Who carries a .44 Special?

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    Who carries a .44 Special?

    I want another big bore, I want a revolver, and I want a larger carry caliber. And I need to be able to afford it. Enter the Charter Arms .44 Bulldog...

    Its only 5 shots and ammo isnt cheap or easy to find but I want one

    Who has (or had one) that can give me some first hand pros and cons?
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    There've been a couple threads on the Bulldog recently, but mostly the opinion seems to have been favorable. The negative responses I recall seeing, were not from recent guns, but from weapons from one of the companies many past iterations.

    I like mine a lot, haven't shot it that much and don't plan to (it is not uncomfortable at all though). I use it mainly as a big bore BUG for a 1911.

    It's reasonably light weight, finished well especially if you consider the price, and feels very solid. I found some factory reloads for sale on the net that weren't that bad on price. Gold Dots are available for defense loads. I don't see a down side.
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    Carry mine regularly. Love it!! Have two more put back just in case!! Hey everybody needs an extra!
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    Oh Jeez, your avatar reminds me of some horrible '80s movies. Is that Kurt Russell from "Big Trouble, Little China"?

    Just kidding, Russell is a stud. Yes, Bulldog .44's are awesome. No, they are not cheap to shoot unless you reload yourself, or have won the lottery.

    They just kind of have a cool factor that is hard to describe until you have shot one and feel that nice push from the recoil. If Tim Allen shot handguns, I think he would have a few of these in his stable....."Oh, oh, oh".




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    This puppy is definitely on my list. I was going to get one and got a Seecamp instead because I had nothing on that scale while I have plenty of big bore toys. I hear nothing but good things about this gun for its price range, though.
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    Pretty neatgun. I usd to carry one a little. Decent shooters and will make nice BIG holes.

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    Old Charter

    I have an old model Bulldog. It shoots lead bullets pretty well. I carry Federal LSWCHP in it. I tried Gold Dot HP in the Blazer load and it was like a shotgun. I don't worry too much about it, the lead is cheaper anyway.

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    I have owned a couple of these, and am well pleased with them. The only exception to this would be that the new one I now own is in the shop right now. The brass sticks in the chambers after fireing. I sent the gun back to Charter, and they replaced the cylender, brass still sticking. The gun is now in a local gun shop. The smith will be polishing the chambers to see if that will fix the problem. For those of you that do own the Bull Dog, try some Winchester Silver Tips in them. They were the best shooting ammo in the two Bull Dogs I have owned.
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    Charter is in my carry rotation. Never feel under gunned with it and carry a speed loader also for added security
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    Iwas looking at getting a CA Bulldog 44 when I bought my Taurus titanium 445 44 spl.
    It replaced my xd-45 compact as my daily carry gun and I love it. I buy plinking ammo at the gun shows for the same price I pay for 44 ACP FMJ's.
    My carry load is cor-bon 165 JHP...They shoot point to aim and are smokin!

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    Question Brass sticks in chambers

    I own a new version of the Bulldog Pug in Stainless. I too have the
    problem of brass sticking in the chambers after firing. I have already
    sent it back to the factory and they didn't do anything about the
    rough chambers.

    Otherwise, the gun is my favorite full time carry weapon. I love the
    caliber, and I reload.

    So, I guess it will be up to me to polish the chambers. I'll have to find
    a polishing compound that is designed to work on Stainless Steel.

    Anyone know where to find polishing compound for Stainless Steel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OM44 View Post
    Anyone know where to find polishing compound for Stainless Steel?

    Try HERE


    Back to the original topic,
    I don't have a .44spl but it's on my wish list!
    I'd also like to pick up one of the Charter Southpaws!
    (now if they'd only make a southpaw in .44spl it's be a no brainer!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danimal View Post
    Oh Jeez, your avatar reminds me of some horrible '80s movies. Is that Kurt Russell from "Big Trouble, Little China"?

    Just kidding, Russell is a stud. Yes, Bulldog .44's are awesome. No, they are not cheap to shoot unless you reload yourself, or have won the lottery.

    They just kind of have a cool factor that is hard to describe until you have shot one and feel that nice push from the recoil. If Tim Allen shot handguns, I think he would have a few of these in his stable....."Oh, oh, oh".



    Nice pics, is that a 3" barrel or 2.5"...? and Big Trouble in Little China has been one of my favorite movies for about 20 years. Granted, its not for everybody but it still makes me laugh

    As far as ammo prices, the cheapest Ive found online is $19.99/50 from Georgia Arms. Thats do-able but Id love to know if I can find the same price or cheaper at the gun shows. Its more of 'a carry alot, shoot a little' kind of gun but Id like to shoot as much as possible
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    Now in the winter, I sometimes carry my S&W 329 with GD 44 specials.

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    Mr. 40,

    they are both 2.5". The nice thing about reloading yourself is that you can make some pretty mild loads that won't beat up the gun. I will have to rent "Big Trouble in Little China" here pretty soon. I was just messing with you. I think I knew every line in that movie when I was a kid.

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