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.