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Old 07-08-2018, 03:11 PM
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I was leaning towards a Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 mag but am open to other manufacturers & calibers. How are the .454 Casull & the .480 Ruger calibers? What would you recommend for a close range (inside 50 yards or so) black bear / deer revolver? I will be putting a scope on it. Also what length barrel should I be looking at? Prob. between a S&W & Ruger...

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Old 07-08-2018, 03:43 PM
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First, Barrel length: for hunting, a 5.5 is a nice belt gun, but doesnt level on target quite as firmly as the 7.5 models.

Cartridge: the 454 Casull and 480 Ruger are more than a .44mag can attain, but either are too much recoil for whitetail or hogs. Both can be handloaded to be very mild, and the heft of the Super Redhawk tames them pretty well, but again, its a bit more than a guy needs to tolerate. Both are fantastic cartridges, and I have been hunting more often in recent years with a 454c than a 44mag. To me, the Super Redhawk really is a 454c platform, with the 44mag in it being a sub caliber cartridge.

Optic Ready Revolvers: the 44mag Ruger Bisley Hunter (Super Blackhawk) is a great option in the single action, lower cost class. The Super Duper Blackhawk in 454c or 480R are great, but a little less sexy for optic integration (there IS a no drill aftermarket option). The 454/480 SBHs recoil considerably more than anything else in this list, due to the lighter SA frame and shorter 6.5 barrel. The Super RedHawks are a better option, in any of the 3 cartridges discussed. Personally, I would flip a coin between the 454c Super Redhawk, then pick anything from standard 45 colt to full potential 454c loads for hunting, or the 44mag Super Redhawk, again, picking anything between 44spcl Close range hog loads and super loaded 44mag loads. The S&W 629 Magnum Hunter is a mean machine as well, and incredibly well behaved with the lugged 7.5 barrel and factory brake. I dont typically enjoy blued/black revolvers, but the 629 Mag Hunter called to me.
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:35 AM
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I did forget to mention - if youre only shooting 50yrds or less, I would recommend either an Ultradot Matchdot or Leupold VX3 2-8x. The FX2 4x scope is a dandy little fixie and is less expensive, but its on the edge of too much magnification for most guys to use offhand. Im used to scoped handguns, but its a steep learning curve to align eye relief and get on target quickly. The lower end 2x is enough for 50yrd shooting, and will let you work your way into higher magnification.

Either a variable 2-6x or 2-8x, or a red dot will give you a big leg up on shooting shorter ranges off hand with the revolver.
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:29 AM
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I do not do a lot of handgun hunting for medium/large game, and I am certainly no expert on the matter, but I have taken a few of whitetails with them. For me the variables power scopes are difficult to use for medium sized game at ranges of 100 yards or less and I vastly prefer a fixed power 2X or 2.5X EER. The only time I find the higher power scopes useful is when I have a .223 barrel on a T/C for groundhogs, etc. in an open field.

Both Ruger and S&W are fine choices for a wheelgun.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:17 AM
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have you seen the hand held ruger shotgun?
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