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Old September 14, 2000, 07:03 PM   #1
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What is the difference between a 44 magnum load and a 44 special load?

Thanks for a reply,
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Old September 14, 2000, 07:42 PM   #2
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I don't know Ed. What is the difference between a 44magnum load and a 44 special load?......(waiting for punch line)....

Oh, you ain't telling us a joke.

The difference between a 44mag load and a 44spl load is about 20,500psi (as per Speer #13). That translates into about 400 - 600fps for a given bullet weight at maximum velocities out of a revolver.

The two are actually different cartridges. The magnum was developed by lengthening the special's case by 1/8th of an inch to prevent the new higher pressure cartridge from being fired in a gun chambered for the special (just like the .38spl and .357mag).

You might already know all this and if so, forgive me for bringing up such basics; I don't mean to insult your intelligence. It's just that from your question, it seemed as though you weren't aware of it so I just thought I would let you in on the big secret (and I just saw the chance to run off at the mouth).

I hope this answers your questions.

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Old September 14, 2000, 07:50 PM   #3
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Jack, thanks your reply, i did not know the difference. Other than the higher velocity I had no idea of the difference.
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Old September 15, 2000, 01:29 AM   #4
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Read a book

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Old September 15, 2000, 09:54 AM   #5
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W'dog, I come from the "There ain't no such thing as a stupid question" school. What you said could be interpreted as being rather nasty.
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Old September 15, 2000, 12:57 PM   #6
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Right you are Hutch.

So, Waterdog, if Ed and you and several of us are sitting around chatting and Ed asked the exact same question, would you say, "Read a book." and walk away. I doubt it. This is really no different from a group of folks who have similar interests sitting around the old virtual pot belly stove. Now to be perfectly honest, I have often thought the same thing, but then I remind myself of what I just said.
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Old September 16, 2000, 02:19 PM   #7
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Just ask ED! There are lots of us here that are more than happy to try to answer for you either here in the forum or by e-mail!

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