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44 Mag Decision

bullsi1911bullsi1911 ModeratorPosts: 12,309 Senior Member
if you were going to get a double action 44 Magnum Wheelgun, which would you get?  

S&W 629: https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/model-629-4-barrel

or 

Ruger Redhawk 4”: https://www.ruger.com/products/redhawk/specSheets/5044.html


To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
-Mikhail Kalashnikov

44 Mag Decision 36 votes

Ruger Redhawk
50%
BigDanSDiver43JKPCHIRO1989sakodudedldJermanatorMichakavshotgunshooter3jbohiorberglofGene LHAWKENjaywaptiStenfieldZeeRugerFanUncle Fester 18 votes
S&W 629
50%
LinefinderNNBig Al1Antoniowddodgebobbyrlf3TugarbreamfisherJeeperErnie BishopkansashuntershootbrownelkFreezerbellcatzorbaNorth ForestTrueTone911Gila 18 votes
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Living in a van, down by the river.Posts: 14,034 Senior Member
    S&W 629
    What's it fer? 
    I'm just here for snark.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,309 Senior Member
    I don’t have a .44 Mag revolver.  No real need or reason for it, but if pressed, I would say field carry.


    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Living in a van, down by the river.Posts: 14,034 Senior Member
    S&W 629
    Well in that case I vote for the Smith.  It looks better, in my eyes, and unless you plan on feeding it a lot of .44 mag ammo or field carrying it a lot, the Ruger doesn't have much on it for most users.

    Just my opinion.
    I'm just here for snark.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    edited October 2019 #5
    I like the indisructable construction of the Ruger but I hate that grip. If there are decent after market grips for the Ruger, I'd get it. If not I'd get the Smith. So I didn't vote due to insufficient information.
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Colorado!Posts: 7,699 Senior Member
    To know what my vote is.....
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    My first choice would be a pre-lock S&W 629 (I've never been a fan of the ignition keyed S&Ws), second choice would be a new Ruger.  But, either gun will be equally great for what you want.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,060 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    Ruger hands down!!!

    Just put wood grips on it. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,753 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    I voted Redhawk simply for it's robust nature but for field carry, where I might be carrying more than shooting  l would consider the S&W model 69. Smaller, lighter over all package. 
  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Global NomadPosts: 6,071 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    For my money the Redhawk is a stellar magnum handgun.

    Also, you suck. I have a 7.5" Redhawk 44 Hunter and really wish I had taken the time to track down one with a shorter tube.
    - I am a rifleman with a poorly chosen screen name. -
    "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Swampland, FLAPosts: 5,100 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    The only purpose I can see for a 4" barreled 44 is self defense in bear country, I went with Ruger because I like them better than S&W, it just needs Rosewood or Lignum Vitae grips.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Merrritt Island, FLPosts: 25,219 Senior Member
    S&W 629
    You couldn't possibly go wrong with either. Without handling either gun, its hard to make a choice - I checked the S&W because the grip *looks* a tad longer, and the MSRP is a bit less (How that translates into real world prices I have no idea). Plus I don't have a Smith, but have several Rugers (and love them all).
    My advice is to handle both, preferably shoot both, and then decide.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Northwest OhioPosts: 1,150 Senior Member
    S&W 629
    I've had both and still have the Smith. My 629 was much smoother than the Redhawk. But, If I was pushing the limits on  my reloads the Redhawk would have stayed.

    Denny
    Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,750 Senior Member
    edited October 2019 #14
    Ruger Redhawk
    I've got a Redhawk 5".  It's rugged and heavy and accurate.  You can load it up as high as you want to.  A few years ago, I had an excellent S&W 29 6.5" which I never shot, so I sold it.  A couple of years ago, I got to wanting a .44 again.  I'm unwilling to buy a new Smith with a hole in it, so I went Ruger. If I could have bought a pre-lock Smith, I would have.

