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In 1908 Smith & Wesson began making a smokeless powder variant of its popular .44 Russian: an established round for accuracy. Though the case was lengthened a bit, the new round did not provide any ballistic advantages, though the new caliber maintained a strong reputation for accuracy. Later it served as the jumping off point for the more popular and powerful .44 Magnum, but the Special cartridge can be fired out of those firearms without the accompanying recoil. The 200 grain jacketed hollow point bullet by Speer can exit the muzzle at 875 feet per second with 340 foot-pounds of energy. For use out of a .44 Special chambered firearm, it is among the best defense cartridges available. For use out of a Magnum firearm, it provides decent defensive value while ensuring far easier recovery for follow up shots.

Defensive handgun ammunition is something that should be experimented with before going into the field. The good news is the Speer Gold dot is often used for firearms testing and this is because of its consistency in performance as well as its established ballistic characteristics in providing maximum penetration with optimum expansion.

A patented process forms the hollow point cavity in two stages. The core is pre-fluted to define the "fault" lines of expansion, controlling final diameter and retained weight. The second process finishes the cavity and controls the rate of expansion. Select, clean burning propellants deliver optimum velocity while ensuring consistent chamber pressures. Non-corrosive CCI primers are used for highly sensitive and reliable performance, as well as nickel plated brass cases for smooth feeding and durability.

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Category Ammunition
Manufacturer SKU 23980
Condition New
Manufacturer Speer
Brand Gold Dot
Caliber 44 Special
Projectile JHP
Grain 200
Casing Nickel Plated Brass
Primer Type Boxer
Muzzle Energy 340
Rounds Per Box 20
Boxes Per Case 25
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