The 5 shot 44 Special in the smaller frame revolver is a very nice carry / backup revolver. The Smith & Wesson 696 has been around many years and is highly sought after. Taurus made a fine little Titanium 5 shot that becomes forgotten after a few minutes. Rossi has also made the 5 shots in several models.
Now Ruger has finally stepped up with the 5 shot GP100. Last I looked the price is dropping as the feeding frenzy "I was the first" is dying down. On GB there are some with a starting price of $599 plus shipping. By Summer they should be near the real price the 357 mag models sell for.
The 5 shots are not designed for hunting although they easily could up close. But for a carry revolver they will do everything required. Nothing like "looking down the bore of the deadly 44 of...." all in a package that is well priced and probably far stronger than any other out there.
Mike in Peru
it took two years of begging and crying to pry this four" S&W 624 in 44 special from a collector friend, but he did give me a very good price as he said to watch my actions over the two years was priceless. eastbank.
Don't remind me of all the ones traded off and now wish I had back:tango_face_crying:
I'll tell ya what would really turn my crank is a double action 41 special in a single six frame size:tango_face_smile:
Didn't know Ruger made a GP in 44 Magnum. Maybe he figured a 44 Special had all the power he needed and was more convenient to carry than a large frame 44 Magnum.Wouldn't it be better to get a 44 mag and just use a spacer to load 44 specials. If you don't reload you can always buy and use both.
Its what I did when I had my S&W model 29. Then I could use the mag if needed and the specials to plink and herd cats.