Going to be a revolver owner..


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lyricsdad
October 11, 2005, 12:00 AM
Hi, I just put on lay away a pistol i have been wanting for a while, a .38 snubby. I purchased a .357 model 60 ladysmith. I know I will be firing off 38s in it because of them being so much less expensive than .357s but. I have fired .357 6 inch rugers and they have not been mules, how is firing a 357 round in this little snubby? I know my wife will probably take this pistol from me because its nice and small but, I was wondering for practicality standpoint how it is firing the big rounds off in this little bugger, i almost went with a comparible taurus that was ported, i dont remember then name of it. But the ladysmith was soo much smoother..

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Standing Wolf
October 11, 2005, 12:27 AM
...how is firing a 357 round in this little snubby?

Nowhere near as brutal as you may have heard. It's not the gun to take to the range when you've got five boxes of full house .357 magnum ammunition, but it's not a wrist breaker. Stocks that fit your hand perfectly will make all the difference in the world.

MikeIsaj
October 11, 2005, 12:37 AM
how is firing a 357 round in this little snubby? A waste of powder. It's my understanding that the barrel is too short to allow the round to reach its maximum velocity. If anyone can confirm or deny this, I'd like to hear an expert opinion.

TimboKhan
October 11, 2005, 12:55 AM
Well, the grip style of the ladysmith might have some bearing on the recoil, and I have no experience with that particular grip. However, I have owned two more or less identical Taurus .357 snubbies, one with hammer, one without (Both were/are great, I just like having a hammer, so I sold the hammerless model back to my buddy) and I routinely shoot CCI Blazer .357's out of them. I don't notice that its particularly uncomfortable, but thats just me. In fact, I probably had, between the two of them, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 rounds fired downrange BEFORE I ever fired .38's out of it! Neither of those pistols was ported either. I think for some of the larger snubbies porting is maybe a good idea, but the .357, to me, just doesn't kick enough to merit porting. I can't think if a time when I ever shot more than about 150 rounds consecutively with it, but thats an issue of economy moreso than discomfort, and I do occasionally shoot .38's out of now and then, and they are just flat out pleasant to shoot. I will confess that I can't shoot very good groups with either of them, and I think thats a combination of real and percieved issues with that short a sight radius. However, I didn't buy it to shoot tight groups, I bought it as a carry gun, ideally as a last resort, and hence as a close range weapon, and in that role I am quite confident of my accuracy with it. With a bigger (4-inch) .357 S&W that my buddy owns, I was hitting golf balls routinely out to a fair distance. I flat out love the .357 cartridge, and I think you made a good choice, as long as you apply some common sense to accuracy and range. For me, I have decided to augment my carry weapon with a Taurus 24/7 in 9mm. I carry the .357 when I am doing things like going to the store, or when I am driving back and forth from school and also as my main backpacking weapon. The 24/7 gets carried when I will be out all day doing things that will put me into situations that I wouldn't anticipate when I just go get groceries.

Mulliga
October 11, 2005, 02:01 AM
It's my understanding that the barrel is too short to allow the round to reach its maximum velocity. If anyone can confirm or deny this, I'd like to hear an expert opinion.

There IS a difference.

http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/38vs357snub.htm

A .357 hits far harder than a .38 - on both ends of the gun. However, as this is the steel framed 60 and the grips are decent-sized, I think you should be okay.

lyricsdad
October 11, 2005, 02:04 AM
thats exactly why i got it, for just when i want to go from point a to be, and not be hindered by lugging my .45, .40 or 9mm any of them being full size. I want something that will be sensible for CCW, and light, small, for being used 'on the fly'. also my wife may just swipe it from me. I have been thinking about getting her a S&W 351PD as she loves my p22. and i dont think i would want her to have to rely on the 22lr cartridge, the 22mwr maybe.. although the 32hr cartrige may be another choice, we will see whenever i get it.

MikeIsaj
October 11, 2005, 10:43 AM
Thanks Mulliga for the facts. That was a pretty good study that answers the question for me. I stand corrected.

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