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Old April 28th, 2017, 01:29 PM   #16
 
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I'm just curious. I don't know if I'd ever carry a 44 Magnum for defense against 2 legged critters. But I'd like to hear some input and pics would be a bonus. I'm thinking 3-5" for a barrel.

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Why not the two legged critters,they can be the worse kind? I'd say 3".Just my opinion!




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While I have owned .44mags with 2.75" and 4" barrels I ended up selling them off. My two .44mag revolvers still remaining in my safe wear 7.5" tubes. For my purposes the long barrels make sense for the caliber. Of the two shorter barrel .44's the S&W Mod 69 was the best. It carried and shot well. I used it as a belt gun when I was hunting with a .22 rifle or a shotgun and happened upon a nuisance hog. After local farmers called in hunters using dogs to eradicate the pigs I didn't need the M69 and sold it to a friend. For dealing with two-legged varmints I prefer my 3" S&W M65, 4" 1911, or full-size Glock.
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I have several .44Mag Revolvers including the S&W 69, but I wouldn't consider carrying one for self Defense unless I lived in Bear Country. If I had to pack a .44 Mag I would choose my S&W Model 629 Talo 3" Barrel. These guns are still available on GB for $600to700 bucks and in my opinion are quite a bargain. Mine shoots great with full house Mags. My second choice would be the S&W 69. The only Redhawk that I owned was a 7.5 inch that I bought when ruger first released them many years ago.
I have one of these 629 TALO models and I love it. Mine had an awesome trigger right out of the box (I wondered if mine slipped through the Performance Center by mistake) and it's about as compact, balanced and easy to carry as a big N frame can be. Not that I've carried it as a CCW - I thought too highly of it for such duty and bought an Alaskan instead for that purpose. This was with 4 legged critters in mind though on a trip out west with hikes in and around Yellowstone and Glacier NP. I'll stick to smaller, lighter choices for CC around here but if I was determined to carry a 44 Mag concealed it would probably be the 629 TALO. Sweet gun and a good value as was already noted.
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Or maybe a nice 380 would do.
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I have several .44Mag Revolvers including the S&W 69, but I wouldn't consider carrying one for self Defense unless I lived in Bear Country. If I had to pack a .44 Mag I would choose my S&W Model 629 Talo 3" Barrel. These guns are still available on GB for $600to700 bucks and in my opinion are quite a bargain. Mine shoots great with full house Mags. My second choice would be the S&W 69. The only Redhawk that I owned was a 7.5 inch that I bought when ruger first released them many years ago.
Wow very beautiful revolver there!!!
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For nightstand defense, I'd be happy with my 4" Redhawk or S&W 329pd loaded with .44 specials. For OWB carry, like I do in the woods, I would prefer a nice SRH Alaskan.
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Beat me to it.....
Maybe Im missing something here,, but my way of thinking,,

If I'm going to lug around my BIG HEAVY 45 LC Blackhawk 7.5 bbl, there is a reason for it.

BEARS,,

And I aint going to see a bear in a shopping mall, it will be in the woods.

And If I have to shoot him,, I want the bullet to enter his head , exit his rear, and blow his brains out his butt.

FULL LOADS please. NO point otherwise.

BTW, we got this guy at camp. He is there somewhere just about every day. Appears to be a male, ( NO cubs anyway). He runs as soon as you see him, or he is aware that someone is present. We do make a point of not letting any trash laying around. He took a big poop about 10 feet from the door Sunday. No real threat unless someone slips in the dung pile.
I am still carrying my CZ PCR 9mm.

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Thanks for the great input. I just considered it because I do shoot it well, but it is a bulky bugger.

I went to the gun show today, and I handled a lot of 44 Magnums. I'll reserve it for hunting and protection against animals.

I'll stick to 45 ACP, 9 mm or 357 Magnum at the most.


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I carry a 6" barrel Taurus stainless revolver only when I'm in the woods. I carry a 9mm in the city.
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I would suggest 4", great overall length, easier to carry and use.
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I conceal carried a 4 inch smith 57 41 mag for a month just to see how it went. In the winter no problem would have been difficult in the summer. Unless you could wear a sport coat.
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If I carry a revolver for urban self-defense, it is my 4" Colt Python .357 magnum. If I conceal carry for woods self-defense, it is my 4" S&W 29-2 .44 magnum.

If I open carry or hunt with a revolver, it is my 8" Colt Anaconda .44 magnum, my 6 1/2" Ruger Blackhawk 50th Anniversary .44 magnum, my 10 1/2" Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 magnum, or my Ruger Super Redhawk .454 Casull.
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Carrying the .44 mag.

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I'm just curious. I don't know if I'd ever carry a 44 Magnum for defense against 2 legged critters. But I'd like to hear some input and pics would be a bonus. I'm thinking 3-5" for a barrel.

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I own and carry a S&W Model 69, Combat Magnum with a 4 1/2 barrel. This is the only "L" frame S&W, ie, "L" Frames are normally 38 Spec or 357 Mag, this is a lighter frame for a .44 mag so it does have a bit more recoil with full loads and will shoot .44 Mag +P loads. I primarily carry in the woods as protection from bears, cougars, wolves, and moose (which are the really dangerous animals). I primarily carry a .44 Mag because of the loud muzzle blast which tends to scary away any threat rather than actually having to shoot and kill it. Typically in those situations I carry 245 grain jacketed soft nose bullets but out of the woods I load it with Hornady .44 Special Critical Defense Ammo to help prevent over penetration and collateral damage. I always try to be aware of my field of fire and the possibility of injuries or damage from over penetration. Due to the weight and collateral damage considerations I normally carry a S&W .38 Special +P laser body guard. Not as much power or accuracy but exceptional for close in urban protection or I carry my Glock 23 .40 cal with a Viridian X5 Tac Light/laser sight (the tac light/laser sight is a great deterant at night.
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I don't actually do it but my Bisley 3.75 SBH in a Simply Rugged pancake holster might not be a bad carry option. Probably best done in winter because it would be a bit tough to conceal under a t-shirt. If I did carry it I would load it with 44mag JHP.
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