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Cartridge of the Week, the .44 Remington Magnum

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Cartridge of the Week, the .44 Remington Magnum

Here comes an ashtray at 1,420 FEET PER SECOND! This train needs no tunnel—it makes them. This week I am going to make my hero, Dirty Harry, so proud of me. However Mr. Harry, one correction, it was not the gun, but the cartridge that made this the most powerful handgun ever made, the .44 Remington Magnum.

In 1955, a joint effort between Smith & Wesson and Remington resulted in the creation of this beast. The gun would become the iconic Smith & Wesson Model 29 in the new N frame. The N stands for big bad gun, with a heavy frame. The frame had to be heavy as this cartridge would be the most powerful cartridge for a handgun in mass production to date.

The brainchild of the legendary Elmer Keith is this cartridge, a symbol of the old school ways in this hobby of ours. He was a big proponent of the so-called hand-cannon. With numerous tweaks and several years of hard work, he and some of his close associates arrived at this staple cartridge. It is a .44 Special on steroids.

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