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Thread: Who makes a steel-frame snub-nose .44?

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    Who makes a steel-frame snub-nose .44?

    It can be a magnum ( I wouldnt be firing magnums) but I'd like to have a .44 Special snub, steel frame, 5-shooter of 26-30 ounces unloaded.

    I had a Gp100 .44 3-inch but I didn't care for it. Frame was too big and heavy and just wasnt efficient. They get 7 holes of .357 in the same cylinder.

    I found the s&w 396, the Charter Bulldog, and the Taurus Tracker (no current short-barrels) but not much else.

    Any other snub. 44's I'm missing?

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    " the s&w 396, the Charter Bulldog, and the Taurus Tracker"

    Yep...these are only ones I know of. I have a '396 & its a great shooter but on the 'big & clunky' side...I assume you are wanting to carry?
    "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil
    ... you know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

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    Find a Dan Wesson in .44mag and put a snub barrel on it.
    Won’t be cheap,but you’ll have a shooter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vitiaz View Post
    " the s&w 396, the Charter Bulldog, and the Taurus Tracker"

    Yep...these are only ones I know of. I have a '396 & its a great shooter but on the 'big & clunky' side...I assume you are wanting to carry?
    Yea. It seems every handgun I've had that is too big or heavy to carry goes away.

    The only exception has been the Vz61.

    The Charter Arms alloy sounds a bit light. (21 oz) But I'd buy one if I saw one. I like how they made the cylinder as small as possible.

    The most I'd ever shoot from such a gun is a 200 gr Gold Dot at 850 fps. 95% would just be cowboy loads.

    Upping the weight to 25-28 oz (same as the Ruger Sp101 2.25 and 3 1/16 in) would be the sweet spot for a snub .44 imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonestardiver View Post
    Find a Dan Wesson in .44mag and put a snub barrel on it.
    Won’t be cheap,but you’ll have a shooter.
    That's a thought but the 6 shot cyl would be wide and the gun would be pretty heavy. 38 oz?

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    Are you opposed to a single action. Freedom Arms has made some 5-shot .44 Specials with 3 1/2" barrels in the past. Weight was a little over 30 oz, iirc

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    I used to have the charter arms .44 special with the alloy frame.
    It was pretty snappy with .44 special loads. Pretty similar to a .45long colt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDH1 View Post
    That is what I was going to suggest.



    I didn’t like the factory grips so I tried a rubber Hogue grip. I love G10 so I switched to that instead.

    I also have a S&W Performance Center 627 2.5” 8 Shot 357 Magnum.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnerblue View Post
    Are you opposed to a single action. Freedom Arms has made some 5-shot .44 Specials with 3 1/2" barrels in the past. Weight was a little over 30 oz, iirc
    Maybe if it were a break-top. 😎

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