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Old August 22, 2017, 07:41 AM   #1
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For those who conceal carry a .44 Magnum...

For those who conceal carry a .44 Magnum, what kind of gun and ammunition do you use?
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Old August 22, 2017, 08:38 AM   #2
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I don't conceal carry anything, I carry concealed. Sort of.

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Old August 22, 2017, 01:36 PM   #3
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I will only occasionally choose to carry a .44 mag....but when I choose to carry one - in an inside waist band Kramer horsehide leather holster with a forward FBI tilt...it has been either a S&W model 629 Trail Boss ( 3" barrel ) ....or an older model 29-1 in a 4" barrel. When I carry them, I will carry a 240gr JHP Black Hills.

I will also occasionally ...choose to carry a N frame model 627 in a 2 5/8" barrel ( 8 rd .357 mag ).

I can carry the N frames concealed ....but for me its more of a novelty to do just for the heck of it.

99% of the time when I choose to carry a revolver.. it will be a K frame .357 mag ( model 19 or 66 in a 4" ...or a model 66 in a 2 1/2" ) again in an inside waist band Kramer rig.

When I carry a .357 Mag...its also with 158gr JHP Black Hills...
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Most of the time I will carry a Wilson Combat 5" 1911 in 9mm...
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Old August 22, 2017, 04:46 PM   #4
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S&W 629-1 4 inch. I use DPX 225 gr for hunting and 250 gr LSWC hard cast with 8 or so grains of Unique for everything else.

And yep, that one above is it. It's semi-concealed!

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Old August 22, 2017, 11:23 PM   #5
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When on my ATV, I carry my .44 Vaquero in a pancake belt holster under an un-tucked shirt. Not deep cover, but it works for me.
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Old August 24, 2017, 08:13 PM   #6
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For a big round like that, I've finally found a good carry gun...S&W's M69. The "L" size frame limits the round count to 5 shots, but the gun weighs less than 38 oz. on my wife's digital kitchen scale and with it's 4-1/4" bbl., it's got the sight radius and heavy weight bullet punch for most any encounter in the lower 48. I'll risk being flamed here and state that while I dearly love the look and fine quality of my older Smiths, this new one, even with that much-maligned internal lock [IL], is a favorite side arm on the farm for everyday chores. And BTW, accuracy is all that I could ask for; with 71 yo eyes doing the steering, it'll punch out honest 2" or less gps. from a rest on the 25 yd. line. Rod
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Old August 24, 2017, 11:22 PM   #7
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That new M69 is attractive, even more so since they've announced a 2-3/4 inch barreled version. I've lamented for such a thing on the K or L frame for some time, ever since the demise of the 5-shot .44SPL on the L frame, the 696. Now we've got the M69, and had I not the attachment to my 629 Mtn Revolver, I'd run out and buy the new 5 shot.

My Mtn Revolver is early issue, there is not any inscription on the barrel regards "MTn gun". I use either a Bianchi #8 holster or an Aircrew shoulder rig, and a single speed loader pouch of unknown make. Despite sound reasons to use factory ammo for SD, my load for that gun is a GP reload, a 240 or 250 gr LSWC running at 850+ fps, ie, sort of .44spl +P. I do not routinely carry this revolver for SD, it's a woods roamer, but along the way, should I need to stop or whatever, it obviously goes into the SD role with the ammo that was in it. I experimented with some .44 spl factory ammo, the W-WSilvertips and the Federal LSWCHP, but swappping ammo back and forth between the gun and the loader was tedious, and in the end, just went with the heavy GP slug.
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Old August 25, 2017, 06:49 AM   #8
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329 pd with 240 gr LSWC and a Mernickle CD holster. Under an untucked shirt. 25 oz and 6 shots.
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Old August 25, 2017, 08:14 AM   #9
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I have in the past carried a 44 mag N-frame. I now still carry an N-frame but in a 8shot 357 magnum.

I carry in a pocket holster. I fairly recently found 5.11 pants that have pockets big enugh to hold my 627 PC.

