I have two .44 special, both examples of the Charter Arms Bulldog. Both are great little guns.
One is a vintage model, made in the early 80s at the Stratford, CT factory. Just got it last month for $269 after it showed up as a trade-in at my LGS. Installed a set of NOS wood Bulldog grips on it to replace the rubber aftermarket grips that were on it.
My other one (and my daily carry piece) is my current production Bulldog in stainless with 2.5" barrel. It's wearing vintage Bulldog wood grips in the pic, and I polished the cylinder and barrel to a satin look from the original bead blast finish.