So I'm looking at a couple of .44 mags:
1: S&W 29/629 Mountaing Gun
2: S&W 629 4"
3: Ruger 4" Redhawk
I like the "look" of the tapered barrel on the Mountain Gun and the fact that it's the lightest of the 3, but I don't want black on black sights which is stock on the MG, however, since I'll have the gun smithed up no matter what I buy (Trigger job and charging holes chamfered) so changing out the front sight shouldn't be too hard to have done.
The 4" 629 is a little heavier than the MG, and has the orange insert in the front sight, but S&W isn't offering in blued anymore and I'm not sure if I want blued or stainless yet (the MG comes in either finish)
I've always loved Rugers revolvers, the 4" Redhawk is the heaviest of the 3, and like all Ruger handguns, the thing looks like it's built like a tank. However, I hate the factory grips the Smith fits me much better stock, but then again, I'm getting the gun smithed no matter what, but I don't want to have to change out any more than I have to, and the blued Mountain Gun comes with 2 sets of grips and I like both.
My intent is not as an EDC, my new territory at work in VA includes some pretty rural country and I'm looking for something to use against 4-legged adversaries. So I'm not too worried about the weight of the Ruger which weighs in at 47ish oz.
The Mountain Gun weighs in at 39.3, it's been a while since I've shot a .44 but the added weight is never a bad thing when it comes to high caliber handguns. Then again, if I really like the MG, it may become a sometimes carry gun and the almost 1/2 lbs difference could be a pain.
So are there any reasons other than the $100 difference in price of the S&W and the Ruger that I should consider?
The shop across the street has both the Ruger and a blued Smith MG in stock The Smith is priced at $800 and the Ruger is priced at $699.
So I'm lucky in that I can compare the two side by side, but unfortunately the only open to the public range / store we've been able to find has less guns in stock than my closet and I won't be able to shoot either one before making my purchase.
I'm leaning towards the blued Smith Mountain Gun, as it just feels really good in the hand and if I do decide to carry it more often it will be lighter without being too light like the PD model revolvers.
Here's some links:
Blued Smith & Wesson 29 Mountain Gun
Ruger 4" Redhawk (opens PDF)
Thoughts, comments, questions?