December 13, 2013
Gunfight Friday: .44 Shootout
By Phil Bourjaily
Today we've got two .44 magnum deer guns to shoot it out. It's Gunfight Friday's "Do You Feel Lucky" edition. Although no longer the most powerful handgun made, the .44 magnum is plenty of gun for whitetails. Today we've got two nice examples of .44 hunting revolvers: the S&W 629 Stealth Hunter vs. the venerable Ruger Super Blackhawk.
Having shot the Stealth Hunter a little myself I can add that it has a heavy 7 ½-inch ported barrel that gets the revolver's weight up to 56 ounces, making recoil manageable. It has a built-in scope mount and a great trigger. Lehmann makes a good point about .44 special ammo: In a revolver like his you can hardly feel a .44 special go off.
Both of these are blooded deer guns. Here they are:
Tom Govin's Super Blackhawk
Sometimes in Wisconsin we have to hunt with shotguns or handguns. I discovered this was as accurate as a shotgun, much more maneuverable in a stand, and the terminal ballistics approximate a 20-gauge foster slug. I took about a dozen deer with it before we were allowed rifles. It's a Ruger Super Blackhawk with Hogue grips. That's a cheap Sightmark Holographic sight on the gun. I like a Tasco Propoint red dot better but I was trying out the Sightmark and that was on the gun when I took the picture.
Justin Lehmann's S&W 629 Stealth Hunter
This is my Smith & Wesson model 629 Stealth Hunter. I use it deer hunting in Illinois. I took a buck and a doe with it last year. The .44 mag is plenty for hunting, and I can use .44 special for practice.
So there are your choices: same caliber, but Smith vs. Ruger, and single vs. double action. As always, your votes are appreciated and your comments are worth reading. Send them in, along with gun pictures (anything is good. Maybe slug guns would be nice?) and a short paragraph about your gun to FSgunnuts@gmail.com.