i need opinions on .44mag brand and speed loaders.


May 3, 2007, 11:44 AM
i had a s&w .44mag revolver with about a 7" barrel(don't remember exactly) i traded off about 15 years ago. i regretted it more than anything else i ever did. it was super accurate imo.

given all factors equal what brand of .44mag is more accurate?

what kind of speed loaders are the fastest? i have seen the regular ones, moon clips, and the "strips".

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May 3, 2007, 11:50 AM
But I could only find them in the Comp I format, which is a pain to get out of most carriers. Very fast, though, and mine have held up well.

May 3, 2007, 11:52 PM

May 4, 2007, 12:16 AM
Where have you seen speed strips for the .44 caliber?

May 4, 2007, 01:03 AM
The 629 Classic, 5" barrel is my favorite "granola gun." (My wife hates that term, but in this case, the shoe fits.) It's what I carry when I hit the back country with my family. I've owned a Raging Bull and a Redhawk, and they're both good guns in their own rights, but neither held a candle to the way this gun has performed for me over the years. I carry two HKS Model 29 speedloaders with me, and while I have never had to stress-fire/reload this weapon, I feel confident enough from regular dry/live testing, to carry the gun with my family in tow.

May 12, 2007, 10:20 AM
"Where have you seen speed strips for the .44 caliber?"

i haven't. i know almost nothing on this matter.

i would like to know what kind of loaders i can get for different brands of .44 mag revolvers. this would help make my decision.

the moon clips look appealing to me. just drop them in and close the cylinder? are theses made for all revolvers?

speed loaders(which i have used long ago and don't care for), moon clips, speed strips, which is the fastest?

May 12, 2007, 10:25 AM
HKS loaders are about it.

Safariland makes (made? are they still in production?) Comp I loaders, but they're small and hard to get out of a pouch quickly.

There are those rubber speedloaders, but I've no experience with those.

Bianchi doesn't make the flat speed-strips in .44 Magnum.

With practice (and the right bullet), you can be very fast with HKS. Is it going to be as fast as a moonclipped gun, or an autopistol? No, but it'll be quick enough for most real-world scenarios you encounter.

I second the opinion of the 629 Classic. I bought one last year and I love it to death.

May 12, 2007, 02:22 PM
The accuracy of Dan Wesson revolvers are excellent.

Here is my Dan Wesson model 44 with a 4" barrel. I have 6 and 8 inch barrels for it as well.


May 12, 2007, 03:41 PM
Here is my S&W model 29-2 with 6" barrel. The one you traded probably had a 6 1/2" barrel or possibly the 8 3/8" barrel. I have hunted quite a bit with this revolver over the last 25 years and it has been very accurate for me out to 50 yards or so. I once shot and killed a hog at 300 yards with it. It was obviously a lucky shot, but it was the best shot I have ever made with an open sight, rifles included. I carry two HKS speedloaders in a double pouch on my belt. When I hunt or plink with it, I put the Pachmayr grips on. In my home and when I'm traveling to and from the ranch, I keep it loaded with Speer Gold Dot 240 gr. JHP's. It is not my number one personal defense weapon, but when I'm not hunting/plinking with it, I keep Gold Dots in it just in case. When I'm hunting with it, I shoot 240 gr. Speer JHP or Speer 240 gr. JSP reloads. When I'm plinking, I generally shoot reloaded Speer 225 gr. and 240 gr. SWC's. I also plink with 240 gr. SWC lead cast bullets loaded down to 850 fps to keep from leading the barrel. You can also plink with .44 Specials for reduced recoil.

Another thing I like about shooting the .44 Magnum is that it makes me a better shooter with my .357 Magnum & my .40 S&W. Once I learned how to control the recoil of the .44 Magnum, the other 2 calibers were almost second nature for me.



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