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The Remington 44 Magnum is a very versatile cartridge, with loadings from mild to wild. I know this is going piss-off many readers but before moving on to your other favorite firearm blogs take a deep breath and continue reading. Keep in mind I am not saying the 44 Magnum is perfect or best suited for a firefight, the best range cartridge or even the best hunting round. But what I am saying is paired with the right handgun or carbine the 44 Magnum is the most versatile cartridge known to man.

Because of this versatility I believe this is the best or “The Ultimate Self Defense Revolver” On the Ransom Rest for Accuracy

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SORRY DUDE. gots to be the .357 not the .44

just saying.................................

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How about a 41 Magnum?

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It’s a tough call, but as I carry it more often than the others I’d have to go with my 325 NG.
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41 Magnum, fixed sights, everything you need, nothing you don't
My 58 is my fav. Always was , since my owning the Billboard Bar days .
It has something , but your custom got it all , Pallie.
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Used to carry my 27-2 3.5" but recently started to carry my 24-3 4" 44 Special DeSantis scabbard belt and suspenders. for long duration totes.
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I have a 6" 686. I suppose that if I had to rely on a revolver to save my life, it'd be that one, over a 629. I'd load it with my own 1000 fps midrange loads, or alternatively, a .38 +P factory load.
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I like my M19 snub the best.
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If I wasn't trying to hide my carry, it would most likely be my M57. Run out of ammo, it would make a heckuva club.

But, my M66-1 RB snub fits in a pocket and still has a good punch.
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My favorite is a 44 Special, 5 shot with 3" barrel. And although I have a 696 that's not it. An old style Charter Arms Bulldog. I've had it long enough to know it goes "bang" when I pull the trigger.
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I cast my vote to the 45 ACP revolver, such as this shortened Model 1917. If you prefer something more modern, the Model 22-4. And if you’d rather adjustable sights, the Model 625-6 Mountain Gun.

Three iterations of perfection!

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If I had to fight with a revolver? 4" Model 19.
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I only have 642s, two of them, so one of them would have to be it. Light, compact, reasonably powerful, versatile carry options. It was my EDC for several years, and I still carry it as a BUG. Sometimes I carry it as my only gun. Sometimes I carry both of them.
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1955 "early Chiefs Special" 4 screw. Not the one I carry ( more of a safe queen), but it is my favorite .

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WOW impressive you all have officially sent me into depression LOL, all these nice wheel guns. The elusive Mountain Gun is the one that got away, I want one so bad but man are they pricey.

I am not sure I would carry a 38spl into the woods. When I say ultimate defense it's against 2legged and 4legged creature in the lower 48.

Guess I could have been clearer.

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Earlier I said .357....... to add to that based on Revolverguy's last post....

Urban Carry...... either my 3" 66 or my 3" 65... both have Spegel Boot Grips...generally with some form of 125 gr +P .38

Out in Penn's Woods..... my round butted 4" 686, Pachmayr Professional grips with 158gr soft points...or if I have a rifle my 60-10 3" micro 686.

I have a Ruger 77/357 carbine that serves as a 'Utility/ride alone rifle " at the cabin..... 158gr soft points in the 5rd rotary mag. Should give me about 1700fps and 1100 fpe out of a 16" barrel.

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A model 58 S&W (41 Remington Magnum) 4 inch barrel .

It has never failed to end a drastic situation .
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My 3" model 60-15 in IWB or crossdraw. Versitile and pretty small.
Best of all is I shoot it well.
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It is a 2" model 15 right now.
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Really enjoy your posts. Gotta agree with you regarding the .44 Mag. If I could only have one gun, it would be the 2 3/4" M69 (thankfully not limited to only one).

Started out with a s Ruger Super Blackhawk in the mid 60s. Life and the military interrupted my my journey. Bought another SBH in the early 70s and replaced it (it was stolen) with a Magnaport custom 5" M29 in 1978. Traded the Magnaport (worst decision I've made) for a 4" Mtn Gun. The Mountain Gun was replace with the M329 which was my all day every day carry gun for the better part of a decade. As I've aged and my recoil tolerance decreases, I've transitioned to the M69 (the L Frame just works for me).

