S&W 329 Nightguard vs. Ruger Alaskan

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    S&W 329 Nightguard vs. Ruger Alaskan

    Gotta itchin for a .44 mag revolver to carry as a woods gun for back-up while hog hunting. Dont really want a large frame gun with a six inch barrel. These two seem to be what Im looking for. The 329 would probaly be better to carry as it is 12 oz lighter than the Ruger. We know the 329 would be brutal to shoot .44 mags but it will also shoot .44 special to practice. The Ruger is a tank and would handle the re-coil better. Any thoughts on the two. Anyone own a Nightguard? Wondering how the black finish would hold up packing in the woods.
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    I recently picked up a 329NG. I like it; however recoil is pretty darn hard (however, I also was shooting it outdoors, at -10 (-23 windchill) and no gloves. Ammo was full-power .44 mag.

    Downside--it seems the 329NG's have an issue with light primer strikes; out of 12 attempted rounds, only 9 went bang (even with second strikes), and no round would fire single-action (some did when fired again double action)...so, it seems mine is going back to S&W to get a longer firing pin.

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    That NG is sexy Cuda!

    Wormy, my preference is a heavier gun for a round like the .44 Mag. I'm kind of squirrelly, but I like the 4" Ruger Redhawk or a 4" Smith Model 29 or 629. I'm not a big fan of the newer internal lock S&Ws.

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    I am more of a 357 mag guy and have a 327 NG and really like it. I use it when hog hunting with a bow with 158 grain hard cast SWC reloads and am very comfortable with the platform; I am sure the 329 would do the job NP.

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    I too,would also prefer an all steel 4" 629

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrash View Post
    I too,would also prefer an all steel 4" 629
    me too, I love mine and don't mind carrying it with the right clothing to keep it concealed. A good gun belt and holster is a requirement.
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    Here ya go! Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk Single-Action Revolver Model 0814
    A bit bigger than the two you mentioned but still carries well. With heavy loads, you can shoot it accurately about as fast as a DA. If you really want a DA... Ruger Redhawk Double-Action Revolver Model 5026

    The extra 1 1/2" of barrel make it a whole lot easier to shoot accurately, retains velocity and adds almost nothing when packing in the woods.
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    I would like the 3", round butt Smith model 29, JMO.

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    A Ruger Redhawk with a 5.5" barrel is no more difficult to carry (in the proper holster) than any of the guns you are talking about. Add to that, the ability to hit the 'thing' running at you...if it will put down a charging moose, it'll take care of a hog.OMO (I did stay at a Holiday Inn in Alaska...for seven years!)
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    How about the standardRuger Rehawk(not the Alaskan)? It's available in a 4"barrel version and from what I understand it is very popular with guides and bush pilots up in Sarah country. That would be my woods gun(maybe with a trip to Hamilton Bowen for an action job). Just a thought! Good Luck!
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    3 inch 629....Or if you like real horse power and a Single Action..Freedom Arms 454 Casull 4 5/8 bbl will never let you down for the woods

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    'Cuda66' has a nice package. I'm on the fence with the softer 315 .38 variant. I really want a six-shot revolver for the MAG-40 course but I would also like to CC with it in a pinch. The 686 2.5" barrel is a great option but for CC, I'm not so sure it would work very well on my smaller body-type.

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    I would go with the Ruger,I like the way they lock up tighter than the S&W's and the .454/.45LC give more versitility.I've fired more than 300 rds thru both of mine and never a hiccup.
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    A standard Redhawk would be nice. I really like that Alaskan
    its heavy and big...but just so awesome.
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    Some of you guys are gluttons for punishment. I hate shooting lightweight .44s. I have a friend that loves to watch me shoot his S&W Mountain Gun. After a dozen rounds or so I have to fight not to flinch. I'm not sure he's a real friend!
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