I just want the gun for the romantics of it.
Well then I'd definitely get the 44 mag! In fact that is what I have done on several occasions , the one I finally settled on is my 629 Classic.
Romantics aside , I've loaded my 44 with bullets ranging from 180 to 300 grains with great results. And mild 44 Special loadings too make the 44 all the more vesatile.