I like the idea of .44 Special revolvers. Never having fired one, I assumed that the bullet would be like .45 ACP, big and heavy with similar recoil as a 1911. I may have assumed wrong, at least on the felt recoil, based on descriptions from those that don’t have to assume. The case length of a .44 Special is 7mm more than a .45 ACP, and very little effort on these here internets could have put paid to possible flaws in said assumption
So that got me internet researching. I knew that Elmer Keith would be involved because of his interest in and development of magnum stuff. But I hadn’t considered how old the .44 Special actually was. 1908. Then I remembered that Garfield was assassinated with a Charter Arms Bulldog in .44 Special in 1880sumthin… Waitaminnit… Even my faulty memory about the age of the round is confused. Yes, Garfield was shot with a .44 Bulldog, but not a Charter, and not a .44 Special. It was a .442 Webley.
Cool. No telling where a corrective bit of wiki-surfing can take you.
Back to the present day. I am convinced of the efficacy of .45 ACP, like I said, so I sorta wouldn’t mind carrying a .44 Special maybe. This extends from Jeff Cooper’s effective indoctrination. But thinking on that… Col Cooper never much mentioned .44 revolvers. .357, yes, but not .44…
However, I had no idea that some factory loadings of .44 Special ammunition are enough to prematurely wear out the lighter framed variants of the pistols. And if the lighter framed variants are made as tough as possible and don’t structurally wear, there is still the problem of the recoil causing issues with the popping the bullets ‘forward’ out of the cartridge case. Yikes. I’m gonna assume that Saucy Trollop’s .44 S&W 629 Hunter with a 10 inch barrel can eat .44 Special all day with nary a notice, and has enough mass to not be popping lead out of brass.
There is one other slight problem with .44 Special. The expense and scarcity of the ammo at the purveyors of fine firearms and firearm products.
So I should probably stick to a model 625 and its .45 ACP if I absolutely HAVE to have a .4x inch revolver someday.