A handgun cartrige orignially developed for the Smith & Wesson. Model 29 double action revolver. The .44 Mag is the brainchild of pistolero Elmer Keith.
The .44 Magnum was forever immortalized when it was first seen in the Clint Eastwood movie, 'Dirty Harry.' It has become a popular handgun hunting round, and can be found chambered in various handguns, including the Smith & Wesson 629 (and variants), Ruger's Blackhawk, Redhawk, and Super Red Hawk revolvers, and of course the ever popular Israeli Desert Eagle autoloading pistol. While no longer the reining heavyweight champion, it is far more practical than cartridges such as the .454 Casull, .475 Linebaugh, (.50 Action Express), and .500 Smith & Wesson.
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