...and good reasons to consider the subject. A recurring Forums question asks whether a certain ammo exceeds the construction/material limits of a given revolver. The purpose is virtually always for bear defense. To understand the ballistics behind recommended calibers/bullets and the revolvers needed to shoot them, I think the Garrett ammo site has a treasure of information, beginning with why one wants a heavy, "19 Brinnell" bullet traveling slow for the purpose (http://www.garrettcartridges.com/defensive.html).
When it comes to shooting more powerful ammo, individuals are concerned whether their revolver-of-interest will handle the sportier loads. The Garrett website & much posted on these forums suggests a few proposals for rules-of-thumb worth discussion in selecting your revolver or ammo. Most of this is from the Garrett website. Are these good suggestions? Any other practical guidelines helpful for anyone looking at using hi-potency ammo for their .44?
1. Strong: All modern, all-steel revolvers except Taurus Tracker.
b. Most modern revolvers produced by SAMMI member manufacturers (http://www.saami.org/member_companies/index.cfm) will handle most modern ammo, including +P ammo (http://www.handgunsmag.com/ammunitio...tplusp_0306-7/).
b. But we careful with old revolvers: In general, old guns are often not constructed in a way that compares well with the strength of modern revolvers. +P ammo particularly, is designated +P to warn shooters that it's produced to fire at higher chamber pressures, and needs careful consideration before use in old revolvers. I don't know if it applies to any .44 Mag (a fairly recent production ammo) revolvers.
2. Strongest: But for some hi-potency ammo, only the strongest revolvers will do. These include: Rugers; Redhawk, Super Redhawk, Taurus Raging Bull, Dan Wesson
3. Long enough barrels: Garrett advises against using high-potency ammo in revolvers with less than 4" barrels.
For any ammo sold in interstate commerce, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) is the federal agency with primary jurisdiction over the safety those products. Further information or complaints are available on its website at www.cpsc.gov. You may also want to check with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (“BATF”), the agency with jurisdiction over firearm sales.
Be interested in hearing your comments. Thanks.