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The .44 round, Magnum or .44 Magnum round is a type of ammunition found in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, Fallout 76 and Fallout Tactics.

Background

The powerful .44 Magnum round was originally developed for revolvers. Soon adapted for pistols and even rifles, it is a large-bore cartridge delivering a heavy, sizable bullet at very high velocities. Its excellent stopping power and range also result in plenty of recoil and a distinctive muzzle blast, making it a poor choice for users prizing maneuverability and control over sheer firepower. However, it remains well suited for any inhabitant of the wasteland needing a round capable of stopping monsters, human or otherwise.

Variants

.44 Magnum ball

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A brick of ammunition, .44 Magnum caliber, Standard issue.
— in-game description, Fallout Tactics

Standard .44 Magnum ammunition is only used by large caliber handguns and high-powered long arms. It exhibits a very high base damage, and is especially rare. .44 Magnum is abstracted as "Large Bullets" in Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.

.44 caliber FMJ

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A brick of ammunition, .44 Magnum caliber, full metal jacket.
— in-game description, Fallout
Gameplay articles: Fallout, Fallout 2, Van Buren

Full metal jackets give .44 Magnum rounds a mild armor piercing effect in addition to their generous base damage, and the green-branded magazines are fairly common compared to other .44 variants.

.44 caliber JHP

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A brick of ammunition, .44 Magnum caliber, hollow-point.
— in-game description, Fallout

Jacketed hollow points will double the raw power of the .44 Magnum bullet, but will also allow enemies with lower DR to shore up some extra protection. JHP bullets are also fairly common, all things considered.

.44 Magnum, hollow point

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Gameplay articles: Fallout: New Vegas, Van Buren

.44 Magnum rounds tipped with hollow points will absolutely shred through flesh and sinew, due in part to the sharp tip and the high velocities at which they fly. However, even the lightest armor is very effective at stopping the bullet and flattening it harmlessly.

.44 Magnum, SWC hand load

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Gameplay article: Fallout: New Vegas

Hand-loaded semi-wadcutter bullets will punch right through a target with their flattened noses, while shoulders built into the bullet enlarge the hole and make the resulting wound rather cleanly shaped. As a result, they provide extra damage and a light armor piercing effect, but the specialized nature of the bullets will also increase wear on the weapon.

.44 special round

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.44 Special bullets are loaded identically to normal bullets; they simply lack the higher pressure load of a Magnum round. They aren't nearly as powerful as Magnum rounds, but they're also much healthier for any weapon that fires them.

.44 Magnum AP

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A brick of ammunition, .44 Magnum caliber, armor piercing.
— in-game description, Fallout Tactics
Gameplay articles: Fallout Tactics, Van Buren

These armor piercing rounds are exceptionally specialized; they deal 40% less damage, but can punch through 80% of the armor built into any of the robots in the Midwest.

.44 caliber DD

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Gameplay article: Van Buren

Dumdum bullets are an older kind of bullet, from which the modern hollow point was derived. "Dumdum" is generally applied only to ancient, heavy rifle rounds, and is considered an informal way of referring to hollow points. How they would have faired compared to hollow points, however, is unknown.

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