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Old July 23, 2012, 11:21 PM   #26
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"bigger is always better"

Correct. I'll take the BIGGER (meaning deeper) would channel, and leave the anemic man-killer on the night stand where it belongs. Don't get me wrong: I have LOTS of love for the .44 Spl. It just isn't a tool for this job anymore than the .38 spl, and for the same reasons.
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Old July 24, 2012, 01:24 PM   #27
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I was about to say the 357/180 until you revealed that you handload. This clearly makes the 44 Special the better option. Some of these answers are from people who only read about ballistics.
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Old July 24, 2012, 01:45 PM   #28
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Handloading...YES !!

Yes, I do handload them. And, the .44 Special can be a little more than normal with that.

A 240 grain cast SWC and 7.5 grains of Unique at 900+FPS can't be too much of a slouch.
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Old July 25, 2012, 12:27 PM   #29
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The Special is Special

Got a Ruger Bisley in 44SPL and it is a pleasure. Have loaded 240Rem SP to 1200fps and the cases fall out. I also concur with SS. Skeeter's load of 7.5gr. of Unique is great. My favorite is 8gr.

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Old July 26, 2012, 04:31 PM   #30
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Southern Shooter:

I would take the .44 Spl loaded with a good 240 grain hand load or a hunting load from one of the custom ammunition makers. A large bullet delivers its energy deep.

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Old July 28, 2012, 05:10 PM   #31
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I am swayed a little by the handloading angle.....hmmm... Still think you'll punch deeper with the .357 though. A round of testing perhaps?
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