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    Question Need advice on EDC. Who carries 44?

    Hi,

    though of as a second carry a 44 Smith with hallow point. My first EDC gun is 45 H&K with supersonic. But just in case the 45 was ineffective the 44 steps in.

    Please advice if that is ok.

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    Just carry one gun, for crying out loud. Your .45 ACP H&K is not going to be "ineffective." There's are very few ineffective guns - just lots of ineffective shooters. Fast, multiple hits delivered to center mass in any caliber will be effective. My "car gun" is a .44 Special Charter Arms Bulldog, but at 23 ounces empty and with a ridiculously long 3 inch barrel, it's way too big and heavy to consider carrying concealed, so it sits between the front seats in my center armrest.
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    with those supersonics loaded in the H&K you probably will never need to have those hallow point 44s step in.
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    If you can't hit something and stop it with the .45, the .44 isn't going to make any difference.
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    Hey, if you don't mind the weight carry what you want. The .45 will do anything the .44 will, but if it makes you happy and more confident - go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CMonster View Post
    If you can't hit something and stop it with the .45, the .44 isn't going to make any difference.
    Remember watching some vids on youtube showing that 44 had about up to 20% more power than 45 (depending on bullet used). So thats what got me to go for second carry 44. ta
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    Quote Originally Posted by thriftyarek888 View Post
    Remember watching some vids on youtube showing that 44 had about up to 20% more power than 45 (depending on bullet used). So thats what got me to go for second carry 44. ta
    power and paper ballistics aside, sometimes "less is more" when excessive penetration, recoil, control, weight, etc, etc is factored in,

    despite energy and power figures, i actually prefer the 44 special for defense instead of the magnum as the special plays to my strengths while the magnum plays to my weakness in shooting 44 revolvers.

    for hunting, that is a different set of priorities and capabilities and the magnum rules for me.
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    I can speak to the .44 Magnum, but not the .44 special.

    Shooting at LP tanks, to test penetration, the 45ACP regularly

    made a dent in the front of a LP tank. HP or FMJ didn't matter.


    The .44 Magnum penetrated both sides of 2 LP tanks, lined up

    4 deep, and either penetrated the third tank, or made a large

    dent.

    The bullet weights, 230 grain, VS 240 grain, are close to the same.

    But the .44 Magnum uses 4X to 5X as much powder. And the

    penetration and power is significantly higher than 20%


    But the real EDC headaches with .44 Mag are pistol weight(1 to 2 pounds more),

    over-penetration, and recoil, especially in the revolver with a snub barrel.


    I have to agree that the .45 will more than get it done, and while I have carried

    a .44 in the past, it was too heavy to consider for a regular EDC.
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    Thanks for clarifying it. Feels good to be well protected. ta blesses Arek

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