First, who would stoop so low as to get rid of the Dirty Harry Excedrin headache, relief-giving .44 Magnum?
NO, it’s NOT banned but someone had to get your attention for a few minutes to really make you appreciate this fine arts piece of weaponry (that should be) displayed at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.
Introducing the .44 Magnum
And what good 2A ‘Merica loving person wouldn’t want to own one?
You know… just in case the pizza guy short-changes you.
“You’re a Killer Harry… a Maniac.” For the record, where I come from if they call you a killer it’s a compliment.
Clint Eastwood’s character, Dirty Harry, has to have sold more .44 Magnums than anyone on the planet. (The movie has to be one of the most quotable movies ever. There is so much gold in this film.)
Why is the cartridge not a standard Navy issue? Nobody is staying out past liberty hour when Seaman Jones is packing a .44! Am I right?
Ok, maybe overkill but any job doing is worth doing to the maximum caliber.
But I digress.
The Most Powerful Cartridge in the World?
Its full name is the .44 Remington Magnum (10.9×33mmR). The .44 Magnum is based on the case of its progenitor the .044 Special. Yet, contrary to the Special it’s lengthened and loaded to higher pressures. This gives it greater velocity and power.
It’s a rimmed, large-bore cartridge. Despite being originally designed for revolvers it was soon adopted for rifles and carbines.
Although it’s no longer the most powerful cartridge out there — a few have surpassed it — it is still a very popular option, and not just for its Hollywood fame. Rather, its popularity is thanks to its particularly manageable recoil, especially considering its size and power.
Interestingly, guns chambered for the .44 actually use 0.429 (10.9 mm) diameter bullets.