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Old December 13th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #1
 
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Redhawk 44 mag 4" or 5.5"

I want to buy a Redhawk in 44 mag. I can't decide whether to buy it in 4" or 5.5". I intend to carry it while hunting deer. I hunt primarily with a rifle, but always carry a handgun for personal protection. It may just as well be capable of taking deer too.(And maybe hogs at some point.) I will take a shot at a deer with the revolver if it is within about 50 yards. The advantage of the 4" is that it will be handier overall, but the 5.5" may be more pleasant to shoot and slightly more accurate with the longer sight radius. Anyone have experience with either or both? Opinions welcome and thanks.



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Old December 13th, 2012, 11:18 AM   #2
 
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I don't think either way you go you'll make a bad choice. If it were me I'd go with the 5 . If you asked about a 7 that would have been my choice. My Redhawk is a 7 and granted it's more awkward than what a 5 would be carrying. I personally like the longer sight radius. Primarily for hunting I think the longer barrel is a better choice. I have a SRH w/a 9 BBL and it's just a little too long and muzzle heavy. The 4" would be fine for a carry gun or for a truck/vehicle gun.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 11:46 AM   #3
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Not long ago I went through the same choice process. I ended up with the 5.5" version. It does not seem to any issue to me regarding 1.5" additional barrel, and I get great velocity. I too wanted a hunting option... I am glad I have the longer barrel. With a Simply Rugged holster I have no carry issues in the field.

If I wanted a shorter barrel I would look at the Alaskan in 454/45 Colt...
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I have the 4", but think that you would be better off with the 5.5" for any kind of hunting. Not that the 4" wouldn't work, but I agree with the above that the longer sight radius would be better for shots inside 50 yards.
I love mine, good luck with yours!
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The 4" has a pinned front sight whereas the 5.5" has a spring loaded replaceable front sight. The available aftermarket front sights for the 4" model are limited.
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I have both, get the 5.5 if you can, esp for your intended use.
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Thanks for the input guys. I usually tend to take the middle road, and the
5.5" is the middle of the 3 available barrel lengths. I know the 5.5" is as close to ideal as possible for my criteria, but something about the 4" calls to me. I will probably end up with both at some point, but will start with the
5.5". Thanks again.
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Since the 44 will not be the primary hunting gun I would go with the 4. If you need the power of the 44 magnum after the rifle you always have it, but as a good overall carry gun the 4 inch will get more use.

The 44 special has the same performance as the 45acp, many consider it a great choice for self defense, even S&W brought back the 44 spl and created a thunder ranch edition (The label was ugly)

With a 44 magnum you have the opportunity to use both, but you will prob shoot the 44 special more often, and the shorter barrel is going to give you more flexability in your life in general.

I own a Dan Wesson in 357 and 44. The Dan Wessons have interchangable barrels, so I have that advantage, I can do the 4, 6, or 8 inch on the 44. On My 357 I have the 2.5, 4, 6 and 8 inch barrels.

If it was a hunting only gun... longer barrel.

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I think the biggest question for me is whether the 1.3" difference in sight radius will make much of a difference at 50 yards.
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