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Bear Paw Jack

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I'd look for one of these. S&W 396 Night Guard .44 Special. I typically have on hand a Charter Arms Bulldog 44 Special. Also a Taurus 431 44 special. Plenty others out there.
 

writwing

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Night Guards are way too expensive. Unsure about the reliability of the Charters
 

Jeepnik

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Charters a just fine. I have both an original .44 spl, and a newer Southpaw. No complains.
 

Bear Paw Jack

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I've had no problems with my Charters. Like Jeepnik I have an original Bulldog and a newer one. Taurus also made some compact revolvers for 44 Special and 45 Colt, keep an eye out on Gun Broker. Far as I can remember most of those 44 Specials are either lower priced guns (not any more) and the really high end guns. I wish Ruger made one.
 
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I have had multiple Charters since the late 70's. I have had two Bulldogs(.44 spcl). The last I bought has a cartridge casing from 5/16/13. It is SS with a 2.5 inch barrel, and according to the literature sent with it, shows it is rated for +p ammo. I have had no problems with this gun specifically, nor my other Bulldog. The several .38's I had, only one ( first one) needed to have the screws re tightened after a range session, and the pins pushed back in. All the Charters were light weight and accurate. Good luck.
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GA Cracker

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I have had 3 of the older Charter Bulldogs over the years and all 3 shot right to POA and shot nice groups. I haven't fired one of the newer Bulldogs. I now have a stainless Rossi 720 that I REALLY like.
 

stevemb

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Another member of the CA Bulldog fan club here. Mine an older 3" SS one. Am anxiously awaiting my next Ruger wish, per the Lipsey's announcement coming soon, but will throw out the another wish, a .44spec GP...Until then my .44spec concealed option is by Charter Arms. Spread the love, boys.
 

Bear Paw Jack

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If you don't want a CA here is a couple of Taurus

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=498766123

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=499106420

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=499294887

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=498671185 45 Colt

Smaller ones have porting.
 

stevemb

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BPJ, your CA Bulldog fan club membership is under serious scrutiny right now...!
 

Varminterror

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Bear Paw Jack said:
I'd look for one of these. S&W 396 Night Guard .44 Special.

The 329 is a different animal than the 629. In particular, it's equipped with a blast shield above the b/c gap that protects the alloy top strap from flame cutting that is a sacrificial part - a buddy of mine that convinced me to buy a 329 has had to send his back to S&W 3 times in 3yrs, as he's cut through the blast shield. If you're ok with that (like I am), then a 329 is a decent option - if not, then you need to look elsewhere.

I'm a snubby 44mag fanatic. The Kodiak Backpacker is a great revolver. I also have 629's in the Mountain Gun and an MG clone, a Bulldog, a couple of the Taurus's in mag and spcl, and sold my 44mag Alaskan once I got the Backpacker. The Kodiak and the Smith's are of far greater quality than the others.

The 4" Redhawk is another great option (not in 44mag, of course).

If I could only have one, a KB or a 629, it would be a 629 - even though I'm a die hard Ruger fan, and a firm believer that the Redhawk is the stronger built revolver.
 

AKDRSS

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I have owned a lot of short barreled .44's including the 329 and 629's. My opinion is the S&W 69 is the best of all of them. Shoot 44 specials or 44 mags out of it.
 

protoolman

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For .44 specials I love the Charter Bulldog. I have had good luck with 2 Charters. Not so much luck with Smiths and the Backpacker from Ruger shines with full mags but seems like overkill to the extreme for specials.
 

Onty

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I am quite surprised nobody mentioned S&W 624. I know it is 6-shot, same frame as 629, but with short barrel it is still fairly handy. And if you can find -3 or -4, it will have so called Endurance Package, such revolver will last you several lifetimes, and than some. See these:

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I am still kicking myself for one 624-4, 6.5 long.

329 and other scandium jokes, no thanks.
 
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In 44 Special my carry choice is a S&W 696. Based on the L frame with a 3" barrel it is about perfect. They are getting kinda spendy now, but still a great gun.

Dave
 

Bear Paw Jack

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stevemb said:
BPJ, your CA Bulldog fan club membership is under serious scrutiny right now...!

:) :) :) Bear in mind I only own one Taurus in 44 special and it's a 431. K frame size. I'm staying true.
 

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