This is a discussion on Best short barrel .44 ammo within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Anthony I agree. But all calibers have this 'point of diminishing returns'. A .38/.357 is nice up to 180 grains, but heavier ...
Seriously, the most important thing along with accuracy when choosing a bullet/load, is the intended use.
There is no point in loading a 250 grain hard cast lead SWC bullet, or a 300 grn JHP designed for tough and heavy skinned game, if our intended target(s) are two legged predators.
Back in 1980, I bought a S&W 4 ich brl M 29.
The Federal 180 grain JHPs were the most accurate and less recoiling of the factory loads.
I bought and shot many factory loads of all types to build up a nice supply of once fired brass for later handloading of course.
What is the probable target?
Then choose a bullet/load.
I personally feel that the short brl .44/.45 revolvers to be great self defense handguns. Be they .44 Special, .44 magnum or .45 Colt.
But their 'perfection' depends on ammo/bullet selection.