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Wanna big boomer. Redhawk or Blackhawk?

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Or other? I like single actions as a preference, but DA has advantages...

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I have one of the first RedHawks delivered in San Diego (back in '80 or '81 I think) - while I like it just fine, I may as well have got a Blackhawk because I have never used it double action. Its heavy, but that's good for taking the bite out of full house silhouette or hunting ammo.

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I hope to never need the DA, but it's faster and easier to load and unload...

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44 mag. General outdoors sidearm - hunting, plinking, targets, and maybe self defense, hopefully not ever need to. I have a 1911 .45, but it's not very accurate or useful at much range.

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I have a 1911 .45, but it's not very accurate or useful at much range.
??For self defense, I'd rather have no other side arm.What kind of range are you talking about?

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44 mag. General outdoors sidearm - hunting, plinking, targets, and maybe self defense, hopefully not ever need to. I have a 1911 .45, but it's not very accurate or useful at much range.
I just went through the same process you are going through right now and I chose a S&W Model 29 .44 Mag 4" barrel DA, I am in my 10 day wait right now :) I was looking for a sidearm for hunting/fishing/hiking and a general all around "mountain gun". In the end I liked the DA better for SD reasons.

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I chose a S&W Model 29 .44 Mag 4" barrel DA
Yep, that would be my pick, especially for hunting, camping, fishing or whatever type of outdoor activities. A Great sidearm for man or beast that is trying to remove your head, along with it being an excellent "hunting" revolver. Few, if any others can do it as well, much less any better... (considering everything / including weight). I actually have the same revolver, only in 5" barrel, which is a little long for me, & much prefer the 4". But, I will live with it. lolThe great .45 semi auto is absolutely at the top of the list for a handgun in "home" defense. Actually, a 12 guage pump compliments a .45 very well for this. But for the great outdoors...If picking a handgun specifically for "hunting", then a single action revolver is nice. But for the criteria mentioned above, a DA revolver is the better choice IMO. I own both SA & DA and they all have their advantages and disadvantages for what they are used for. Then again, certain handguns just look cool &/or nostalgic and are fun to own. Now that should confuse someone... mostly myself. lolFrank

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I keep debating this same issue with myself. Guess thats why I have two Ruger single actions and two S&W 629's, 44 Mag. and 45 Long Colt. :wedgie[1]::):)

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Ya just GOTTA keep bringing up that .45 long colt, don't ya, Frank? You know I'm a recovering gun nut and am not allowed in the stores. :)

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Frank, there are a few S&W Mountain Guns in 45 Colt with that beloved 4" barrel out there for sale.......

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LOL... You're killing me, FrankWell, in .45 LC, I actually like the Bisley SA... at the moment, but of course subject to change (w/your help). lol Now I gotta go lay down...

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Cold ice pack on the back of the neck helps at moments like these....

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??For self defense, I'd rather have no other side arm.What kind of range are you talking about?
In the desert on the border. 4 legged and maybe 2 legged coyotes, ground squirrels, jacks, deer in the mountains. The .45 1911 is absolutely great for PD, but not so much for small target hunting or longer range PD, and I don't want to carry a .44 or .357 and the .45. My 1911 is great for combat accuracy, I just took first in the local comp Weds (pretty laid back, only 4 guys, I'm not great or anything)....but for small targets at any range, forget it. 1911s CAN be accurate, but they weren't designed to be, so the work to make them accurate is not cost effective. If you run into BGs in the desert (God forbid), having something with some range is a good thing. I don't have an AR and don't know if i will get one.

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Not really sure what you mean by long range personal defense? If long range is even a consideration...carry a rifle and be done with it. Most people cannot accurately shoot a full house 44 mag load. A down loaded 44 mag isn't much hotter than a standard 45 acp. I'd shoot what you can shoot accurately and not worry about what shoots harder...cause it don't matter if you can't hit with it.

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One or maybe two hundred yards. Not super far, you gotta make sure you know what you're shooting at. I don't intend to be most people. Long range handgunning is probably my favorite kind of shooting.

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I keep debating this same issue with myself. Guess thats why I have two Ruger single actions and two S&W 629's, 44 Mag. and 45 Long Colt. :):wedgie[1]::)
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I might be able to hit a really LARGE target at 20 yards with a handgun. After that it goes down hill real fast. Hmmmm, now I know why God invented shotguns... just for me! :) Ok, just kidding on the above. However, I really am not anywhere near what I used to be with a handgun. Anyway, not sure why you would want any kind of 44, 45 (or?) handgun for long range "field" work when a rifle would do it a lot easier, AND may actually HIT something. But hey, that's why we all like different things, and is what makes the world go 'round Hmmm, ok then, maybe a 5 or 6" or longer barrel for your .44 or 357 (or?)... lolGood LuckFrank

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Ya just GOTTA keep bringing up that .45 long colt, don't ya, Frank? You know I'm a recovering gun nut and am not allowed in the stores. :014:
I sure hate ( :) ) to talk about the 45 Colt.....Or 454 Casull,.....44 mag...Oh, and hitting something at 100 yards ?Yep,it can be done,with a handgun. :D I know,back to my corner. :popcorn:

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I might be able to hit a really LARGE target at 20 yards with a handgun. After that it goes down hill real fast. Hmmmm, now I know why God invented shotguns... just for me! :) Ok, just kidding on the above. However, I really am not anywhere near what I used to be with a handgun. Anyway, not sure why you would want any kind of 44, 45 (or?) handgun for long range "field" work when a rifle would do it a lot easier, AND may actually HIT something. But hey, that's why we all like different things, and is what makes the world go 'round Hmmm, ok then, maybe a 5 or 6" or longer barrel for your .44 or 357 (or?)... lolGood LuckFrank
Just 'cuz. Handguns are lighter, handier, and more of a challenge. Hunting with them combines my two favorites...handgunning and stalking. Hunting jacks with a rifle has gotten to be like shooting fish in a barrel unless it's a real long shot or a successful stalk to a better shooting spot. I had one that I jumped, stalked, and jumped three times over a pretty large area... on the last jump he took off running and I dropped down (prone) and watched him...he stopped on a hill and looked back to see where I went....and that couple of seconds was all it took. I was breathing pretty good from sneaking around hunkered over as quick as I could watching him 3 times, and the physical and mental (cat and mouse) challenge was very rewarding. It's not much fun to spot one at 100 yards that doesn't see you, and just drop and pop 'im. Another fun one was a couple hundred off, not a long shot, but too far for offhand, and I was in a basin in the weeds, had to crawl to a hump to shoot from...it was a good and rewarding sneak. I just rigged up a scope on my .22mag Single Six, itching to try it out

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Well, it works. I only had a few minutes this AM, but I plinked with it a bit, still need to sight in. I pref the rifle to a pistol scope.

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I pref the rifle to a pistol scope.
Most people do. Pistol scopes are overated IMO. I went that route before, mounted up scopes on my 22LR, .357 Revolver and a 44 Mag. Ended up removing all of them...didn't care for them. Live and learn.

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Well, meant I prefer a rifle scope to a pistol scope...on a .22 you can get away with it, no recoil. I shot it Sunday, best group 3"@100yds rested .22 magnum. Not too shabby. Pistols are generally more accurate than they get credit for, the hard part is seeing and holding steady.

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