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Old 01-11-2012, 09:47 AM
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Hey everyone. I decided to do a little review of my taurus 444 ultralite.

Here are some specs of the gun.

*Weight = just over 28 ounces
*Caliber = 44 Magnum / 44 spc
*Barrel Length = 4"
*Capacity = 6
*Fiber optic front sight
*Adjustable rear sight
*Standard modern-day transfer bar safety
*Material = Titanium Alloy.
*Dual Lockup Cylinder.

So yes, this .44 magnum is made of titanium, and only weighs in at around 28 ounces.


*Overall impression*
This gun is awesome! It feels meaty, has a comfatorable grip, light as hell and aims nicely. The fiber optic front sight does feel a little cheesy, but is absolutely functional on a sunny day, and lower light conditions. It has a perfect barrel length, and weight for the intended purpose of why I wanted this gun...(hiking and camping).

*Safety First! *
So as with most modern day revolvers, the taurus 444 has a transfer bar safety. For those that dont really know what that is... its simply functions so if the hammer drops for whatever reason, the pin will not strike the round / primer. The trigger needs to be depressed in order for this gun to fire.
The 444 also has a dual cylinder lockup. Meaning in order to open the cylinder, you need to use both hands to activate the controls to open the cylinder. Its a little tricky getting the cylinder open for the first time, but when you get used to it... its simple.



*Firing impression*
So I was a little afraid to fire this gun. the 44 is a powerfull round, and this gun is very light. But... I was excited as hell to test this baby out anyways!
So I went out to the desert, aimed down the sights, and BAM!
Surprisingly, that wasnt bad at all! I fired the last 5 cylinders, opened it up, and extracted the spent casings, which popped right out without much effort.


I've owned 2 other 44 magnums before, a ruger vaquero, and a taurus tracker, and have fired my fathers .454 ruger alaskan many times. The alaskan still kicks harder then my 444.

I ended up firing about 100 rounds of 44's that day. I fired 240g and 300g without a lockup, extraction problem, or failure. This gun rocked! I was able to hit a soccer-ball style target from about 50 yards away without a problem.

*Final thoughts*
I love this gun. So far it has been reliable, accurate, and light. This gun is lighter then my 1911 officer model, has the same capacity, and alot more power. The grips are extrememly comfatorable, and this gun just looks badass.

Hope you all found this review helpful!

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Thanks for the write-up. Nice Roscoe.
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I considered the 444 but rejected it for a couple of reasons:

1) I wanted to use it as a carry gun in some areas where I would want it for "bear protection". The problem with the 444 for that purpose is that many of the bear loads are too long for the cylinder of the 444 because the bullets are heavy and long and the cartridges loaded out to maximum OAL for the cartridge - or maybe it was the length of some of the loads were longer yet. I forget, but I remember actually finding the length of the cylinder and determining it was too short for the loads I wanted to shoot.

2) I have a Taurus Ti Tracker in .357 Mag. I love it, it is fun to shoot and the porting is no small part of the reason it is a fun gun to shoot even though it is light. That said, the first time I shot it I put 50 rounds through it and it locked up. The problem turned out to be that the cylinder gap was less than 0.001", which is way too tight for a field gun. The powder debris of 50 shots in that gap caused the cylinder to stop turning. Opening the gap a little helps - but from what I could learn, this is not an isolated thing with Taurus; they don't just slap their stuff together and it is well designed, but OTOH it is not unheard of for a gun to get out of the factory with a cylinder gap that is way too tight - something that takes about 5 seconds in final inspection to check.

So, while I like Taurus guns (the sweetest shooting revolver I ever owned was a SS M44), I won't depend on them when my life is on the line - they just have too many quirks in their QA like this for me to trust them like that.

So I got a S&W 329PD instead.
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I've had good luck so far with it. I got it nice and dirty camping a couple weekends ago, after firing a few boxes through it, it fired great!

One thing that is also a plus, is Taurus no BS Lifetime repair warranty.
They dont need receipts or anything, just ship them the broken gun, and hopefully they will send it back to you working.

At least thats what I've read on some reviews :P

The biggest bear threat here is black bear, so standard 240 and 300g factory loads work for me
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I've had good luck so far with it. I got it nice and dirty camping a couple weekends ago, after firing a few boxes through it, it fired great!

One thing that is also a plus, is Taurus no BS Lifetime repair warranty.
They dont need receipts or anything, just ship them the broken gun, and hopefully they will send it back to you working.

