I'm really old school. I very much like the .44 special. I have two now, a Ruger Blackhawk w/ 5" bbl and a Smith and Wesson M 24 with a 4" barrel. They are both accurate, fun to shoot, easy to reload for (up and down the power scale) and a 240 grain, hard-cast SWC at a bit over 900 fps seems to work well. I like the 44 magnums, but I no longer own one. Some of the old gun writers like Skeeter Skelton used to wax enthusiastic about the 44 special, and I guess I'm a bit of a nostalgia buff.