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Old 01-25-2013, 09:55   #1
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I want a 44 Special

So I want a 44 Special

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I can't afford it right now.

This looks like a good CC gun, that I can reload for.

Anyone carry a 44? Show some pics.

Anyone reload for the 44 Special?


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One bid on this one........started at 700$.


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I guess a 44 Magnum would be alright too.



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Old 01-25-2013, 11:33   #2
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I carried a 5 shot stainless Taurus for a while and I came to a couple conclusions. one is that an alloyed frame would probably sting pretty good on recoil given what the stainless felt like with defense loads. second, for the size and weight there are better choices both in guns and calibers. to me it seemed like a good idea but after a couple of years I sold it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:42   #3
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I was going to say...unless you just WANT a 44 spl only, get a 44 mag and run spl through it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 13:59   #4
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My best friend used to carry a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special with 240 gr SWC reloads.
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Old 01-25-2013, 14:03   #5
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I have carried a 4" 629 and a Charter bulldog with 240 and 250 gn handloads and have one of the Ruger Flattops as woods gun. I live for the .44 and to a lesser extent, .41 cals.
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Old 01-25-2013, 14:03   #6
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I want one too, don't know why but I want one.
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Old 01-25-2013, 15:57   #7
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I don't carry one but my dad and I each have colt saa in 44sp. We load both cast lead and jhp rounds for them. I love the 44sp round
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Old 01-25-2013, 16:52   #8
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I carried a 5 shot stainless Taurus for a while and I came to a couple conclusions. one is that an alloyed frame would probably sting pretty good on recoil given what the stainless felt like with defense loads. second, for the size and weight there are better choices both in guns and calibers. to me it seemed like a good idea but after a couple of years I sold it.
I currently carry a Sp101 3" and I really like it.

I would like to carry a 45, but I don't want to reload for auto. It seems the best 45 is an auto.

The 44 Special is a common revolver, so i thought it would be a good compromise. What guns and calibers are you thinking of?


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Old 01-25-2013, 17:12   #9
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I have a couple, the Taurus 431 and a Ruger NM Bisley Flattop.

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The Taurus would be a nice choice for carry, as it fits any holster made for the K frame S&W. It's reasonably comfortable to shoot with defensive loads, being all steel. If you can get around just having five shots in a full sized gun, it'll do the job. Takes the same speedloaders as the Bulldog, IIRC.

The Ruger is fun too, would make a great outdoors/hunting gun. Very accurate.
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My best friend used to carry a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special with 240 gr SWC reloads.
I like the looks of this.

http://www.slickguns.com/product/cha...nless-34699-fs

Is Charter Arms like a Taurus?

I caught a lot of grief from friends when I bought a Taurus.
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[QUOTE=NMG26;19910872]I currently carry a Sp101 3" and I really like it.

I would like to carry a 45, but I don't want to reload for auto. It seems the best 45 is an auto.

The 44 Special is a common revolver, so i thought it would be a good compromise. What guns and calibers are you thinking of?

I too wanted to upgrade from my S&W 640 2 1/8'' so I bought a .44 special 5 shot snub but the size and weight was to close to a large gun but only 5 shots.
I started looking at a 3.5 1911 but found they were both expensive and had reliability issues.
I went with a G27 and it was the best move I made. about the same size and weight as my 5 shot .44 with ten rounds and 100% reliable. I can carry it as well as my S&W and there are so many different .40 proven defense loads to choose from. my load is a 180grn. HST, light recoiling and street proven. before the ammo shortage ammo was cheap also. this was the first gun I ever bought mostly on recomendations cause I wasn't hot on it when I first handled it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 18:37   #12
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S&W 629-2 Moutain Gun

She's really a 44 Magnum. But can fire 44 specials of course.
I actually like to carry loaded with Speer 44 Mag 200 gr GDHP Short Barrel.
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Old 01-25-2013, 20:23   #13
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...second, for the size and weight there are better choices both in guns and calibers. to me it seemed like a good idea but after a couple of years I sold it.

Wise words and that's coming from a man who has three .44 Special revolvers. One is better served nowadays with a G19 and hot HP's IMO.
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My 44 specials have taken elk. I hand load all my rounds and have various length barrels and all Rugers. I am not one bit concerned or worried to walk down nasty street if I were in a town or city, (and have been at times) with a 44 special and a 250gr/300gr bullet. If it drops elk it drops men.....

Not here to argue...

In 25 years (now a former guide) I have seen 44 special bring down very large game animals. I don't know why so many are so afraid of this caliber. I suppose they just do not understand it, or have not been in the field for 50 oveveral years with it on large game.... I mean NO disrespect in that statement.



