What kind of ammo does a 44 Special use?
Despite the “.44” designation, guns chambered for the .44 Magnum round, and its parent, the .44 Special, use 0.429 in (10.9 mm) diameter bullets. The .44 Magnum is based on the .44 Special case but lengthened and loaded to higher pressures for greater velocity and energy.
What is a good powder for reloading 44 Special?
For 44 SPL I use fast powders like Hodgdon Clays and Winchester 231. Unique and Universal work very well also. I typically load these under 200gr plated or coated slugs. For full power I use W296/H110 and IMR4227.
Is 44 Smith and Wesson Special the same as 44 Special?
Yep, same. Gun and ammo makers sometimes use the official designation and sometimes the shorted name. . 44 S&W Special vs. . 44 Special, .
Is a 44 Special more powerful than a 357 magnum?
The 44 spl offers big bore performance without the flash and concussion of the 357 mag. It is not as handicapped by velocity loss in the snub barrel as the 357 magnum. The 357 magnum, depends on high velocity to to do it’s work.
Is 44 Magnum ammo expensive?
44 Magnum is a powerful revolver cartridge. For a hunting round, it isn’t too expensive, typically costing only $49 per box of 50, or $0.98 per round. Since the . 44 Magnum is a revolver cartridge, there are a ton of revolver options on the market for this round.
Is a 44 Special good for self defense?
44 Special is an excellent self-defense cartridge. The gun is also well suited for use as a carry gun for outdoor types. Hunters, hikers, fishermen or wilderness explorers will find this is a good choice to carry in a holster both as a primary handgun or as back-up to a long gun.
How many grains of powder are in a 44 special?
The traditional . 44-caliber bullet weight is 240 grains, and here we have several proven performers. The Hornady XTP, Sierra JHC, Speer GDHP and Nosler JHP and JSP versions are all suitable for the .
Is a 44 Special powerful?
44 Special has similar ballistics to . 45 ACP in some regards, in that muzzle velocity is somewhere around 800 to 900 feet per second in many loadings and about 300 foot-pounds of energy. The typical round is 200 grains, though larger and smaller projectiles are available.
Is a 45 Colt more powerful than a 44 Magnum?
44 Magnum is clearly the more powerful cartridge. 45 Colt rounds that are stronger than certain . 44 Magnum round, but for similar rounds from the same product line, you will find the . 44 Magnum is the more powerful option.
Which is better 44 mag or 45 Colt?
What is a 44 Magnum good for?
44 Spl. ammunition very well, making for a great choice for a lighter practice round, and for hunting smaller animals. Being one of our most popular revolver cartridges, there are some fantastic bullet choices for the . 44 Mag., for plinking, hunting, and for self-defense alike.
Why is 44 Special?
The . 44 S&W Special was introduced in 1907 for use with the new S&W Triple Lock Revolver. The cartridge was created by lengthening the case on the . The original load called for a 246 grain round nose lead bullet over 26 grains of black powder, or an equivalent load of smokeless powder.