ACPMikey. yes the .44 mag Win. lever is permitted, and many shooters use them. As long as you have it, I suggest you buy a Ruger Vaquero in .44 Mag. You can then use .44 Special in each. If you reload, you can tailor your loads for best accuracy and function. While you're at it, you might check out the Bisley model Ruger. I like the way they handle in recoil, but it might not be your cup of tea.
This stuff can become very addictive, although I had to drop out two years ago due to medical problems.
Good luck. J.B. SASS #672
[This message has been edited by Jay Baker (edited April 15, 2000).]