I will vote for the Ruger.I have four Rugers in big bore. 44mag,SBH,7 1/2" 44 mag,redhawk,7 1/2" 44 mag,SRH,9 1/2" with scope 454 casull,SRH,9 1/2" I really like the Ruger but alot of people say they are ugly and unbalanced.Everyone has an opinion pick the one that fits you the best.
It would depend on what you want to use it for. I have used them both. For me if it was for hunting I would go with the Ruger. If it was going to be used for hunting and MAYBE defense I would go with the S&W.
If you like the S&W youll love Taurus' .44 Mag Double Action revolver 6 1/2 inch weighted,factory ported barrell. Also, S&W actually shares their hand gun designs with Taurus and vica verca. We bought a .44 Mag Taurus and I have shot many hand guns while in the police accademy and I woudl rather shoot my .44 Taurus over any hand gun on the market. Get one you wont be sorry that you did, but get the 6 1/2 inch weighted, factory ported model. ITS SOOO MUCH FUN and it doesnt hurt your hands. ;D
well i bought a ruger super redhawk and a s&w 629 classic both in 44 mag. so to add the taurus 44 mag that i already have i ll go shoot them all in the next week or so and let yuns know what i think. i suppose if anybody wants to drive to central missouri they are welcome to come and try them out aswell.
I have had a Smith & Wesson model 29 44-mag for over 25 years now! It has the long 8 plus inch barrel, making it a real nice hunting pistol. The custom grips for a magnum this caliber are a must.
I have had a couple of Rugers and they too are a quality act in a firearm. You have to be the one to choose between a Double Action or Single Action. The 44 mag hunting big game is a real hammer of THOR with a 300 grain hard cast bullet going out the tube. My favorite deer load for this pistol is 240 grain Sierra hollow cavity bullet with 19 grains of 2400 powder, turning 1200fps.
Now since I reload according to the book and never shot MAX loads out of the pistol, I never worry about blowing one up. I have seen in years passed 2 Ruger Black Hawks with bent straps and cylinders split in half. This all do to a couple of "clowns" reloading trying to penetrate as deep as a 30-06 into oak boards. They got off very lucky. Yes, they mixed a duplex load of powder in the cases........DUMB DUMB and DUMMBER
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i took the ruger redhawk that i got this weekend out and shot a few cylinders through it. i shot it free handed so i didnt really get a feel for its accuracy other then i never missed the paint can. but i did notice that its operation is all together smoother then my taurus. just a nice comfortable gun to shoot and it was balanced as well as my taurus is.
Post by FLATPICKER on Apr 17, 2005 14:45:24 GMT -5
If you are looking for the best revolver and if you can afford it you should consider a Freedom Arms revolver. I own two model 83's and they are without a doubt the finest revolver available! I also own two S&W 629's and they are both good guns as well as good shooters. I am not a Ruger fan but to each his own! FLATPICKER
Post by Cottoneye Joe on May 29, 2005 13:45:04 GMT -5
Forgive me for reviving what appears to be an older thread, but I thoguht I might put in my opinion here too. I own the S&W 629-5 Classic DX with 8 3/8" barrel I bought new in 1997. It is a wonderful gun and very accurate. The trigger is one of the best I have ever felt, but the DX models are sent to the Performance Center for a good trigger-job.
My dad, he owns the Ruger Super Redhawk with the 7" (or close to it) barrel. It's trigger is good but not quite as good as the 629. The accuracy is close to that of the 629, but not quite. The price difference between the two makes the Ruger the better buy, because it will do most anything the 629 will do just as well, for all intents and purposes, unless doing precision matches.
The grips on my 629 (both the wood and the hogue) fit my hands better that the Ruger, making the S&W more comfortable for me to shoot. But I have smaller hands, (medium size gloves fit me best). On the other hand, my dad has large hands with thick fingers and the S&W trigger guard bites his middle finger when he shoots it, bruising it after a series of full-house rounds. He does not have that problem with the Ruger, which seems to fit his hands better, making it the better gun for him.
Like was stated before, the Ruger also comes with scope rings in the box. The newer S&W's like mine (1997) are drilled and tapped for scope mounting, but the rear sight has to be removed to mount the base. The Ruger also has a stronger frame that will stand up to a lot more punishment than that of the S&W, but in all honesty, the S&W is no slouch in it's own right. It was generally the older model 29's that had a problem handling the hot loads.
So ends my side by side comparison of the two guns.
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Post by buckhunter on Jun 13, 2005 15:25:07 GMT -5
If youre looking at a .44Mag I recently bought a taurus 44Mag Double Action Revolver with factory ported 6 Inch weighted barrel. If you do your research S&W are using a Taurus fram on their .44mag. I paid $450.00 new. This is a fun gun to shoot, not much recoil but packs a powerful punch. I love this gun and wouldnt trade it off for any other type of handgun.
Post by lonegunman on Jun 24, 2005 23:09:32 GMT -5
Chocolate or vanilla. It's all in personal preference. I've got an M-29 and a RSH. The S&W has a 6 1/2" barrel and the Ruger has a 7 1/2" one.
I hunt hogs with dogs and it can be a real pain trying to lug a rifle around the swamps, handguns are easier on you to carry. I like both of my handguns and can't really say which is better.
I don't think you're handicapped with a single action since you should be able to draw and fire in enough time. If you get charged by a pig you should still have enough time to pull back the hammer and fire.
The double action may or may not be faster, but the key here is accuracy, and speed is secondary.
Nobody has mentioned the Colt Anaconda, and while I don't own one...Yet, I have shot one and like it too.
Think about where and what you're going to be hunting and match your weapon accordingly.
I favor the Smith & Wesson model 29 but if your a Cowboy type you might reach for a Ruger model I suppose. My model 29 44 mag is dead on at 100 yards with a load of 2400 powder at 23 grains and 240 grain bullet.
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