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Charter Arms Bulldog

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by rori, Sep 8, 2011.

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  1. rori

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    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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    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.
     
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    I sure like mine:

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    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.
     
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    GTG for me, not much larger than a J frame S&W and the .44spl has a lot of power.

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    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.

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  8. Tallinar

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    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.
     
  9. rori

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    ^^^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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