If you're going to get into 44spcl., the CCI Blazer Aluminum 200 gr. GD's are the best deal going in commercial ammo. You need to reload much more so than with, say 10mm.
696's cost an easy grand. 396's cost an easy grand. I had a CA Bulldog and if I had kept shooting it, it would have exploded. I guess not a shoot a lot type of thing anyway. I like to shoot and carry my guns. If you want to buy a box of ammo, see where the sights need to be aligned at a few distances, the Bulldog will be the easiest to carry.