Since reading Mr. Camp's essay on 44 Special ammo a while back, I took a second look at the Taurus 431. I bought my first Charter Arms Bulldog in 1976 and have not given any other 5 shot .44 Special much of a glance since. I began shopping for a 431 recently. Excellent used ones were found under $300 so I bought a 4" SS,.............then a 3"SS..................then a 3" blue. I hope I am finished now. I use Corbon 165s, Silvertips and the Federal 200 LHP loads for carry. I do reload and for the Bulldog, 240gr SWC over 6.5 Unique. For my N frame guns, I use the old Skeeter Skelton load of 7.5 Unique. Has anyone tried the Skelton load in the Taurus 431???? If so, how does it handle these? I have a pair of the Uncle Mikes/Butler Creek grips on the 3" SS to help on recoil.