As a result, a live round can be safely carried under the firing pin, permitting a full load of six rounds at all times. This feature has become standard equipment on virtually every modern revolver since Bill Ruger Sr. invented it for his Blackhawk single-action revolver (and all the models that have followed). Ruger was truly an American firearms genius—perhaps second only to John Moses Browning—and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude for the innovations he pioneered throughout his firearms design and manufacturing career.
For testing we mounted a Trijicon RMR RM06 reflex sight and thumb-screw mount on the top rail, and went to work on steel plates at distances ranging from 25-100 yards for reliability testing. We needn’t have bothered, as we experienced no malfunctions of any type in over 100 rounds fired, and hitting a 6-inch steel plate at 100-yards became relatively un-challenging after a short amount of “get to know each other” time. Moving to the bench at 25-yards, we tested the Raging Hunter with the following brands of ammunition in the following bullet weights: Black Hills’ solid-copper 160-gr. Honey Badger Badger, SIG’s 240-gr. Elite Performance V-Crown JHP, Federal’s 240-gr. Fusion JHP and Hornady’s Custom 240-gr. XTP. All loads performed very well, with very close performance across the spread, but SIG’s Elite Performance load edged out an accuracy win with a 1.10-inch five-shot group. Overall, an extremely-solid showing for Taurus’ newest hunting revolver.
See the Raging Hunter .44 Mag. at your gun shop, or for more information contact Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc., Dept. OT; Tel.: (800) 327-3776; Web: www.taurususa.com
Overall Length: 14.1 inches
Barrel Length: 8.375-inches
Sights: Fully Adjustable/Picatinny Optic Rail
Finish: Matte Blue
Retail Price: $919