Smith and Wesson Model 629 Classic .44 Magnum. This where the fun really starts. First of all, this revolver is good for home defense when loaded with the slow and heavy .44 Special round. But the hot .44 Magnum round serves a much different purpose. For example, this model – especially the one I recommend with the 8-3/8” barrel - is ideal for hunting those smaller, tastier hogs in the 100 pound range. It is also ideal for those 50-yard brush shots you’ve been taking at deer with a 30-30 rifle. Why not make things a little more interesting with a 240-grain soft point loaded in this rugged handgun? Or step up to a 275-grain Remington hunting round to go after a black bear. After all is said and done, this might be the most enjoyable and versatile handgun in your collection.
Taurus 4410 Tracker SS. Taurus has come up with an idea that seems a little strange at first. This revolver shoots five rounds of 45 Long Colt ammunition, which is a very good round for home defense. But the gun also takes 410 shot shells. This combination works well if you live out in the county and have a snake problem and don’t want to break out the 12-gauge because you still fear hitting something in the periphery. It might come in handy the next time you reach into your trash can and hear a raccoon snarling back at you. If you’ve ever been in that situation – and, I promise, it isn’t fun - you know you could have used this versatile little weapon.
Smith and Wesson Model 357PD. This .41 Magnum revolver is an ideal lightweight backpack gun for serious hunters. The .44 Magnum version has way too much recoil in this lightweight model. The .41 Magnum is more manageable and still packs enough of a punch to handle almost any problem that would cause you to reach for your backup weapon.
Ruger .480 Revolver. Sometimes the .44 Magnum just isn’t enough to take down a monster hog. But this Ruger .480 packs plenty of extra punch. This round is somewhere between the .44 Magnum and .454 Casull in terms of power. Since I don’t go after Grizzlies in Alaska, I really don’t need the .454 or the even more powerful 500 S&W. The .480 Ruger isn’t so powerful that an experienced hunter can’t handle it. In terms of raw power, few people will need to go higher up than this anyway. If you do need more power, you’re probably too experienced to be taking advice from me.
I’m sure that this list is incomplete and will result in hundreds of emails from gun enthusiasts whose favorite revolver was omitted. If you’re one of those people, please contact me at my website (http://www.DrAdams.org). After all, I might be willing to reload and fire off a more accurate and powerful sequel.