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safe .44 mag defensive ammo?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by cajun47, May 12, 2007.

  1. cajun47

    cajun47 member

    i fear that if i shot a bad guy with a .44 mag i could hit bystanders or neighbor's house.

    don't they make .44 mag ammo with some sort of buckshot in them? good choice? what are they called?
  2. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Well-Known Member

    You do not want to use shot rounds out of a revolver for personal defense. It's called "snakeshot" because it's not especially effective on anything larger. In something as thick as a human target, it won't penetrate deeply enough. It'll make a largely superficial wound.

    If you're worried about penetration (I am too at home; apartments have thin walls), get yourself some Glaser Safety Slugs. They're some of the best pre-fragmented ammunition out there. The bonus is they'll be very lightly recoiling.
  3. cajun47

    cajun47 member

  4. eliphalet

    eliphalet Well-Known Member

    Place a snake shot in the first cylinder and if that didn't "get er done" have the next bullet something solid.
  5. cajun47

    cajun47 member

    i found a picture of what those do! cant post the link cause its way too long.

    should i get those for 9mm also or powerball(9mm).
  6. MassMark

    MassMark Well-Known Member

    I could not get on to the server as they must be updating, but check out "The Box O Truth". Also check out our own JE223's ballistic testing, (he has a website). I'm not saying Glasers are bad, but there may be more effective options out there for you...Good luck!
  7. cajun47

    cajun47 member

    will do.

    i remember seeing some .44mag ammo at a gunshow with 3 or 4 ball barrings or buckshot in them. this was long ago.
  8. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    Some tunnel rats in vietnam carried snub-nose S&W 29s loaded with buckshot rounds.
  9. Ben Shepherd

    Ben Shepherd Well-Known Member

    I'd really look into the cor-bon 165 grain offering for what you are trying to do.
  10. Deanimator

    Deanimator Well-Known Member

    There's no need to use magnums unless you really want to. I have both Federal and CCI 200gr. .44 Specials for my 4" Model 29-2. The Federals use a 200gr. LSWC-HP and are very similar to the .38 Special "FBI" load, only bigger. The CCI Blazers use a 200gr. Gold Dot JHP. Either one will put somebody down permanently without excessive danger of over-penetration.
  11. svtruth

    svtruth Well-Known Member


    has ballistics very close to .45acp.
    Good luck.
  12. Plink

    Plink Well-Known Member

    Ever hunted anything with them? I have. They don't work worth dirt. They don't have enough penetration to get the job done unless you get really lucky with them.

    I'd suggest looking into some of the .44 special self defense loads, like the Cor-Bon DPX. They're a lot less powerful than full power .44 magnum loads. About the same power as a .45 ACP.
  13. Geister

    Geister Well-Known Member

    You could just as easily do this with a .357 Magnum or a .45 Auto. But to answer your question, use Speer's short barrel .44 Magnum ammo, which has a KE rating of 514 ft./lbs. Otherwise go all the way down to .44 Special.
  14. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    +1 on speer gold dot short bbl. and they double for shot glasses LOL
  15. 351 WINCHESTER

    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    I'd hate to touch off a .44 mag. load indoors. Yes it would stop the bg, but your ears will be ringing for the rest of your life. Better off with the .44 special loads that expand. I for one don't trust the glasers as we recently tested their .38+P from a 4" and I think the m/v was only 1150fps. Printed on the back of the pack was 1700fps. It failed, and badly too. If this is any indication of their q/c forget it.
  16. Sundles

    Sundles Well-Known Member

    Get some 44 cal. muzzle loadiing sabots. Fill them with modeling clay. Then load them on top of a very healthy charge of Power pistol powder in good 44 mag. brass. You can run these little devils at aound 2,000 fps out of a four inch barrel and they go splat if they hit a bad guy--they will likely go all the way through the bg and then be played out enough to be a non threat to the neighbors.

    These things mushroom huge and leave a hole that is memorable.
  17. PzGren

    PzGren Well-Known Member


    do you mean lead sabots or just the plastic wads around them?
  18. springmom

    springmom Well-Known Member

    I'd second the 44 special ammo. It has good ballistics and will do what you need to do. (And the recoil is enough less that it's not so difficult to keep target acquisition).

  19. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I would suggest loading your .44 Magnum with .44 Special rounds. I have a 4" .357 Magnum and load it with .38 Sp +P rounds for HD. You really don't want to squeeze of a round or two of .44 Magnum in a dark inclosed room in the middle of the night. Can you say Flash-Bang?? That's what it would be like...
  20. slow944

    slow944 Well-Known Member

    go to gunblast.com and read Jeff Quinn's article about the Corbon 200gr, 44spl. ammo for self defence.

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