Gadsden, I also have a Randall custom knife. It is a large, single-action revolver that is meant to be used a primary as a hunting weapon. Gadsden, sorry I can’t tell what it is, as I can’t find it. Black Hills makes a truly awesome 125gr HoneyBadger that features a non-expanding solid copper bullet. Oh, yes I have. Yes indeed, truer words were never spoken. I’d say that the Freedom Arms Model 83 should deserve some attention as well. The .500 S&W Magnum. I’m a little sad to not see my beloved Super Red Hawk on your list but I will say that I love me some .44 mag! Beginning in 1968, it exported revolvers to the U.S. market through a series of importers. That’s the Freedom Arms to own. The knuckle rapping can be an issue but if you kind of wedge your support hand index finger between your knuckles and the trigger guard it alleviates the problem. I would not trade it for anything. I have put a max charge of H110 under 240 gr XTP’s though both the 4″ and 2 3/4″. Regardless of which .44 magnum you have or are about to buy, they are still a blast to shoot. Now have a 4″ Mountain Gun and a 6″standard 629. I do want to get a couple 629’s as well. [4], The most recent addition to the Taurus pistol lineup is a copy of the Colt 1911 .45 ACP pistol, the PT1911. Taurus® 65 With a choice of either 38 Special +P or 357 Magnum, the versatile 6-shot Taurus® 65 is the perfect go-to self-defense revolver. If it proves too much for you, you can always feed it lighter loads or even .44 Specials. I might be a minority here but I seriously love my 44 mag Raging Bull. The .44 magnum was the first handgun that could penetrate an engine block and bring it to a halt so there were a few officers that carried them. If you want hand cannons, we have you covered. A quality product and customer service is dictated after the sale not just making the sale. I grew up on .1911’s and still believe John M. Browning is related to Stephan Hawking. Founded in 1939 as a tool and die forging plant, the company now consists of Taurus Armas, its firearm division, as well as other divisions focusing on metals manufacturing, plastics, body armors, helmets and civil construction. and truth be told … i prefer it in the .45 colt. Too hard to get the eye relief right. Most importantly, I have the ability to launch 6 bullets that are 0.43 inches in diameter and weigh 240 grains at a muzzle velocity on the order of 1,250 feet-per-second (832 foot-pounds energy) with mild loads and up to 1,400 fps (1,044 foot-pounds energy) with stout loads. I have not seen a new CZ made gun, so I don’t know how they compare to the best versions of the old Dan Wessons. I’ve got a Freedom Arms Premier .454 Casull if I want to usemore weight and it occurs to me that in the 30 years I’ve owned it the gun has never “drawn any blood” except from my RH middle finger on the damn trigger guard during one session. Thunder 5. It just too bad they don’t make them anymore. There are even more powerful handgun calibers out there! I truly enjoy putting Buffalo Bore’s “statue eliminating” loads through it……albeit only one statue a year, due to my old arthritic hands. If a company is going to charge that kind of money for a product they better stand behind that product for life if they want my business. I’d love to see an article on .44 ammo. *Handling the Alaskan isn’t a problem. Bought a 2nd hand Super Redhawk and got it to shoot 1″ groups. [3], One writer said in 2010 that the "[q]uality of Taurus handguns in the modern era is second to none". ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Pinned barrel, etc. Odd. Are you listening S&W? People I guess are kinda afraid of a craz y pld man.I have been watching too many westerns. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Had a a 629 44mag. I have both S&W 69 Combat Magnums and they are great! But so far, the haven’t brought back the heavy frame for the .44 (and my fav, the .41). If you choose your features carefully you will be in possession of a gun that you will have your entire life, you’ll never be tempted to trade it off. All you need do is change your cartridges accordingly. So it really comes down to practical use. The recoil characteristics are superb, the round butt and porting are sublime, the overall weight is perfect, and it offers a pleasurable experience of ownership. Taurus Raging Bull. I have an 8 and some odd inch barreled stainless Raging Bull in 44. Marty, I have a dozen or more Randalls. Recently scored a minty .41 pistol pack (6” and 8” barrels; the