I like the .44 Mag a lot. It got me started in CF pistols 25 years ago, haven't been without one since. Makes for a fine medium size game rifle cartridge too.
I get a laugh when I read how bad of a SD cartridge the .44 Mag is. "Why it would sail right through them and do no damage, you'd shoot the BG 6 times and he'd still have enough time left to massacre you and your family with a dull knife." Those guys have never seen a 180 gr JHP pushed by a max charge of H110 / WW296 hit a milk jug. It's not a load with an indoor voice though.
"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." - John Wayne
.44 Special: For those who get it, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, no explanation is possible.