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.44 mag SD ammo options

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by dp2002813, May 17, 2012.

  1. Hello Mr Ayoob,

    I recently found a beautiful 4" .44 mag which I intend to use on my hiking adventures in the Northwest. However, after shooting it... OMG! is it a hoot to shot AND accurate too! It may even replace my beloved .357 3". I see now why Elmer Keith was so enamored with the .44.

    In the woods, I can find some good Garrett or Buffalo Bore ammo to fit my needs, but what would be a good street carry ammo choice?
    - are .44mags prone to over penetration?
    - is this like the .357mag and best shot outdoors? (an extreme hearing loss danger)
    - would 44 specials be a better choice for indoor needs?

    Thanks again!
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    The rule of thumb answers to your three questions are:

    and yes.

    Enjoy your 4" S&W .44 Magnum. The "4 X .44" is one of the most useful outdoorsman's handguns, IMHO.