The .44 Special is really a reloader's cartridge. So most people that use the .44 Special also reload. That's my suspicion anyway of why manufactures don't make much .44 Special ammo. Just checked Star Line Brass and they evidently can't keep it in stock as it 'backordered'.I haven't even seen any standard .44 Special ammo on the shelves in a long time. At least in my neck of the woods anyhow.
Well, ... from my point of view ... the 9mm and .45 ACP really don't belong in revolvers. They are for semi-auto and full auto guns. I suspect that is why you don't see them as popular. Use the cartridge in the guns it was designed for. As a reloader there isn't even a 'reason' to fiddle with .45 ACP, as loading for .45 Colt is about the same as for .45 ACP cost wise, but the .45 Colt has way more versatility. With the large case capacity you can load slow to fast powders under light to heavy bullets for a very wide range of purposes. Win Win and Win for .45 Colt. Only when you turn to commercial ammunition does .45 ACP become a possible attraction for cheaper plinking. The .41 Magnum has much more reason to be in a revolver than .45 ACP.... Even though IMO, the .41 is just one of those 'why' cartridges when you have the .429 and .357 on either side of it....45acp is by far my favorite cartridge in single actions. I'm surprised it isn't more popular.
I have been trying to find a 9mm cylinder for my OM Blackhawk .357. When I find one the price is so outlandish, I just throw up my hands and say NO.I know we’ve strayed from the OP’s topic, but I have two Ruger SA revolvers in 45ACP (one native to the gun and the other was a cylinder I picked up for my 45Colt), and I must say I have been pleasantly surprised at just how accurate they are. There’s no way I can ever sell these now just due to accuracy alone! Having said that, I think more buyers would (should) be interested in buying convertible models when given the opportunity.
SASS is full of the oldest shooters The owners all left at once ,SASS moved to a small rural town estimates are that maybe 20,000 members left with half of that active at shooting.I haven't seen a rapid decline in CAS, rather a slow decline over a number of years. As for Ruger single action production, I saw it reported on the SASS wire, that Vaqueros are beginning to be made again. I don't know what calibers, but highly doubt 44 special. Probably 357 followed by 45 colt. Haven't heard anything about Blackhawks.
I belonged years ago. Like many sports it got out of hand, every one spending more and more to outdo the other guy. It got to the point if you didn't have real Colts & Winchesters they looked down on you. I had Colts & a Winchester and a double rig by Brown out of Tombstone, Called Johnny Behind the Deuce! Beautiful rig. Sold it all and moved on. Now I have Rugers , Rossi's and a Marlin. Just as happy.SASS is full of the oldest shooters The owners all left at once ,SASS moved to a small rural town estimates are that maybe 20,000 members left with half of that active at shooting.