To trade or not to trade, that is the question

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by buckhuntr, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have a serious internal debate going on inside my head. First the background. During a trip to the local Bass Pro Shop in the spring of 2009(which I have absolutely no problem getting my wife to go shopping there with me, she loves it), I was looking over the handgun selection, not really looking to buy, when I saw something that made my heart skip a beat and angels sing from wherever they hang out - a NIB Ruger Super Redhawk .44 Magnum in SS with a *GASP* 9 1/2 inch barrel.

    I used to hunt with a Super Blackhawk .44 Mag, 7 1/2 barrel, but had to sell it during a time of unemployment. So instantly I wanted, nay, I lusted for this Redhawk. Visions of whitetail deer falling to the 300 grain bullets propelled from the gun's shiny throat dancing in my head, I sweetly suggested to Darling Wife that since my birthday was just a couple of weeks away, maybe???? And she laughed and said go for it. So I did. $729 plus sales tax, call it just under $800.

    But it is one heavy mutha. And the grip on a Redhawk doesn't do as much to deflect recoil as did the smooth, curved cowboy-style grips on the Blackhawk. I'm a big feller, and don't mind the recoil so much, except that the Redhawk jars straight into my wrist (fortunately my right hand and wrist, not the left wrist that had to be screwed back together 2 years ago after a fall on the ice ), and after 3 or 4 cylinders of rounds, I'm ready for something lighter, like my Para-Ordnance .45 ACP.

    So to my dilemma - I'd like to get a .22 handgun for plinking, and also since I'm working on getting my CCW, something smaller and lighter than the Para for carry in the summer when I'm in lighter clothing, and preferably in stainless since I'm a prolific perspirer. But money's tight at the moment, and I really can't justify new guns right now. So I'm trying to decide whether to keep the Redhawk, knowing that it won't be fired much, or trade it at the Wanenmacher gun show next month for something else, like a Browning .22, a Ruger LCR, or something equivalent, that I'll shoot more. I like the Ruger, but it isn't so practical. Kinda hard to CC a hand cannon of that size, y'know.
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    From left field (for me, anyways).

    Have you looked at the latest Walthers? .22 and .380 in similar packages. Highly sweat resistant (though not immune). Stainless Steel is may fit the bill, but then the shorter barreled 1911's seem to have a little more felt recoil than their longer brothers.
     

  3. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Well if you are gonna trade that Redhawk in on a smaller, reliable carry pistol, my suggestions would be either the Ruger LCR or Sig 238. Both would be great BUG's or lightweight summer/shorts carry pistols.

    The Ruger comes in a .357 caliber now as well. Now as far as the deterrent to the perspiration problem, the Ruger is aluminum and poly and the Sig is SS slide and aluminum frame, and both would be fairly inexpensive to feed.

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    When carrying the smaller caliber guns for CCW, it is imperative that when the situation to use one comes up, your shots are very well placed and many, of course that would ring true for any caliber of handgun, as well! ;)

    Decisions, decisions, decisions. :confused:
     
  4. hideit

    hideit New Member

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    dont trade the 44magnum
    it is the best all around round there is
    just use 44 special or get other lighter magnum loads like speer's
    you won't shoot the LCP much - it's not much fun for a lot of loads - i owned one
    the LGS guy told me that the sig 238 is very much fun to shoot
    for 22lr - get the buckmark or the ruger mkiii or a ruger single six
     
  5. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Trade it. A gun you won't use is... well... useless.
     
  6. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    That's kind of my take on it. Not that I'd never shoot it at all, but not often. It was one of those purchases you look on later with a puzzled "WTF made me think I had to have that?" :confused: I've already decided that I'm not going to hunt with it, because around here it's too limiting , and I've already taken one deer with a handgun, so I don't feel the urgency to do that anymore.
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Trade that rascal.
     
  8. mach1337

    mach1337 New Member

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    one of the things i remember my dad sayin when i was growing up is " I never sell a gun unless i cant use it or there is something wrong with it." shortly followed buy "im sellin this pos" lol. like ScottA said a gun you wont use is useless... get somethin that doesnt hurt you to shoot.

    i really want a .22 pistol right now since there cheap and ammo is cheap and i can shoot the hell outta it all day long and not be sore the next day and lets face it there fun. but there is no way i would carry a .22 as a ccw. personally 9mm is the smallest id go. there are some small ones out there that arent that exp. and are great guns ie. xd9mm sub compact. sorry im a xd fan:D just my .02...

    also if you paid 800 for the .44 why would you trade it for just one gun? id try to sell it or trade for 2 or 1 and some cash... again just my .02
     
  9. hideit

    hideit New Member

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    well - in that case....
    sorry for your impulses
    :)
     
  10. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I don't intend to trade a $800 gun for one that costs half as much. But a twofer is the goal, or one worth an equivalent amount.
     
  11. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The big gun show is next weekend. I'll post pics of what I come away with, if I can find a reasonable taker.
     
  12. FreedomFighter69

    FreedomFighter69 New Member

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    It's a shame they didn't have one with a six or four inch barrel. is it a Redhawk or Super Redhawk ? I know the supers are heavy as hell and that 9 inch barrel makes it dip down and hard to hold straight. Sell it, put it on consignment, something if your not gonna use it. I have no problem keeping certain guns because im more a collector than shooter. I do shoot about 3 times a year to keep sharp or if im absolutely dying to try out a specific gun. If your more the shooting type than the collecting type get rid of it. If you like it for what it is however keep it and get a Taurus Milenium in 40 S&W for carry or a Glock of some sort. The Milenium can be had with a stainless barrel and is relatively cheap, about $450. The Tennifer finish on glocks is rather impervious to sweat, {I have a sweating problem too. } and I don't like holsterwear. Had no problems ever with a Glock or stainless gun in that department. Like someone else said the Walthers are nice too. When all else fails go with a Taurus. They are the best deal out there for the money! If funds get better, then go for a Sig, HK, 1911, and such. Glocks arent too bad
    about $560 for a compact size {Next size down from full}. Models 19,30, and like.
     
  13. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    I have a Super Redhawk with the 9.5 bbl. Man I love that gun but no I don't shoot it as often as I used to.

    If it's of no real use to you then you don't need it. My reason for keeping the one I have now was I had the older Redhawk with the 7.5" bbl. and missed it every day once it was gone (Traded it to a Para 45 ACP). I found the Super later and being I never needed to get rid of it I just kept it. I'm happy I did though it does take up a good bit of space.

    If you need the green to get something you are going to use more then you got to do what you got to do though. They are selling pretty well these days.
     
  14. flasaint727

    flasaint727 New Member

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    I would keep that big ass revolver but not if its affecting your shooting.... but i also have a trade that im unsure of. i have a jimeniz arms 380 auto with 3 clips that i can trade for a taurus model 83 .38 special stainless steel. Good trade or no trade idk...