.44 S&W Russian

Reloading data for .44 S&W Russian cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_716
Load data for caliber ".44 S&W Russian"
The .44 S&W Russian is a centerfire revolver cartridge that was first introduced in 1870 by Smith & Wesson. It was originally designed for use in the Smith & Wesson Model 3 revolver, which was a popular choice among law enforcement officers and civilians during the late 19th century.

The .44 S&W Russian cartridge has a bullet diameter of .429 inches (10.9 mm) and a case length of 0.97 inches (24.6 mm). It is a relatively low-powered cartridge, with a muzzle velocity of around 750 feet per second (230 m/s) and a muzzle energy of around 300 foot-pounds (410 J).

Although the .44 S&W Russian is no longer a commonly used cartridge, it played an important role in the development of the .44 Magnum cartridge, which is a more powerful and versatile cartridge that has become a popular choice for handgun hunters and enthusiasts.

You find .44 S&W Russian with all common powders and bullets by clicking the 'Loads in this caliber' button above.

Technical Specifications (based on the respective safety standard - see more details in tab 'Datasheet' if available)

Caliber: .44 S&W Russian
Cartridge Type: Pistol/Revolver
Bullet Diameter: 0.429 '' | 10.90 mm
Max. Case Length (l3):0.97'' | 24.64 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:1.43'' | 36.32 mm
Maximum Standardized Pressure:14504 psi | 1000 bar
The Commission internationale permanente pour l'épreuve des armes à feu portatives ("Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms" – commonly abbreviated as C.I.P.) is an international organisation which sets standards for safety testing of firearms. (The word portatives ("portable") in the name refers to the fact the C.I.P. tests small arms almost exclusively; it is ordinarily omitted from the English translation of the name.) As of 2015, its members are the national governments of 14 countries, of which 11 are European Union member states. The C.I.P. safeguards that all firearms and ammunition sold to civilian purchasers in member states are safe for the users.
To achieve this, all such firearms are first proof tested at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses. The same applies for cartridges; at regular intervals, cartridges are tested against the C.I.P. pressure specifications at the ammunition manufacturing plants and at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses.

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