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.44 Smith&Wesson Special

Through the years, the lengths of a number of cartridges have been slightly increased in order to produce new and more powerful cartridges. The .357 Magnumcase is an extra long version of the .38 Specialcase, and the .357 Maximum case is an extra long version or the .357 Magnumcase. And so it goes with a trio of cartridges in .44 caliber. The .44 Smith & Wesson Special case is a lengthened .44 Russian case, and the .44 Remington Magnumcase was created by adding a bit of length to the .44 Special case. Introduced around 1907, the .44 Special was once far more popular than it is today. Until the arrival of its offspring, the .44 Magnum, the .44 Special was sometimes loaded to chamber pressures considerable higher than the Smith & Wesson revolvers it was available in were designed for. Those heavy duty loads were one of the reasons Smith & Wesson teamed up with Remington to produce the .44 Magnum. Even though the .44 Special is not as powerful as its magnum offspring, it will still get the job done when handloaded for modern revolvers. A 240 grain bullet fired from the .44 Special at maximum velocity from a 6-1/2 inch barrel is only a bit shy of what the harder kicking .44 Magnum will produce with the same bullet weight in a four inch barrel. 

This text is based on information from “Cartridges of the World”, Hodgdon reloading manual, the cartridge designer and/or own resources.

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Alliant 2400
Alliant Blue Dot
Alliant Bullseye
Alliant Herco
Alliant Unique
Hodgdon H110
Vihtavuori 3N37
Winchester 231

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ID: Bullet weight: Bullet name: Powder:
306 180 grs
Sierra JHC Alliant Bluedot
307 240 grs
Cast Hodgdon Trail B oss
337 180 grs
Remington JHP Blue Dot
368 240 grs
LSWCBB VihtaVuori 3N37
412 200 grs
Nosler Bullseye
436 240 grs
Nosler Sporting Handgun JHP Unique
615 200 grs
Speer Gold Dot Alliant Blue Dot
616 200 grs
Speer Gold Dot Alliant Blue Dot
673 200 grs
Lee FRN Bullseye
854 225 grs
RCBS 2400
858 200 grs
Hornady XTP-HP Universal
859 200 grs
Hornady XTP -HP H-38
860 200 grs
Hornady XTP-HP HS-6
861 200 grs
Hornady XTP-HP IMR-800X
862 240 grs
Speer half jacket semi-wadcutter IMR-800X
863 200 grs
Hornady XTP-HP Trail Boss
864 240 grs
Keith LSWC Green Dot
865 240 grs
867 240 grs
Keith style Lead SWC HP-38
883 240 grs
Keith style semi-wadcutter Power Pistol
884 240 grs
Keith Stylle Semi-Wadcutter Accurate Arms #5
885 240 grs
Keith Style semi-wadcutter UNIQUE
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