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    .44 Spec For Self-Defense.

    Recently started running .44 Spec through the magnum on the range for plinking. As those who use it would already know, significantly lighter on the wrists and less concussive. It's a fun round on the range. I've read a lot of it, but what can anybody in here from personal experience have to say about it as a self defense round? What are the knock-down qualities compared other more common EDC calibers? I've been burning simple 240gr semi-wadcutters. Are there any recommendations for specific better-hitting cartridges more designed toward real-world situations for home defense or carry? I think this may be a good round for the Mrs as she very reluctant with straight magnum.
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    My favorite cartridge from a revolver launches a 235 grain bullet at about 900 FPS. It is my edc revolver. Common name for the cartridge is the 45 ACP. The 44 Special can match that easily.

    Since 1907 the 44 Special has impressed a lot of folks as a cartridge for hunting, law enforcement or personal defense. You could choose a lot worse. I would see you choose something besides the magnum revolver for a launch pad but I prefer the 4” tapered barrel on an “N” frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrawHat View Post
    My favorite cartridge from a revolver launches a 235 grain bullet at about 900 FPS. It is my edc revolver. Common name for the cartridge is the 45 ACP. The 44 Special can match that easily.

    Since 1907 the 44 Special has impressed a lot of folks as a cartridge for hunting, law enforcement or personal defense. You could choose a lot worse. I would see you choose something besides the magnum revolver for a launch pad but I prefer the 4” tapered barrel on an “N” frame.

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    In a factory loading for self defense, I like the Underwood 200 gr. Jacketed HP (Gold Dot)

    https://www.underwoodammo.com/collec...18785722138681

    And the Underwood 190 LSWC HP...........

    https://www.underwoodammo.com/collec...18785705099321

    My personal handload for defense is a Winchester Silver Tip 210 gr HP over a dollop of 2400.

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    I think the 44 special is an excellent self defense round. The older I get, the more I find that a heavier mass does not have to travel fast to be very effective at SD distances. Also lots easier on the wrist and joints. The 44 special out of a 44 mag is kinda like my 41 mag. I have a lighter SD and target load but a nice hot load for the rifle or Ruger to go hunting. Very versatile so would definitely test some loads (even factory) at the range to get the best one for you and your gun. I like using Wadcutters and hollow points for AD and SWC or Wadcutters for targets.
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    Underwood also has a wadcutter loading.....200 grain at around 1000 fps.

    https://www.underwoodammo.com/collec...18785707360313
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    I agree with Keith44Spl. The only difference is I use a Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel bullet of 200 grains in the 696.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcope822 View Post
    I agree with Keith44Spl. The only difference is I use a Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel bullet of 200 grains in the 696.
    So do I.
    I have used my M696 as my carry gun a few times when I was providing Armed Bodyguard services. I figger if I hafta draw down on some abuser I want him lookin' in the front of the cylinder at those big Gold Dots and decide to back down.
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    The terminal velocity and impact of a .44 special is slightly greater than a standard .45ACP round, but not enough to make much difference. However, the terminaL velocity and impact of a .45ACP +P is significantly greater than a standard .44 special. From my perspective, 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.

    Any of the above rounds would be effective in a SD situation, if you get the first shot on target in nearly all cases.

    Of course, if you put .44 mag loads in the pistol, you would pretty much leave the ballpark compared to the other common SD calibers. That said, Dirty Harry is now carrying only the 8th most powerful handgun on the planet.

    The fact is there are pistol loads and calibers available in this day and age capable of putting down any mammal on earth. What is appropriate for SD is highly subjective.





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    Thanks guys. That's some good insight, solid tips. After 30 years of shooting it feels really good to be "discovering" a new cartridge.

    This is helpful. I really appreciate the input.
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