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Old 09-25-2009, 08:43 AM   #1
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The last couple weeks I've been on R/R in Florida, made a couple gun shows, got stocked up on reloading supplies and at one show found a Taurus 431 snubbie 44 special that I'd been looking for going on for over 2 years.

Actually I was wanting the 431 in stainless but when I saw this blued one my wait was over, its in near perfect condition, fired very little according to no ring on the cylinder and the recoil plate looks almost new. Also picked up a 44 spec/44mag Lee 3 die set so I can reload for it, I didn't own either till I picked up the 431, I plan on this replacing my S&W model 36 in my bed side table. I'll have the added pleasure of finding a good home defense load for my new found 44 special.
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:52 AM   #2
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Very nice revolver! I seeing those guns that have been hermetically sealed in a sock drawer at shows! Like you there are a couple I'm looking for... So far the quest has kept me returning to shows but with no results to date.

Congratulations and all best/ good shootin' with your new .44 special! :)
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:39 AM   #3
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What a great find! The Taurus 431 is also on my wish list, as it is reported to be a solid platform for the .44 Spcl.

Have fun investigating HD loads.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:31 PM   #4
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CorBon as I recall makes a good defensive load for it. I love a 44 SPL! Tales of Skeeter Skelton...
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:51 PM   #5
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i like the concept of a small 5 shot .44spl snubbie so much.....Taurus used to make some 2" in Ti and s.s. but they quit making them.....i handled one years ago and it was the bulldog charter arms should have made.
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:45 PM   #6
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My five shot .44 Spl is a S&W Model 696 no dash. This is the L frame with a round butt and a three inch barrel with the red ramp front and white outline adjustable rear sight. It was fitted with some kind of neoprene rubber grips that I replaces with a set of K/L S&W brand boot grips made of laminated wood.

I've chronographed a variety of factory loads in the 696 and here are the numbers.

Winchester 246 gr RNL - 665.2 fps

Winchester 200 gr SilverTip - 725.8 fps

Federal 200 gr LSWCHP - 827.0 fps

Corbon 180 gr JHP - 1097 fps

Corbon 165 gr JHP - 1134 fps

I keep the 696 loaded with the Federal 200 gr LSWCHP. I think of it as a bigger and more effective version of the so called FBI load .38 Spl +P 158 gr LSWCHP. Low tech all the way, but an effective load for a short barreled .44 Spl revolver.

The only drawback to the 696 as a carry gun is its weight and bulk IMO. It makes a fine bedside defense or desk drawer gun however.

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Old 09-25-2009, 05:32 PM   #7
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Hello papabear,

It appears that you did real well and it looks like a beautiful and functional revolver. I've seen very, very few .44 Special revolvers over the years down where I live. I hope that it serves you well.

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Old 10-08-2009, 09:32 AM   #8
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Absolutely gorgeous papabear. I know you will enjoy that one!!

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Old 10-11-2009, 09:17 AM   #9
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Lucky duck!
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:11 PM   #10
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papabear, that score makes my day. I haven't logged on in a long time so it is a pleasant surprise to find you still here and that you scored that one you were looking for.

It looks great - congrats! Be sure to try the Corbon DPX ammo for this gun. It's expensive as hell, or was when I bought it, but I took Steve's word on it that it'd deliver. Mine has a full cylinder of it now and two "speed loaders" ready to go with more of the same.
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