You will like the leveraction, and most my acurate loads are the 44 special. I cast my own with a 245 flat-tip. Easy to shoot and will smack plates out to 200,250 yards all day long. Since both my guns are mags, I load the specials ++p,sNOTE: these are designated loads for MY guns only. Magnums are nice to experiance or for that special hunt, but I preferr the lesser loads for plinking.As for load data, the net is full of info, try MD Smith. Gunshops usually give away small pamphlets which they get free from their powder manufacturers. I keep all of them because they constantly add or drop certain calibers. Good luck,
For hunting loads I use a 240 gr Hornady XTP with Hodgdon H110 powder.
Congrats on your .44 purchases...
I like Red Dot. Haven't used it in the .44 mag yet, but I load .357 and .45 ACP with it. It has to be among the most cost effective powders out there since you need so little.