Thoughts on the .44 Special revolver........
There is much palaver concerning .44 Special conversions over on the Ruger Forum, it is either cold or hot, there is no middle ground. Why the .44 Special?
It was observed that the .44 Special factory loading is not as effective as a .357 Magnum, and up-loading was at best a watered down .44 Magnum.
Not as effective as a .357 Magnum? On what? Certainly the .44 Special lacks the range and power of a .357 Magnum. But, on paper, aluminum, wood, or night time intruders, the .44 Special is plenty authoritative. Nor have I ever seen a .357 Magnum match the accuracy of a good .44 Special.
But, you see, the .44 Special can be built on the same size gun frame as the .357 Magnum in a single action. This is not true for the .44 Magnum. The bottom line is that the .44 provides an efficient, highly accurate, pleasant shooting, mid-weight six shooter that I, for one, enjoy shooting.