I do not currently own a .44 special only gun. What I do own is a S&W 629 Mtn Gun in .44 mag that I cannot stand to shoot with magnum loads. As a result, and because I am smarter in my old age, this gun is now a designated .44 special only gun and it is perfect.
I love the .44 special. It is perfect in many areas for self defense, small game hunting, plinking, etc., etc. My two favorite calibers right now are big relatively slow bullets in .44 special and .45 Colt and the S&W Mtn. Guns are perfect launching platforms.
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