I had one of the first M44's I purchased in 1995. Kept it for along time. Recently purchased a M44C Tracker 2 1/2 " ported in .44 Mag. Closest I could find to a .44 Special only revolver. I shoot Georgia Arms 200 Grain GoldDot and they are only $47.00/100, Magnum loads about the same. Try buying GoldDot ammunition from online retailers and they run at around $1.00 each at least. That is why I went to Georgia Arms. M44C is a great carry gun, very accurate and lockup and trigger are excellent.