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The most versatile handgun caliber

.44 magnum. It does lots of things well.

14 Responses to “The most versatile handgun caliber”

  1. Jay G. Says:

    Like put giant holes in your bank account…

  2. jdrush Says:

    I have as much 44 magnum brass as I do .223 brass. But, currently, no 44 magnum. I think I need to remedy that situation…

  3. HiddenHills Says:

    .44 Mag indeed is versatile, and so is the .454 Casull for the same reasons (and often the same frames).

    Me, I have both.

  4. Critter Says:

    one of my faves. 🙂

  5. P.M. Says:

    Since any .44 Mag sixgun can also shoot the wonderful .44 Special, it is a fair argument. Those two cartridges cover a LOT of ground. Or you can load Special-level loadings in Magnum brass; same enjoyment and versatility.

    If you want to do any kind of volume shooting of the .44s, though, you had better handload.

    Last thought: Why on earth couldn’t that dude who rounded up .44s for the article lay his hands on any single actions? He needs a new shooting peer group. 😉

  6. bob smith Says:

    “I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” –Harry Callahan

  7. Rolls Canardly Says:

    I sure miss the days when I could afford to shoot 100 rounds/week of factory from my Model 29. I used to think $25 for 50 rounds was kinda high, but I was willing to pay. Now, not so much.

  8. pignock Says:

    If you reload and cast your own bullets, there isn’t that much price difference between 44 and anything else. The only variable is powder (and lead if you buy it). I’m more of a 357 guy myself, probably because I’m a little fella and 357 guns fit my hands better.

  9. Rivrdog Says:

    Load 10 grains of Unique behind those Elmer Keith cast 240 SWCs. Powder cost is acceptable then, since you’re getting 700 rounds loaded out of a $25 can of powder.

    If you’re loading for rifle, using slower powders, and 20 grains or more of it, price for powder doubles.

    With the right barrel, you can drive a 300+ grain LSWC bullet to 1700+ fps in that rifle, making a ton of muzzle energy. Yep, that’s versatile, but I still give the versatility edge overall to Elmer’s other round, the .357.

  10. Huck Says:

    No thanks, I’ll stick with .38 Special +P. I fired a .454 Casull and after 6 shots it felt like someone had been stomping on my hand. If I feel that I need more power than my .38, I’ll break out my .45-70 Marlin rifle. 🙂

  11. HiddenHills Says:

    The .454 Casull also fires .45 Colt. A cowboy load feels like a .44 Special or less. The .454 has a wider range even than the .44 Mag, I think.

    But.. you are right. A full-house .454 load is a mighty big hand full. I download my 300 gr XTPs to a measly 1700fps 😉

  12. phenicks Says:

    What, no love for the SW.460? You can then shoot the .454 casull, the .45 Colt….

  13. HiddenHills Says:

    all true,

    that said, at 61 oz, I can’t even hold a S&W XVR long enough to sight it…. (the Rugers are heavy enough)

    BTW, Is S&W XVR still the only choice in that caliber?

  14. A Critic Says:

    The.460 can also fire .45 Scofield rounds…far more versatile.