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There have been several threads lately on the .44 Magnum, most notably centered around the Models 29 and 629 by S&W. I know that people enjoy being able to shoot both .44 Specials and Magnums, but in reality those guns probably see far more lightly loaded magnums or .44 Special loadings.

That being the case, there are a whole bunch of firearms out there chambered specifically for the .44 Special and they are a ball to shoot. Modern firearms can handle loads approaching magnum velocities, but that is missing the point. The most fun can be had using light to medium loadings. My favorite comes from Skeeter Skelton: 7.5 grains of Unique under a 250 gr Keith style (SWC) cast bullet. Fired thousands of these and won many turkeys and hams at local shoots.

So once your love affair of getting beaten with magnum loads abates, check out offerings in .44 S&W Special.



Enjoy.

Adios,

Pizza Bob

PS: I have a similar love for revolvers chambered in .45 ACP. Happiness is a Big Bore S&W revolver. :)
 

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Big fan of 44Spl specific revolvers.

Here's a 696ND I drove from SF to Bakersfield - twice - to get.



I currently have a couple 624ND's 3" & 4" and a 24-3 6.5" as well.
 

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This is my deal with .38's. I have about 20 or so .38 Special revolvers because I like guns from the era of the caliber's greatest popularity.

And seeing as how I generally shoot .38 out of my .357's anyhow, that suits me just fine. And NO, they don't bounce off windscreens! Callahan was fulla crap on that.

Yes, I would like a .44 Special. Because if I had a .44 Magnum I would shoot it with Specials anyhow.
 

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Love the post Bob, one day I like to see a panorama shot of all of your Smiths. Would't that be cool! I agree, 44 spl are much fun. I run 8.4 gr of HS-6 with a magnum primer through all of my models 629/29. Those are stout 44 spl loads in 4'' guns. Unfortunately don't have a 24 spl smith. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Something I don't get is why Uberti doesn't offer their 1866 Winchester and No. 3 Russian revolvers in .44 Special, since the load comes closer to approximating the original .44 Henry and .44 Russian cartridges they used to fire than the .45 Colt they're usually chambered in.
 

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Something I don't get is why Uberti doesn't offer their 1866 Winchester and No. 3 Russian revolvers in .44 Special, since the load comes closer to approximating the original .44 Henry and .44 Russian cartridges they used to fire than the .45 Colt they're usually chambered in.
Most guys buying lever guns or single action revolver likely already have a gun chambered in 45 Colt. Many people are turned off at the idea of getting different ammo for a single gun. Also, all the other "period correct" rounds of the old west were not as romanticized in fiction as the venerable 45 Colt. Many people don't care about history, they just want to LARP as Rooster Cogburn or some other character from their childhood. It's no different than the Walking dead crowd lined up to buy the new Python.
 

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I've shot quite a few of the Skelton loads in my .44 Special. One I prefer because it is a bit more accurate in my gun is 13.5 grains of 2400. Velocity is right around 925 fps out of a 4" bbl, plenty powerful enough for 95% of your shooting hunting needs.
 

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I've shot quite a few of the Skelton loads in my .44 Special. One I prefer because it is a bit more accurate in my gun is 13.5 grains of 2400. Velocity is right around 925 fps out of a 4" bbl, plenty powerful enough for 95% of your shooting hunting needs.
Agree,, I like 2400, usually load ~12>12.5, a little slower, but an easy shooting load.
A well compressed load of 3F black will give you a smile too.
 

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I agree with you Bob on the 44 Special round. I own a "few" S&W revolvers in that caliber, plus a Cimarron 1871 Open Top in 44 Special. Being a handloader, one can load mild to wild and have a great range trip. I will admit that my 696 S&W is my favorite to shoot. :rock:
 

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Certainly .44 S&W special is a great round.

I think that few would argue with that. But the revolvers chambered for it, the model 24 etc. They are about s scarce as hens teeth here in VA. For every model 24 that you see for sale, you run into about ten model 29s. So that is what everybody generally goes with.

Funny that this thread came up though. I opened up a case of brass that I got from Starline a while back. It was supposed to be .45 Colt. But it actually turned out to be .44 Colt. After doing a little checking, I found that it is the same dimensions as .44 special only a little shorter. So I worked up what I call a .44 Short round that I have been playing with. I am actually kind of liking it out of one of my model 29s. Very accurate and a joy to shoot.
 

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I just wish .44 Special ammo was easier to find. Very few places around me sell it, and those who do offer only either lead cowboy action loads or expensive defense ammo. Since I do 99% of my shooting at an indoor range I have to use jacketed bullets, and it's very hard to find any standard jacketed ammo anywhere, let alone at a decent price. And yes I know it would help if I got into reloading, but at this point I'm still stuck with what I can find.
 

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Try a 250g cast SWC over 6.5g W231/HP38.

You will love it!

In a magnum case I load 7g with the same bullet, prevents a carbon ring and shoots the same.
 

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I'm another who likes the .44 Special I also use Skeeters load, which I think he got from Elmer Keith. Great load in easy packing guns.
 

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There have been several threads lately on the .44 Magnum, most notably centered around the Models 29 and 629 by S&W. I know that people enjoy being able to shoot both .44 Specials and Magnums, but in reality those guns probably see far more lightly loaded magnums or .44 Special loadings.

That being the case, there are a whole bunch of firearms out there chambered specifically for the .44 Special and they are a ball to shoot. Modern firearms can handle loads approaching magnum velocities, but that is missing the point. The most fun can be had using light to medium loadings. My favorite comes from Skeeter Skelton: 7.5 grains of Unique under a 250 gr Keith style (SWC) cast bullet. Fired thousands of these and won many turkeys and hams at local shoots.

So once your love affair of getting beaten with magnum loads abates, check out offerings in .44 S&W Special.



Enjoy.

Adios,

Pizza Bob

PS: I have a similar love for revolvers chambered in .45 ACP. Happiness is a Big Bore S&W revolver. :)
Ha! We couldn't get past the first post without dropping Skelton's name.:rolleyes:

I have had both multiple double actions and a 44 Special Flat Top Ruger New Model Blackhawk, and the single action is by far my favorite. I moved the double actions down the road, because they held only 5, and I felt there were better choices for a carry gun, namely a 6 shot 41 Special GP100 Custom gun. The DAs were not making the trip to the range.
 

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I'll defer to you dedicated revolver guys, but if a .44 Magnum can also accommodate the .44 Special, what's the big deal? I wouldn't desire a .38 Special specific Colt Python. You have both options.
 
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