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Old August 9th, 2018, 10:58 PM #1
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44mag itch

Iíve been wanting a revolver for my collection for some time now. I missed the opportunity to buy a beautiful s&w model 10 from my cousin but I balked at the price he wanted at first and he sold it to somebody else. I had a Ruger super red hawk in 480 but at the time ammo was expensive so I sold it.
Now Iím really wanting a 44 mag. A handgun with some horsepower just appeals to me for some reason. I would love to have a Dirty Harry era model 29 with the 5.5Ē barrel I think it is. But they seem to bring a pretty heavy price tag.
So what should I be looking for in a used revolver other then the bore, lock up and such? I really want a s&w but Iím open to others. Thanks
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IMO, the 44 Magnum revolver is the most beautiful handgun made. It's my favorite guns to shoot except I need to wear my pigs and only can go a box or two. I added two more to my collection this week thanks to John at Gym Ratz. Except for the stupid Hillary Hole on the S&W's, I love these things!


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My bucket list is short.

A nice revolver. Someone local has a 29 6" barrel, iirc, all nice and pretty for sale iirc it is 800ish.

An ak. Was even at a gun store about 10 years ago and wife said BUY IT, we drove all the way over, you should buy something. It was about 350 then. Didn't do it. Still kicking my own butt for not doing it. Had the money then...

Those are pretty much it. I just got a 938 for 500. Lightly used.

And the only thing shorter than my list is .... the funds.

If you have the itch and can afford it, pull the trigger.
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The Dirty Harry gun was a 6.5in , but not too long after that, S&W standardized on 6in . Still in S&W , the 629s with 5in full underlug balance similaar to the 6.5in standard bbls .

In other mfgs , the (plain, not Super) Redhawk in 5.5in is a fine gun .
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The Dirty Harry gun was a 6.5in , but not too long after that, S&W standardized on 6in . Still in S&W , the 629s with 5in full underlug balance similaar to the 6.5in standard bbls .

In other mfgs , the (plain, not Super) Redhawk in 5.5in is a fine gun .
Sure is, the Super Redhawk is a big kluny hunk of metal... the 5.5 Redhawk is a thing of beauty. I LIKE my SS version.
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Iíve been wanting a revolver for my collection for some time now. Iím open to others. Thanks
Super ... Blackhawk !!!

Stainless Steel w 7-1/2Ē bbl

The one I had (and sold, ďDoh!Ē) kept my hand loaded 240gr Sierra Hollowpoints inside a paper plate (9Ē?) at 100 yards, all day, from any shooting position. Milk jugs at MUCH further distances, for real challenges. That thing was every accurate at times

IIRC, CDNN investments has em from time to time ... https://www.cdnnsports.com/firearms....liber=44%20MAG

Best oí Success!
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I believe the OP was asking what to look for on a used .44 Magnum besides tightness of the cylinder lockup and bore condition?

I also look at the top strap, right above the forcing cone, for signs of excessive pressure, along with the gap between the barrel/cylinder and timing of the lock-up itself. How's the cylinder face? Is it scratched as hell from the previous owner trying to clean it with a metal brush?



The original Dirty Harry gun is a S&W Model 29-2 with a 6.5" barrel. While the wood grips are pretty, I prefer to shoot mine with a set of old-school Pachmayr target grips.

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Used .44mag revolvers tend to be in 2 and a half conditions ;

1. One box or less fired
1a . Sighted in occasionally for hunting , and resultant holster wear etc from carrying in the woods.
2. Beat to death by an IHMSA shooter


I Interpeted the OP as specifically interested in DA revolvers . Otherwise I would have lead off with Super Blackhawk / Blackhawk/ Bisley / Vaquero .
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I have two .44 Magnums...a 6" and 4" Colt Anacondas (4" is factory MagnaPorted). Both are excellent handguns but expensive today due to being snake guns. I've had both since the early '90s. There are some excellent .44 Magnum revolvers out there. In my experience, I've either owned or had the opportunity to shoot examples from Colt, S&W and Ruger...I've no experience with Taurus .44 so I can't give an informed opinion on that. My own experience is that the S&W is the smoothest and best handling, the Rugers (either Redhawk or Blackhawk) are the strongest and the Colt is the most accurate. Even then...the differences are very slim between them and all are more than accurate and strong for the purpose. Individual shooting style and ability can affect those conclusions on my part as well. As often said...your mileage may vary.
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Thanks for the input gents. I have been searching around and it seems the model 29s are still bringing 8 to 900 range. I even checked out the newer 29 classic I think itís called and thatís almost a grand new!
I hope to come across someone some day that maybe shot it a few times and put it up because they canít handle it. A guy can hope right? I have settled on a 29 or 629 though. I thought about a single action but I just love the nostalgia of a classic model 29 or any s&w for that matter.
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