.44 S&W Special

Reloading data for .44 S&W Special cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_717
Load data for caliber ".44 S&W Special"
The .44 Smith & Wesson Special is a medium- to large-caliber, centerfire revolver cartridge developed in 1907 by Smith & Wesson.

It was initially used for target shooting applications, but has since seen use in other applications such as hunting and law enforcement due to its accuracy and stopping power. The .44 S&W Special is still popular with recreational shooters and hunters due to its affordability and mild recoil.

You find .44 S&W Special 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 Special
Cartridge Type: Pistol/Revolver
Bullet Diameter: 0.429 '' | 10.90 mm
Max. Case Length (l3):1.15'' | 29.29 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:1.62'' | 41.02 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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