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erskatedoc
03-03-2009, 11:16 AM
I want to get a big revolver handgun. Its just for fun at the range and desert target shooting. I was thinking about a S&W 500 with the 6 1/2 barrel. However, I have always wanted a 44 magnum. What are your suggestions? You can see what I already have below. Price is not an issue. Not interested in a big semi auto.

Thanks

yellowfin
03-03-2009, 11:53 AM
As far as .44's go, it's hard to beat a S&W 29 or 629.

ojisan
03-03-2009, 12:00 PM
Well, you don't have a single action revolver yet.
How about a Ruger Super Blackhawk 7 1/2" in .44 Mag?
Reasonable cost, you won't hurt it, ammo much cheaper and more readily available than the .460 / .500 stuff. Simple and fun!

TheBundo
03-03-2009, 12:04 PM
The 460 is by far the best choice, IMO, becuase of the ammo choices. It shoots 45 Long Colts, which are cheap and have less recoil and power than a 44 magnum. It also shoots 454 Casull, which is very powerful, and the even more powerful 460, which is about the equal of a 500. It is actually a faster round in fps, and considered more accurate than the 500, and only has slightly less muzzle energy. The speed and accuracy more than make up for that, and frankly, the 454, 460, and 500 will all drop anything on earth. I've researched this extensivly for ultimate practicality, and the 460 wins. And the 45 LC's price per round makes plinking affordable.

rkt88edmo
03-03-2009, 12:11 PM
Hauling the x-frame around just to plink with .45LC seems like overkill and has a pretty hefty weight penalty. There seem to be a decent amount of x-frames coming up used, as well as 629s.

I'd say get the .44 and shoot it and see how much you enjoy the recoil before you step it up to the 500/460/454.

Rudolf the Red
03-03-2009, 12:27 PM
Well, you don't have a single action revolver yet.
How about a Ruger Super Blackhawk 7 1/2" in .44 Mag?
Reasonable cost, you won't hurt it, ammo much cheaper and more readily available than the .460 / .500 stuff. Simple and fun!

+1 to this.

Jonathan Doe
03-03-2009, 12:39 PM
I have both S&W 29 6 1/2" barrel and Ruger Redhawk 7 1/2" barrel. Both are fine guns.

Fantasma
03-03-2009, 12:50 PM
Get a .44. An S&W....

windrunner50
03-03-2009, 12:52 PM
Take a look at the Freedom Arms series of revolvers. The F/A revolvers are Top notch quality, and shoot fantastic. You will not be disappointed.:D

Vacaville
03-03-2009, 12:54 PM
Depends on what you want to do with it. Unless you are hunting grizzlies I think the .44 mag is fine, plus you can shoot .44 special through it.

S&W 29 or 629 is the classic .44 mag. Ruger Redhawk (DA) or Super Blackhawk (SA) are both built like tanks and will outlive you. I love my .357 Blackhawk.

Forget about the .500 unless you can find one used at a big discount, and then realize the ammo will cost a lot if you don't reload. If you do think you need the monster power, go for the S&W .460 since you can chamber 3 different cartridges in it.

22popnsplat
03-03-2009, 12:58 PM
You will find that Freedom arms makes the best revolver off the shelf , There is virtually no aftermarket for custom work on them because there is almost nothing a gunsmith could do to it to improve it . I own 2 and am trying for #3 . They are very easy to find in .454 , Mine even with my limited abilities will shoot 1 1/4 inch groups at 50 meters .
I have freind who sold 3 rugers to buy his first Freedom arms and he tells me he wishes he had more rugers he could sell

bruss01
03-03-2009, 1:12 PM
Redhawk, .44 mag, 6" barrel, pachmyr grips.

It's a handful, but I think you'll like it!

-hanko
03-03-2009, 1:42 PM
You will find that Freedom arms makes the best revolver off the shelf , There is virtually no aftermarket for custom work on them because there is almost nothing a gunsmith could do to it to improve it . I own 2 and am trying for #3 . They are very easy to find in .454 , Mine even with my limited abilities will shoot 1 1/4 inch groups at 50 meters .
I have freind who sold 3 rugers to buy his first Freedom arms and he tells me he wishes he had more rugers he could sell
A major +1. You will not be disappointed.

