel. I bought it at a gun show. Great gun. It's a 357 mag. I have to say, I don't like Taurus. I have first hand experience with their quality conjtrol and their customer service. You might buy a great gun from them. You might buy a peice of junk. They have been turning out guns that obviously did not get inspected. I still have one Taurus. It's the M85 38 snubby. It's been ok. But I had a PT111 PRO that was a nightmare. I finally returned it to where I bought it. The dealer said he would work it out with them.

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Not sure about the 44mag. but in .357 The Ruger GP100 is about as reliable and solid as it gets. I would stake my life on it.

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Ruger's GP 100 is a great 357 im a few lengths. The Super Redhawk is hard to beat for a 44 mag. I used to be a S&W guy and nothing else would do in a wheel gun. I got a Redhawk in a trade and went to a Super Redhawk later. They are built like tanks!

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Not sure about the 44mag. but in .357 The Ruger GP100 is about as reliable and solid as it gets. I would stake my life on it.
I am not aware of a Ruger that I would not trust my life with. For the money they are really tuff to beat. At least that's my take.
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I am not aware of a Ruger that I would not trust my life with. For the money they are really tuff to beat. At least that's my take.
Then we agree.
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