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Taurus Tracker

i have located a Taurus Tracker .44 Magnum, with a 4" ported barrel, for what seems like a really good price (380$)



i am thinking of buying this gun for hiking (live in Alaska) and to keep around my place here. (had one guy walk into my apartment. had nothing to use if he was pissed or breaking in, feel bad)

i have only fired one pistol before, a PX-4 .40sw semi auto. that was a nice gun, light and low recoil. i know that the .44 Magnum is a large round, but i want to know how much more powerful the recoil is compared to the .40sw, so i have an idea of what to expect. is there a difference in recoil "management", IE in a semi-auto, does the operation of cycling a round into the chamber dampen the recoil? and in a revolver does the recoil become more direct to the shooter?

i have to ask questions about this, since there isnt a place here where i can rent firearms that i know of.
Old 04-14-2008, 10:10 AM Nomad is offline  
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You do NOT want to be using a .44 mag for home-defense. Not only is the recoil ridiculous, but that round is going to go through a couple of walls. This is BAD for an apartment.

Hiking and camping? Get one with a 5" barrel that is ported. You'll be more pleased.
It's probably being sold at a cheap price for a reason.
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yah, im still on the fence. the home thing i knew would be a bad idea.

i only looked closer at it cuz its so cheap, the one i really want is a pt1911. but at 500$+ not gonna happen.

for hiking is there really a difference between a 4" and 5" barrel? i really have no experience with pistols, i collect military rifles, will that extra inch increase accuracy that much? or is it a recoil/handling thing. the smaller size will help packing it. the only animals in this area to be concerned with are primarily black bear, brown bear, and wolves.

some of the browns get big, the black bears of course are big, but not massive like Kodiak grizzles. i also (of course) wont be going alone. the person i am going with will have a Remington 700 .308 and i will probably have my Ishapore .308. but those are rifles and take time to get at, load and fire. a small revolver can be brought up quickly.
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Great pick. If you hike its a great gun to carry. I had a .357mag tracker 7 shot and loved it. I may pick up that .44 at some point too. My .357 was titanium and was a breeze to shoot with the ported barrel.

Make sure you practice with it and buy good ammo.
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Great pick. If you hike its a great gun to carry. I had a .357mag tracker 7 shot and loved it. I may pick up that .44 at some point too. My .357 was titanium and was a breeze to shoot with the ported barrel.

Make sure you practice with it and buy good ammo.

You do know .44 mag is a LOT different than a .357 mag?
Old 04-14-2008, 01:36 PM Mr. Baz is offline  
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well, a longer barrel will help with the recoil a lot...

if you want a home defense gun, taurus is now making a revolver that handles .410 shells. I think it would be awesome for home defense, hell i want to buy one to keep for a snake gun.

Unless i buy a lever action 12 gauge... i really want one, just to saw off and use for HD and shit
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You do know .44 mag is a LOT different than a .357 mag?

If the .44 Mag is too much to handle, use .44 Special out of it.

For the price, id go with it.
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You do know .44 mag is a LOT different than a .357 mag?

I might have shot one once or twice.
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You can get it and use 44 special rounds for home defense. Kinda harder to find good HD loads for the 44 sp. than 357 mag and such though.

I'm not very attracted to taurus guns though.
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.44 magnum will have at least 3-4 times the recoil of a .40. For one thing the action of the px4 ejecting the spent casing and chambering a new round will eat some of the recoil. The .40 bullet is a lot lighter and much less powder propelling it. .44 magnum out of a 4" barrel is......ludicrous.....it really is. I would say get it. Get .44 special rounds for home defense. Get 240-320 grain jacketed soft point .44 magnums for hiking carry. and pray to god you hit a bear good if you shoot at it. I would empty that bitch into the bear and then reload while running away just in case.


I used to hunt deer with my super redhawk which has a 7.5" barrel and 320grain loads were BRUTAL to shoot out of it.
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well, thanks for all of the info. im still looking at the gun. but i just found that my TDI jetta may need an emergency timing belt job ($900). might put a damper on the plans
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well, thanks for all of the info. im still looking at the gun. but i just found that my TDI jetta may need an emergency timing belt job ($900). might put a damper on the plans

Then by all means, buy the 44mag, shoot the jetta and claim the insurance on it.
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