Federal Champion 200 gr Semi-wadcutter hollow point. At the muzzle: 870 fps, 335 ft-lbs.
November 27, 2010, 01:03 AM
Anything more than 200 grains moving about 850 to 900 fps will drastically shorten the life of a Charter revolver. You don't need extra heavy bullets or extreme velocity. 200 gr. at 850 to 900 fps will do the job if you can place the shot. I strongly recommend the Speer 200 gr. Gold Dot load or a 200 gr. SWC cast bullet. Even with sensible loads a Charter is a gun you carry a lot and shoot it a little. It is what it is. Personally I like them a lot.
November 28, 2010, 06:44 PM
Can someone give me a link to buy any of the loads mentioned here by internet order? I went to my friendly neighborhood ammo store and they didn't have any of them.
November 28, 2010, 08:43 PM
Winchester Silvertip 200gr is the ideal load here.
November 28, 2010, 10:08 PM
Try www.sportsmansguide.com and www.cheaperthandirt.com
November 28, 2010, 10:53 PM
200gr Gold Dot or Silvertip. Or if you handload a swaged 240gr Hornady SWC-HP at 800fps would also be a good one.
November 28, 2010, 11:59 PM
Any load in your gun is doozie... The Speer short barrel option is a good one. Might also look into your basic semi-lead soft point. That is a good bullet. A good soft lead tip with a jacket is proven. Keep in mind that you are shooting a .429 caliber (even though it is a .44). You do not need expansion really. Penetration is what your after.
November 29, 2010, 09:37 AM
The Speer 200 gr Gold Dot load will go about 820 fps from a 3 inch barrel. That or the Double Tap loads would be my choice. 44 Special is my favorite.
November 29, 2010, 12:01 PM
Federal makes a 200 grain Lead HP that I think is the best factory round for a Bulldog.
My reasons are that it is a soft lead bullet. Bulldogs are not velocity champs and I believe that something that is soft lead is more likely to expand than something with a jacket. It is still a big bullet and will make a big hole.
My Bulldog is sighted in with 246 gr factory, you need to test yours and find out with what bullet weight it shoots to point of aim. The difference in POI between 200 grain bullets and 240's is about 4 inches at 25 yards, but at spitting distance, you won't notice.