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What you say is absolutely true, Canyon Man. However, like you I am on the Border and one never knows what they will encounter on two legs in the desert and this is where numbers come into play. I have no problem with a revolver as a backup and do it myself. However, for primary CCW back where the hawks screw the chickens, it's a Glock or p229 stuffed to the gunwales with hot HP's & spare mags to who laid the chunk. As for critters, there are pumas here as there and although I have never shot one personally, I have no worries as they are light boned. Speaking of which, I swear I saw a Jaguarundi cross a dirt road in front of me the other night about 700 yds. from the Rio Grande!! They are rarer than unicorn piss.
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The number of off the shelf store bought rounds in 44 special are limited. So one needs to reload or be better financed than I am in order to keep them fed if you fire them more than infrequently. My favorite hand gun is an old model stainless Ruger Bisley Vaquero in 44 mag. Using 2 hands, due to my short thumbs, the gun can be quickly emptied.

Depending on your preferences you might look at both the double action and single action revolvers offered by Sturm-Ruger. They build guns that can take a beating and keep on shooting.
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had a 629 mountain gun i used to carry. she'd run 44 specials all day long.

if i'd wanted to hunt with it, and felt the urge to hunt small aircraft, or houses, the 44 magnum was always an option.
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My 44 specials have taken elk. I hand load all my rounds and have various length barrels and all Rugers. I am not one bit concerned or worried to walk down nasty street if I were in a town or city, (and have been at times) with a 44 special and a 250gr/300gr bullet. If it drops elk it drops men.....

Not here to argue...

In 25 years (now a former guide) I have seen 44 special bring down very large game animals. I don't know why so many are so afraid of this caliber. I suppose they just do not understand it, or have not been in the field for 50 oveveral years with it on large game.... I mean NO disrespect in that statement.



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A pair of 3" Lew Horton round butts. Good for Carhartt coat carry in the winter.

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What you say is absolutely true, Canyon Man. However, like you I am on the Border and one never knows what they will encounter on two legs in the desert and this is where numbers come into play. I have no problem with a revolver as a backup and do it myself. However, for primary CCW back where the hawks screw the chickens, it's a Glock or p229 stuffed to the gunwales with hot HP's & spare mags to who laid the chunk. As for critters, there are pumas here as there and although I have never shot one personally, I have no worries as they are light boned. Speaking of which, I swear I saw a Jaguarundi cross a dirt road in front of me the other night about 700 yds. from the Rio Grande!! : They are rarer than unicorn piss.




LOL...

Well you've probably seen enough of my post over the years to know that on a ranch the size of this one, and my other brother's place as well near Ft Davis Tx. We have to be on the watch for the two legged coyotes, drug runners, and you name it trying cross the place. They can steal horses, butcher cattle, and start fires, and you name it. I EDC on the ranch a Vaquero 44mag/or 45LC and Hard Cast Bullets, cause I always have ! Ha.

And for a number of years a G20 stuffed with 200gr HC and extra mags in the saddle bags, for those times I will be a looong way back in the cactus and mesquite in high lonesome, in case it hit the fan I had some "auto power, and quick loading high cap mags. Also a long gun in the saddle scabbard of the lever type (i am still just old fashion and this is life style) but these big 45-70 405 gr honkers can reach out and touch someone real well. Ha.

The Vaquero side are is usually enough and I been shooting big bore SA's fo 50 years, so pull point and shoot is prett easy for me, and ain't to shabby when aiming at very long range as well. I have had to "point the muzzle on a few in my time.' In this case speaking of trespassers etc, and those big holes have always persuaded them ! Ha.

Other stories that woulsd be stupid to share on a forum (let the reader under stand).


Well amigo, just dropped by last night for a minute, and same here now. It is time to get going, so be safe man and keep your eyes along the sky light.


Adios for now.


Here's a few pics of just "Part" of the ranch, I've probably shown before...

Son at the gate behind the ranch house..


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Alot of country here to keep an eye on amigo.








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I can only see one reason to get a dedicated .44 spl. revolver - because it's a 5-shot that is smaller for carrying. But if I was going with a 6-shot revolver, no way it would be .44 spl. - I'd either get a .44 mag, so I could shoot special or magnum, or I'd get a .45 that takes .45 ACP, if I really never want to shoot magnum
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I can only see one reason to get a dedicated .44 spl. revolver - because it's a 5-shot that is smaller for carrying. But if I was going with a 6-shot revolver, no way it would be .44 spl. - I'd either get a .44 mag, so I could shoot special or magnum, or I'd get a .45 that takes .45 ACP, if I really never want to shoot magnum
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