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    Raging Bull .44 Magnum - Review & Impressions!

    I tried posting my review and impressions of the RB on another forum but didn't get many responses, so I'm hoping Taurus fans on here will have more input! As some of you might know, I had a long saga with trying to get my hands on a Raging Bull .44 Magnum, 6.5" inch barrel, for a while now. Well I'm happy to say that I was finally able to take my gun home last Tuesday, and only today was able to take it to the range and try it out.

    Well, 150+ rounds later of .44 magnum, all I can say is:

    WOW.

    This is by far the best gun I've ever had the pleasure of firing. I know there are a LOT of Taurus haters out there (not so much on here, but pretty much everywhere else), and I can't speak to thier other guns, but I CAN say that the Raging Bull is among the most accurate, most comfortable, and just plain STURDY guns I've ever had the pleasure of handling.

    Its a big, heavy gun to be sure, and that is definately a minus to those lucky enough to live in areas where its easy to conceal carry, but for us that can't, size isn't really an issue. Besides which, I've had my eye on a Ruger GP 100 6" barrrel for a while now, and that too is a big, heavy revolver.

    Trigger and hammer on such a big gun were surprisingly light. I'm writing this review based on comparing it to my Ruger SP101 3" barrel. The SP's trigger and hammer are MUCH heavier IMO, both to cock and pull. It takes a noticable amount of more effort to cock the SP and fire it than it does the RB. THe hammer is VERY light and smooth.

    Now..... recoil. Needless to say I was surprised. I'm not a big guy by any standards (5'9" and 165lbs or so), and my hands are pretty slender, but as soon as I got into the range, I had the following ammo choices:

    1) 100 cartridges of 200gr "cowboy" loads from Georgia Arms. I ordered those to get used to the gun at first. They're cheap at like $50 for 100 cartridges. Listed velociity is a measly 750fps.

    2) 50 rounds of Remington .44 Specials.

    3) 50 rounds of 180gr .44 Mags. No idea who the maker is. Plain red box with a sticker of specs on it. The dealer told me they're high velocity .44 mags and to be careful due to my inexperince with the .44 mag.

    4) 50 rounds of .357 Mags, 125gr, UMC. Velocity is something like 1450fps. Very hot load for a .357.

    5) 50 rounds of Winchester .38 Specials.

    Due to my trepidation, I first loaded only one round of the 200 grain cowboy loads. Heart beating, I cocked and fired..... and stood there dumbfounded. I saw the gun move a bit but other than that it was barely noticable.

    Feeling brave, I loaded in the 180gr "real" .44 mags. Recoil was more noticable but at this point I was starting to wonder if those were cowboy loads too. It was just TOO comfortable and nice to shoot. Within a cylinder's worth or shots I decided to go one handed. The only difficulty there too was simply holding the heavy RB up one handed without it swaying. No issues shooting it one handed.

    Growing both elated and confused (a strange combo), I pulled out my trusty SP101 and loaded the hot 125gr UMC ammo I've had for a while now. Recoil was SUBSTANTIALLY worse on the SP than the RB, but I wasn't nervous or in pain at all, like I have been before shooting the SP. I went through an antire box of 50 rounds of that ammo.

    I tried about six shots of the .38 Specials and didn't even bother with it. Recoil felt like a pop gun.

    I don't know what happened. I haven't went shooting in maybe 3 months, and I remember those .357 mags killed me and had my heart beating, but today it was still stout but..... nothing else. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

    I don't know what happened. Both the .44 mags and .357 mags were fun to shoot and I wasn't scared or shaky or in pain at all today. I've heard so many scary stories about the .44 recoil but it was a piece of cake. I'm still worried the 180gr ,44's were cowboy loads too, they were cheap at $25 a box of 50.

    I dont know, but needless to say, I'm elated and VERY happy.

    I collected all the brass is in box today. I shot at least 200+ rounds. Like 150 rounds of .44 mags (only 50 though of the "real" 180gr, wish I bought more!!!), and all 50 rounds of the .357.

    The web of my palm is starting to bruise a bit now though, just starting to feel it, but I LOVE it.

    I know I won't be able to rest though until I try some well know, proven .44 mags at 240gr., like the American Eagles or Remingtons.

    All in all though, a GREAT day.

    Feel free to ask any questions and/or provide input if your interested.

    And thanks ro EVERYONE on here who helped me out in my other RB topics.

    And, of course, none of this would be possible if it wasn't for pahunter finding my gun all the way in Pennsylviania and encouraging me to cancel my long standing special order and ordering for that dealer. Thanks Man!

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    Re: Raging Bull .44 Magnum - Review & Impressions!

    LOL no problem. But now you need to get some real 44 loads. I"m shooting a 320 grain lead bullets behind 20 grains of win 296 doing 1200+ fps they have a little more recoil. :P Thats the start load for those bullets. I'm going to be working on a better load for those bullets to make a good hunting cartridge after deer season.

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    Re: Raging Bull .44 Magnum - Review & Impressions!

    Yeah, it bothers me that I dont know how stout those nameless/brandless 180gr .44 mags I used are. Grain loads isn't the only way to tell recoil though. Lighter bullets often have higher velocities and thus more percieved recoil, or so I've been told. So its entirely possible I could try the standard 240gr loads only to find them even LESS punishing. Wait and see I guess.

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    Re: Raging Bull .44 Magnum - Review & Impressions!

    I'm looking into getting a .44 mag

    right now it's down to the SBH or the Raging Bull

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    Re: Raging Bull .44 Magnum - Review & Impressions!

    I hate reviews like this one. Now I want one! Congratulations on what sounds like a really nice revolver. Shoot well and enjoy it.
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    Re: Raging Bull .44 Magnum - Review & Impressions!

    Oh yeah. RB .44 Magnum is moving up on my wish list right now.
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    Re: Raging Bull .44 Magnum - Review & Impressions!

    Well worth it.

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    Re: Raging Bull .44 Magnum - Review & Impressions!

    It really is a great revolver, easily the best feeling and most accurate I've shot. Its just in a class of its own. I just don't understand why they're so damn hard to get, and why, according to Taurus when I called them, they're simply not making them anymore. They only ship out like 4-5 RB's every 2-3 months for the entire UNITED STATES.

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    Re: Raging Bull .44 Magnum - Review & Impressions!

    Sounds like you won the lottery! It's great to here you are really enjoying that RB. The only question now is: What will be your next Raging Bull ... .500 S&W?

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    Re: Raging Bull .44 Magnum - Review & Impressions!

    Haha, well to be honest, I don't think I'll ever buy anything more than a .44. I just don't really see a need for it and the ammo for the .44 is already ridicolously expensive.

    Truth be told though, if I do get regular 240gr .44 and shoot them, and the recoil is as pleasent as the 180gr .44 ammo I shot, then I might consider getting the Bull in .454 just for fun and adding it to my collection.

    .500 though...... wow. That's way down the line from now

 

 
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