I'd carry my G-20 loaded with 200 gr hardcast @ 1300 fps. While a 44 mag looks impresive on paper that is with 8" test barrels. When fired from shorter barrels people actually carry the real numbers are not as impressive. The G-20 pictued below chronographs 200 gr bullets @ 1300 fps. The 3" 629 is 3/4 lb heavier, 1" longer and only shoots 240 gr bullets @ 1150 fps. I can get 1400 fps or more from a 7-8" barrel, but if I have to carry a handgun that big I'd rather carry a carbine.