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Default M 629-1, 44 mag revolver

I am pretty new to the gun world. I have shot the 629 and am comfortable with it. I would like to keep the pistol loaded with the recognized best defensive round available. I realize there may be some discussion on that so I will settle on the top three. After all there are six places for shells.

First question: What is the best defensive round realizing I would likely be making the shot from my bed toward any intruder standing in the door-way 20-30 feet away?

My second question is what is the hottest round that should ever be shoot in this pistol?

I would like that round described in grains, and/or psi. There may be more appropriate terminology but I can sorta understand these two units of measure; of course, I would appreciate a more precise information if necessary.

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Welcome aboard from the great state of Pennsylvania! I am sure you will hear from members relating to your ammo questions...
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Here's a good read:

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First question: What is the best defensive round realizing I would likely be making the shot from my bed toward any intruder standing in the door-way 20-30 feet away?
Seven to 10 yards is not exactly close with respect to self defense distances. You'll have to experiment with a variety of ammo choices, not simply take the say-so from those well versed in ballistics. You have Magnums and Specials at your disposal, and within those two categories a wide variety of bullet types. Buy a box of several brands, and test out what is most comfortable and controllable at the prescribed defense distances you specify. Just because XYZ is recommended doesn't necessarily mean it will work well for you, especially when a .44 Magnum is the point of discussion. Re-loaders will chime in about hot loads, and what can be tolerated in a 629, but stock factory ammo is a trial-and-error test only you can ultimately decide on.

Personally, I've had good results with PMC Bronze JHP 180 gr. Specials. Cost effective, and always do what is expected when hitting the target.
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