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    I like a 200gr lead hollow point loaded to around 900-1000fps with 5.6gr or so of AA #2
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    They're hard cast bullets with sharp shoulders are real bone splitters and yet they shoot comfortably.........

    Out of a handgun, they work well, but out of a carbine they're hard hitting SOB's (yet remains comfortable to shoot). I have several "companion" set-ups in .44 caliber and when I don't feel like shooting full house magnums, I can still feel well armed with the Buffalo Bore hard cast .44 Specials. I'm a double action double tap (rapid fire) shooter and the .44 Special allows me to make quick follow up shots (I'm unable with magnums).
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    The 44's...

    After 30 years of shooting it feels really good to be "discovering" a new cartridge.
    YZ,

    Do a search for this book by John Taffin (pub. 2006)...it's a gold mine of information about the 44's from the 44 Russian to the Magnum but especially the 44 Special. It gives you a history of the cartridges, many of the guns chambered for it and stories about Skeeter Skelton, Elmer Keith and others who used and promoted the 44 Special.

    Welcome to the world of the 44 Special. It only gets better.

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    Back in the 80s I loaded a soft Keith style 265 gr LSWC over 5 grains of Unique.
    Carried them in a Charter Arms Bulldog while working in a pawnshop near a bad neighborhood.
    Not very fast - 650 fps or so, but very accurate.
    I wouldn't have wanted to get hit with one.
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    In a world where the .380 is considered a defensive round, I would think any loading of a .44 should be satisfactory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivoak View Post
    ...if you are comfortable with a standard capacity .44 special revolver, then carry it. If you want greater capacity, a 45ACP or 9 mm is the answer...
    I know what you are trying to say but if someone is comfortable with the 44 Special and wants to go ACP these are a couple I carry.

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    Any load from Underwood is usually on the warm side, to say the least. They are also harder to find. Cor-Bon did make a light (165gr. JHP) load for this caliber but I haven't bought any in a long time, so I don't know if they still do. The load I've settled on is the Blazer 180gr. Gold Dot HP load. Works pretty good, at least for me. Also, being priced reasonable enough to stay in practice with them is a big plus.
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    I have a Charter Arms Bulldog (.44) in my EDC rotation.
    I'm currently carrying Underwood 200gr full wadcutters in it.

    fastreb, I order ammo direct from Underwood.
    If you get on their Email list, they send out discount codes every so often that will at least cover shipping. (10-15%)
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    I love 44 special, I only wish they were more readily available and less expensive. I'm gonna have to start loading my own.

    Paul Harrell has an interesting video on 44special for self defense. It shows ammo selection is important.
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    I've been carrying this'n for a spell now

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