I agree with what he said. I have a DE in .44mag its not practical or tactical but its really fun to shoot. I find it easy to shoot because the weight makes it more stable. If your looking for something to make a big bang with thats just for fun, DE is the way to go IMO. When I first got the pistol it would jam with really powerful loads. Then I used CCI Blazers and it never jammed once. So I stuck with them. I do notice the slide doesn't always lock after the last round is fired. But I'd say thats 1 in 20 times. Usually a good cleaning takes care of that. Oh and the safety screw can start to come loose after 200 rounds but then you just retighten and your off again. If you buy a MK XIX like me you can actually swap between .44 and .50 with new barrel and mag. The bolt assembly is the same for the .44 and 50.bromeo said:The only semi-auto .44Mag pistol that I've ever shot is my Desert Eagle MK VII. Reliability has been very good. The only thing with Desert Eagles is that you have to shoot warmer loads out of it to cycle that heavy slide and of course jacketed bullets are a must. Reloading for it is pretty easy and forgiving. Its a fun gun to shoot but this thing is way too big and heavy to be a practical gun for defense or hunting, but this is nice because it tames the recoil very well even with full-house loads but it has a ton of report and muzzle flash. Accuracy is exceptional. An unintended feature of the DE is that it "tells" you that you are not holding it properly when ejected brass hits you in the forehead.
alexnormand said:The Desert Eagle was, I believe, designed around the .44 Magnum cartridge in the first place, too.
The .45 ACP won't but the .460 Rowland will. $275 + tax for a conversion.BBBCTC said:Plus, even though I am a HUGE fan of dear old Slabsides, the .45 WILL NOT do a lot against bear or (in many cases) cougar. We do have both up here in Oregon, and they DO get hungry.