Charter Arms Bulldog


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rori
September 8, 2011, 09:59 PM
Has anyone tried out the Charter Arms Bulldog? I have lusted after one for years and thought they were out of production. Now I see they are making them again and I want one in 44special real bad if they are as good as they used to be. Frank

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rule303
September 8, 2011, 10:15 PM
In my opinion, the current production guns are the best they have ever been. I have sold a few of them, and the finish was very good and the action smooth, with very tight lock up. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.

Dan-O
September 9, 2011, 01:00 AM
I sure like mine:

http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww266/yeahitsthatbig/100_2741.jpg

Owen Sparks
September 9, 2011, 02:34 AM
I have had half a dozen of them and they pack a lot of power in a light weight revolver. If you have any choice get the 3" version.

MachIVshooter
September 9, 2011, 02:58 AM
Love mine. Shoots well, carries easy.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n117/Hunter2506/Charter44.jpg

I did a full review here a couple weeks back:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=609011&highlight=bulldog+pug

madcratebuilder
September 9, 2011, 09:02 AM
GTG for me, not much larger than a J frame S&W and the .44spl has a lot of power.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/bd01.jpg

Lawdawg45
September 9, 2011, 09:34 AM
I've carried them in one form or another for 25 years and I love them. I agree that the new production is the best yet.

LD45

Tallinar
September 9, 2011, 09:43 AM
I'm planning to get one as my next purchase. From what research I've done, you'll just want to be sure to get one that was manufactured 2007 or later (ie, post-Charco and Charter 2000). Sounds like QC was often questionable during those eras.

A lot of folks I've spoken to who own the old original bulldogs seem to really love them.

rori
September 9, 2011, 10:31 AM
I want to thank all you guys. I have long been a fan of the 44spcl and wish I had known they were still in production. I carry a 357 mag 3" when I'm bow hunting and always felt undergunned with it.. Several people I know have come face to face with cougars as their population has greatly increased out here and the 44spcl is a lot more gun than the 357 and make a much bigger hole. I'll start looking this weekend. Frank

Tallinar
September 9, 2011, 11:00 AM
the 44spcl is a lot more gun than the 357 and make a much bigger hole

Well, I wouldn't feel undergunned with the .357 compared to .44 special. The .44 special can be loaded hot, true - but if you're wanting to load the .44 special hot, then you may want to consider something other than the light-framed, thin-dimensioned Bulldog.

If you're carrying this as a hunting sidearm, have you considered a single action in .44 special? In recent years, Ruger has come out with the Blackhawk Flattop in .44 special, as well as the a .44 special on the New Vaquero frame. You may find these better platforms if you wish to use warmer loads.

I recently acquired a .44 special Vaquero with 3.75" barrel, and I am pretty hooked so far.

Wolfeye
September 9, 2011, 01:21 PM
If it's for a hunting sidearm, you might consider getting their 4" target model, or wait a little while for their 5" model to come out. The muzzle energy's better, and you don't have to worry about concealing such a long barrel when you're out in the woods. Plus it's still a lightweight gun.

sidheshooter
September 9, 2011, 01:27 PM
If you're carrying this as a hunting sidearm, have you considered a single action in .44 special? In recent years, Ruger has come out with the Blackhawk Flattop in .44 special, as well as the a .44 special on the New Vaquero frame. You may find these better platforms if you wish to use warmer loads.

I recently acquired a .44 special Vaquero with 3.75" barrel, and I am pretty hooked so far.

^^^This was my solution for a woods gun, as well. Vaquero sheriff's model with buffalo bore loads.

That said, I still might like to have one of the new run bulldogs, just because. No 255gr Keiths in it though...

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