I am considering purchasing a new production charter arms bulldog 44 special with the 2.5” barrel. Does anyone know of a load that expands reliably out of a short barrel like the bulldog that isn’t crazy hot like buffalo bore? I see lots of recommendations for the blazer 200gr gold dot but from my research the velocity out of the 2.5” barrel isn’t enough to get any expansion....I guess my main concern is over penetration if the bullet doesn’t expand, I don’t know if it’s a valid concern or not but it’s pretty much what is keeping me from getting one.I do handload but stick to factory stuff for carry ammo
165 grain Critical Defense from Hornady?165 Critical Defense The big disadvantage with the stuff is probably that such a light weight bullet will not shoot point of aim with fixed sights. If I was carrying a short barrel .44 Special I would probably use a 250 grain cast LSWC handload (I know, handloads for self-defense, blah blah) and not count on expansion from such a low velocity cartridge and a short barrel. YMMV.

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I picked up the early Charter Arms 3 in stainless Bull dog in the old black and gold box . I carry the old 246 gr lead and have some old silver tip for it . a hit in the guts would take the wind out of the bad guy . also 180 PMC
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I carry the Gold Dots.Mine is an older model with a 3" barrel. They expand fine when shot into milk jugs.
Here is a interesting video. He also tests a few types of ammo.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBivAAota1g
Quoted:Here is a interesting video. He also tests a few types of ammo.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBivAAota1g
I watched that. The only factor I think is uncontrolled is temperature. I’ve seen other tests where those loads expanded and penetrated. Use use the gold dots loaded either by myself or Underwood. A little more juice, out of a gp100
I would not want to take a hit with those big lead bullets, I was digging in a gun shop junk box and saw two speed loaders with five big holes ,for five bucks each , I took them home .
One of the theories About the bulldog is you are not going to get consistent expansion with most snub guns so instead of fighting with a .355 or .357 bullet to try and make it expand just start with a fat .429.Big old flat nose cast bullet will cause plenty of damage and you don"t have to worry about it falling apart .I know that some of the testing guys make a decent argument for lighter faster bullets but I seem to fall back to the big fat bullet works pretty darn good side of the argument
Just make sure to be careful to avoid parking tickets when you go out to use the canine selected ammunition.
Quoted:Just make sure to be careful to avoid parking tickets when you go out to use the canine selected ammunition.
Just make sure to be careful to avoid parking tickets when you go out to use the canine selected ammunition.
Last timew i checked the CCI Blazer (aluminum case) with the 200 gdhp was loaded noticeably faster than the brass cased version Harrel tested. Believe there are several smaller manufacturers loading the 200 gdhp at slightly higher levels.

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I can"t believe nobody"s mentioned Buffalo Bore.I like Buffalo Bore Ammo 14C/20 Handgun .44 Special Soft Cast 190grBud"s has 20rd boxes for $33.50
Quoted:I can"t believe nobody"s mentioned Buffalo Bore.I like Buffalo Bore Ammo 14C/20 Handgun .44 Special Soft Cast 190grBud"s has 20rd boxes for $33.50
Roger that. Thanks!--------------------------------Another option is Hornady 180gr XTP, although ya gotta shoot it at paper first to check point of impact.