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Ruger 44 mag 3.75" vs 4.62" vs 5.5"

I am looking to get a 44 mag for carrying in the woods as a bear gun. I have the option to get a ruger super blackhawk 3.75" barrel bisley grip, or a super blackhawk with a regular(plow) grip in 4.62" or 5.5". I prefer the size of the 3.75" for carrying a lot, but am worried about the recoil in the short barrel. I also don't know how the bisley grip vs the standard grip responds to recoil. I used to have a S&W 629 6" 44 mag that I shot pretty well and didn't mind taking to the range once in a while.
Any thoughts on barrel length and recoil and the bisley grip?

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Re: Ruger 44 mag 3.75" vs 4.62" vs 5.5"

I shoot a 3" S&W M29,easy to carry and always have 2 speed loaders on my belt. I'd go with the 3.75,just get a good pair of shooting gloves with wrist support. Wish I would have had them 40 years ago(arthritis in hands)when I started shooting big bores.And get a set of Pachmeyer grips.

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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.
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Re: Ruger 44 mag 3.75" vs 4.62" vs 5.5"

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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.
Is the 45LC Bisley grip gun a vaquero? I don't see the Bisley grip listed on Ruger's web site for the SBH/BH in 4.62".
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Re: Ruger 44 mag 3.75" vs 4.62" vs 5.5"

My .45LC is a Super Blackhawk Bisley. I don't believe there is a standard cataloged 4.62" Bisley, but with Ruger, you can never say "never" as to what they have produced. You might check Davidson's and Lipsey's; they do quite a few special runs of Rugers on a regular basis. If you can't find one, pick up a standard .44 4.62" and a Bisley grip frame and hammer, they're all interchangeable between the models.
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Re: Ruger 44 mag 3.75" vs 4.62" vs 5.5"

Update: Decided to purchase the 3.75" barrel, bisley grip gun. Brought it home and took a few shots...Really a nice gun to shoot. Not sure if the bisley grip makes a big difference or not, but it is pleasant to shoot...as pleasant as a 44 mag can be .
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