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  1. #1
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    Default .44 Spl Defensive Load

    Anyone have a .44 Spl defensive load for a 3" bbl they are pleased with? Digging out the old Bulldog just for the "halibut" and a couple of other reasons.

    Need bullet and powder recommendations.

    PM me with details or point me to one.

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !
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    I have received recommendations from people I trust for three loads:

    Federal Champion 200 grain lead semi wadcutter hollow point.

    Hornady 180 grain XTP.

    Speer 200 grain Gold Dot.

    If you need more power than that, Buffalo Bore and Double Tap have several that approach 44 Magnum level.

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    Gecko,

    If you follow Wyatt Earps advice, and you use Buffalo Bore heavy loads in that Charter Arms Bulldog, you are not going to be happy with what it does to your gun.

    Here is a good article from my good friend and fellow Shootist Mic McPhearson on the Bulldog. It will give you all you need to know.

    http://www.levergun.com/articles/44_Special_Bulldog.htm

    Even Tim Sundles, who runs Buffalo Bore and who I find to be a sorry excuse for a human being, says on his website:

    "This Heavy .44 Special ammunition can be fired in every .44 Special or .44 Magnum gun made EXCEPT CHARTER ARMS .44 SPECIAL BULLDOG."
    Last edited by ScottT; 07-04-2008 at 05:43 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottT
    Gecko,

    If you follow Wyatt Earps advice, and you use Buffalo Bore heavy loads in that Charter Arms Bulldog, you are not going to be happy with what it does to your gun.
    My bad. I missed the part about the Bulldog. Stick with either of the first three I suggested.

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    Thanks for the info guys! The levergun article is great. Did a Google on this before posting and came up with very little info.
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    I have a Bulldog too. Neat 'lil cannon ! Currently a friend is using it for EDC. I'll second the 180XTP and the lighter Gold Dots. Got some Blazer ammo with Gold Dots here for it. OH, do NOT forget the DPX loadings, just wouldn't shoot alot of them. steve b

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