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Old March 6th, 2012, 08:18 PM   #1
 
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Questions on running .44 spec in .44 magnum

I am asking cause after seeing another forum user post pics of his Ruger Redhawk Alaskan in 44 mag and thinking if my state would ever legalize CC that if it wouldnt hurt the gun i would get a ruger redhawk alaskan and run .44 specials thru it.

I love revolvers and a cartridge with plenty of "put them down power", buy I am a average sized guy and am concerned about the recoil of a full power 44 in a snubby.



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The .44 Special is outstandingly happy being fired in a .44 magnum, if that is what you are asking. The .44 Spl is a very fine cartridge although the big Ruger is not as compact as many would like in a CCW gun. I very often carry a .44 Special in the Charter Arms "Bulldog" model and am quite happy with it. If you don't mind the weight and bulk of the Ruger I can see no compelling reason not to do so.
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Thank You Countrygun, that along the lines of what i was wanting to hear, and i would rather have a revolver for CC for several reasons 1st the more powerful loads u can get in a revolver, 2nd no worries about failures are top of the list
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.44 SPC will run great from your .44 Mag. It's no different than firing .38 SPC out of a .357 MAG. So don't worry, be happy.
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.44 Specials work fine in any .44 Mag. Just be sure to clean the carbon ring out before switching back to shooting mags. If not it can cause some of the cases to stick when trying to extract them.
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.44 Specials work fine in any .44 Mag. Just be sure to clean the carbon ring out before switching back to shooting mags. If not it can cause some of the cases to stick when trying to extract them.
I agree with TMD but want to add that you can increase the chamber pressure with too much crud ring build up. Squeeze in a magnum into the crud ring and it constricts the case just a bit more and more over time.
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Yup, what countrygun said. I carry Specials in my SBH for social purposes because its my only handgun at the moment. I like the Charter Bulldog .44 Spec too, it would be a leap up from a .38 but not have the snap of a .357
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Agree on running the specials, but like coutrygun said, the Alaskan wouldn't be a comfortable carry gun, concealed at least....
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Although it is only a 5-shot this, at 20 ounces, is a much easier way to carry around some .44 Special loads,

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I am much more accurate with my Alaskan when using 44 Spec loads, very accurate in fact. My 44 Magnum loads are all over the place!
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A .44 Special once launched a 246 grain bullet at about 750 f/s. A .45 ACP launches a 230 grain FMJ at slightly over 800 f/s. The difference between the two in the ability to put down an attacker is negligible and as we know, the .45 ACP has a VERY well established reputation for doing so.
I can't think of a more pleasant combination than mild-recoiling .44 Specials in a heavy revolver like the RedHawk. As mentioned, it would be similar to firing .38 wadcutters in a .357 Magnum, except that the .44 Special would likely have superior terminal effect. It wouldn't punch as nice and sharp a hole in the target as the .38 wadcutter, but it'd be a much bigger one! Never a bad thing, when one is shooting for keeps.
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I have shot many, say LOTS, of .38 special through a 357 and the only possible problem as stated with the .44special/.44mag is that build up ahead of the case mouth when the "special" case is used.

In the .38/.357, it takes a lot of rounds before it becomes an issue, but with more powder and a bigger boolit it might happen a bit quicker with the .44.

I ususaly just shoot the .38s until when putting in the .357 carry rounds, I feel some resistance, then because the RUGERS are so easy to take down, I remove the cylindar and soak it over night or so in Hoppies. Then, a bronse brush quickly removes the build up and your good to go.

Likely a good time to also clean and lube the action parts when you have the gun stripped down.

Keep em coming!

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I reload .44 special equivalent loads in .44 mag cases. I do so because magnum cases are what I have, but it also eliminates the carbon ring problem. Out of my 6" Smith & Wesson 629 they kick like a .38 target load. The best part is that they have the same power as a .45 auto and my wife loves to shoot them too.
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I reload .44 special equivalent loads in .44 mag cases. I do so because magnum cases are what I have, but it also eliminates the carbon ring problem. Out of my 6" Smith & Wesson 629 they kick like a .38 target load. The best part is that they have the same power as a .45 auto and my wife loves to shoot them too.
This. ^^^

Also, it doesn't make much difference when only purchasing ammo for self defense, but for range shooting or plinking and having fun, specials are retail priced quiet a bit higher than magnum rounds; reloading solves that problem.
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