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44 S&W Special Ammo

Known for being the parent cartridge of the .44 Mag, the .44 Special is an accurate and powerful handgun cartridge. It has a mild recoil when compared with other large bore handguns. This allows it to be chambered in smaller framed revolvers and still be manageable.

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  1. Winchester Super-X 44 S&W Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 240 Grain LFN Ammunition

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 240 Grain
    • LFN Bullet
    • 72¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU USA44CB
    • UPC 020892213593
  2. Hornady 44 S&W Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 165 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.10 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90700
  3. Hornady 44 S&W Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 180 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.15 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 9070
    • UPC 090255390704
  4. Federal 44 S&W Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 200 Grain LSWCHP Ammunition

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    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.35 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU C44SA
    • UPC 029465093075
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History of .44 Special Ammunition

Smith and Wesson introduced the .44 Special in 1908 for their New Century Revolver.  S&W lengthened the case of the accurate .44 Russian black powder cartridge by two tenths of an inch and used smokeless powder instead of black powder. At first, beyond the change from black powder to smokeless powder, the .44 Special didn't have much claim to the name "special." The cartridge simply retained the previous qualities of the .44 Russian, including ballistic performance and accuracy.

Elmer Keith, the famous gun writer, was one of the biggest advocates of the .44 Special.  He tried continually heavier loads and heavier bullets until Remington Arms made the case 1/8" longer and created a new cartridge, the .44 Magnum. Before Keith created the cartridge that would exceed the popularity of the .44 Special, however, he and his fellow innovators demonstrated the potential power and accuracy of large bore handguns. These experiments paved the way for the increase in hunting with handguns that started in the 1950's.

The .44 Special performs well in its own right. Bullets commonly weigh between 165 and 255 grains. Muzzle velocity is 700 feet per second at the low end to 1,000 feet per second at the top. Average .44 Special loads can produce over 300 foot pounds of muzzle energy. Bullets are often manufactured as hollow points or jacketed hollow points. They are also produced in round nose and wadcutter configurations as well. Cor-bon, a specialty ammunition manufacturer, has made the .44 Special with their unique bullets, too.

Part of the longevity of the .44 Special, in spite of being superseded by the .44 Magnum, is that it can be fired in .44 Magnum revolvers. Shooters can fire their .44 Magnum handguns and enjoy the reduced recoil offered by the .44 Special. Many shooters believe that the .44 Magnum is more powerful than they need, and so the .44 Special has been enjoying a resurgence among those who still want a large diameter bullet.

The .44 Special enjoys the advantage of being chambered in a smaller framed pistols, making it more appealing for personal defense and shooters with smaller hands. The .44 Special has versatility, accuracy and is an overall shooter friendly cartridge that continues to be a respected member of the big bore community.

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  • ccw4ohio said:

    "For reliability I'd rate it 3 out of 5. Several rounds had to be smacked 2-3 times before they ignited. I think PMC is still using those hard primers that made me steer away from the Starfire line. Accuracy was 5 out of five. Affordability was 3 out of five. Yes, you guys delivered just like you said, but the shipping cost was much more than I expected. I might have to run a few more boxes through for another reliability test. The load was totally controllable out of a S&W Model 29 "Dirty Harry" signature .44 Magnum, 6.5 in bbl., target was set at 21-25 ft."