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ilikeguns
09-15-2011, 9:10 PM
Anyone have a recommendation for a 44 mag in a 3 to 5 inch barrel? Not interested in Taurus, rossi ect. Looking for something decent to pack hiking/camping.
Thanks guys

glockman19
09-15-2011, 9:26 PM
I prefer a 5" barrel on a .44mag to reduce recoil. I would recommend a S&W 629 Classic 5". Perfectly balanced and a trigger to die for.

3" has a little too much bite for my liking

zeb
09-15-2011, 9:31 PM
I like the S&W 329 for hiking and backpacking. It stings the hand quite a bit with full power loads but I almost forget that I'm carrying it when I'm on the trail.

dfletcher
09-15-2011, 9:34 PM
Smith made a 3" blued steel a while back, wasn't too terrible with the 300 grain stuff. I think Ruger makes a 4 3/4" barreled 44.

DannyInSoCal
09-15-2011, 9:39 PM
4" ported barrel is a good compromise....

HKMadness
09-15-2011, 9:55 PM
I prefer a 5" barrel on a .44mag to reduce recoil. I would recommend a S&W 629 Classic 5". Perfectly balanced and a trigger to die for.

3" has a little too much bite for my liking

:iagree:

have you considered .357 if you are set on a 3" barrel?

Ive always liked S&W's revolvers

NapaCountyShooter
09-15-2011, 9:55 PM
Ruger Redhawk in 4". Built like a brick.....house.

Confusion
09-15-2011, 10:04 PM
Friend of mine had a Ruger Superwarhawk Alaskan, it was a monster. The 5 1/2 Redhawk is pretty nice though.

21SF
09-16-2011, 7:30 AM
Super redhawk alaskan!!

In my avatar!

Will handle much hotter loads than smiths.

redcliff
09-16-2011, 7:31 AM
I have a 3" 629-4; I think it's great, but I only use .44 magnum loads for when I'm carrying it in the woods or want to create fireballs at the indoor range.

Other than that I use .44 special loads; I find it more fun to shoot specials in any of my 29's/629's.

lawaia
09-16-2011, 7:32 AM
S&W 329PD.

otteray
09-16-2011, 7:45 AM
An old photographer friend had a 4" ported S&W Custom Shop Mountain Gun that he carried when in Alaska, along with his camera equipment and a slung Marlin Guide Gun (45-70).
I was supposed to inherit the S&W after his death; but it got, uh, lost.

Anyway, muzzle flash blinding may be an issue with follow-up shots.