Re: 44spl/44mag vs. 45colt/454 casull?
heres my take on it. A 629 vs super redhawk is kind of like a porche vs a vette (well maybe a souped up pickup) . Both will do it but the smith to me has a bit more class. the redhawk is a brute. very strong and will take anything but not near as smooth and refined as a 629. Accuracy is about equal. Both the super redhawk and N frame smiths are great shooting guns an ive owned both that were absolute tack drivers. As a pure hunting gun for hunting out of a blind and shooting hell for stout loads the SRH is the animal. For a stroll through the swamp on a cold novemeber morning id rather the smith. One thing i will add and its aimed at the fact your kind of a beginner with big bores. A 44 mag redhawk is an absolute pussycat to shoot with factory level loads. Kicks no more then a L frame 357 smtih. The 629 wth full power loads to me is a bit uncomfortable. Keep in mind that i shoot 500s and 475s and in some ways my 4 inch n frames are more unconfortable to shoot. they tend to bite the web of my hand between my thumb and pointer. For that reason most of my shooting with them i with a 250 grain cast bullet at about a 1000fps. At that level there very comfortable and ive taken many deer, bear and pigs with those loads and never found them lacking. If i want more then that i usualy grab a single action ruger which is more comfortable for me. Especialy if its a bisley grip framed gun. Smart thing for you would be to shoot both before you make that decision as neither are cheap and id hate to see you waste your money on something that didnt fit your needs. Keep in mind too that contrary to what some will tell you you dont need 454 level power to kill deer and dont even need full power 44 mag level loads. Bullet placement and penetration are where its at in handgun shooting. Not velocity and expansion.