can a 44mag ever compete?

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    can a 44mag ever compete?

    I know that the 44mag as a carry gun is more than one would ever need for two-legged defense but, with enough practice could it ever to toe-to-toe with smaller calibers? What I mean is, could one become just as fast and accurate with a 44mag as with say a 38spl, 357 or 45acp revolver? If I practice enough could the recoil and weight of the 44mag be overcome? Or no matter how many rounds I train with am I fighting the laws of physics here? I was wondering why there aren't any fast accurate 44mag concealed carry holders out there....just wondering..

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    I dont know but Harry Callahan did pretty well with the .44 mag. You shouldnt have to fire more than one shot. If you miss youll probaly scare the BG to death. I have always thought about trying a Charter Arms Bulldog to conceal. But I believe its a 44 special. Or a S&W 329 would look great in my collection.


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    Actually compared to the 500 S&W, 454 Casull and 480 Ruger, the .44 Magnum is pretty tame. I occasionally carry a 6" M-629 in a Safariland shoulder holster. It is the only practical way to carry a gun of that size. It is important that one become proficient with such a gun. Missing could result in disaster. Anything within 100 yds could be maimed or killed. This gun will penetrate numerous walls including exterior ones. It won't go through the engine block of a car, but will penetrate just about any other part. I think your best bet is to use +P self defense loads in .44 Special. Believe me, they will stop anything that moves.
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    Personally I believe that the .44mag is an option to CC. Just train with it to the point that you can hit your target with that first shot, then again that should be your training anyways. Still on recoil recovery it will slow you down more then other smaller calibers. This also varies depending on shooter, so who knows. I wouldn't feel bad about CC a .44mag revolver any day, except when facing more then one BG. Then I might feel a little disadvantaged.
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    i wouldn't want to take more then one shot at the target.

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    One of the many beauties of the .44 mag is its versatility. I've read accounts of LEOs-especially those in settings that may include rural/open areas-who carried Model 29s. A nice 4" 29 with loads approximating warm .44 spl. fodder would make a pretty useful side arm for man or beast.

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    The 44 mag is actually a really accurate cartridge. The problem is the guns size and that its fairly tough to master it and shoot it really well.
    However, you can get some really tame ammo for it, or even shoot 44spcl. I really like the 44, the guns themselves are just big and heavy... for good reason though.
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    My "back on target" time with a S&W 629 5" .44mag is four times longer than with my Colt Gov't 5" .45acp using a timer.
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    If I still lived in AK, I would consider a .44 mag, but there are so many other .45 carry guns that are more easily concealed and more practical for everyday IWB carry.OMO
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    .44 Mag is considered the minimum for Alaska, and it doesn't begin to compare with the .357 Magnum 125 Grain JHP as a self defense round on the street.

    IMO, for what it is, it is a good cartridge, but not my first choice for much. As far as being competative with the .44 Magnum, why? The .45 ACP revolvers give faster reloads, are softer shooting and don't beat your body up as bad with the recoil.

    If you believe you can be competative with a .44 Magnum you probably can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    My "back on target" time with a S&W 629 5" .44mag is four times longer than with my Colt Gov't 5" .45acp using a timer.
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    I would worry about overkill in the minds of a jury and the prosecution with the choice of weapons for SD.
    The choice of ammo for SD has even become a target for the courtroom battles to defend oneself after a shooting. I can only guess that picking a cannon would compound that argument.
    Not a very good choice for SD in areas of population as they will penetrate through about anything but a brick wall.
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    I'm thinking 10mm is a better rural multi-purpose defense round. 44mag may be accurate, but the guns are huge and you only get 5-6 rounds. With 10mm you can get your choice of the more familiar Glock/1911 platforms, and with it also the ability to make easy reloads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCartwright View Post
    One of the many beauties of the .44 mag is its versatility. I've read accounts of LEOs-especially those in settings that may include rural/open areas-who carried Model 29s. A nice 4" 29 with loads approximating warm .44 spl. fodder would make a pretty useful side arm for man or beast.

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    I agree. You do not need full powered .44 mag rounds. The specials will do a great job WO the recoil.

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    I watched a Shooting Times episode filmed at gunsite about revolvers used for SD, all of them were either .44 specials or .44 magnums. It did stress the need for practice, which is true for whatever you carry, but double IMO for weapons chambered in such a large caliber.

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