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      First and only pistol, need advice!

      Applying for a special exemption to own a handgun in the U.K (After all pistols were banned in 1997) could do with advice on buying a .44mag revolver as I will not be able to change it easily if I am permitted to buy one. Looking at a Ruger red hawk or a Smith and Wesson classic model 29. Intend to carry while hunting for protection against dangerous preditors and would also like to shot shotshells against mambas / cape cobras when in Africa. Any help is welcome (Nobody in England has a clue)

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      The combination you describe would closely fit the Taurus Judge. It however is a .45 /.410 shot combo, not a 44mag. i do not know of any 44mag pistols that will also fire a shot shell.

      Good luck

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      The Ruger Redhawk with a 4" bbl would be an excellent revolver for carry and will last a lifetime. The 4" BBL will give the powder a chance to burn out and the weight won't be excessive. I'm guessing you don't reload so obtaining 44 Shot loads could be problematic. If you have a source then the Redhawk would be a good choice. If not I'd load you up some but don't know how I could legally get them to you.

      The Redhawk is at the top of my got to have list.

      Good luck.

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      It sounds to me like the Taurus Judge is what you're looking for as well. This is all assuming you have .410 shot shells available.

      -Jeff-

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      Thanks for the reply, I reload for all my rifles and will proberly do the same for the .44 mag. Seen a article on making your own shotshell for the .44 mag when I google'd 44 mag shotshells.

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      also maybe if you google snake shot loads
      you might get a hit

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      I wouldn't get a Judge if it was going to be my only gun. If you can get .44 shotshells (I call 'em "snake shot"), then there's no need for a .410. Either the Ruger or Smith would be excellent.

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      Both are great guns but I believe only the S&W comes with a lifetime warranty.

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      Ruger Redhawk with 4" barrel or a S&W .44mag Mountain gun with a 4" barrel. They will last a life time and are proven guns. Good luck.

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      ruger and s&w both make fine 44mag revolvers, just choose the one that you believe fits your hand the best.altho i would choose a 357mag instead that way you could also use 38spcl in it.

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      A bit off topic but once you obtain the handgun will you be able to store it where you wish?

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      I vote for the Smith & Wesson. The Ruger is a tuff working mans gun and will do duty but the S&W is both tuff and a work of art. If you're only gonna have one then that's my choice. That or a Colt.
      I've been over the pond and visited your beautiful country. Great people for the most part if you don't act like an ugly American.

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      Another vote for the Smith here. I've never shot the Ruger but a friend just got a 4" S&W .44 MAG. Very nice, VERY powerful gun.

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      The Ruger is my choice, but I don't think you'd go too far wrong with either. More details in your similar "New to the Forum" area posting.

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      Only one handgun? Go for the .500 S&W!!

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      Unfortunately I think theres more chance of a snowball in hell than the authorities over here letting me have a 500, although it would be great if I could! The standard policy is to allow a two shot pistol in a max cal of .32 but Im trying to gain a .44mag revolver on special grounds.

      Thanks for you reply everyone! Its very difficult to gain good information where only a handfull of people are lucky enough to be able to own pistols!

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      If I get the consent to buy a pistol I can store it at home but only in a police approved safe and I might even have to have a alarm linked through the telephone to a police station. Its rare to to allowed to have a pistol in the U.K now, just got to put my case forward and see!

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      Quote Originally Posted by NITROEXPRESS View Post
      If I get the consent to buy a pistol I can store it at home but only in a police approved safe and I might even have to have a alarm linked through the telephone to a police station. Its rare to to allowed to have a pistol in the U.K now, just got to put my case forward and see!
      Interesting to know that about the UK laws. especially since our supreme court was hearing a case concerning our right to keep and bear arms, a right inherited from English law...

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      Alaskan Viking:
      on what basis do you make that statement?

      handloading?

      460 mag now has several commercial loads to chamber the 460? Many 45LC; 454; and 2 or 3 460mag commercial loads

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      Nitro:

      Let us know how you make out with the exemption and be sure to share your african adventures with us as well.

      Good luck

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