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Thread: Most useful Six Gun Cartridge ?

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    Most useful Six Gun Cartridge ?

    In my meager estimation I believe that the 44 Special is the one. From most big game, trail gun, small game and about all I can think of. I have never taken big game with it but have read Brian Pierce's hunts with it in Handloader.

    What do you all think?

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    Can't argue with your choice; although I think geography might play a role.

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    Hi...
    Speaking for myself, it would be difficult to decide. My son and I shoot large amounts of .357Mag, .41Mag, .44Mag, .45Colt, .45ACP, 9 mm and 10mm every weekend. Many times we shoot as much as 600 rounds per shooting sessions, not counting rifle rounds which can total a several hundred when we shoot our ARs and SKS rifles.

    It seems I am loading three to four hundred big bore revolver cartridges every week and there are few weeks that go by that my son doesn't reload hundreds of .357, 9mm, 10mm and .45ACP.

    We get a lot of use out of our handguns.
    I have been putting off running another large batch of .44Spl, .38Spl and .45AutoRim.


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    id pick 44 mag cause you can load down all you want, while you cant load a smaller cartridge up. and in revolvers picking a smaller caliber don't really give the advantage it does in auto's like how you get a lot more rounds if you pick say 9mm instead of 45.

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    I would be happy with a .44 Special but I’ve always liked the .41 mag the best.

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    Just glad I don't hafta really choose.
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    I'd have to say the 44 magnum you can always download
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    Quote Originally Posted by LUCKYDAWG13 View Post
    I'd have to say the 44 magnum you can always download
    ^^^^^^Concur^^^^^^
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    I'd take a 44 special
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    useful? .38spl for me.

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    Most useful. Probaly 44 magnum (though my least used).

    Most used. 38 special. Perfect symphony of brass, lead, powder and recoil. Cheap enough to shoot ALOT, and just the right amount of recoil/power to learn how to handle a sixgun.
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    If I was forced to have just one, it would be the 44 Magnum. Lots and lots of mold choices, it can be loaded hot or downloaded from mild to wild. Otherwise, I would pick all of them because all of my six-guns are useful, and all of them get used including one seven-shooter. Love my revolvers!

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    Are we talking factory loads or handloads?

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    44 special would be my vote as well. Beats out the mag in my opinion due to the existence of Bulldogs, M696, and now Gp100s. Nothing in my area that a Skeeter load won’t accomplish that a full bore 44 mag will. Out west, I might feel differently. I love my 38 specials but it’s a bit light for deer. Really love my 41 special, but no generally available guns. Yep the 44 Special is right hang y’all the way round.
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    My 2 cents. 454 Casull. 250gr from 1000-1850fps. 325gr from 800-1550fps. I believe that will cover everything, although there won't be much rabbit left. Heck a 22lr works pretty darn good. I guess the most useful for me would be the one I can shoot the best. Now I'm bummed, I just remembered I can't shoot any of them that well.

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    Most useful? The 22 LR by far. It also has the soothing affect of not having to worry about brass.

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    I'd have to agree with H110 on the 454 Casull I really like mine . I don't down load it much but if you wanted to could use it for just about any thing .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumbcocker View Post
    Are we talking factory loads or handloads?

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    Hand Loading. Do not buy factory revolver loads!!

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    Okay, I'll be the outlier here: .45 Colt.

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    Going with the .44 magnum. Load it up, load it down, light boolit, heavy boolit, versatile is it's middle name. Punch a rabbit or squirrel through the ribcage to keep meat loss to a minimum. Will take down any deer that I have ever seen. Might be light for elk.
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