Monson-made .41’s didn’t offer 4” or snubbie barrels). The advances in .44 Special don’t end at SIG SAUER. In similar fashion I had a smith model 19. So having my Ruger Blackhawk 44 sp is a real comfort ,In this time in history,, I really love my Dan Wesson 744 with 4, 6 and 8 inch barrels. I gave a slight edge to the Ruger. [5][6], Taurus was originally known for manufacturing revolvers similar in design to those offered by Smith & Wesson. Magnum Research BFR. Want my 4″ 629 back, but refuse to purchase any of the new S&W’s. Worthless. Even maximum pressure/velocity loads are downright fun to shoot. The first handgun I purchased was a Gold Cup. Now a single action Ruger is the best bang for the buck all day long every day. (3) Smith and Wesson Model 29 series. Not worth it to me. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Does all I need it to. However the Alaskan isn’t a S&W L frame 5 shot 44 magnum either. Smith & Wesson ~ MODEL 27-2 .357 MAG...6" BBL, PINNED & RECESSED, NICKEL...TARGET HAMMER/TRIGGER/STOCKS...MFD 1976 - .357 Magnum $765.00: 33 … The .500 Magnum was designed by Cor-Bon specifically for the S&W X-frame revolver. I think I need to add a Model 69 to my collection, perhaps even as a carry piece. By the way, what Randall/options do you have? Anyone who has handled or shot either gun would, I’m pretty ding-dong certain, agree. Cleaned it up and bedded it. . That means you can use a .44 Magnum revolver for everyday carry as well as woods-defense and even big game hunting. The 4″ model on the other hand really isn’t to bad even for an L frame. Marty, I have a friend that has an early 4″ 629. Be aware that firing full-power .44 Magnum loads will with it produces prodigious amounts of recoil. I bought a Ruger M77 RLS in 270 .many years ago. [7] The company moved away from this realm by offering larger framed models such as the Raging Bull (.454 Casull) and Raging Hornet (.22 Hornet) revolvers as well as the Judge 5-shot revolvers (.410 bore and .45 Colt). It could be said that the .44 Magnum was the defining cartridge of the 1950’s and 1960’s. CZ-75. I limit my loads to 240 grains in the .44 handguns. Oh my fucking god, I literally own every one of those revolvers 🤣🤣🤣 629-6, 69 Combat Magnum, and Super Blackhawk Hunter. Rossi Model 971.357 Magnum; Rossi R46102.357 Magnum; Rossi R35102 .38 Special; Rossi R85104 .38 Special The company manufactures and sells its firearms for generally less than other manufacturers due to low labor costs, as well as having the facilities available to build virtually every part themselves. I would not trade it for the world. With the porting, it doesn’t try to reach up and put a dent in your skull. Still, .44 magnums weren’t designed for prolonged shooting sessions. As great as the Model 29 was, it was not a gun that I would ever consider carrying regularly. Unlike the .44 Magnum. It’s a canon ! Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan. This is a five-shot .44 Magnum with a short barrel. Taurus Model 85. Smith and Wesson are overrated and overpriced.. Some day I hope to come upon another 4″ 629. Benelli M93 Raffica. It is a brutal hand full of horsepower that most wouldn’t want to mess with. Loved the gun but you can’t shoot lead in a vented barrel so I ordered an unvented one. The cartridge and the guns that use it are important to the American culture. I can buy a Ruger and have a hell of a lot of good Smith work done for that kind of cash. The only remotely appealing revolver they make is the gp100 if you change out the stock grips. Here’s to ya, pal! I can shoot my super redhawk all day. Fond memories of being at a public range in Orlando, Florida in the late 90s…, I stepped up to a firing line busy with people popping-off 9mm, .357, and .45 ACP, and who knows what else. The last .44 Magnum gun on my list is a bit of a specialty item. Only 44 mag I have left is my 44 Flat Top with a 6.5 inch bbl. 240 grain Keith at 1250 is my standard load. The grip I use is larger than most people like but the unvented barrel, heavy shroud and grip like a club which really spreads recoil the vented barrel is seldom used. I own a Colt Anaconda with an 8″ factory ported barrel and I absolutely love shooting it with any loads. The Taurus Tracker .44 is a spectacular revolver. I just wish I could get a straight answer from a knowledgeable source as to what the limit is on the ammo for these guns. Taurus Judge (Model 4510) Taurus Raging Bull; Taurus Tracker (Models 17, 425, 44, 627, 970, 990, 991, and 992) Rossi