44 mag revolver (new or used)

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    44 mag revolver (new or used)

    Can't deside. Plan on owning for 20+ years of hunting. So that is around 3 weeks a year max. Then again, pleanty of opportunities to shoot year round just for pleasure.

    So buy new and pay the price

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    Buy used, and buy possible problems
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    Used is a good bet after all if you choose a Ruger they are built like tanks. As far as the S&W Model 29 many people bought them due to the Dirty Harry movies and after firing only a few rounds decided that was too much of a handful. Myself I would go with either, as they are both fine weapons and rarely have any problems even after lots of rounds.
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    I'm fine with used. As MSgt said, most people don't put that many rounds through one. Having said that, this is a long-term purchase for you. Get what you want.
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    I don't see much of a difference between a new one and a used one that has careful care...OMO
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    I have a Model 29 made in 1980 and it looks and shoots like new. Depends on what you get.

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    I hunted whitetail deer for several years with a scoped Ruger Super Blackhawk - took my first deer that way. My advice: don't just take it out for deer season - the kick from hunting loads is something you will need to get used to... you want to get in a fair bit of target practice between hunting seasons.

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    If you find what you really want used, don't let the fact that its used disuade you. Otherwise, go new and get what you really want.
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    It is hard to beat the original and the best, the Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum.

    If I was in the market for an additional .44 Magnum to add to the menagerie I'd get another Model 29. It would be one made before locks, 2-piece barrels, ugly frame lugs, frame-mounted firing pins, and the wretched Lock, thus necessitating purchase of a used revolver. No big deal as it's easy to determine if a revolver is beat or has a lot of life left in it.

    The classic Smith & Wesson Model 29 is a very accurate revolver, possessing a smooth action and the best trigger one can imagine. It is a very gratifying revolver to use.

    I purchased my Model 29 new in 1980, same as Chada above, did. Lots of Model 29s purchased didn't actually see much use but this one has. Yeah, one hears the tired and trite old cliche about Rugers being "built like tanks" but this Model 29 saw a heavy competition schedule in hunter pistol silhouettes in 1980, '81,' 82, and '83 with lots of practice sessions at the gun club range in between. All competition and practice ammunition used a handload consisting of 240 grain jacketed bullets and a heavy charge of H 110. It also saw a lot of handload experimentation with various powders, run up to maximum listed loads, using bullets of various weights. It's only been hunting a few times and has taken a couple of whitetail deer.

    It has been reliable and has never given a peep of trouble. These days it still sees regular range time with mild charges of Unique and a cast lead bullet but some full-powered loads are always kept on hand for others to shoot or for occasions when the mood strikes me.
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    Same here,with 1000+ rounds through it.
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    I have a Model 29 made in 1980 and it looks and shoots like new. Depends on what you get.
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    It is hard to beat the original and the best, the Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum.

    If I was in the market for an additional .44 Magnum to add to the menagerie I'd get another Model 29. It would be one made before locks, 2-piece barrels, ugly frame lugs, frame-mounted firing pins, and the wretched Lock, thus necessitating purchase of a used revolver. No big deal as it's easy to determine if a revolver is beat or has a lot of life left in it.
    Can't say it better than is quoted above from bmcgilvray's post. I did buy mine new back in the 1980s and to my everlasting regret I sold it and haven't owned one since. The buyer of course got an excellent "used" model 29.

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    thxs 4 replies. also thxs 4 remionder about the lock. might be a reason to buy new for that reason alone
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    Ruger Redhawk or Blackhawk, I wouldn't have to think twice about snapping up one that had been used (but not abused).
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    I have no problem buying used. My .44 magnum was used when I bought it and I have never had a problem. I purchased for the same reason as you. Just check it out carefully.
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