Happy with new .44 Special load for the Bulldog

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Bill in Oregon
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Happy with new .44 Special load for the Bulldog

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I was working with 200-grain boolit handloads with my Charter Arms Bulldog without much love. Loads shot low, gave extraction issues, etc.
So today I tried some loads with 255-grain Keiths out of my new RCBS mold. Results were muy bueno.
With the range-scrap Keith over 5 grains of Universal lit by CCI 300s in Starline brass, I got this double-action group at seven yards. Honestly, I would ask very little more of a three-inch five-shot snubby at this distance. Recoil was shockingly mild and extraction was marvelous. That Keith may not be moving much more than 700 feet per second, if that, but I am not concerned in the least if I ever get in close range scrape with just about anything in the lower 48.

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That should do the trick. Love it when a plan comes together.....
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Dont think there is much that could outrun it either! :mrgreen: How was the point of impact. Have you shot the factory .44Sp ammo?
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Re: Happy with new .44 Special load for the Bulldog

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I'm always interested in posts on the Charter Arms Bulldog, I like the concept of a small .44 spl revolver but can no longer be trusted to own one by my government... :evil:
How would you compare the recoil to other common handguns?
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Re: Happy with new .44 Special load for the Bulldog

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Todd, the only factory I have shot is some Ultramag 200-grain cowboy loads.
GK, the recoil with this particular load was not much more than a standard .38 Special. If I get a chance I will chronograph it.
On the job, I carry one CCI snake load on top, then four solids.
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Re: Happy with new .44 Special load for the Bulldog

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That load looks plenty good for social work.

A 255 gr. bullet should penetrate just fine, even at only 700fps.
Lots of energy there!

And it's accurate enough! :D

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Re: Happy with new .44 Special load for the Bulldog

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Hodgdon's data for 240 gr suggests 4 gr of one of the faster powders might do the same with a wee bit less recoil and blast. Thanks for the note. I've been thinking of late about getting one of their Classic Bulldogs.
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For interpersonal crisis situations, it seems as if it would work well. I do not want to be on the receiving end of that load. Sure it might put a hole straight through you without opening up much, but 2 holes of .429 inch diameter or more will cause some shock and a bunch of blood loss. Probably will cause loss of air in at least one lung. May not stop a determined attacker with the first shot, but with the mild recoil, you probably can get off 3 or more shots very quickly. By the third impact, the attacker is going to know that they are in serious need of an experienced Trauma Surgeon and a lot of O negative, or O positive blood. They might survive it, but they will know that they picked a fight that they should have left alone.
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I wanted to buy the david berkowitz retro "classic" model when I bought my current bulldog.

All I could find to order was the d.a.o. model with a 30 lb. trigger pull. The kind lady at charter arms sent me a FedEx label for a warranty trip but I dawdled until it expired.

I have thought the sightless boomer model with a fat shotgun bead obamaengineered onto it might prove useful but the hole would have to be drilled all the way through.

B.T.W. the confounded chinomicrobe apparently has hit charter badly. Their revolvers are as scarce as unicorns right now.....
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Re: Happy with new .44 Special load for the Bulldog

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that bulldog model is the only charter arms revolver I was ever interested in, but I'm over it now. the 200gr JHP 44 Spcl resides in my Redhawk when it's indoors.
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I really like being able to shoot mine single action if I want to.
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Re: Happy with new .44 Special load for the Bulldog

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My Bulldog could be a twin except mine has a traditional hammer.
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