"Are there any other non-anemic .44 special factory loads to consider that aren't as expensive?"
My go-to: Georgia Arms www.georgia-arms.com
200 gr RNFP and JHP. Good stuff. Mid to late $20s/per50 + ship. Get enough (at least a few bags = better ship $) and the total price is even more reasonable. New brass, not reloads. "Heat" wise, I'd categorize as less than BB, but more than "big name factory"--or just right.