The holster is a simply rugged pocket holster. It also has a spot for 8 rounds on a speed strip.
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Old August 25, 2017, 08:21 AM   #10
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When I do carry my Alaskan, it's loaded with 225grn Barnes XPB's
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Old September 5, 2017, 02:16 PM   #11
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S&W69 4-1/4" 5-shot .44mag, from pajamas-off until pajamas-on, every day, in a homemade under-the-shirt vertical shoulder holster.
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Old September 5, 2017, 02:58 PM   #12
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I tried a Ruger Alaskan and a Smith 629 for a while. The Smith was 4" and huge! The Alaskan was wide in the cylinder, but because of the tang grip, I could make more concealable grips for it ( for .45 colt loads) and the short barrel made it seem smaller.
But it was the weight that got to me, my pants were dragging down all the time.
I guess because I got skinny hips.
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Old September 7, 2017, 06:16 PM   #13
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I have in the past carried a 44 mag N-frame. I now still carry an N-frame but in a 8shot 357 magnum.

I carry in a pocket holster. I fairly recently found 5.11 pants that have pockets big enugh to hold my 627 PC.

The holster is a simply rugged pocket holster. It also has a spot for 8 rounds on a speed strip.
An N frame in a pocket holster.... I can't wrap my head around that.
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Old September 7, 2017, 06:25 PM   #14
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If I carry a 44 mag it would be a custom 4" Redhawk in a Ruger branded triple K holster OWB with Federal Hydroshoks, it would defiantly be a woodsy situation but the Hydroshok load should be good for about anything.
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Old September 7, 2017, 06:25 PM   #15
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An N frame in a pocket holster.... I can't wrap my head around that.
I'd like to see a picture of that as well!
Those pants would have to be pretty stiff as well.
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Old September 8, 2017, 10:12 AM   #16
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I don't conceal carry anything, I carry concealed. Sort of.

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How does this help the OP with his question?

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OP Buffalo Bore makes a wicked "Anti-Personnel" load in .44 magnum. Should be ideal for your porpoises.
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Old September 8, 2017, 08:48 PM   #17
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"OP Buffalo Bore makes a wicked "Anti-Personnel" load in .44 magnum. Should be ideal for your porpoises."

He gonna be shooting his "porpoises" in a barrel or in open water?
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Old September 16, 2017, 12:15 PM   #18
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S&W69 5-shot 4-1/4" .44mag, every day, from pajamas-off until pajamas-on, in a homemade under-the-shirt vertical cloth shoulder holster, loaded with Underwood 240gr XTP JHP's. With the X500 recoil-absorbing grip.
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Old September 16, 2017, 01:06 PM   #19
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I CC a Smith 329PD with a couple nice mods full of 240g white box everyday out here in AZ. Used to tuck a 629-3 5" now and then till I picked up the feather gun

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Old September 16, 2017, 01:26 PM   #20
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I had a Ruger alaskan for a very short period. I carried .44 special loads in it when I felt the urge to carry something big bore. It was in a home made owb holster that rode pretty high under a jacket. Usually in the winter time. I personally didn't find it to be of much use for me. I'd rather have a 357 snubby in my waist line. So it found it's way out of my collection. But that 44 with special loads more fun to shoot than a 357 snubby with 38 +p loads. If I remember correctly them loads were the factory 180 grn XTP Hornady Custom.
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Old October 4, 2017, 08:01 PM   #21
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An Azula holster (very nice South African leather!) for my S&W 4" 29-10, .44 Magnum loaded with Hornady 240 XTP hollowpoint Magnums. As long as I have a long shirt, untucked, or a flannel or coat in cooler weather, this rig hides pretty well. My 3" Talo 629-6 S&W .44 magnum carrys the same SD load, but sits in a Desantis OWB, high and tight, and even in the summer, just a loose T shirt covers it. Nice fishing rig. The trick is having a thick, wide, stiff leather belt, and snugging it in tight, as this holds even a big revolver nice and flat. Only drawback is if you go to a Chinese buffet and want to loosen your belt.

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Old October 4, 2017, 08:36 PM   #22
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For those who conceal carry a .44 Magnum, what kind of gun and ammunition do you use?
I am not sure any manufacturer offers personal defense ammo for .44 mag. Mine are usually fed fed home-loads topped with cast lead.
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Old October 6, 2017, 10:09 PM   #23
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When I had it my 629 mountain gun, inside the waistband loaded with .44 Special JHPs. I would show the photo but having issues getting my Photobucket account back.
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Old October 6, 2017, 11:52 PM   #24
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While I don't carry a .44 concealed, it does look like Buffalo Bore has some interesting loads:

"Anti-Personnel"
https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...duct_list&c=75

"Deer Grenade"

https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...t_detail&p=232
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Old October 7, 2017, 08:21 AM   #25
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S&W Model 69 loaded with:
https://www.luckygunner.com/pmc-44-m...jhppmc-50#info

These are going to act like a 125 grain 357 magnum, but more.........
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