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Through the urging of handloaders and outdoor writers, among them Elmer Keith, the .44 Magnum became a factory load in 1956. Smith & Wesson also released the Model 29, chambered for the round, the same year.

Greatest Cartridges: .44 Magnum a Silver Screen Sensation

The heavy and powerful .44 Magnum first became a factory load in 1956, but it wasn't until the early 70s the round's popularity went into the stratosphere. All it took was Dirty Harry welding a hand cannon chambered for the load to send it flying off store shelves.

The crimp on a shotgun shell is easy to overlook, but this simple aspect of reloading holds a lot of sway over the ammunition's performance.

Shotgun Shell Crimp Styles and Performance

The crimp on a shotgun shell is almost taken for granted, but it plays important roles in the functioning of the ammunition. From keeping the shot and powder in place to helping control the burn rate, a proper crimp is vital in reloading ammo.