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    Which Taurus .44 Magnum?

    I've been looking for a .44 mag revolver to add to my collection. Had my eye on a 5" S&W 629 but then I saw the price difference between it and a Taurus.

    I'm looking at the Raging Bull 6.5, the Model 44 6.5 and the Tracker 4".

    Can anyone give the pros and cons of each? Actual owner input for any of these is appreciated.

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    Re: Which Taurus .44 Magnum?

    If you can afford it, then to me it's no contest - the Raging Bull. Big, brutish, and you can likely mount a scope on it if you want.
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    Re: Which Taurus .44 Magnum?

    Quote Originally Posted by texastaurusguy
    If you can afford it, then to me it's no contest - the Raging Bull. Big, brutish, and you can likely mount a scope on it if you want.
    That's a good point.

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    Re: Which Taurus .44 Magnum?

    I have the Tracker 4-inch in .44 Magnum...It is the easiest to carry of all three listed but at the same time it is the weakest as far as handling .44 Magnum loads consistently.

    My vote goes to the Raging Bull....I put the Bulls in the same category as Ruger Redhawks/Super Redhawks. They'll most likely last a lifetime an if they don't Taurus will replace it.
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    Re: Which Taurus .44 Magnum?

    What do you want the gun for? Just because they're both 44 magnums doesn't mean that a Raging Bull is for the same jobs as a Tracker.

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    Re: Which Taurus .44 Magnum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steelheart
    What do you want the gun for? Just because they're both 44 magnums doesn't mean that a Raging Bull is for the same jobs as a Tracker.

    Steelheart
    I want a 44 Magnum for one purpose only; self defense against Grizzlies while hunting and fishing. We have Grizzlies here in WA state in areas I like to hunt Deer & Elk. Additionally while fishing in Alaska they have the bigger fish eating Grizzlies, AKA Kodiak Brown Bear. I feel a Taurus® Mdl 44SS4 carried in a strong side belt holster will best fit my needs. I will load it with Buffalo Bore® Heavy .44 Magnum +P+ Ammo - 340gr LFNGC
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    Re: Which Taurus .44 Magnum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steelheart
    What do you want the gun for? Just because they're both 44 magnums doesn't mean that a Raging Bull is for the same jobs as a Tracker.
    Range gun. Some heavy loads but no steady diet.

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    Re: Which Taurus .44 Magnum?

    Quote Originally Posted by texastaurusguy
    If you can afford it, then to me it's no contest - the Raging Bull.
    Price is NOT a consideration. There's not much difference between them anyway.

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    Re: Which Taurus .44 Magnum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steelheart
    What do you want the gun for? Just because they're both 44 magnums doesn't mean that a Raging Bull is for the same jobs as a Tracker.

    Steelheart
    Quote Originally Posted by wyohman
    Range gun. Some heavy loads but no steady diet.

    Cheers.
    Then I'd say to get whichever one fits your hand best. You already understand about recoil, gun size, porting etc so we don't have to explain that.

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    Re: Which Taurus .44 Magnum?

    Quote Originally Posted by badge851
    I want a 44 Magnum for one purpose only; self defense against Grizzlies while hunting and fishing. We have Grizzlies here in WA state in areas I like to hunt Deer & Elk. Additionally while fishing in Alaska they have the bigger fish eating Grizzlies, AKA Kodiak Brown Bear. I feel a Taurus® Mdl 44SS4 carried in a strong side belt holster will best fit my needs. I will load it with Buffalo Bore® Heavy .44 Magnum +P+ Ammo - 340gr LFNGC
    You do realize that the ammo you listed isn't listed as safe with the gun your listed?

    Quote from the above linked ammo:
    This new load is designed for only certain revolvers that have the cylinder length to handle it. They are as follows; Ruger Red Hawk, Ruger Super Red Hawk, Ruger Super Blackhawk or Vaquero, Freedom Arms Model 83, Taurus Raging Bull, Colt Anaconda and Dan Wesson Revolvers....

    The M44 is Taurus's old large frame gun. I usually classify it's strength as on the same level as a Smith 629.
    http://www.taurususa.com/product-det...rumbseries=LF2

    Buffalo Bore has loads that would work about as well (your hit under stress will probably matter more) and will be safer to fire in your revolver.
    305gr hard cast flat nose: http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php...ct_detail&p=49
    300gr JFN http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php...ct_detail&p=50 This one says it will have some expansion.

    It's your choice what you feed your guns but if you damage your gun with overly hot or long loads and try to ship it in for warranty work Taurus may or may not honor the warranty.

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