At least thats what I've read on some reviews :P

The biggest bear threat here is black bear, so standard 240 and 300g factory loads work for me
Brown Bears are not much of threat if you leave them alone and don't walk around smelling like bacon all the time, and they are rare here (I haven't heard of any in Oregon except maybe in the northeastern mountains, but there are a few in WA state). A lot of people want a gun for bears and yet they probably have never even seen one (the whole time I was on the Kenai and in other places in Alaska, I never saw a single bear, brown or black - just lots of scat and tracks).

So mostly having a "bear gun" is just an excuse (as if I needed one) to spend $1100 on a revolver OTC (before I start having it ported, etc.).

That said, I did want it to be able to shoot any speciality ammo I would be likely to buy.

I think the .44 Mag is a lot more versatile than the .357 Mag so I prefer it.
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Yeah i've havn't seen a bear either. We also have mountain lions, and pigs.
But... I know if there was a 2 legged threat, my 44 would have a high chance of deterring them also :P
Honestly, all I've ever seen when I was in the woods were coyotes, turkey, elk and deer... I...Hate...Coyotes.

Either way, I love shooting the magnums, and my wife likes shooting the specials so its a good all around gun.
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Yeah i've havn't seen a bear either. We also have mountain lions, and pigs.
But... I know if there was a 2 legged threat, my 44 would have a high chance of deterring them also :P
Honestly, all I've ever seen when I was in the woods were coyotes, turkey, elk and deer... I...Hate...Coyotes.

Either way, I love shooting the magnums, and my wife likes shooting the specials so its a good all around gun.
After I retire I would like to travel south in the winter and do some pig hunting various places. I think what I would use in California would be my Marlin .45-70 and the 329PD for backup and coup de grāce. During the summer I would go north and possibly over into Idaho and Montana where there is more chance of seeing a brown bear (even when I spent a few days in GNP which is famous for its bears I didn't see any - just sign).

I will probably have the 329 ported - with stiff bear loads it hurts to shoot it.
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I was considering getting mine ported. My old tracker 44 was ported, but was LOUD! I could feel the concussion on my forehead when firing. It looked awesome though, and most likely helped with the recoil.

Did your 329 PD come with those wooden grips? You should check out the hogue rubber grips. But I love the look of wood.
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I haven't had the chance to shoot one of those yet. I've been wanting to for quite a while. The Ruger Redhawk gets heavy when carrying it all day. But my concern was the recoil in such a light gun. Glad to know that it's not as much of an issue as I thought it would be.
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I've been eyeballing one of these lightweight .44.

I've shot a decent amount of .44 in 4 & 6 steel.

How does this compare in terms of recoil?
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I was considering getting mine ported. My old tracker 44 was ported, but was LOUD! I could feel the concussion on my forehead when firing. It looked awesome though, and most likely helped with the recoil.
I have a hybrid ported Glock 21 and it is loud, but not horribly so.

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They come with both wood and Hogue grips. The wood on mine is not all that nice and I wouldn't even think about shooting it with them. The first thing I did was install the Hogue grips.
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I've been eyeballing one of these lightweight .44.

I've shot a decent amount of .44 in 4 & 6 steel.

How does this compare in terms of recoil?
Significantly greater recoil.

I've shot a lot of handguns and this rates up at the top for recoil. The only thing I shot that was hotter than a .44 Mag though was a TC in .30-30.

I've shot a number of steel .44 Mag guns and this recoils significantly more. I never liked the SA Rugers in .44 Mag, but the recoil wasn't this bad. Bear in mind, I didn't have any regular .44 Mag ammo that I could find before my last trip to the range, what I shot was very HOT 275 JSPs from Barnes when they were still selling these hot bear loads. I just wanted to know if I needed to port it or not and after that one shot I decided two things:

1) Yes on the porting.

2) Until I get it ported I will be shooting with .44 Special and some regular .44 Mag loads.

I knew the recoil would be significant so this isn't a surprise - but it isn't fun to shoot it with really hot heavy bullet loads.
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I've been eyeballing one of these lightweight .44.

I've shot a decent amount of .44 in 4 & 6 steel.

How does this compare in terms of recoil?
It has a kick, but by all means not unbearable. It does kick harder then my old 44m vaquero, but doesnt quite hit that "pain" point.

My idea of my made up "pain" point, is where it hurts to shoot without gloves... AKA ruger 454 alaskan.

Shooting the 444 without gloves is no big deal, doesnt quite "hurt" yet :P
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So jealous.... In the uk, a taurus has a 12" barrel. Not pocket friendly..
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So jealous.... In the uk, a taurus has a 12" barrel. Not pocket friendly..
Damn that is inconvenient. So to carry in the UK you would need a sling??

Unfortunately due to the width of the cylinder, and the large grip, this revolver is a little large for a pocket pistol as well.
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