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Critical Defense .45 Colt and .44 Special

by Scott E. Mayer   |  July 11th, 2011 11

Out of short-barrel, concealed carry-type revolvers, the .45 Colt and .44 Special can have anemic performance–until now. Hornady has updated the classics with Critical Defense loads that Hornady’s Dave Emary calls “manstoppers.”

  • Kenneth Flippin

    About time. I didn't buy a cheap Charter Arms Bulldog because of the problem getting 44 special ammo reanonably without hand loading.

  • ntrudr_800

    Yeah! I have a .45 Colt Ruger on my 'Gun List'

  • NN

    That is a good viedo, I'm going to but some of each of those rnds.

  • Anishinabi

    Good companion for the Da Judge I load mine with two rounds of Federal 410 handgun #$ shot and 3 rounds of Blazer Hollow points. I will try the Critical Defense instead of the Blazer.

    • theshot1960

      Yea, I like to mix it up a little also…..



  • DirtyDevan

    I liked the 45 colt the 44 calibre very big like Dirty Harry gun. Small handgun also 38 or 45.

  • Jeff

    In my Ruger Vaqueros cal. 45 Colt all with 4the 5/8in barrels I got 916fps. I'm a real believer in the Critical Decense/Duty concept. However back in the day I don't remember reading of an instance of a bad guy taking a round of 44spl or 45 Colt from a "hideout" gun and still keep going because of anemic performance.

    • rebart

      Well, at my age I can remember when the cops carried those old fashioned Model 10s in .38. In fact, my friends dad who was a police sergeant gave me his. If that gun in that caliber can kill anyone, then a .44 Special should do a lot better. Just tell Elmer Keith a .44 Special is no good. Oh, I forgot, he died.

  • lee radio

    hornady sucks, regrets only!

    • rebart


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