Ruger super redhawk alaskan 44 mag

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by yamaharyder369, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. yamaharyder369

    yamaharyder369 New Member

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    I have been looking at big bore revolvers and I really like these rugers, but I have never had a revolver, only semi-autos. Just wondering anyone's opinion on them
     

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  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The Ruger RH is a rock solid platform. A little bulkier than a comparable Smith, but solid
     

  3. yamaharyder369

    yamaharyder369 New Member

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    Oh I'm not worried about the bulk, I think it will be good for a sidearm for deer season in northern Michigan, never know when your gonna see a bear, cougar or wolf up. And I just wouldn't feel safe with a 9mm against that. Even tho it's all about shot placement and I have 15 rounds. Just want something with more energy to it.
     
  4. yamaharyder369

    yamaharyder369 New Member

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    And thanks again for the info, I have gotten useful info from you before.
     
  5. northhike

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    If you are not worried about bulk I would consider a longer barrel which will increase your accuracy and decrease muzzle flip and flash. I live in Minnesota and for all the animals you mentioned a good .357 mag will do the trick. Try looking at the Ruger GP100 in 4" barrel.
     
  6. Durangokid

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    The .44 Mag is a great handgun caliber. You can fire 44 . Mags, .44 Specials, .44 Russians and .44 Shot shells. The .240 grs. .44 Mag is a stopper. I like a .44 with a longer barrel. You may want to check out the S&W 29 Classic 4".:D
     
  7. Sonic82

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    The Alaskans a tough reliable weapon...I'd like a Ruger Blackhawk Bisley Hunter, for Deer hunting and Bear protection. (Not my pic)
     

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  8. yamaharyder369

    yamaharyder369 New Member

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    Thanks for all the info so far, I am now torn between a 357 and 44 mag, there's just to many I want them all in all sizes and lengths but just can't decide on the hardest one to buy... The first one
     
  9. northhike

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    The .44mag is a great gun and certainly a "stopper"......no one would argue that. However if you are in Michigan you have black bears a .44mag will put the bear down but so will a .357mag. I would suggest you shoot both and see what you prefer. Both have "specials" ammo you can shoot out of them with .357 being a bit cheaper. You will be well armed whichever you choose. Just make sure you can shoot the gun accurately and hit your mark. A missed .44mag is not as good as a hit .22lr. ;)
     
  10. yamaharyder369

    yamaharyder369 New Member

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    Yes I agree with you, I should shoot both and what ever one I use better will be what I get and I know either round will take black bear down. Might need to go pigged if I ever go to alaska or something tho haha
     
  11. Tackleberry1

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    Is it really bulkier than my Smith 629? I've not handled the Ruger but my Mountain Gun is a WHOLE LOTTA GUN!

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  12. JTJ

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    The short barrels on the Alaskans were for a faster draw and very short range. It is a self defense gun to give you a chance in an animal attack. They were never meant to be hunters. The 454 is preferred over the 44 mag in Alaska.
     
  13. northhike

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    Agree. If you are thinking Alaska I would want more than a .44mag so if thats the hold up I would take that off the table. In fact....if it were me (and many guides will tell you this) I would prefer Bear Spray as a primary and a 12 gauge as my plan B. Grizzly's are not to be taken lightly and if at all I would prefer avoiding shooting one. A bad shot with them is the end of your life. Ever hear of buck fever? Grizzly fever has much bigger consequences. :) Bear Spray stops them in most cases without pissing them off or further incident.

    As one Alaska guide said......
    "If you think a Grizzly is really going to attack to kill you...RUN...RUN like hell! It will give you something to do with the last 10 seconds of your life." :eek::D
     
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  14. JTJ

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    They also said to put a zipper in the seat of your pants. It will give the bear something to slip on while you are running. There have been some reported incidents where the victims did not have time to get their rifle or shot gun or long barreled handgun into play. The bears will hunt you and ambush you.
     
  15. yamaharyder369

    yamaharyder369 New Member

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    Well if I miss or only wound with 6 shots I'll be pretty screwed, but if I get eaten by a big grizz I'll die doing what I love... Hunting. One gun would never be enough for me to feel safe. If I was going up there I'd have the big bore revolver in one hand and a para p-14 loaded up with the heaviest 45acps for the backup backup haha