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Posted: 3/4/2002 3:09:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2002 3:09:53 PM EDT by JCR]
I want a revolver, mainly for deer hunting, but for the occasional plinking/carrying. I haven't picked the manufacturer/model yet, but I think I want a 4 in barrel (minimum allowed for deer hunting here). In your opinion, which is the better round (keeping in mind price/versatility/recoil)? I'm a pretty big guy, so recoil isn't all that important.
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 3:11:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 3:22:01 PM EDT
Agree with Aimless. Since you specified hunting, I'd go with the .44

Many people hunt with the .357 and I firmly believe that with heavier loads, it can do fairly well out to modest ranges. But it's not in the same league as the .44 with regard to versatility. Lighter loads for deer and if you get bored, load up the big 300 grain solids for bear.

I have a new .44 Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter model. Very accurate and affordable. Have fun.
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 3:23:15 PM EDT
They are both old and well developed rounds that have tons of loads available for them, but the .44 is a far more versitle load. I have 3 .44 mags and find that I use them a lot more than the .357, but I would still have a .357!

In short, get 'em both!
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 3:44:31 PM EDT
Both....get both....can never too many guns!

But... .44 for hunting if you have to choose.
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 3:58:41 PM EDT
Ruger Redhawk in either blue(RH-44R+) or stainless(KRH-44+); 7&1/2" bbl. with rings for scoping the gun.

Great setup.
Ruger large-frame revolvers:
www.ruger-firearms.com/rvlarge.html

Link Posted: 3/4/2002 4:38:23 PM EDT
Ever think about a Taurus Raging Bull in .454 Casull ???

They're made in a fairly short 5" barrel, DA/SA, come with factory muzzle porting, and have big mushy grips...

The grips and porting tame the .454 down to .44 mag recoil...

I owned one & loved it...
Sold it only to buy an AR...

Just my 2 cents...
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 4:43:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 4:40:08 PM EDT
.440 Corbon Desert Eagle.
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 4:51:53 PM EDT
S&W model 29 .44 magnum Hunted with this one for many years. Excellent gun for deer.

good luck



"do you feel lucky, well do ya, punk?"
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 7:12:53 PM EDT
Unless you plan to carry the thing a lot more than you shoot it, I think you'd be happier with a longer barrel in a magnum revolver. Something like a .44 Magnum Ruger Redhawk with a 5.5" barrel would make a nice "all-around" wheelgun.

If you don't handload, the fact that .357/.38 ammo is a good bit cheaper than .44 Magnums or Specials might tip your decision to the smaller caliber.
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 8:16:49 PM EDT
Here is my thoughts:

If you plan to use it primarily as a hunter, go with the .44 Magnum caliber. A 4-6 in. barrel should be sufficient. Any longer and it starts to become very nose heavy. The Ruger, Taurus or Smith and Wesson types should all be fine.
If you plan to use this very often as a carry gun, get the .357 Magnum in Smith & Wesson, either a model 19 or 66. The 686 would also be good. A 2.5 in. barrel would be perfect for carry. But a 4 in. isn't bad at all and would be a good choice if you choose to carry it holstered on the hip. And the .357 will be plenty sufficient for deer, I took my first deer with one (nice 5 point). I would go with the 4 in barrel for this purpose though.
Now if you plan to hunt and pack equally, get both calibers. A big 44 and a nice carry size .357. **** However, you may want to avoid my advice as it always leads to reasons why you need a new gun, I do myself that way all the time! LOL
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 8:21:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BusMaster007:
Ruger Redhawk in either blue(RH-44R+) or stainless(KRH-44+); 7&1/2" bbl. with rings for scoping the gun.

Great setup.
Ruger large-frame revolvers:
www.ruger-firearms.com/rvlarge.html




This was exactly what I was going to post! This is the setup I'd suggest as well, but only if its a hunting gun. The 44 is too abusive for target practice, not to mention, expensive.
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