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Old August 9, 2005, 04:38 PM   #1
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Rossi .44 Special -Do or Do not?

I looked at a somewhat older stainless Rossi today, I don't know the model number. It had a three inch barrel, and was hammerless. It looked a little older, probably around 1994ish. It is a .44 Special with a pretty heavy barrel, and was a pretty heavy gun in general. The cylinder was five shot. It was a little dirty...

They're asking 299.00 for it. Just FYI, it's Simpson Ltd that is selling it. They have a website but they don't list all their guns on it. Anyway, it was a really nicely balanced gun and chambered in a great caliber. It'd be a really good CCW if I moved to a different state.

Do or do not??
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Old August 9, 2005, 05:06 PM   #2
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i go for a no vote. unless you are stuck on both the brand and caliber. sog has a new .44 spc bulldog for $235 and a new rossi ,357 for $228
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Old August 9, 2005, 05:11 PM   #3
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Old August 9, 2005, 05:44 PM   #4
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I own a Taruas .44 special and I love that gun.

Now, I know that I'm not answering the question of the Rossi but may I, if you will allow, me to take this moment to talk about the .44special:

Great gun. But it didn't really take hold. Ammo is expensive for it. You have to remember that.

But as a caliber, I like it .

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Old August 9, 2005, 06:09 PM   #5
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Sog 44 special bulldog?

Whats this Sog .44 special bulldog.
Is it the old charter arms company reborn?

Tried looking it up on Google, but only got the SOG revolver knife.

Got a full company name, or web site, or link?
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Not me! Been there twice.
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Old August 9, 2005, 07:00 PM   #7
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Sounds like a model 720.
I own one,but know very little else about it
So far I havn't had the chance to fire it.
Ammo is very expensive,$25.00 for a BOX OF 50 240 grain's in my area

I do know one thing,if on the side of your gun it says Interarms,Rossi doesn't seem to know anything about this gun.

According to one gun book the 720 has been made since 1992.
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Old August 9, 2005, 07:45 PM   #8
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Well, this gun has snagged me somehow...find myself pondering it alot. I may go back by and offer 275...after a bit of research, I found the 720 (good job, you're right that's the one!) went for 1999 about five years ago. A one hundred dollar inflation isn't TERRIBLE considering the way things are going, but 275 sounds better to me.

I guess the main thing is that for about a hundred bucks more than I was gonna spend on picking up a new Bersa Duo-Tone, I could get this .44 Special snubby and a HUGE increase in performance for about the same amount of concealability! The slick little 3 inch barrel and general shape of the grip...I bet this gun would tuck away pretty easy. And the guy at the store did say ammo would be pricy, 20-30 bucks a pop.

According to this guy, who mentions the 720, .44 specials can be loaded to perform amazingly and on par with the best from a .45. That'd be great for a budget gun! Performance of a .45 with the reliability inherent in a revolver...

Gonna toss it around and check out a mil-surp/gun store as well as Gander MT and see if anything @ 300 $ can match this find. Apparently the 720 has kind of a cult following..
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Old August 9, 2005, 08:55 PM   #9
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They are great little guns. They were made in two versions. I've never really shot my hammerless model on target at 25 yards but the AS version is DARN accurate. It is my killing gun for around the farm. If a goat or something fairly large has to be killed, that's the gun I go get.

But that is too much money. I paid $206 for one of mine new and $175 on gunbroker for the other one used.

.44 Special is a wonderful caliber. Buy the Blazers and it won't be so expensive even though you get Gold Dot bullets. And start reloading!!!

I carry a .44 Special ever day but it is the S&W M296 in the picture. Much lighter gun (18.5 oz). The 720's are solid steel. About like a K frame. Too much for a pocket!


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