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So how durable and reliable is the new Bulldog in 44spl? I went to the Charter-Arms website and the seem to have increased the weight from the older models and added a bottom lug to the barrel. Have they thickened the side-walls?

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Charter Arms has had a kind of roller coaster history on quality. Started out so so. Got better, got really bad. Now from what I hear things are on an upswing.
 
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I bought my first Bull Dog back in 78. Though I don't own the one I started with, I love them, and the only problem I've ever had with one is the one I now have. The cylender bore for the ammo was rough, and after firing the bullets, the brass did not want to come out. Took it to a local smith, and had him hone out the cylenders, problem solved, and at a cost of only $10. Bullistically speaking, the .44 special runs at about the same as a .45ACP.
 

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My Charter Arms .44 spl is one of the old ones too. Bought it back around 79 for self defense on the advice of a Deputy Sheriff friend at the time (since passed on). One of the best pieces of advice I ever got. Never had any problems with it all these years. Shot 246 grain Lead RN mostly but 240 lead wadecutter and 200 grain lead hollow points were commercially available.

The only real problem I ever had later was not the pistol but finding ammunition. As the .44 Magnum had become so popular, it seemed hardly anyone was making the 44 spl anymore. For some reason .44 Mag/.44 spl never seemed to catch on like the .357/38 spl. But since "Cowboy Shooting"/SASS has become more popular the past 15 years or so, the .44 spl has been making a comeback.
 

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A guy at the range let me try his gun, I really liked the feel and almost no recoil. Not an average round but still serves it's purpose.
 

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The .44 S&W was intorduced in 1869, and the .44 Russian came out the next year. The .44 has a long, and loved history. In the late 19th Century American frontier, large .44- and .45-caliber cartridges were considered the epitome of handgun ammunition for self-protection and hunting. Black powder rounds such as the .44 American, .44 Russian, .44-40 Winchester, and .45 Colt enjoyed a well-earned reputation for effective terminal ballistics, accuracy, and reliability.
 

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Anyone know of any good sources for aftermarket accessories for a Charter Arms revolver? I have a Backpacker II .44 Special. Looking for things like custom grips, holsters and so forth.
 
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