So, what is your favorite hand gun caliber and why.
I own a few semi autos chambered in .25 acp, .32 acp, .380 acp, 9mm Para./Luger but I’m a revolver guy at heart. I have revolvers chambered in .22 LR, .22 Rem. Jet, .38 Colt, .38 S&W, .38 Spl., .357 Mag, .45 Colt Ctg., .44 Rem. Mag. and .44 S&W Special. I know I send more .22 LR rounds down range, by far, but it isn’t the round that makes me smile most.
My favorite caliber is the 100 plus year old .44 S&W Special. It is just plain fun to shoot a revolver specifically chambered in this fine old caliber. If you follow the path forged by Elmer Keith you can hand load the .44 Spl. to near .44 Rem. Mag. Ballistics. You can go the other way and replicate some of the Cowboy loads which if you shoot them late in the afternoon, with the sun behind you, you can see the slugs go down range and hit their target. The Smith & Wesson revolvers chambered specifically in .44 Spl. tend to have thinner barrels and lighter cylinders than the Smith & Wesson .44 Mags built on the same S&W N frame. So they pack a little easier with their lighter weight. With a decent holster my four inch Smith & Wesson .44 Spl. conceal well. For a fighting revolver the .44 Spl. is hard to beat. Toss .44 spl. rounds in a heavy Model 29 Smith & Wesson and it turns into a pussy cat that still packs a real punch.
Yeah, big heavy slow slugs are fun to send down range. I know many think of the .45 acp is the ultimate in a personal defense round but it won’t do anything a .44 Spl. can’t (yeah I know you get more of those .45 acp in a magazine than I can load in a revolver but that is a different discussion)
So for me it is the versatile, accurate, venerable old .44 S&W Special. My .44 spl. revolvers gives me perma grin when I shoot them.
My first Smith & Wesson .44 Spl. a 67 year old Transition Model hand ejector