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Best short barrel .44 ammo

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 ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony View Post
    I agree.
    But all calibers have this 'point of diminishing returns'.
    A .38/.357 is nice up to 180 grains, but heavier (200 grains for example,) is 'pushing it' IMHO.

    Your previous post was very important, with reference powders used for short barrels.
    I reload much of my self defense ammo.
    .38 spl cases, with ammo loaded to .38/44 pressures, for 2 inch barrelled revolvers. (I have a 4 inch brl revolver also, but it stays at home.)
    No point in using a powder such as 2400, due to the rediculous 'fireball'.
    Yeah,2400 is at its best with longer barrels. But the unburnt powder effects from a short tube are a real show.
    Ignorance is a long way from stupid, but left unchecked, can get there real fast.


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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Yeah,2400 is at its best with longer barrels. But the unburnt powder effects from a short tube are a real show.
    That is for sure! :)

    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.

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