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44 special, or 45 long colt?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by moooose102, Jan 26, 2009.

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44 special, or 45 long colt?

Poll closed Feb 25, 2009.
  1. 44 special

    19.2%
  2. 45 lc

    60.3%
  3. what, no 44 magnum?

    21.2%
  4. why would i want either?

    2.1%
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  1. moooose102

    moooose102 Member

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    if you were going to buy a new revolver, and you wanted a big bore. would you buy a 44 special, or 45 long colt? and, why?
     
  2. Bearhands

    Bearhands Member

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    I've been torn between those two (including the 44mag) now for quite some time... I'm anxious to see how the poll turns out... I voted 45LC just "cause".
     
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

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    That is a tough one. What do you want to do with it?

    .44 Spl., then .45 Colt.

    I have all three. .44 Spl., .44 Mag, .45 Colt.

    My .44 Spl 696 and my .44 Mag Redhawk would outlast the others I think, I think.
     
  4. kentucky_smith

    kentucky_smith Member

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    ACP, moonclips are awesome.
     
  5. Vern Humphrey

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    I have three .45 Colts, two Rugers and a Colt New Service.

    The .45 Colt in standard loadings will out do standard .44 Special loadings. In hotter loads in Rugers it will slightly shade the .44 Magnum.
     
  6. MMCSRET

    MMCSRET Member

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    I have both already, so if I wanted another one of either it would depend on the make and model, probably both in models different than I already have.
     
  7. Sato Ord

    Sato Ord Member

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    You missed one: Why not both.

    Personally I'd buy a nice Redhawk in .44 mag which I can load specials in for SD, and get a .45 LC because I really like them.

    As for buying a .44 special, the only one I can find locally is a Charter Arms Bull Dog, and personally I'd just as soon pay the extra for the magnum and be able to shoot specials when I want. Then I'd have the magnum for those pesky bears that everyone keeps talking about.:evil:
     
  8. BHP FAN

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    ''...45 ACP, moonclips are awesome...''

    Me too,Kentucky!I love my 1917 S&W!
     
  9. SimpleIsGood229

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    I vote for .44 Special. I'm not sure what .45 Long Colt even is. :p
     
  10. Vern Humphrey

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    It's a term used to start arguments amongst gun writers.;)
     
  11. moooose102

    moooose102 Member

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    actually, you can vote for both, you just have to do it seperatly.
     
  12. Clarence

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    I want a .44 Special in the worst way. I'm considering an S&W M-24 snubbie.
     
  13. Kitt

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    S&W model 624 44 Special...
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  14. cerberus65

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    As tempting as a .460 (that would also shoot .454 Casull and .45 Colt) is, I would most likely go with a .44 Magnum.
     
  15. FoMoGo

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    I am a huge fan of .44 specials.
    I have a taurus M445 snubby, and am trading a S&W M21 4" thunder ranch for a 629 2.5"er with fixed sights.
    It will be carried with specials 90% of the time.


    Jim
     
  16. Nugilum

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    I've got a Ruger .45 Colt. I can almost approach a .44 Mag with it.

    That's all the power I need. ;)
     
  17. Harve Curry

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    I favor the 44spl over the 45 Colt because the size guns it comes in have more steel around the smaller 44 case. You can shoot close to the same weight bullets. The 44spl case is strong and efficient size.
     
  18. Kind of Blued

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    I'd first decide if I wanted a single-action or double-action revolver. That would narrow my choices down by 90-something percent.
     
  19. s4s4u

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    Exactly. If you want it for 4 legged critters you go 45LC, if for 2 legged either is fine. I'd like a 4" GP-100 in 44 sp with a 5-hole cylinder, just because.
     
  20. .38 Special

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    Yes indeed, intended purpose matters.

    .44 Special is a great cartridge in a great gun, for plinking, defense (against 2 legged predators), hunting up to to typical deer-sized game, and just general packing, carrying, and woods-loafing -- if you handload. If you don't, it's just not a very versatile cartridge.

    .45 Colt is good for most of the above, although it's hard to find a gun as small as the smallest available for the .44 Special. OTOH, the .45 is a more versatile cartridge. As has been pointed out, top end loads in a strong gun like the Ruger can essentially duplicate .44 magnum loads. Again, though, it pays to be a handloader: hot Colt loads are available commercially, but I don't know of any that can be considered remotely affordable.

    Personally, I'll take the .44, because it's better for what I'd likely use it for these days.

    So I think the answer to your question is "whichever one is better for what you want it for". :)
     
  21. 1858rem

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    i got a converted 1858rem to 45 colt(not 21 yet) and that big ol honkin gun is awesome....500 ft/lb energy from a 2.66lb gun an lots of fun....no ejector rod, a pencil works well enough to not justify spending $100+ extra for an ejector rod on a SA. if i need more than 5 shots from that i didnt need a pistol to start with!! easy an cheap to reload, only costs about twice as much as .22 lr to shoot too!
     
  22. ArchAngelCD

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    I voted for the .45 Colt. Why? Just because I like the .45 Colt round and I feel it has more potential than the .44 Special.
     
  23. 7mmstalker

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    45 colt hands down. For the reloader it is too much fun, awhile back I made a bunch of loads using round ball lead! Not much for accuracy, but the recoil was around zero. At the other end, when I made "bush sidearm" loads with 300gr. hardcast w/gas check they shot easier and more accurate than similar loads in 44mag. From a S&W 629 w/6" and my Ruger with slightly shorter barrel.
     
  24. 7mmstalker

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  25. bakert

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    For a double action revolver I possibly might choose a .44 Sp(or might not) but for a single action the .45 Colt rules.:)
     
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