|I bought my Taurus
Model 44SS6 .44 Magnum to replace my Dan Wesson 6"
.357 Magnum as my handgun of choice for hunting Whitetail
Deer. I considered the Taurus Model 444 Raging Bull but
went with the Model 44 as it is slightly lighter. I now
carry my scoped Model 44 in a bandolier holster whilst
hunting which I find to be very comfortable and
accessible. This gun is primarily for deer hunting so I
added a UltraDot 1" red dot scope using B-Square
1" Sport Series rings on a Jack Weigand rail.
my Taurus Model 44SS6.
It has proved to be quite an accurate gun!
now allows a shotgun and a handgun to be carried at the
same time whilst deer hunting, I can now take both and
use the Model 44 now with an UltraDot red dot mounted out
to 40-50 yards and also carry my Mossberg 500 20g
Slugster for longer shots or as a backup.
I reload at present
with a Magtech 240 grain semi jacketed soft point using
Winchester 296 powder to get the projectile traveling in
the vicinity of 1100 fps. They are nowhere near max nor
hot loads, but are more controllable to get the sight
picture back if a second shot is required.
Trigger pull using
single action is light and crisp at 3lb 13oz and on
double action is smooth and even with no surprises,
although DA is a tad on the heavy side for my liking.
wife shooting the Taurus Model 44SS6. She prefers
38 Special and 357 Magnum but has proven to be no
slouch with the 44 Magnum either.
the recoil of this gun to be a lot less than I expected,
mainly due to the barrel porting. The noise however is
increased and as yet have not fired it without hearing
protection and I must say I am not looking forward to the
noise come deer season. I do use Peltor 7S electronic
muffs and because the stereo amplification is so good,
may actually wear them deer hunting during firearms
season this year.
first deer with a handgun was a small 4
point buck taken at 25 yards during the
2007 Illinois gun season. Nothing really
astounding but I was over the moon none-the-less. He went down
like a domino, he just dropped where he stood. I was
using a handload Magtech 240 grain Semi Jacketed Soft
Point (SJSP) @ approx. 1360 fps. For hunting in
the 2008 season I think I will use the Hornady
240 grain Hollow Point (HP). I have read many
rave reviews about this projectile as far as
hitting power, weight retention and accuracy
I have noticed one
problem with this gun ...
When using single
action occassionally the cylinder does not index. This
happens only on SA. I am still trying different things to
work this one out.
WHAT I FOUND
4/28/06 - I
pulled the side plate off expecting to find a small burr
on the transfer bar or maybe a weak spring. I found
nothing like this. What I did find, using the gun SA with
the side plate off showed that occassionally the transfer
arm does not fall into the cut-out on the ejector on two
cylinders. Working on this would cause the other four to
be out of timing so I am trying to obtain a new ejector
and transfer bar from Taurus. If they wont send these
then I most probably will have to send the gun to Taurus
to get it fixed.
5/4/06 - Taurus
wont send the parts and insists on me sending the gun to
them to inspect and repair. I have heard great things
about their customer service and some horror stories.
Guess its time I found out myself. Gun was sent off via
6/9/06 - Gun was
returned to me from Taurus today. A month may seem a long
time to have a gun for repair/warranty work but in
reality I feel a month is probably as good as any
company. Two problems were found by Taurus and corrected:
1. Index Hand adjusted, and
2. Cylinder Yoke adjusted
6/10/06 - Took
gun to range for function and test firing. I put 48
rounds through it, both SA and DA and it functioned
I guess the bottom line
is that when you buy a brand new gun or anything for that
matter, of course you expect it to be perfect, but 'shit
happens'. Taurus Lifetime Warranty and Customer Service
came through which I am very pleased and thankful for.
Cost to me was absolutely zero, not even any
shipping charges. Well, I am sold on Taurus' Lifetime
Warranty. It actually works in the real world.