Rick Edwards· Registered
Rick,I am considering this revolver to hunt deer. Unfortunately, I have found limited information regarding this model. This will be my first hand gun. Any reviews on this gun would be helpful.
As you can see, I'm a 44 Mag fanatic. The reason you don't see much on the Performance Center 44 Magnum is they are expensive. My Hunter Plus with a custom barrel was about $1600.00 and another 350.00 for the Bushnell Holoscope. That's a lot of money for a 44 Magnum.
It really is an expensive revolver. I found this one new for $999.00. I have to say though, I dig the look and feel and I haven't even shot it yet. It sounds like it is common to upgrade or lengthen the barrel. What type of barrel did you switch to? How much did it cost and where do you get that type of work done.
Do you have any experience with the S&M 460? I'm beginning to become a bit of a fanatic with handguns in general. Thanks for sharing your experience with me!
Virtually every shop that has pistols will have Rugers, all kinds of Rugers. They'll likely have Smith & Wesson's too. But they probably won't have PC 629's unless they are trade-ins or a bigger gunshop.Really...I'm a newbe in the pistal relm.
I have shot 460's but don't own one. Unless you reload, this will be an expensive plinker to shoot. 460 ammo runs from about $1.20 a round to over $3.00. That adds up fast. I reload 44 Magnums and average about twenty four cents a round for target loads and about thirty cents for hunting/SD rounds.Do you have any experience with the S&M 460? I'm beginning to become a bit of a fanatic with handguns in general. Thanks for sharing your experience with me!
I apologize if I sounded condescending, I assumed that if you were familiar with the Bisley you'd be familiar with the Super Blackhawk.Really...I'm a newbe in the pistal relm.
This is a tough one. I have several S&W 629 44 mags and each one has its merits. I also have a Ruger Bisley 44 Magnum. The heaviest of my 44 Magnums' is my Performance Center 44 Magnum Hunter Plus.
This particular pistol has a custom-made Walther progressive twist 7.5" barrel, a full underlug & plank side with a scope rail. It's deadly accurate to about 125 yards with a standard 2X pistol scope.
My other Smith & Wesson is a "629 CLASSIC". It has a 6.5" barrel with a full underlug. It has an optional scope mount but I use the iron sights on this one.
This 44 is accurate to about 75 yards if you can see your target with the iron sights. However, it does best at about 50 yards. Because it's considerably lighter than the S&W 44 Mag Hunter Plus, it has a lot more "felt recoil" with maximum loads.
This is my "BAD BOY" 44 Magnum. It's a Ruger BISLEY 44 Magnum. This pistol will shoot super hot loads that no other 44 Magnum can handle, including my S&W Hunter Plus.
It's deadly accurate with iron sights up to about 75 yards and it has about 20% more knockdown power than my Smith & Wesson's. The felt recoil with the Bisley is brutal as it is the lightest of my 44's, and shoots the hottest loads. My typical load is a 330 grain hard cast bullet powered with 25.5 grains of H110 powder, ignited with CCI Magnum primers. My S&W's do best with 240 grain factory loads.
For North American Deer hunting any of these 44' Mags will work well. When I hunt for Feral Pigs, I use my Bisley exclusively. My S&W Hunter Plus is best for long-range shots, but it's also my most expensive 44 Mag as well.
Are you talking 16" of bullet drop at 75 yds ?That was a tough lesson. I use 240 and 305 hard cast in my 44. 50 yards is still the limit. I have occasionally taken good shots at 75 yards but you're dealing with a 16" drop. For pig hunting, a 330 grain hard cast drops them in their tracks.