March 2008

Long-Barreled .44 Magnum Revolvers: Bravo for the Bull

Ready for ?eld work at the right price, the Taurus Raging Bull is our ?rst pick. Rugerís Super Redhawk and the Smith & Wesson 629 Classic need simple upgrades, in our opinion.

Our more recent evaluations of .44-caliber revolvers have focused on service models designed primarily for law enforcement or personal self defense. In this test we will compare three large-framed long-barreled .44 Magnum revolvers that are best suited for hunting or competing in events that mimic hunting, such as steel-silhouette shooting. We narrowed this category by limiting our selection to double-action revolvers. Furthermore, each of our guns featured the longest barrel length available from their respective manufacturers.

Our three .44 Magnums were the $625 Taurus Raging Bull, Rugerís $888 Super Redhawk, and the $964 Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic. Both the Taurus and Smith & Wesson revolvers carried 8.4-inch barrels. The Ruger Super Redhawk was fit with a whopping 9.5-inch-long barrel. All three guns held six rounds.

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