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View Poll Results: 44 magnum VS 44 special
44 magnum 34 37.36%
44 special 57 62.64%
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Old March 23, 2013, 06:58 PM   #26
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Both. Bedside is 44 S&W Mt gun loaded with Rem 180 sjhp at 1250 fps.

sometimes carry is 44 special with speer 200 gdhp at 850 fps from taurus ul.

Alternatives is 3 in 44 special with 200 gd at 900 fps, or 180 xtp at 1000 fps, or 44 mag 200 gdhp at 1070 fps.
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Old March 23, 2013, 11:53 PM   #27
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44 special, 190 gr, about 950fps
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Old March 24, 2013, 10:44 PM   #28
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.44 Special, 4 5/8" Ruger FT BH with 215 gr LSWC @ appx 100 FPS. That's my "do all" load, HD, SD, varmint, vermin, small game, tin cans and anything else that needs shootin'. When intentionally pursuing deer, pigs, etc I carry a 240 gr Keith @ appx 1000 FPS. Wouldn't be afraid to wind up a 240 gr slug to just short of 1200 FPS in that gun if the need ever arose. (I recently read that 240 @ 1200 was Uncle Elmers original intention for the .44 Mag, can anyone confirm that?)

Had a Taurus .44 Spl, 4 inch brl w/ adjustable sights. Very nice gun, should have never traded it.

Have taken a lot of deer with the Mag, but have come to realize that for anything around here it just ain't needed. Might as well have a trimmer , handier gun and use it more.
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Old March 25, 2013, 11:01 AM   #29
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.44 Special, 4 5/8" Ruger FT BH with 215 gr LSWC @ appx 100 FPS.
My o' BB gun did better than 100fps . You probably meant 1000fps! The o' Skeeter load does it for me with 240g SWCs.
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Old March 25, 2013, 12:04 PM   #30
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It's tough to beat the old Skeeter load for general purpose use!


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I recently read that 240 @ 1200 was Uncle Elmers original intention for the .44 Mag, can anyone confirm that?
All Keith really wanted was for them to legitimize his 1200fps .44Spl load. What we got was the .44Mag and nearly 1500fps.
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Old March 25, 2013, 04:32 PM   #31
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44 spl self defense load

In my Ruger flat top, I use a Starline case, WLP, 12.5 gr. of Blue Dot, with a Hornady 200 gr. xtp.
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Old March 26, 2013, 02:41 PM   #32
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Special. Usually Underwood 200 grain GDHP's at 1100 fps. Sometimes Skeeter's load if I'm primarily in the great outdoors.
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Old March 27, 2013, 07:47 PM   #33
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Following the advice of the CC Instructors I don't use my reloads. My Mountain Gun (One of the first 3000 made in the 1980s) is loaded with 4 Winchester 210 grain Silvertips first and the last two are Black Talons. I have a set of Crimson Trace grips on it that work extremely well. It fits in my jeans, coat pocket, in the truck and on the night stand.
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Old March 27, 2013, 09:41 PM   #34
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My o' BB gun did better than 100fps . You probably meant 1000fps!
I give 'er a couple extra pumps afore I go huntin.


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All Keith really wanted was for them to legitimize his 1200fps .44Spl load. What we got was the .44Mag and nearly 1500fps.
Thanks newfrontier45. I really gotta get them books.
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Old March 28, 2013, 10:57 AM   #35
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Couldn't answer because it depends. In house I like 44 spcl and outside the house I like 44 mag both using LSWC Kieth style bullets.

Normal carry gun is .357 and same thing applies. In house as my night stand gun it is 38 spcl and for outside duty it is .357 both using 158 gr LSWC bullets.
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