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Old May 11, 2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Loving the 44 special!

I've been enjoying an ongoing passion for my Lipsey Bisley 44 special and for the 44 special round in general. Funnist thing in town both to reload and to shoot. I just put a 3" S&W 624 on layaway and can't wait to be able to get it and start shooting.

Anyone here have or have experience with the 624? What do you think of it? Do you love the 44 special? Thanks, Dennis
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Old May 11, 2011, 09:06 AM   #2
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It's my second most favorite cartridge.... behind the .45 Colt. I like it well enough that I now have three revolvers chambered for it. The Bulldog for CC, a .44Spec BH, and a Sheriff Vaquero. My goto load in the Skeeter load. The Bulldog only gets standard .44Spec reloads.
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Old May 11, 2011, 09:23 AM   #3
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I traded for one of the 6" models the first year the 624 was introduced. I have fired many cast bullets thru mine and get exceptional accuracy with 2400 & Unique.
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Old May 11, 2011, 09:27 AM   #4
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I also...

...own three S&W .44 Specials.
  • A Model 21-4, 4"
  • A Model 24-3, 3", Lew Horton
  • A Model 696, 3", 5-Shot

The Model 696 is a daily carry gun. They all recoil like a .38 WC in a K frame.
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Old May 11, 2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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I like my ported ultra-lite 44 Special.

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Old May 11, 2011, 01:08 PM   #6
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Yep - love the .44 Special. Two of the new Rugers (NV's), and a non-catalogued "4th" Colt SAA, antiqued USFA Rodeo and Cimarron P in same.
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Old May 11, 2011, 01:12 PM   #7
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The 44 Special vies constantly with the 45 ACP for title of my favorite revolver cartridge. I have several of each chambering but since you asked about the 624 I'll post a picture of this one:



This was a 4", square butt that some previous owner must have damaged (muzzle) and consequently cut back the barrel to a strange 3-3/8". At the same time they had the butt re-contoured to a K-frame round butt size. I would have preferred an actual 3.5" barrel but otherwise it is one of my favorite 44 Specials as it shoots exactly where I point it with my favorite handload...and I've never even had to move the sights.

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Old May 11, 2011, 04:01 PM   #8
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Love my Charter Bulldog. It is one of the original ones. Shoots first time, every time and where I point it. reloading really helps the cost.
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Old May 11, 2011, 04:36 PM   #9
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Yep... great round for SD. I carry a Bulldog often (25 oz. loaded) and would also plunk my $ down any day for an even lighter LCR-type .44 Special.
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Old May 11, 2011, 05:04 PM   #10
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Fantastic cartridge isn't it.
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Old May 11, 2011, 07:47 PM   #11
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I too have a Lipsey Ruger 44 Special Flattop Bisley and a Model 21 Nickel. Love the old 44 Special!
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Old May 11, 2011, 08:06 PM   #12
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I just picked up a Bulldog a few weeks ago, and this round is starting to grow on me. It has surprisingly little recoil considering its size and power. Now if I could just find someplace that keeps this ammo in stock.
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Old May 11, 2011, 08:17 PM   #13
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I found myself without a 44Spl. anymore and 1200 handloads in the basement so I had to do something so I did this. A great buy even if I did spend another $37.00 on it after picking it up NIB for $419.00 shipped.

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Old May 11, 2011, 09:31 PM   #14
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I too have the 4 5/8" Lipsey's Special as shown above. My fave CF to shoot and tote.

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Old May 11, 2011, 10:10 PM   #15
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I have an admission to make...

I shoot probably 85% reloads consisting of 44 Special level loads in 44 Magnum cases out of my Redhawk.





I think 44 Special is long overdue for a comeback. If only the ammo was cheaper, more folks would consider it.

Folks robotically head for .357 Magnum, when .44 Special is the superior self defense caliber. Less recoil, less noise, less flash, bigger bullet. The only real downside is that the "affordable" .44 Special ammo has the stupid lead round nose bullets.

If you like the .44 Special, you really owe it to yourself to start handloading.
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Old May 12, 2011, 01:07 AM   #16
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I like Buffalo Bore level .44 Special loads in my S&W 329PD. This light weight .44 magnum does me much better using .44 Special loads.
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Old May 12, 2011, 04:49 AM   #17
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I own several handguns but the one carried the most is my .44 special S&W model 696. Although the gun and I are both on the heavy side, it is very concealable until the weather gets too hot and then must resort to carrying small pistols. Shooting the .44 is a pleasure with all loads except Buffalo Bore. Very accurate revolver.

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Old May 12, 2011, 06:20 AM   #18
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I also have a 24-3, the 6.5" target model. I love the thing!

What I didn't love were the loads I was getting with it. I was using 231, and it was very inconsistent, a teeny tiny amount of powder in a huge case.

When Trail Boss was introduced a couple of years ago I tried it. It was a match made in heaven!
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Old May 12, 2011, 06:51 AM   #19
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yes I love the 44 special
Lipsey Blackhawk and Sheriff's

Smith 696

I also have a Charter Bulldog. I would love a 24/624 but in keeping my collection to a manageable number I only have 1 N frame 44 a 6.5" nickle 29-2 of course I treat it like I probably would a 24 it gets a lot of 240 keiths at 1000fps
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Old May 12, 2011, 09:56 AM   #20
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Old May 12, 2011, 10:02 AM   #21
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OK, I'll show it...




The box of cartridges is a circa 1915 box of Winchester .44 Specials.

The four loose ones are from an opened box of the same cartridges.
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Old May 12, 2011, 10:41 AM   #22
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Love, load and shoot .44 Specials myself.........a lot. Here's a pic of my very favorite N-Frame a 6" M24 along with my very favorite K Frame a 6" M19.


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Old May 12, 2011, 03:37 PM   #23
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1924 Hand ejector in .44spcl



Really a fun gun to shoot and very accurate. It now has period correct grips on it.

I really like to tote my 629 loaded with some Silvertip .44spcls I have when in the outdoors. Makes a great field gun that is solid as a tank and the silvertips will take care of about anything I am likely to run into.



Of course being a 629 if I want full house .44mags I can do it, just no real need IMHO.
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Old May 12, 2011, 10:04 PM   #24
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.44 Specials..,

I really have no need for a .44 magnum but have a Ruger Redhawk just 'cause.

My M24-3 6" (top) is one of the most accurate revolvers I've ever fired.

I reload mid power .44 spl rounds and love 'em.

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Old May 13, 2011, 12:20 AM   #25
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Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special w/BocoteWood Grips
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