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Bore, 305 LBT LFN HC rated 1,325 fps
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Not my favorite but my most carried (EDC) is a no lock 340PD. Loaded w/+P it weighs the same my LCP.
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M-66-3, four inch, Pachmayr or Uncle Mike's grips. Winchester 145 grain .357 Silvertip ammo. Ammo adjustment in bear country.

For most, a short .44 Magnum is an absurd choice. Few shoot them well with six inch barrels.

My old Bianchi Shadow was a pretty good concealment holster. Open wear was usually a vintage Safariland M-29 on a river belt, basketweave stamped. But I wore a Don Hume Jordan holster at times.

I got a detective to check FBI and Dallas police shootings with the 145 Silvertip. He found it performed VERY well.
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4” M22-4 nickel 45 acp.

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How about a 41 Magnum?

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41 Magnum, fixed sights, everything you need, nothing you don't
That doesn’t look like it ever has been carried.
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44 special
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That 3inch 629, my mouth fell open had to use my hand to close it 😁
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Really enjoy your posts. Gotta agree with you regarding the .44 Mag. If I could only have one gun, it would be the 2 3/4" M69 (thankfully not limited to only one).

Started out with a s Ruger Super Blackhawk in the mid 60s. Life and the military interrupted my my journey. Bought another SBH in the early 70s and replaced it (it was stolen) with a Magnaport custom 5" M29 in 1978. Traded the Magnaport (worst decision I've made) for a 4" Mtn Gun. The Mountain Gun was replace with the M329 which was my all day every day carry gun for the better part of a decade. As I've aged and my recoil tolerance decreases, I've transitioned to the M69 (the L Frame just works for me).

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S&W M69 2.75" ===> BB 1,195 fps ===> Under 1,147fps
S&W M69 4.25" ===> BB 1,276 fps ===> Under 1,248 fps
Ruger SRH 7.5" ===> BB 1,395 fps ===> Under 1,315 fps
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I've had a few...........

I bob'd this back to 3 1/2" for the perfect carry 44



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Gun most likely to be carried is a j-frame, if you told me I was going to actually use it today my 66.
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For those who prefer the 38 S&W Special, the 38/44 Heavy Duty will allow you to fire some awesome loads.

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For wandering the woods on horseback I can see picking an N frame in forty-something - I carried a 1911 in a GI holster on a WWII web belt when we rode up into the Colorado mountains in the mid '60s, and didn't really care what it weighed.

But for walking around a city where concealment is effectively if not legally required, I like my 6-shot 632 with 100g Buffalo Bore loads. (Better than any of my 5-shot 38 Special J frames.)
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Hiking in vt vast trails at my camp I carried a Ruger Police Service six 357 mg. On my motorcycle I shoulder holstered a redhawk 44 mag. I’ve had stupid people say threats while gassing up. I just smiled. For they have no clue. I loaded those 200 gr Speer jhp to the max.
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That doesn’t look like it ever has been carried.
Nick, The OP asked for a favorite, and that is just what I posted. Now, if he asked for most miles, then these two would have made another appearance.

Model 340sc (1st year production) and Chief's Special paired with tactical red bandana (patent pending ) The Chief is a bit old for this section, but I'll sneak by under the radar on this one. If you want to go off of the rails completely, post the same question in a NON-S&W year specific forum - we will have some real fun there

And - that 340sc pic was taken about 10 years ago....it doesn't look near as purty today

And you are correct - that 58-57 doesn't have any appreciable wear that you can see. I'm still waiting on Dave Keith to cobble up some 'proper' leather for it.


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That 3 1/2 inch is one classy outfit with beautiful shoes to boot.
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Well , since I have never pulled a weapon in self defense. I carry a gun that is not so big it is a chore to carry but still a potent cartridge..

I go with a Model 60 .357..
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649-2 with Crimson Trace grips mainly because it is in my pocket all my waking hours. I could also add my 28-2 if I needed more power; but all my experience for many years has never suggested that I need more power than a well placed 38 Special hit at typically close defensive ranges.

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K frame 3"-4" 357, RB for concealment, SB for shooting.
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