Re: Ruger 44 mag 3.75" vs 4.62" vs 5.5"
I have a 3.75" Super Blackhawk and a 4.62". I bought the 4.62" to replace the 3.75". Getting below 4" in a .44 Mag starts to cost more in velocity, and therefore, energy, than I want to go. I have a couple of other 3" double action .44s that are good for carrying, but I like a longer barrel in the field. I went as far as to get an aluminum alloy rather than steel frame for my 4.62" .44. I don't mind the recoil of 300gr. +P loads, but I want a good balance of carryability and energy. The Bisley grips help a lot with recoil, too. I have them on a 5.5" .45LC that I shoot 335gr. +P loads through comfortably. If recoil is an issue, Mag-Na-Port makes a big difference; some of my buddies have their revolvers ported and the improvement is noticeable.