-hanko

jazman
03-03-2009, 2:58 PM
I vote .44 mag also, and like all the guns suggested here. Tough decision but a fun one to make! I do like double action more if you are shooting more, easier to load and unload 6 at a time.

B Strong
03-03-2009, 4:09 PM
I want to get a big revolver handgun. Its just for fun at the range and desert target shooting. I was thinking about a S&W 500 with the 6 1/2 barrel. However, I have always wanted a 44 magnum. What are your suggestions? You can see what I already have below. Price is not an issue. Not interested in a big semi auto.

Thanks

If you're just looking for a bigbore "fun" wheelgun, it would hard to beat a Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 mag - more affordable than the Smith 29, less expensive to shoot than the .500 Smith.

If you're not already familiar with the .500, try renting one at an indoor range first. The .500 is big medicine and not everybody enjoys firing one.

maschronic
03-03-2009, 4:10 PM
just get yourself a .500 S&W!!! i did!! :) :43:

Twinspool
03-03-2009, 4:26 PM
There's only one solution: get both!
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18318&stc=1&d=1236129518

Nothing wrong with a Ruger or Freedom Arms, but I don't like SA style grips for heavy recoiling loads. I still haven't met a PC trigger I didn't love.

Tho_Sun
03-03-2009, 4:29 PM
Just a heads up, there's a guy selling his performance center S&W 500 for like 1k. I have no affiliation with the guy, just passing on deals I've seen~ He's on the sales. Just use the search button. :D

erskatedoc
03-05-2009, 5:21 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions. I went with the Ruger Redhawk, .44 mag, 5 1/2" barrel in Stainless Steel & Rosewood Grips.

Love the feel and look!!!

5hundo
03-05-2009, 9:46 AM
Well, you don't have a single action revolver yet.
How about a Ruger Super Blackhawk 7 1/2" in .44 Mag?


+1

They're great guns... I've got one in .41 Mag and I love it. Plus, I I like the .41 Mag cartridge.

gdr_11
03-05-2009, 12:12 PM
Ditto on the .41 Mag. I owned a Model 57 with the 8 3/8" barrell and it was a terrific shooter. I won many a long range (100 yd.) shootout with guys who were shooting .44 mags in Model 29 or Rugers. If you are not a handloader, however, the .44 mag is much more practical.

kato4moto
03-05-2009, 12:35 PM
If price is not an issue (God, I wish I could make that statement), get both! :D

Axewound
03-05-2009, 1:29 PM
+1 on the 460

Vacaville
03-05-2009, 2:25 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. I went with the Ruger Redhawk, .44 mag, 5 1/2" barrel in Stainless Steel & Rosewood Grips.

Love the feel and look!!!

Nice! I'm jealous. Good length on the barrel too.

thefurball
03-05-2009, 2:27 PM
Check the per round cost of ammo.

Mickey D
03-05-2009, 8:30 PM
Well, you don't have a single action revolver yet.
How about a Ruger Super Blackhawk 7 1/2" in .44 Mag?
Reasonable cost, you won't hurt it, ammo much cheaper and more readily available than the .460 / .500 stuff. Simple and fun!

+1. I have 29s and 629s. The Ruger SBH is the best .44 I have!
Another suggestion is the .45 Colt cartridge. Very fun and accurate to shoot.

S&W 29
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w22/MickeyD1/SW29-2-1.jpg

Ruger New Vaquero in .45 Colt. Real hoot to shoot.
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w22/MickeyD1/Ruger45.jpg

battleship
03-05-2009, 9:19 PM
Either a 460 or a 500, i would go with the 4 inch 500 or the 5 inch 460.
44 magnums are great fun but for shear fun if you can handle it get the 500.

Two Shots
03-05-2009, 10:00 PM
Does it matter if it's a revolver?

http://media-files.gather.com/images/d272/d848/d744/d224/d96/f3/full.jpg

Kid Stanislaus
03-06-2009, 4:37 AM
The 460 is by far the best choice, IMO, becuase of the ammo choices. It shoots 45 Long Colts, which are cheap and have less recoil and power than a 44 magnum.


That's good info. You'll quickly grow weary of a steady load of hot 460's. (And in time your wrist and elbow will be tell'n ya about it too!) The 45 Colt can be loaded light, medium or heavy. I shoot'm out of my FA 83 in leu of the 454 Casull and it makes for a really enjoyable trip to the range.