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Default Compatibility of .44 special in .44 magnum?

Can you safely shoot .44 special ammo in a .44 magnum (M29-2)?
Any issues to be concerned with?
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Yup, you can safely shoot .44 spcl ammo in a .44 Mag gun.
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No issues at all. Some report the shorter Special rounds will gunk up the chambers and cause the longer Magnum rounds to have trouble seating fully, but no other problems should occur at all.
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You can shoot it all day long. The only issue is because of the shorter .44 Special case, you need to make sure that you clean all of the fouling in the cylinder or it may be difficult to insert the longer .44 Magnum cases.
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What he said. It seems to be easiest to remove the ring of gunk when it's fresh. If left too long it can harden and be a pain to remove.
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Great - thanks! Sounds about like shooting .38 special in .357 mag.
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Great - thanks! Sounds about like shooting .38 special in .357 mag.
Exactly. Have a 19-2 from a friend who shot 38 special exclusively for years. I had to chuck a stainless bore brush in my cordless drill to clean the chambers - a Lewis lead remover would not cut it. 357 magnum ammo chambers and ejects easily now. Frequent cleaning after firing the shorter-cased ammo should keep you in business.
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If you plan on shooting both on the same day, shoot the maggies first unless you have a bronze brush with you to remove the fouling ring in the chamber from the special rounds. If you fire the magnums after without cleaning that ring out, the pressure from the case expanding can darn near weld that fouling to the chamber walls.

Also, the ring can cause pressure problems with magnum ammo that is fired while the rings is still in the chamber. Sometimes dangerous pressure spikes, since the brass can't expand and release the bullet from the case properly. Just some things to be aware of, but generally if you clean after the specials and before you use the maggies, you won't have any problems like everyone else has said.
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I have "rolled my own": .44 Mag. cases loaded down to .44 Spec. range for target shooting in my 629... that's another thing my Square Deal is good for.
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And you can even shoot .44 Russian in your .44 S&W Mag, if you happen to have some of that ammo.

The advice to clean cylinder chambers thoroughly is good practice.
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and i would suggest a chamber brush...looks similar to your standard bore brush only a bit larger...does a better job of cleaning the chambers
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One thing I nave found, of course not through laziness or anything like that, is to immediately (same day) douse the fouling with Break-Free CLP, then wait a day or so. The fouling will be much easier to clean out after the soak with CLP. If extreme laziness, I mean diverse productivity, sets in and you don't clean out the fouling for a week or so the CLP will prevent corrosion.
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I have "rolled my own": .44 Mag. cases loaded down to .44 Spec. range for target shooting in my 629... that's another thing my Square Deal is good for.
What he said.
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