Many years ago after watching Dirty Harry and his .44 Magnum I had to have one. Since then I have owned a bushel basket full of .44 magnums. Big ones and little ones and single action Ruger's and double action S&W revolvers. I stuffed lots of powder in them and heavy cast bullets and plugged my ears and gritted my teeth and launched those 300 grain slugs and told every one it was fun.
Maybe 15 years ago I had the gun smith remove the heavy 5" lugged barrel from a 629 "Classic" .44 magnum and had him install a slender 4" barrel so the gun ended up being identical to their Mountain Revolver. I also settled on a bit less powder and 280 grain LBT's and Mag Na Ported the barrel. Carried in a Guides Choice chest rig from Diamond D it is ok to carry for me. So I had the .44 of my dreams and was content.
But, as I aged and learned a bit more I wondered why I did not have a Ruger Redhawk in .45 Colt. Bigger and heavier bullet and less pressure is my understanding. I found a Redhawk with a 4" barrel and it is in good condition. It is heavier and beefier then my sleek little S&W. I'm thinking 320 to 340 grain hard cast LBT style bullets and Starline brass. I will get the action and trigger worked over if needed and the rubber finger groove grips are gonna go, nice wood is in order. I will look into other sights and another Guides Choice holster for it.
I will shoot it for awhile and may end up Mag Na Porting it. Eventually I may contact Bowen or Reeder about a conversion to a 5 shot cylinder, which will add even more horse power to the grand old cartridge. If any of you have done the conversion please share info with me. I know some of you have wisely been on the .45 Colt band wagon for many years, so please share your wisdom and favorite powder and bullet, I can figure out charges myself.
Lastly, your "rompin stompin monster charging bear" load, heck ya, let me know what you have decided to trust your life to!