    You can get Pachmayr grips for either one.  I don't trust S&Ws new grips...they're made by the cheapest outsourcer.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Southwest PAPosts: 2,907 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    Ruger by a small margin.
  • joeg52joeg52 Member Posts: 110 Member
    I would go for the S&W 69.
  • GilaGila Posts: 1,908 Senior Member
    S&W 629
    If I were actually going to get one, I'd go for a Model 29.  I just happen to know of a pawn shop with two of them available and decent pricing, and one of those is like brand new.  It's probably never had a full box of ammo run through it.
    No good deed goes unpunished...
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member In the sticks, OHPosts: 5,617 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    My 4" 44 Redhawk is packed for my out west trip.  So is my 2" 44 Redhawk.  
    My Smith's are in the safe.  
    I'm begrudgingly leaving my 5" 45 Colt Redhawk behind.  
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    For my money the Redhawk is a stellar magnum handgun.

    Also, you suck. I have a 7.5" Redhawk 44 Hunter and really wish I had taken the time to track down one with a shorter tube.
    I owned a 7.5” for about 3 weeks.  Carried it in a good crossdraw holster and got sick of pulling my pants up all the time.  At 4.5 lbs IIRC it’s a crew served handgun.  Great gun!  Just would have never left the house.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,060 Senior Member
    edited October 2019 #20
    Ruger Redhawk
    My Ruger’s go to the field. My Smith is a safe queen. 

    A nice safe queen. Yes. But......
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,060 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    If you were to find some sort of a classic Smith or something to give it value beyond just being a run of the mill Smith, yes. Get it. 

    If you’re looking for a field gun to use and work. 

    Ruger. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Logansport Indiana, by way of Hohenwald Tennessee by way of Cocoa FloridaPosts: 1,720 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    I don't have a Redhawk or model 29 but I do have two Ruger SBH's and a Vaquero.  I voted RH because of the strength, there when you need it. For field or every day carry, I would choose the Vaquero, well finished and a tad bit lighter than either of your other choices.  Keep yer powder dry......robin

    I don't often talk to people that voted for Obama, but when I do I order large fries!
    Life member of the American Legion, the VFW, the NRA and the Masonic Lodge, retired LEO
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    I'd squeeze the toothpaste tube just a LITTLE more and buy this first year production 629-2 Mountain gun.  It has JUST enough wear on it that you wouldn't have to make it a safe queen but DAMN classy gun to tote in the field.

    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/839139835
  • JKPJKP Senior Member North FloridaPosts: 2,677 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    S&W doesn't even include a photo on their site (link above) showing the cylinder release side of the gun with the lock...
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    JKP said:
    S&W doesn't even include a photo on their site (link above) showing the cylinder release side of the gun with the lock...
    They have pretty much given up on photographing ANY of their revolvers on that side.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    Both. You can never have enough 44 magnums. Start with the Ruger first. Finding the right Smith may take some time.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,774 Senior Member
    I have a 629 DX Classic that is a safe/range queen.  Im not lugging around a 8 3/8" barreled revolver, but it sure is fun to take shots at a 200m 18" gong with.  If I wanted a field gun or was going to potentially push things a bit, I would go with a Ruger.  My GP100 has taken over from my 686 for hot .357 shooting.  Now the 686 revolvers await a niece and two nephews (one for each) when they are old enough if they decide to take an interest.
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Southwest PAPosts: 2,907 Senior Member
    Ruger Redhawk
    Serious question to a lot of you. Why are Smith's considered safe queens compared to a "beat it up" Ruger? These 2 models are similarly priced as are some of the older models of each. 
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    edited October 2019 #29
    Ruger Redhawk
    Michakav-- Rugers tend to be built heavier and can handle heavier loads. At the same time, the Smiths tend to cost more and look a bit prettier.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • NNNN Senior Member NCPosts: 25,221 Senior Member
    S&W 629
    My experience is with a Redhawk 5.5" and the 4" 629.

    The 629 is easier to shoot and I carry it if I go on my bicycle in the forest on the gravel roads. If I did some foot travel in the woods I used the Redhawk.


    If I were just to get  one of them -----I'd get the 629.  
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Southwest PAPosts: 2,907 Senior Member
    edited October 2019 #31
    Ruger Redhawk
    Michakav-- Rugers tend to be built heavier and can handle heavier loads. At the same time, the Smiths tend to cost more and look a bit prettier.

    I recognize those aspects. But the new Ruger pricing is similar to the Smith's given like models. Even the older Ruger's are catching up to older Smith pricing. I guess that's why my questioning as to why the Ruger is seen as a beater compared to the other. I am guessing a lot of it has to do with name? 

    BTW...I love both, but prefer Ruger.
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