models. My wife opened a shelf in her glass cabinet for some of my knives. Many years ago, I believe I did actually injure my hand – still not clear if it was a bone fracture or not – but I have no problem firing any 44 magnum ammunition now. I’m 81 and I love shooting my Super Redhawk Alaskan .454 Casull! I think Taurus didn’t good job with the Raging Bull 44’s. As for the recoil issue, I can put up some loads to my liking that will do the job. It’s a precision quality gun. And a couple of the shooters asked to squeeze one off. Last I checked you couldn’t even buy any different shrouds. Josh Wayner is a Michigan native, active competitor, Grand Valley State University alumni, troublemaker, and fiction author. Literally everyone I hand a .44 Magnum to immediately asks how lucky I’m feeling. When I am hunting, camping, hiking, or bicycling (on forest roads/trails), I carry a Taurus Model 44 revolver with a ported 6-inch barrel. Did once own a field grade Freedom Arms in .454 Casul. Shooting full power loads out of it feels more like a stout 357 more than anything, very little pain in any capacity. I have owned a couple of Model 29’s over the years and can say they are likely the single best magnum revolver you can own. Problem is it would not hold a group, not just a tight group, just a group. Yep you can’t really beat a Ruger for price, quality, durability, and some models for looks. The writers on this site tend to cater to mass marketed products. S&W vs Taurus Just Got More Interesting Taurus has lived in S&W’s shadow for so long, but this is the gun to change that. If not we’d all be married to same woman and shoot the same guns. yes. We even have a North American Arms NAA speed loader. I felt the pressure wave travel through my teeth, front-to-back. Visit his website. Due to its massive, heavy frame this revolver is able to handle the most powerful .44 Magnum loads on the market today. had 6yrs great for camping and small game and took it alternative deer hunting season. Got off the phone with Chris Stanaback a few minutes ago. And I seriously want that Super Blackhawk hunter with a 2-7 or 8x scope. 44 mag handle anything around here. I love the clean lines of the classic round trigger guard Ruger Bisley. Except, 5 1/2 inch and 44 mag. The ‘true’ loads that existed in the heyday of the .44 Mag are considered a bit stout by today’s shooters, which is disappointing considering that there is really no reason to own a .44 Magnum except to take advantage of its superior velocity and bullet weight. Heck for me, 50 rounds of 38 spl in a LCR or 300+ of 45 ACP in my Sig P220 or 1911 get to me. I meant Taurus did a good job. I remember putting it some place safe when we moved from kalifornis to Utah almost 14 years ago. Finally I looked carefully and found the rear scope mount lug was off by .300″. Yeah, that put a big-assed grin on my face. I have a Stainless steel Ruger Super Blackhawk that was blueprinted by Larry Kelly. I am totally sold on it and would carry it without hesitation if I owned a small revolver like the Model 69. Well actually no it shouldn’t be for a couple of really good reasons. I would gladly trade it along with another handgun for that 629. In 1971, the Bangor Punta Corporation, then the parent company of Smith & Wesson, purchased 54 percent of Forjas Taurus, allowing the two firearms manufacturers to easily share information regarding design and manufacturing. The .44 Magnum is what I believe is the maximum that any normal or reasonable person would consider owning and shooting. If I were concerned about really large grizzlies or moose, then I would want to step up to .44 Magnum at a minimum, and .454 Casull would be better. Ruger customer service failed me in this case. The Taurus Raging Bull series are built like tanks — so much so that Buffalo Bore says they can handle their 340 grain .44 Magnum +P+ loads. Both were damn good guns. The only reason to buy a ruger in .44mag, any model on offer in that category, is if your eyes are broken. I would like to have one in 10mm though. I shot the model 29 and the Ruger super blackhawk back in the day. I reviewed the Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter here last year. Taurus produced its first revolver, the Model 38101SO, in 1941. Making a revolver for the Special over the Magnum means that you can shave a bunch of length off the cylinder, weight off the entire revolver, and probably bring the unloaded weight under 30 ounces in a stainless revolver. It sounds like you’ve