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Trouble deciding on a new addition... #204114 12/10/2019 4:18 PM
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Hey guys, I'm having trouble deciding on my next hunting/field carry handgun. I have a Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley Hunter in 44 Mag that I like for hunting, but was looking at something slightly smaller for closer range hunting and just packing with me in the field.

I'm a big fan of the Bisley grip, so will probably stick with that. I like the Super Blackhawk Bisley 3.75" 44 Mag or Blackhawk Bisley 45 Colt 5.5", but I keep eyeing a Redhawk 4.2" 44 Mag as well. Any thoughts and experience would be helpful. Thanks.

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Re: Trouble deciding on a new addition... [Re: RBO21] #204115 12/10/2019 5:19 PM
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I AM PARTIAL TO 5 1/2 INCH RUGER BISLEYS IN 45 COLT.


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Re: Trouble deciding on a new addition... [Re: 45MAN] #204117 12/10/2019 5:24 PM
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 Originally Posted By: 45MAN
I AM PARTIAL TO 5 1/2 INCH RUGER BISLEYS IN 45 COLT.


This comes as no surprise based on you user name
. Thanks for you input! A 45 would be nice.

Re: Trouble deciding on a new addition... [Re: RBO21] #204126 12/10/2019 8:24 PM
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The little 3.75 is easy packing and mine had that Hi-Viz sight.
Handy on 2 counts since the ammo would be the same as your Hunter, and you can shoot 44Sp from it too.
A Vaquero in 45 is cool since it is light and easy to carry. But you would need to hand load to get the most benefits.
A Bisley in a 45 is very nice, as it can handle the heavier loads. The 5.5 barreled one with a 45ACP cylinder makes for a lot of fun, cheap shooting, and options for hunting or just carrying around a ranch or Farm.
Not as handy as a short barreled pistol. But nice balance.

Re: Trouble deciding on a new addition... [Re: RBO21] #204127 12/10/2019 8:26 PM
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I like to keep same ammo if possible. But they are all nice guns!

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Look at a S&W 4" 44 mag Mountain Gun

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Smith 69 possibly?



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Re: Trouble deciding on a new addition... [Re: PsTaN] #204141 12/11/2019 3:58 AM
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I've looked at the S&W 69 and 629 variants. They just aren't comfortable to shoot for me. I have tiny hands I guess. I have a S&W 686 6" .357 Mag already and I'd rather shoot the Super Blackhawk...it's just more comfortable for me to handle.

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 Originally Posted By: 45MAN
I AM PARTIAL TO 5 1/2 INCH RUGER BISLEYS IN 45 COLT.


Close but no cigar
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44 mag can be found anywhere. Not so much with 45lc, 44spl, 41mag......


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Gp100 44spl....

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 Originally Posted By: Willicd76
Gp100 44spl....


Actually just saw those today. I guess it they can handle a heavy 44spl load it'd be good for deer and I could use lighter loads for varmints and plinking.

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Just carry me with you. I will guaranty you will return with something!


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 Originally Posted By: reflex264
Just carry me with you. I will guaranty you will return with something!


Take this deal ... he's a BIG Deer magnet!!


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Re: Trouble deciding on a new addition... [Re: RBO21] #204168 12/12/2019 1:59 AM
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 Originally Posted By: RBO21
 Originally Posted By: Willicd76
Gp100 44spl....


Actually just saw those today. I guess it they can handle a heavy 44spl load it'd be good for deer and I could use lighter loads for varmints and plinking.


Yes sir. I believe they will handle the 25k pressure loads just fine. I'm still waiting on brass for mine but it will be carried on the ranch a lot and I suspect it will be taking deer and hogs as the need/want arises. I expecting to push a 240gr about 1100fps.

Re: Trouble deciding on a new addition... [Re: Willicd76] #204170 12/12/2019 2:38 AM
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here is a vote for the redhawk- have had one for a year now and dont regret it- easy to carry and very accurate- the round butt grips are good for all sized hands- cant go wrong with a 44 mag.


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 Originally Posted By: RBO21
 Originally Posted By: Willicd76
Gp100 44spl....


Actually just saw those today. I guess it they can handle a heavy 44spl load it'd be good for deer and I could use lighter loads for varmints and plinking.


The forcing cone on them is very thin. Don't know if I would put too many high pressure rounds though it. The one I had I got rid of, just couldn't get it to shoot, no matter what I put through it. The gun feels great in the hand, will probably break down and buy another in hopes that it shoots.

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 Originally Posted By: wheelguns
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 Originally Posted By: Willicd76
Gp100 44spl....


Actually just saw those today. I guess it they can handle a heavy 44spl load it'd be good for deer and I could use lighter loads for varmints and plinking.


The forcing cone on them is very thin. Don't know if I would put too many high pressure rounds though it. The one I had I got rid of, just couldn't get it to shoot, no matter what I put through it. The gun feels great in the hand, will probably break down and buy another in hopes that it shoots.


Is the forcing cone thinner on the GP100 than it is on the OM 357 Blackhawk conversions? People had no issues with a steady diet of heavy loads through them.

Re: Trouble deciding on a new addition... [Re: reflex264] #204176 12/12/2019 12:59 PM
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 Originally Posted By: reflex264
Just carry me with you. I will guaranty you will return with something!

What kind of holster does this require?
\:\)

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The short Bisley .44 Mag is great choice as far as I'm concerned.



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Re: Trouble deciding on a new addition... [Re: junebug] #204185 12/12/2019 4:51 PM
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I went to the LGS yesterday and handled every revolver they had. GP100 feels really nice. So I may end up going that route in the 44 Spl. I wish it had a 4" barrel though.

Redhawk 4.2" 45 Colt felt pretty good too. Also still like the Super Blackhawk Bisley 44 Mag in 3.75", but kind of want to try a GP100 since I already have the Bisley Hunter.

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 Originally Posted By: Willicd76
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Gp100 44spl....


Actually just saw those today. I guess it they can handle a heavy 44spl load it'd be good for deer and I could use lighter loads for varmints and plinking.


The forcing cone on them is very thin. Don't know if I would put too many high pressure rounds though it. The one I had I got rid of, just couldn't get it to shoot, no matter what I put through it. The gun feels great in the hand, will probably break down and buy another in hopes that it shoots.


Is the forcing cone thinner on the GP100 than it is on the OM 357 Blackhawk conversions? People had no issues with a steady diet of heavy loads through them.


Couldn't say, have never seen one, but I will say that they are much thinner than the current single action ruger flattops. I know S&W had some problems with their 44 specials in (correct if I'm wrong guys) L-frame because they had such a thin forsing cone.

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 Originally Posted By: RBO21
 Originally Posted By: reflex264
Just carry me with you. I will guaranty you will return with something!

What kind of holster does this require?
\:\)

To be determined!


"A quiet hit in the right place is better than a loud miss in the wrong place followed by 10 more shots on the run"

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Agree with Whitworth,....the little 3.75? Bisley gets my vote of the choices listed.
I carry a 3.75? Vaquero in 45 colt, when I?m not carrying my 4? 500L.

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Well...I went for the Super Blackhawk Bisley 3.75" 44 Mag. Looking forward to getting it and spending some time shooting it. Should be fun to carry and plenty effective for whitetails.

Now to decide on a holster...

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good choice. should do exactly what your looking for- looking forward to the range report.


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