440 Crank in a 383

I think it's a good idea to stroke the 383.

And seriously, except for some truly exotic stuff which doesn't apply in 99% of cases, there's nothing "rev happy" about a 383. Or other short stroke engines. That's a myth as far as I am concerned.

For 99% of builds out there, a stroker 383 at 436" will make more area under the power curve than a stock stroke version.

If you can afford a proper kit, go for it. If you oa 440 crank around and can find a shop to grind the mains down for a reasonable price...go for it! It's probably still cheaper than the full blown stroker kits. I have a 400 block I'm seriously still considering that route for.