shot enough of it that writing it would be easy. The gun is well-balanced and points naturally. Was just about to ask where is freedom arms on this list. No way to even get to most of the boxes. In looking, several customs there, but not the Randall. I think the .44 Special could enjoy a real resurgence as a CCW round in a medium-framed, 5-shot revolver with a 3″ barrel. It was a modern classic in that day and was the anthesis of the changing times. i own a Super Black Hawk 44 sp. (1) Ruger Super Blackhawk/Redhawk Coonan .357 Compact. Manurhin MR-73. Worth every cent. Although modern versions have the much-hated lock mechanism and lack a fixed firing pin, these are still good, solid guns. I own both as I stated in another comment and the shorter barrel version I believe is 32 oz and carries quite nicely with 44 spl ammo in a quality IWB or owb holster. I have a 629 classic that I really enjoy. Ugh. Taurus Model 608 8-shot .357 Magnum; Taurus Model 689 6-shot .357 Magnum; Taurus Model 44 6-shot .44 Magnum; Families. 10mm doesn’t really give you anything that a .357 can’t. 3-3/4″ barrel, polished stainless, weighs 39 oz – heavy enough to shoot but light enough to carry, and runs ~$600 on line. Do they even have a pac for the .357s? Black Hill’s 240gr JHP is about the closest to the originals as I can find, as the rest are too slow, too fast, or too painful to shoot. You’ll have everything the 10mm Auto offers – and more. They just plain work for a damn long time. Love them all. Still have a 2006 50th Aniversary Blackhawk .44 mag I paid $450 for. (Most of the K and N frames came that way back then and before.) Taurus Model 617. Sell it? And if you acquire a revolver that has some decent heft (at least 50 ounces) and a ported barrel, you will be pleasantly surprised how reasonable recoil is on all but those insane Buffalo Bore +P+ loads. Small, light and a gem to carry. Note: the only reason I put the Taurus Raging Bull ahead of Smith and Wesson is because the Raging Bull is built to handle thousands of full-power loads. Same with my buddies 29. Some of the Redhawks are fairly pretty. .41 mag was good enough for Buford Pusser! It was cut down from 7″ plus to 4 5/8 bbl, ported, etc. A .41 Magnum revolver with 6-inch barrel and stout loads should do quite well stopping just about anything in the lower 48 states short of a large grizzly bear or a large and seriously angry moose. [2], The current product line includes steel-frame pistols, polymer-frame pistols, revolvers, and law enforcement weapons (submachine guns and rifles), the latter intended for the domestic Brazilian market. I couldn’t shoot 1″ groups with anything without optics and a rest. I’ve shot a lot of .44 Magnum handguns over the years. Have fun and don’t try to shoot 3,000 rounds all at once. I’m roughly 5 foot 8 inches and weigh all of 140 lbs….plus I’m 82 years old. 4.6 out of 5 star rating (19 reviews) Quick View. I am totally confident that I can survive any encounter with any animal in the lower 48 states armed with that revolver. Taurus 454 Raging Bull Revolver -The Original Raging Bulls are still among America's favorite hunting handguns. Hope you weren’t firing those +p+ Buffalo Bores in those Smiths. No I’d say Ruger make a good product for a good price and will stand behind it. I bought a new Model 29, 8 3/8 nickel in the presentation box back in 1975. Taurus Model 605. Three of the best .44 Magnums made today are these: The Smith & Wesson Model 29 (629). The second reason is Freedom Arms warranty. The fireball and concussion is enough to rattle teeth and that is only a slight exaggeration. Gently pressed the bang-switch…. 9mm… I shot 700 one day and then realized U might as well stapple my wallet to the target and be done with it. I was into knives back in the early eighty’s. Taurus Model 689. Taurus 44 Tracker, Revolver, .44 Magnum, 4" Barrel, 5 Rounds. Every time I talk to him I offer to buy or trade him another firearm or Randall knife for it. Wish it was for conceal an carry also.. (2) Taurus Raging Bull You have entered an incorrect email address! I love PPU 240 and 300 grain rounds. My father owns a potted blackhawk. Thinks it knows more than me. And yet, in spite of being built like tanks, the one that I shot has THE BEST trigger that I have ever fired on any firearm, period. For ever .454 Casull gun owner I know there are ten who own a .44 Mag. I’m not that old, but more than a dozen shots of 44 mag hurts! Taurus Model 80. 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