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Who carries a .44 Special?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by CZF, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. joneb

    joneb Well-Known Member

    I sometimes carry a S&W 696 on my hip with a outside the waist band holster.
    I carry a Ruger Sec six w/a 2.75" barrel the same way.
    I mostly carry a S&W 36 or a East German Makarov in the waist band.
  2. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    I do wonder if there is a "tipping" point with regard to ammo prices that could serve to force a caliber into a niche. 44 special and 41 mag are both very expensive (due to less consumer demand) but at the same time...demand will likely remain strained due to the price of ammo alone.

    Kind of a catch 22. I reload for both. 41 mag was $64 for a 50 round box at bass pro last week. I reload them for about $11 a box. I shoot a TON of 44 mag and reload for that as well. I have a 44 special (S&W 624) but haven't gotten around to shooting it yet.
  3. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    I don't "carry" them, but have carried one of them in the car when I'm going to work, where I can't carry on the job.

    Smith & Wesson 24-3.


    Smith & Wesson 624 (no dash)


    Haven't shot the 624 yet, just got it, but the 24 is a delight to shoot. That is one sweet gun. The 624 may end up as trade bait. I don't really care for barrels longer than 4", or stainless steel guns, but it was too good to pass up.
  4. the Black Spot

    the Black Spot Well-Known Member

    Hopefully my cwp will arrive shortly so I can tote my Bridgeport model charter bulldog 44 special. I also have a uberti cattleman 44 special 7.5" barrel that I would tote during hunting.
  5. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

    I carry my S&W M-19 44 spl. once in a while, but i like the 357 magnum cartridge better, so i carry S&W M-19 357 mag. more...

  6. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    That gun sounds worthy of a picture!
  7. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    I've been carrying my "Target" Bulldog off and on since I traded a Scout soft top for it nearly 30 years ago.

    Light, pretty damn accurate, easy-quick reload and I clearly don't care that it gets beat upon - in fact, it looks better that when I got it as these were not pretty pistols outa the box and honest wear improves the appearance.

    I used to cast my own for messin' about and when I had no money but now keep Winchester "werewolf" bullets in it.

    I also recommend these Pachmayrs as they fill the hand nicely for the size and go a long way to making mine a very natural pointer and are very, very grippy.

    Attached Files:

  8. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member


  9. weregunner

    weregunner Well-Known Member

    I carry Taurus 441 or a 431 for CCW carry sometimes. That ol' big slug is just kind of comforting.
  10. the Black Spot

    the Black Spot Well-Known Member

    Anyone carry a smith mod 24 with a 3" barrel? I think s&w used to sell them with a leather holster. I think cajunbass' mod 24 is a 4" right?

    How do you all like the pachmyr presentation grips? Thanks
  11. Float Pilot

    Float Pilot Well-Known Member

    I carried one for a couple years as an off duty gun. It was one of the Horton round butt specials. It was still pretty big. I replaced it with a round butt 3 inch model 25 in 45 acp using full moon clips.

    I recently bought and have been experimenting with a Taurus M-445UL. report soon to be posted here.
  12. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    Many years ago I carried the old Charter arms bulldog , when they came out with it. But, after I bought the Colt magnum carry in 1999, it no longer is used. I find the small 357 magnum a real "Bulldog" in performance.
  13. the Black Spot

    the Black Spot Well-Known Member

    Horton special, that was it.
  14. the Black Spot

    the Black Spot Well-Known Member

    Well, my CHL came to day, so I can officially say I carry a 44 special. Still working on some better loads.
  15. RinkRat

    RinkRat Well-Known Member

    I have a Son of Sam I bought new in the late 70’s I give some attention too, now and then. A Charter Arms tech suggested I shy away from any modern high pressure loads like CorBon, BB, or DT, and stick to SD ammo from Hornady, Speer, Winchester, and Remington. For lead I stick with “Cowboy Loads”, but no plan Winchester or Remington round nose lead. I’ve never had any issues with it, and it’s a blast to shoot. Can’t go wrong CC'ing a 44special/S&W. I for one wouldn’t want to be on the wrong end of it!
  16. GaryP

    GaryP Well-Known Member

    Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Spl

    Been carrying my Charter Arms Bulldog 3" .44 Spl since 1979
    in a Bianchi 5BHL or Charter Arms 400 series holster.
    200gr HP Gold Dot / 900 fps

  17. DaisyCutter

    DaisyCutter Well-Known Member

    Carried a 4" Ruger Redhawk .44 Mag today, sworn and compensated.
  18. I occasionally use a Ruger Sheriff's Model in .44 Special for CCW, but the factory loading really sell a gun with that potential short. Come on, a 180gr @ 950fps? That is more like a .40 S&W. I have to load mine up a bit more, like a 250gr @ 900fps.
  19. lowercase

    lowercase Well-Known Member

    I just bought a .44 Bulldog for carry.

    This thread helped push me off the fence.

  20. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    I have half a dozen small frame 5 shot .44 Specials. 2 Charter arms bulldogs, 3 made by Rossi and a 4" Taurus.

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