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Old 05-15-2010, 06:11 PM   #11
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What are the stocks on you Bisley made of?

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I my self have to go with the smith. Simply because IMHO they look a lot sleeker and more ergonomic than the ruger. Sure if you like that old cowboy toten side iron style go with the ruger but if you're like me and you wanna be a Dirty Harry Tackleberry toten hand cannon kind guy then get the smith

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what are the stocks on you bisley made of?
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Thanks. Thought maybe buffalo horn.

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Default 29 or Ruger???

Shoot Both of Them,
before you decide.
A friend from work bought a 29,
I bought the Redhawk.
44mag.
We took them up to the hills to shoot
and of course,
here try mine.
we each had fired about half a box,
so we were used to firing full magnum loads.
I fired one shot from the 29.
The trigger guard hit my second finger,
DAMN,
thought it was broke.
hurt, wow.
bruised for and sore for several days.

OK,
not a fault of the gun,
just my fat hand.

So I stress,

Fire the gun before you buy.

And good luck with your new toy.

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Old 05-17-2010, 12:28 AM   #16
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My wife bought me this Redhawk off Gunbroker for cheap:

And this is my S&W 629 no dash:

I won't even shoot full bore .44's outta my Smith. I've had two Model 29s go out of time so badly the cylinders froze solid. I consider the 29/629 a 44 Special, but a lotta guys get mad at me for saying that
I use the Redhawk for max power .44 mags, but the single action trigger - the one you use for hunting - is terrible, full of creep and gritty.

Nutshell - I guess I'd buy a Redhawk, and have a gunsmith smooth the trigger if I wanted a hunting sidearm. For target or self defense, I'd get a Smith.

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My wife shoots a Ruger so well it scares me. I still love the feel of a Smith. If you could pick one of us to shoot at you, who would it be? Again, it's Ford vs Chevy.

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My wife shoots a Ruger so well it scares me. I still love the feel of a Smith. If you could pick one of us to shoot at you, who would it be? Again, it's Ford vs Chevy.
My wife qualified for her CCW with this Service Six:

She shot such tight groups she scared her instructor, who kept saying, "Please don't ever shoot at me..."
I need to admit, this gun's trigger has been smoothed (but not lightened) by our 'smith.
I did a trigger job on my mom's Service Six (identical to the one shown) about 20 years ago, and it is both lighter AND smother than most Smiths I've fired.
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:15 PM   #19
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There's a couple of reasons I went for a Redhawk. The first one was that the 4" S&W 29 I bought, which looked like it had only been factory fired, was so horribly out of time that bullets went sideways through the barrel (I still wonder what kind of pressures that caused). The second reason was the result of a test that a gun magazine did when the S&W 629 and the Redhawk stainless steel were in their earliest production, the magazine stripped both to just their frame/barrel and dropped them into the mud in a pond, don't remember how long but it seems like it was a month at least. Anyway the S&W came out worse than the Ruger with deep pitting due to the acids in the mud. Now I know that 99% of gun owners probably wouldn't come close to putting their weapons trough something even close to that but I've hunted in some of the rottenest weather were I and my weapons were soaked to the inner most parts and because of that I wanted a weapon that could stand up to the worst situations and the Redhawk fit that standard.

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I guess I'm going to be different and state that I like Redhawks a lot better than S&W 29/629. I really don't understand why everyone says the trigger on S&W is so much better. It's true the S&W SA trigger is better out of box but a good smith can easily change that on the Ruger. In MY opinion the Ruger Redhawk has a smoother & lighter DA trigger than the S&W-especially after you slick it up. Of course I do all my own action jobs but it's pretty simple to slick up a Ruger Redhawk.

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