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Old March 17th, 2017, 02:18 PM   #16
 
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I would like to have one in either .45acp or 9mm. .44 Special's are nice but very expensive compared to .45acp. Unless you reload. To me a 6 shot Bulldog in 9mm would be nice & no half moon clips!!!
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GQucool, If you reloaded the cost would be about $5.50 for a box of 50, if you cast your own bullets or $6.50 if you bought the already cast, of course that doesn't take into account you have a supply of casings, if not for right around $20.00 plus shipping you can get 100 new Starline .44SPL brass from Brownells, note if your order is over $100.00 your shipping and handling is free. BTW I'm not affiliated in any way with Brownells. Just a thought, the .45acp would run you right about the same, and the 9mm and the .3/.357 would be even cheaper.
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I have done about what you have mentioned with my .327 FM Starline brass and LSWC & copper plated & jhp bullets for it. Plus new Lee Reloading dies etc. I also reload for .357/.38 Spec. I have a 1911 9mm so to me 9mm would be the most desirable caliber to go to plus similar in size to my SP101 3 inch barreled .327FM thats also a 6 shooter. So a 9mm 6 shot revolver would also be nice!!!
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I recently cast some 240grn SWC bullets, which came out at 230grns, after lubing them with a hard lube (Blue Angel). I loaded them with 4.5grns of Bullseye powder and proceeded out to the range. Out of the 2.5" Bulldog they averaged 709fps with a low of 696fps and a high of 722fps, the 3" Bulldog averaged 729fps with a low of 718fps and a high of 741fps. Note the OAL was right at 1.487". All my shooting was done at 7 yards, however after shooting close to 100 rounds my hands definitely took a beating as depicted in the photo's.

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Bulldog

I considered buying a Charter Arms bulldog myself. I liked the size for carry and I have always been a fan of the .44 special. The only reason I decided not to is that Ruger is known for building beefy guns that can stand up to hand-loads that are a little stiff...the stiffest in the loading manuals. I reload and like to do that. I could not have done that with the Charter Arms. Other than that personal reasoning I have never heard any reason to avoid Charter Arms. That is a nice looking gun. Shoot often and enjoy it. Congratulations on the purchase.
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Carolus64, You are definitely correct in stating that the Ruger is a much beefier firearm than Charter Arms, but both have excellent customer service, I've had the classic since the mid 70's (3' blued .44SPL) and have shot some pretty stiff loads thru it, and it is still pretty tight. At least 2000+ rounds thru it at this point. I too looked at the Ruger GP100 in .44SPL but saw some problems with diameter of the forcing cone and cylinders, and didn't feel like having to send it back to Ruger to have it repaired, not to mention the additional $250.00 in cost between the two. The difference in weight also came into play as far as a carry gun. I also am a reloader, as well as a bullet caster, and do enjoy concocting different loads for those as well as a bunch of other firearms that I own. Incidentally I just recently got a mold from Lee that is 240grn SWC with the use of a gas check possible, should be interesting in developing loads for my little CA Bulldog.
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Incidentally I generally shoot below maximum loadings in my .44SPL, however when loading for .44 Magnum, I will go all out, as I know my .44Mag Ruger SBH can handle it, as well as my S&W Model 29 can, and for that matter my Ruger .44Mag Semi-auto Carbine will only function properly with full power loads.
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I recently cast some 240grn SWC bullets, which came out at 230grns, after lubing them with a hard lube (Blue Angel). I loaded them with 4.5grns of Bullseye powder and proceeded out to the range. Out of the 2.5" Bulldog they averaged 709fps with a low of 696fps and a high of 722fps, the 3" Bulldog averaged 729fps with a low of 718fps and a high of 741fps. Note the OAL was right at 1.487". All my shooting was done at 7 yards, however after shooting close to 100 rounds my hands definitely took a beating as depicted in the photo's.

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Wow that's some great shooting.
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Thank you ifithitu, I noticed the 230grn bullets generally print POA/POI, and I was only shooting at 7 yards distant.
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Below are the grips I got from HandgunGrips.com, they are the Rosewood grips and only cost $40.00, $46.95 OTD. They are much better looking than my photos show. BTW they came in the mail in less than a week, so I highly recommend them. Do enjoy shooting those little "blunderbusters".

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BTW the fit was excellent, no need to adjust the grips at all, as they fit perfectly.

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Man the felt recoil on those rosewood grips is really horrendous, note I was only shooting Hornady Critical Defense 165grn bullets, which I decided to carry when CCW, and they were nasty as far as felt recoil was concerned. I definitely replaced my black rubber grips that came with the revolver once I got home. Reckon I'll just dress that little puppy up with them when I want to show them off. The point of aim/point of impact was pretty much the same, however like I already mentioned it took me at least 10 seconds to crank out all 5 rounds, according to the Pact, timer; way to slow in an actual shootout if it ever came to that. I did shoot some really light 200grn SWC thru it, and that was pleasant enough but wow, those 900+fps Hornady rounds were definitely murder to say the least. They are much more manageable with the original grips on it.
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