Super Redhawk vs. 629

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Welderman30, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Welderman30

    Welderman30 New Member

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    Alright guys, i'm gonna be in the market for a large frame .44 magnum for deer hunting. I've narrowed my choice down to a Ruger Redhawk with a 7.5 inch barrel or a S&W 629 with a 6 inch barrel. I know both are excellent choices, just looking for some feedback, good or bad.
     
  2. aandabooks

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    With the criteria you're setting forward, I would buy the Ruger. Longer barrel and a marginally stouter firearm for probably a slightly cheaper price. You're going to want the longer barrel for potentially longer shots. The 629 does have the potential to be a heirloom firearm but the 29 already holds that place and I don't know if there are room for both.
     

  3. hardluk1

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    super red hawk all day long unless you stumble into a dw 44. 2 buddies have the SRH's they deer hunt with, both with 512 eotecs on them, both are solid 3" 100 yard revolvers and no one can doubt the strength on a ruger srh. Triggers do smooth with use . Plus if you handload there are longer loads you can make or buy that are longer than anything a s&w can even fit in a chamber. I have dw's. As a plus they sell for less and are set up for optics. For ether you may want to size up a cross chest holster set up.
     
  4. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    They are both well built and reliable. Comes down to how they feel in your hand.

    Personally I prefer the S&W, with a Pachmayr grip. I've owned and shot So many K and N frames down through the years that they just come to hand and shoot where I want them to with out conscious thought. The muscle memory is locked in, and I don't shoot as well with anything else.
     
  5. vincent

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    I've shot both and own one...

    All things being equal, you really can't go wrong with either choice...

    If it's between those specific two, go with the longer bbl...:cool:
     
  6. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I love my 629. But I also have a Super Black Hawk. My Ruger has a much longer barrel. That is the one I use for hunting. But if my S&W had a 6 or 7 inch barrel I would hunt with it. It is a really good gun.
     
  7. Anna_Purna

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    why not an 8 and 3/8ths barrel? :D

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    If you reload and think you will ever be in Grizzly country, get the Ruger with a 6 inch or shorter barrel. If you are just hunting Mule deer, etc any of your two choices are fine. I prefer the trigger and less bulk of Smiths over Rugers.
     
  8. kytowboater

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    Some people may not be able to handle 8+ inches........in a handgun.
     
  9. Jagermeister

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    So....bet you can handle the eight inches.:p
     
  10. Anna_Purna

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    Yet they have no problem with the shorter ones???
     
  11. kytowboater

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    The weight of lugging one around? Idk I came in here to stir ****.
     
  12. SSGN_Doc

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    I had a older model 29 with the 8 and 3/8 barrel. I found that I shot it a lot less because it was not quite as handy and balanced as a good 6 inch or 4 inch version of the se pistol. It was great for target shooting with the extra sight radius, not so great for a walking around gun.
     
  13. DrumJunkie

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    I've owned both. They are pretty evenly matched in function. I presently own a Ruger and like it a lot.
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  14. Mercator

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    These 2 aren't in the same category. It's a light heavyweight vs. a heavyweight. Apples to apples would be a long barreled Redhawk or GP100 vs 629. For less carry and more (target) shooting, weight is going to help to a point. A barrel longer than 6 will shift the balance away from your hand. A shorter barrel will deliver more flash and bang. Unless you got bear claws, that will make the most difference.
     
  15. Welderman30

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    No GP100 in .44 mag. I want a SA/DA. That being said, these are my choices. I'm sure either can and will do what i'm wanting it to do. Both can be set up for a scope, or have fiber optic sights installed easily. Just hunting whitetail deer in NW Indiana.
     
  16. Mercator

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    I see. Go with the Ruger. It is purpose built for hunting. Frame is cut for scope rings (and those probably included), front sight replacement takes 5 sec, and the gun is rated for hot 44s like no other. Also breaks down easily nto subassemblies, no side plate.
     
  17. Anna_Purna

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    not even like a Freedom Arms? ;)
     
  18. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    If you can't handle the longer 8-3/8s barrel on a model 29, or 629, perhaps you shouldn't be shooting a 44-mag. The longer barrel decreases felt recoil. So, it actually makes them a bit more user friendly.

    I saw quite a few people buy mdl 29s after Dirty Harry, that could never shoot them enough to actually get accurate with them due to the severe recoil.
     
  19. lucznik

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    And right there is the crux of the problem. I have a 7.5" barreled Redhawk. I mounted a 2x Leupold M8 scope on it and it is a very accurate gun. I'm able to get it to print 1.75" groups at 25 yds. quite consistently. I killed two pronghorn antelope with it this year - each at a little over 100 yards.

    That being said, I am thinking of selling this gun because I just don't enjoy shooting it. The recoil is ferocious compared to my .357 Magnum - even when the latter is loaded with super-hot handloads.
     
  20. Mercator

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    Forgot it. Like I forget Bentley when I go car shopping :D

    But every one of them I saw was SA.