I am a BIG BIG fan of the .44 Special caliber, currently I have a Taurus 441 4" five shot revolver in the caliber and previously owned a Charter Arms Bulldog in the caliber. I also own two .44Mag's, one is a Taurus Tracker 4" revolver and the other a Marlin 1894 .44Sp/.44Mag and have used .44Sp rounds in both with very good results. Now days I reload my .44 range ammo using Mag cases but loaded to Special specs, this makes for very comfortable shooting and I do not get that infernal fouling ring in the Mag chambered guns as I would when using shorter Special cases.
When comparing the .44 Special to other rounds you need look no farther than the grand ole .45ACP factory load using the 230gr bullets, most all .44Sp factory loads are very close to the .45ACP specs. For SD loads in the .44Sp you have the Winchester 200gr Silver Tip @ 975FPS and the Hornady 185gr XTP-JHP @ 1080FPS, other SD loads can be found but these are the ones I have used in my guns. My personal favorite handload pushes a 200gr RNFP @ 950FPS from a handgun and around 1050FPS from my 1894 carbine.
The Charter Arms Bulldog Pug is a fantastic revolver for the money, mine was the most accurate snubby I had ever owned. The gun is light weight for its size and most people (including gun shop guru's) assume it has an alloy frame of some sorts. But the Bulldog is all stainless steel!!!! Older Bulldogs were made of blue steel. Fit and finish is not as nice as a S&W but its very functional and economical, basically it does what its designed to do and does it very well. Since the Bulldog is a light weight gun it does have a bit of recoil, especially when using 240gr loads, I would compare it to a snubby .357Mag's recoil but minus the excessive muzzle blast.[/quote
Thank you for the information, it is greatly appreciated. Although I do like more recoil, I think the 44 special's heavy bullets is what I would prefer of the Charter 357.