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Question by 99explorer. Uploaded on October 30, 2011
200gr GDHP/SPEER GoldDot The CHOICE forLAW ENFORCEMENT
During the filming, I am sure that he had to have coustom made blanks in the gun just for safty. There is a rumor that the actual shooting scenes were filmed with a 45 that looked very simular and for which blank amo was readily available in volume at the time, but the real 44 was used for close up camera shoots. Eastwood of course had to practice with the real 44 and real amo to be able to fake the recoil and make it look real. And Eastwood stated that the 44 mag was the most powerfull hand gun in the world, but that was false. There was the .454 Casull Magnum which was more powerfull.
I give, What?
My guess is 320 gr (21 g) WFNGC HC
With all due respect, I do not think that the .454 Casull was commercially available in the '70's when the Dirty Harry movies were filmed. I could be wrong because I have not done a Google or Wikipedia search, but that is my impression.
As far as the ammo, I have not a clue, but I would imagine that it was blanks. I do not think the director would allow 240 grain chunks of lead flying around the set.
I think it goes without saying that he did not use live ammo on the set.
In one scene, while shooting at the pistol range, a young motorcycle officer asks him that very question, and Harry replies that he used "light specials," meaning .44 Special. "With a gun this size and weight, it has no more recoil than a .38 out of a .357."
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