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    Default Can a Ruger .44 use other size ammo

    I'm looking at getting a used ruger .44 cal. I know the 357 can use 38's. Can the 44 use any other size ammo?

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    Depends on if it is a .44 mag. If it is a .44 special, that is all it can shoot. A .44 mag can shoot magnum and special rounds.
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    44 Magnum? Yes, you can also use 44 Special and IIRC you could use 44 Russian. They are just shorter versions
    of the 44 Magnum case.

    If your "44 cal." is 44-40, then no---nothing else works.

    In 38, you can shoot 357 magnum, 38 special, 38 long colt, and 38 short colt in the same gun. You should not (although
    some guns will chamber it) shoot 38 S&W in a 357/38 special gun.

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    It's a 44 Mag. So, what would be the special rounds I could use. Just looking for a cheaper load when at the range.

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    .44 Special, they are a short .44 magnum round. Just like a .38 is a short .357 mag.

    I'm not sure the shorter rounds will be much cheaper, but they will be easier on your wrist.
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    A 44 Mag will shoot Magnum, Special, and Russian, and 44 Long Colt. The 44 Special will shoot 44 Russian and 44 Long Colt { If you can Get Them ?} No 44-40 ammo !
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdefino View Post
    I'm looking at getting a used ruger .44 cal. I know the 357 can use 38's. Can the 44 use any other size ammo?

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    I don't know if you still have your heart set on the .44mag, but if you don't purchase that one, you might look at a .454 Casull. It's even more powerfull than the .44 Magnum, and you can also shoot .45 Long Colt and .45 ACP (with half moon clips). Very powerfull and versatile.
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    Hello, .44 Long Colt? Is this the .44 Colts bigger brother?

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    na that would be 44 Big Jim Colt. 44 Colt was the second to middle brother of sister Jane Lady Smith 44 Smith...which happens to be the sister of 44 Long Colt.
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    yes,of course..

    some cartriges:44 mag,SP,Russian..loaded smokeless AND black powders!

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