First handgun

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by jbettin, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. jbettin

    jbettin New Member

    Nov 18, 2009
    Im looking into getting my first hand gun. I would like to get something that would be a good sidearm for the northwest U.S. and possibly even Alaska if I can ever get enough money together for a hunting trip. Most of my hand gun experience so far is with a 1911, Springfield XD and a 9mil. I can handle the .45ACP pretty good but I was more looking at getting a DA revolver in .44 Mag, .454 casull or .460 S&W, that way i can start with a lighter cartridge like the .44 special or .45 LC. and work up. I was also looking at the Ruger Blackhawk convertible in .45ACP and .45LC . Any thoughts, advice or recommendations? Would it be better to ditch the revolver idea and go with a semiautomatic?
  2. For hunting or carrying in the field I generally favor a revolver simply because they are less prone to misfire if dirty. And they do get dirty in the field. Also, if you want a gun that can handle several different loads, as you suggest, a revolver is your only choice. Further, revolvers generally give you a better selection of barrel lengths for hunting and they will readily accept a scope if so desired.

    A 44 Mag is a good choice as anything larger can be too heavy and a bit hard to handle for most shooters. They work great in a lever action carbine as well.

  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan...

    Its a super strong revolver chambered in all the heavy calibers you mentioned (except the .460) and My personal experiences with one are good. They are CANONS, but hold a full 6 shot cylinder and are potent enough to dispatch a stray T rex.
  4. Rick O'Shay

    Rick O'Shay New Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Southwest Michigan
    The Ruger Blackhawk conertible is an excellent choice. If you are buying new you may want to purchase some different grips if you want to shoot the +P loads. You also may need to have the cylinder mouths opened up to .4525 dia.
  5. smith and taurus both make revolvers in 44 mag that will shoot 44 specials,both of these companys carry some lighter weight guns.if you intend to carry and possibly use for back up gun then weight is an issue. old semperfi
  6. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 Member

    Sep 13, 2009
    Pick your cartridge and then

    The job you save may be your own.
  7. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    A .44 Magnum revolver would be a good sidearm for a hunting trip. I would go with a Ruger. I think their .44 Magnum is the Blackhawk... Not entirely sure on that one. Rugers are tough.
  8. New Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    As some of the others have said, the .44 Mag is a great choice for carrying into the field. .44 Special cartridges can be bought or handloaded to be very easy shooters for learning the gun, and then varying powered .44 Mag cartridges for building up your skill, and tailoring to your needs.
  9. I agree with you JLA, but I would opt for a Redhawk with a longer barrel. A .44 mag with a 2 1/2 barrel seems to be a bit much. This is one powerful cartridge, and I never really enjoyed shooting it. Perhaps in a rifle, but a in a pistol it really kicks. TJ
  10. jbettin

    jbettin New Member

    Nov 18, 2009
    wow thanks for all the great advice, I think I will go with the .44mag. I've got it narrowed down to the S&W model 629 or 29 or the Ruger redhawk. I also saw that the Ruger blackhawk SA can be chambered for .44 mag but I don't know if there is any advantage to that besides cost. I think I'll go to our local indoor range and see if I can rent some of them and see which one I like
  11. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    I have a Redhawk with a 4" BBL and it is a fine revolver. It's as accurate as I am and has the best out of the box trigger for any revolver I have owned. I bought it new in the Spring 2009 and have shot 44 Spl and 44 mag loads from easy to full power (all handloads). It is an incredibly rugged revolver and will take whatever you well as a bear gun or even nightstand if you are so inclined. Good luck.
  12. a shoot a 629 classic hunter unfluted cylinder,i have put thousands of rounds thru it with no is a lighter gun than the ruger and should only use factory standard rounds.the ruger is a little stronger because of heavier build and will take hotter rounds than the smith. i do think the smith will hold value longer than ruger. old semperfi
  13. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    629 Classic was the first pistol I shot. Lots of recoil. But if you can handle it, I think it's a great gun for hunting. I would stick by a Ruger if I had the choice though.
  14. noslolo

    noslolo New Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Johnstown PA
    As I have said many times before, I don't own one but my Father in law has a S&W 629 Magna ported and it is fantastic. It's hard to go wrong with the S&W in .44 Rem Mag.

  15. Well said ........
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