I've shot a friend's S&W Model 29 years ago. I agree with Harry Callahan's penchant for feeding it 44 Spl. Reloading ammo may be the answer.
My S&W 629 Classic, .44 Mag, w/ 2.5-8X ER Leupold(on 4X) w/240g XTPs at 1250fps, (I think the load was 21g Accurate No.9, I can double check this load if you are interested), grouped 3" low 50yds, 3" high at 100yds, and grouped 3-4" at 100yds. The 240g, grouped the best of the 180, or 300g XTP. The 300gr was a compressed load and if I didn't hold the handle down for about 5 seconds when seating the bullet, the bullet would rebound.
The Hogue Monogrip help take out the sting.
Funny you should mention that. I know a little store within 30 miles of me that had an older one for sale at $2500. The price kept me from seriously asking about it at the time although admittedly I was more intrigued by the Mauser C96 in his case (also out of my price range at the time).The best bear spray is an Uzi.
The Ruger convertible is the one I just sold.Of those two, I'd pick the Super Redhawk. You never know with a Taurus what you will get; maybe a good shooter and may have problems and then you have to deal with their customer service. I traded one off rather than do that a few years ago and it was an older one with a life time warranty. They had installed the barrel at a small angle pointing and shooting left. It took an experienced eye to spot it but someone got sloppy. Problem is, they have a spotty reputation for quality control. Some folks love them and some would never waste their money on one again.
Personally I never cared for the looks of the Super Redhawk and always thought it was way too heavy. But then I had a Super Blackhawk Hunter in .44mag and it only weighted an ounce less, so looks are deceiving. Of course the hunter has a full length rib over the length of the barrel that adds the extra weight.
My favorite Redhawk was the 5.5" model. I much preferred it to the longer 7 1/2". I was faster and more comfortable with it at bowling pin matches. Things may have changed over the years but they could never be made as smooth as a Model 29 S&W but they were much stronger.
If I only wanted a .44 mag for hunting though I'd pick a TC Contender for its accuracy and higher velocity. For just pure enjoyment, I'd go with a New Model Blackhawk Convertible in .45 Colt/.45 ACP in 4 5/8 or maybe 5 1/2 if they make one in that length.
I never had that problem with mine. Actually, the .45 acp cylinder was the more accurate for me and that was with cast lead reloads. Even Ruger messes up once in a while.The Ruger convertible is the one I just sold.
The ACP cylinders don't like lead bullet reloads. Apparently, the chambers can be lengthened a tadfor lead reloads.
At first rims wouldn't clear the loading gate even with factory ammo and would lock up everything. Sent back to factory and was fixed.
Never could accept that stupid loading procedure.
A 3 screw is my kinda Ruger.
I was disappointed with it so now it's gone.
Been there. Started .44mag back in the 70s & now shoot the gun yer looking at. Bought a lever rifle like yer thinking of & enjoy it. Shoot mostly 44 specials but more accurate with mags at close to full power. Pistol like lead boolits but rifle leads up even with hard cast over 900. Jackets & plated do fine. I got the Marlin riffle cuz it felt & looked better that Winchester.I'm kind of thinking one day I may want a lever action in 44 mag, as I like have the idea of having a rifle/handgun combo myself (so far only in 9mm). I suppose I could go with 357, but for me 44 mag is far, far more plentiful right now.
And some jacka55 huys trick their wives/girlfriends to shoot one--"oh they dont kick" and there goes another new shooter gun owner supporter.I have no desire to shoot a .500, ever. A friend had a .460 S&W that he let me shoot once. That was the second most painful gun that I ever shot, so I know that a .500 would be worse.