Debating the carry load of a fictitious character? The fact of the matter is he carried blanks...... because it's a movie, not reality. So you've out dirtied Dirty Harry with a pellet gun. Dick Casull out dirtied the .44 mag with the 454 only a few years after the 44 was released, and years before the movie. I like 44 just fine, but in sheer impact energy and ballistics superiority , the 44 mag was outclassed over 50 years ago. Whether or not it accomplishes anything better than the 44 is debatable.