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Old January 24th, 2017, 03:14 PM   #1
 
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Considering the TALO SBH .44 Mag

To all Ruger aficionados ... Since I parted ways with my Alaskan, I have been looking for a new outdoors revolver in .44 Special/Mag. Admittedly I shoot mostly Specials, so the Mag capability isn't a prerequisite, just a bonus. I was very much set on the new GP100 in .44 Special, until I stumbled on a TALO SBH 3-3/4" ... it is the most handsome pistol I have come across in some time. Aside from the obvious limitations of SA vs DA, and the less than optimal 3-3/4" barrel length for Mags, is the TALO SBH an impractical consideration? I regularly frequent hiking trails/State Park lands/etc. where the greatest four legged threats are occasional black bears and coyotes, and a very rare big cat. Two legged predators can be found anywhere, but 5-6 .44 Special hollow points should suffice against any such possible threat. I shoot SA fairly well, and know my way around revolvers of all calibers. A significant consideration is cost: I can get either the GP100 or TALO SBH for ~$650, as opposed to the 4" RH or Kodiak for $800-$900.

Thank you in advance for any advice, opinion, or peer pressure.



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Considering your use and the fact that you prefer .44 special loads to magnum, I'd go with the gp100. It's 10 oz. lighter than the blackhawk, although, I admit, I like that Talo edition as much as you do. I have all three revolvers and prefer to carry my .357 gp100 over the other two due to weight. If you don't care about the weight, I'd go with that sweet Talo SBH in .44 mag. I don't carry my RH .44 4.2" in the woods any more due to it's bulk and weight. It shoots fantastic though.
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Welcome to the forum,
I understand the draw of a Talo, or any "special edition"gun, having just bought a limited 45 New Vaquero.
However that's a big money difference between your 2 choices. I bought pre owned to justify it.
If you want a nice smooth shooter it's hard to beat a GP, I think everyone here would agree.
But if your going for the handsome, cool factor, that's a very nice singe action you are looking at.
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The Talo 3.75" SBH is actually pretty manageable to shoot even with 44 mag loads, but, as others have noted, it's still a big gun. I also like carrying SAs for my woods guns and when bears are not likely to be a problem, I usually opt for smaller guns like my 357 Flat Top or, even nicer to carry, my Single Seven with good 327 SD loads. Nice to have seven shots and the 327 is no slouch of a cartridge. Unless you're stuck on the 44, might be one to consider. One of my favorites for woods carry.

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Really like mine (Lipsey's Bisley version). Carries well and pleasant to shoot, especially with light mags or Special level loads. I prefer the extra weight on a Mag (and the Bisley grip!) if I need to load it up for four footed friends.

Having said that, I just got my GP 44 and it is SA-weet! I'd feel perfectly comfortable carrying in the same roles (and I think it is going to get carried A LOT!).



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I was very much set on the new GP100 in .44 Special, until I stumbled on a TALO SBH 3-3/4" ... it is the most handsome pistol I have come across in some time.
The shorter barrel is a misery with full on loads and heavy bullets, but as you are not so inclined to that, it's really not a problem. If the weight isn't an issue.

I have a M69/4", and with mid-range loads, well above +P Special level, the biggest issue with a hiking gun is blast. Recoil in the lighter gun is not all that bad, but you need hearing protection to shoot it, or a budget for hearing aids.
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I really enjoy carrying my Ruger Talo SBH in the woods. I use a D.M. Bullard Combat model holster I had made for the revolver and it is really a comfortable carry with a good sturdy belt.

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I have the New Vaquero in .44 magnum 3 3/4" barrel. It have become my favorite carry gun . Very manageable even with the bird head grip. It is a flame thrower with slow powders. I use Unique or universal with 265 gr.Keith SWC cast bullets.
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I also have the Talo with a Simply Rugged holster. I honestly think the recoil isn't that bad. Maybe the short barrel doesn't allow full powder burn but it seems like less than my friends 6" S&W.
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talo sbh why because it is different.
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Thank you all for the replies. With a steady diet of .44 Specials, the GP certainly leads on practicality, but the SBH wins on style points. This is going to be a tough decision.
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I have the Bisley version and I love it. One of my all time favorite revolvers and I'm not even a 44mag fan. I also have the GP100 44spl and of the two I prefer the SBH. I can always shoot 44spl in my SBH but I can't shoot 44mag in my GP. That's not saying I don't like the GP because I really do. However, if you made me pick only one I'd take the Bisley SBH. No contest IMO. OTOH, if the SBH was the plow handled version I'd take the GP100 44spl. Me and plow handled 44mags don't get along at all.
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Thank you all for the replies. With a steady diet of .44 Specials, the GP certainly leads on practicality, but the SBH wins on style points. This is going to be a tough decision.
As bwinters said, because its different. I currently have one in layaway
jail . It does win on style point alone. Ron

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I carry a birdshead grip new vaquero 44 mag 3.75 inch bbl for my woods gun. Although some in this forum were naysayers, even with the birdshead I shoot 320 grain gas checks at a chronographed 1080 with a standard deviation of 12.45. They are a handful, but manageable. Had to install an oversized locking base pin as they caused the factory one to jump. I don't feed it a steady diet of them though. I shoot some 240 grain swc at around 800 and these are quite fun. I don't shoot specials though it, but as soon as I can lay my hands on one, I will own the new gp 44 special. I like mine...I bet you would like one as well.
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