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    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    I used to shoot High Power and the bulls for that discipline are in 6" increments; that is 6" @ 100 yds., 12" @ 200, and ultimately 36" @ 600, all of which make for a consistent sight picture. So, I like 6" centers. 35W
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    Yesterday, 10:41 AM
    When I started loading AR's for my 1917's, I measured the water capacity of a random ACP case and a Starline AR case. One held 25 gr. of water, the other 26. Not enough difference to matter. That has been my experience exactly. Actually,...
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    03-28-2020, 01:36 AM
    My 4 3/4" Uberti .44 Special is probably my favorite revolver and has taken more game than any of my others. Here's a brand new 4 3/4" Cimarron .44 Special at a screaming good deal, can't believe no one's bought it yet. 35W
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    03-23-2020, 12:28 AM
    I can't compare these exact model in .44 Special, but I can tell you that my 5 1/2" Flat Top Blackhawk .44 Special weighs 2 lbs. 12.6 oz. while my 5 1/2" Cimarron .44 Special weighs 2 lbs. 5.8 oz., ...an almost 7 oz. difference. I...
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    03-17-2020, 11:30 AM
    Thanks! I have a 5 1/2" Ruger Flat Top Blackhawk .44 Special but the Rugers are just too heavy and clunky compared to Uberti's/Cimarron's. Adjustable sights? I've never seen the need in them and I see even less need in switching from this...
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    03-14-2020, 06:11 AM
    It's a little surprising how much misinformation there is on using aperture sights, but it really is simple. Disregard the aperture or peep, just look through the hole and put the front sight where you want the bullet to go. 35W
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    03-13-2020, 07:12 PM
    My very first traditional SA in .44 Special was/is a Cimarron Model P. I didn't care for the old-style sights, but I had a new issued FFL on the wall and $400 burning a hole in my pocket, so I bought it. The problem of the sights really wasn't...
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    03-10-2020, 06:33 PM
    Here's you a deal- NIB Cimarron Model P 4 3/4" .44 Special They turn up from time to time on Gunbroker and Dixie Gun Works typically has a good selection of .44 Special's. I have an older Uberti that was someone's 44-40 CAS revolver. I...
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    03-08-2020, 11:04 PM
    I've used the 358429 in my Rossi and it feeds OK, but you can't play pattycake with the lever, work it like you mean it. So far though I've only killed came with a RNFP hollowpoint. 35W
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    03-08-2020, 11:01 PM
    Almost a year late to the game! I keep a 20" 92 Rossi in the laundry room gun rack here at the house. There are frequently coyotes about looking for chicken dinner. I use two loads in my Rossi and its companion 4 3/4" Uberti Hombre. The...
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    03-08-2020, 10:32 PM
    I've used cast HP's on two deer; the first was a 5 1/2" Uberti Bisley in 45 Colt with a 265 gr. cast SWCHP, Bhn 9.5, running a smidge under 1050 fps, range 48 yds., bang and he dropped where he stood. The next one was another buck shot with...
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    03-07-2020, 10:30 AM
    My favorite cast bullet for light recoiling loads in small .44 Specials is this one. At around 850 fps is very managable even in a 21 oz. Bulldog. 35W
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    03-02-2020, 09:59 PM
    Pressure data from the Keith load dates back to at least the '50's, maybe further. In SIXGUNS, pp. 282, Keith discusses the pressure of "his" load. I'm sure Wolfe Publishing would not publish 22,000, 25,000 or whatever psi loads whose pressures were...
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    02-29-2020, 08:08 PM
    Ive been a huge .44 Special fan for close to 10 years now, own six of them and have shot/loaded more of them than all others combined. So, some observations and suggestions... Pick a bullet weight, or at least a narrow range, and stick with...
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Shooting, reloading, hunting, reloading, bullet casting, reloading.
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"Only accurate rifles are interesting." -Col. Townsend Whelen.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check