The .44 Remington Magnum, or simply .44 Magnum, is a large-bore cartridge originally designed for revolvers. After introduction, it was quickly adopted for carbines and rifles. Despite the “.44” designation, all guns chambered for the .44 Magnum case, and its parent case, the .44 Special, use bullets of approximately 0.429 in (10.9 mm) diameter.
In Part One we built a Philadelphia Derringer from a kit. Today, we will see how it shoots. I will also be shooting a Kentucky Percussion Pistol that I built back in the early 1970’s. I have often been asked just how well a black powder pistol will penetrate as compared to a modern smokeless powder pistol. Today we will also look at that issue. Black powder is some weird stuff. It is very easy to ignite and it [...]
I have long been a fan of the .44 Special round. It is an old cartridge, but a good one. This year, it is 100 years old, having been introduced in 1907. An old gun writer named Elmer Keith loved this round and did a lot of experimenting with it. He liked hot loads and loaded the .44 Special to very hot velocities. Sadly, he blew up a few pistols working on these hot loads.He finally talked gun makers to come out with a [...]
In 1964, Smith and Wesson introduced their new .41 Magnum cartridge.It was designed to be more powerful than the .357 Magnum, but easier to shoot than the more powerful .44 Magnum.It indeed fell right between those two rounds, as measured in energy and recoil.It had approximately 20% more power and recoil than the .357 Magnum, and about 20% less power and recoil than the .44 Magnum. Here’s a picture of the .357 [...]