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The 44 Remington Magnum cartridge and handguns were introduced to the public in 1955 in a collaboration by Remington and Smith&Wesson. While Elmer Keith had a lot to do with development of the 44 magnum cartridge and promoting it as the most powerful handgun cartridge in the world, it was a movie that starred Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, which he used a Smith&Wesson model 29, 44 magnum, that the moniker most powerful handgun in the world stuck to the 44 magnum and S&W model 29 handgun like glue.

 Prices of model 29, Smith&Wesson handguns went up considerably within weeks of the release of the first of the series of dirty harry movies that hit the big screens. The 44 Magnum mania began at this point in history.

 Just how powerful is the 44 Remington Magnum handgun and cartridge, it is of my opinion that this is the largest handgun caliber that most shooters can handle the recoil from. The early Thompson Center Contender pistols were known for their accuracy so this was my first encounter with the 44 magnum cartridge, shooting heavy 44 magnum loads from that handgun had bruised my knuckles from recoil against the trigger guard on more than one occasion.

 The 44 magnum is one of the finest handgun cartridges for hunting North American game animals up to and including its use on elk size animals. The 44 magnum has been used on many species of animals around the world including species in Africa with great success. While there are now other more powerful handgun cartridges on the market, the 44 magnum will never be out-sold for the simple fact of controllable recoil. Other magnum calibers and cartridges are just to powerful for the average shooter to handle the recoil from them, while you may be able to hang onto the gun under recoil the question becomes can you be accurate with it, to make a clean, precise shot, on a game animal.

Ballistics:
This is a ballistics chart for the 44 Magnum handgun:
Handgun barrel length: 7.5 Inches.
Ammunition: Hornady 300 grain XTP bullet.
Bullet diameter: .430 inch.
Bullet weight: 300 grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient: .245.
Handgun zero: 25 yards.
Range Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds. 150 yds. 200 yds.
Bullet Velocity: 1,150 fps. 1,115 fps. 1,084 fps. 1,056 fps. 1,031 fps. 988 fps. 951 fps.
Bullet Energy: 881 ft.lbs. 828 ft.lbs. 782 ft.lbs. 742 ft.lbs. 708 ft.lbs. 650 ft.lbs. 602 ft.lbs.
Bullet Drop: - .80" 0 - 0.9" - 3.7" - 8.5" - 24.2" - 48.7"

This is a ballistics chart for the 44 Magnum handgun:
Handgun barrel length: 7.5 Inches.
Ammunition: Hornady 225 grain FTX bullet.
Bullet diameter: .430 inch.
Bullet weight: 225 grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient: .145.
Handgun zero: 25 yards.
Range Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds. 150 yds. 200 yds.
Bullet Velocity: 1,410 fps. 1,316 fps. 1,233 fps. 1,162 fps. 1,102 fps. 1,012 fps. 947 fps.
Bullet Energy: 993 ft.lbs. 865 ft.lbs. 760 ft.lbs. 674 ft.lbs. 607 ft.lbs. 512 ft.lbs. 448 ft.lbs.
Bullet Drop: - 0.8" 0 - 0.5" - 2.4" - 5.9" - 18.4" - 39.4"

44 Magnum Reloading:

Bullet Diameter: .430 Inch.
Maximum Case Length: 1.285 Inches.
Trimmed Case Length: 1.275 Inches.
Primer Size: Large Pistol.
Maximum Cartridge Overall Length: 1.610 Inches.
Reloading Procedure

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