Which to choose.


October 7, 2007, 05:20 PM
I'm in the market for a SD/hunting/range weapon. CCW is not a huge factor as of now, but i would like to be able to carry it. I have been thinking of 357mag revolvers or 41AE and 40 cal autos. Which weapon would fit the bill?

Thank you.

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October 7, 2007, 06:13 PM
Welcome to THR! What do you envision hunting? I would think .41 AE to be a rare thing these days, and not many folks hunt with .40 autoloaders.

October 7, 2007, 06:48 PM
Wow, that's a rather tall order for one handgun to fill! Looking at the cals you're considering, the .357 is the only one can I picture putting a dent in filling this (these) role(s). A four inch barrel would be handier for SD carry but a six inch would be better for hunting. Hunting deer and black bear at close range with heavy bullets from a stand that is. A six inch would also be a plus to a HD weapon too but you didn't mention using it for that duty.;) Depending on your physical size you might consider a .44mag too until you can diversify and own a couple or more different weapons to share the work.

October 7, 2007, 09:03 PM
I realize that im probably spreading the butter too thin. The hunting part ...well, im more worrried about bears when i camp. I'm not going to be hunting deer with an auto loader. I just want something reliable and precise with stopping power. I thought the 357 would be the most versatile tool. BTW Is it hard to find .41AE ammo??


October 7, 2007, 09:18 PM
In a revolver .357, .41 or .44mag.

In a semi-auto 10mm or .45super.

October 7, 2007, 10:34 PM
I don't even know if you can find anything in regards to the .41 Action Express anymore. It was a 10mm. case body with a 9mm. rim; that would allow it to be used as a conversion kit on some 9mm. pistols. You could use .41 caliber bullets in 170 and 200 grain. The only problem was right around this time the 10mm. and the .40 S&W came out , and the .41 Action Express got lost in the avalanche of guns and ammo in those two calibers that followed. I think GunNut has the choices pretty well covered for the situations mentioned.

October 8, 2007, 08:38 AM
Thank you for your answers. What would be the best 357/.41/.44 or 10mm/.45super for under 1000$?
Im leaning towards a 4" S&W .44mag. Any oppinions?

October 8, 2007, 08:47 AM
Ruger Rehawk .44
Ruger Super Redhawk .44
Ruger GP100 .357
different barrel length available

October 8, 2007, 01:31 PM
Since you state that you want to be able to carry it, even though CCW is not a huge factor as of now I think the 10mm fits your bill.

You can get plenty of arguments as to whether it is less, equal, or more powerful than a .357, but for your parameters, I think they're very comparable.

Capacity is greater with a 10mm auto.

Deer and hogs are easily hunted with it, as are other game, all, with plenty of practice, of course.

A 1911 10mm is eminently packable when CCW does become a factor.

10mm is more than up to the task for self defense.

10mm is a great range gun and a terrific all-around caliber.


October 10, 2007, 12:43 PM
Yep, 1911 in 10mm would seen to fit your needs.

October 10, 2007, 01:02 PM
what about the 30 carbine automag?

October 10, 2007, 04:13 PM
For what you describe, I'd go w/ the 357 mag out of a 4" wheelgun -- in a new gun, a Ruger GP100 in a vintage gun, a S&W 19 or 66

October 10, 2007, 07:42 PM
Another nice revolver round to consider is the 454 Casull. You can use 45LC as a "lighter" load for practice. The 45 LC itself is good for SD against bear.

For a semi I like the 10mm 1911 idea.

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