When it comes to .44 Magnums my favorite is a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan. Sarah is a beast, with a 2 ½ in barrel. I was in North Dakota in the 80’s and have always been a fan of the Blackhawks and Redhawks but those long barrels sort of put me off.
In April 2010 I ran into this one at a LGS and it followed me home.
The first range trip didn’t go well. She was a hoot to shoot and those rounds were roaring down range, but…She had a UN even trigger pull and there were arc marks on the hammer that I didn’t like.
I called Ruger Customer Service and explained my concerns. A couple of days later UPS was at the door, she was going back to the Mother Ship for some after production work. Per advice of some other good folks, I’d written a letter explaining that I’d own a few of their other products and what my concerns were.
After she’d been there a few days, I got a call from the Gunsmith and we discussed the problems. He said he’d fix it up. Sure enough when she got back later that week, I took her to the range and all was well.
She’s one of my favorite carry pieces but is limited to mostly fall and Winter Carry. I had J. R. Roscoe and his daughter, in Ft. Worth, Texas, make me a custom shoulder holster for her. Due to her weight the holster part had to be made from heavier antique leather.
The Alaskan was designed as a Trail Companion for those moments when you just don’t think laying down and playing dead for a bear is a good idea. If I lived in Alaska she’d be a .457, at least. But down here in SC the predators are a bit smaller, so a .44 Mag will do the job.