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.357 Mag. for concealed carry?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Nomad101bc, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Nomad101bc

    Nomad101bc Well-Known Member

    Does the .357 mag make a good concealed carry weapon? Is it much stronger than a 9mm?
  2. GunNut

    GunNut Well-Known Member

    Yes it makes a very good CCW weapon. The greatest benefit is the easy of use, it also doesn't hurt that it does not rely on bullet shape or wrist strength to function.

    It is more powerful than 9mm, but it is not so much so to make up for poor shot placement.
  3. Geronimo45

    Geronimo45 Well-Known Member

    Yes, it should be equal to or superior to the 9mm, powerwise, in most loadings. There's a much wider variety of bullet shapes and weights available in .357 - shapes that are better at expansion and such - since it doesn't need a certain shape to feed properly into the chamber.
    As for how good it is to carry... one of the easier-to-shoot .357 revolvers (compared with a snubby .357, which is by all accounts a gun that kicks like field artillery), a 4" barrel K-frame Smith, is about the same overall length as a 5" barrel 1911. When I'm wearing a cover garment, I'm wearing that 4" S&W K-frame in .357. I'm able to strap it on and leave it for several hours, and it doesn't seem bother me.
  4. starpuss

    starpuss Well-Known Member

    yes this would be my #1 ccw weapon
  5. baz

    baz Well-Known Member

    My CCW is a Taurus 605 -- a .357 snubby. Not sure what you mean by "stronger." More powerful? Yes, .357 is generally more powerful than 9mm. Of course, in a snubby, you lose a bit of velocity, and thus some energy. But even then, I think the muzzle energy of a .357 out of a snubby will typically exceed that of a 9mm out of a 4" barrel.

    But power/energy isn't everything. I wouldn't hesitate to use a 9mm for SD. It will do the job, if you do yours. I just happen to be partial to a snubby wheelgun for concealed carry. But I also have a 9mm that I shoot regularly, and keep loaded in the house for SD/HD (along with other guns).
  6. Mooseman

    Mooseman Well-Known Member

    I recommend the Ruger sp101. I've carried one for several years now and find it easy to fire accurately and quickly. The weight of it helps to tame the recoil of full house loads but doesn't lend itself well to pocket carry. Try several different brands at the range before making a decision if possible.
  7. Princi

    Princi Well-Known Member

    I carry a S&W Airlight J-Frame @ 11 oz, and even with 38 Special rounds, I've had the 5th round walking out of the case after shooting 4 rounds. (S&W says to check it by shooting 4 rounds and then comparing the 5th to a round that was never in the gun. The recoil is so bad!!!

    I've also gotten a 357 Magnum barrel for my Bond Arms and it is not a problem shooting it, but the S&W - wow!!! Keep in mind that recoil is the square of the weight of the bullet, velocity, and weight of powder. It is also indirectly proportional to the weight of the gun.

    Keep in mind that the nominal muzzle-energy of the 9mm is 340 ft-lbs and of the 357 Magnum is 535 ft-lbs.

    On occasions, I do have a 9mm for Personal Protection, but for the most part I feel better with the 357 Magnum in my pocket (as long as I don't have to shoot it).
  8. Jimmie

    Jimmie Well-Known Member

    I carried a 3" .357 for a while. I found that I didn't like to practice with the full power rounds, so I didn't carry the full power loads. I carried a reduced recoil/reduced power load. I changed to a 9mm after looking at the ballistics.

    The reduced .357 launched a 158gr bullet at 1100fps.
    The 9mm +P launches a 124gr bullet at 1220fps.

    For me, the follow-up on the 9mm is much faster and the recoil is much less. I get more accurate hits more quickly with the 9mm, and I can carry a couple more rounds with a faster reload.

    A 4" .357 would tip the scale back towards the .357 because I could carry a full power magnum loading.
  9. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    There are both fine handguns and cartridge loads designed around the .357 magnum. You could certainly do much worse.
  10. BikerRN

    BikerRN member

    The 357 Magnum 125 Grain JHP is still the round that all other self defense rounds are compared to.

    I will be switching back to carrying a 357 Mag with that load after Christmas. Right now I'm carrying a S&W 45 ACP Revolver when I am Off-Duty. I like the 45 ACP Revolver, but I decided that I wanted the "King of The Hill" of fightstoppers. I just ordered a case of ammo to begin practicing.

    BTW, I don't shoot this load in J-Frame guns and in snubbies. My EDC will be a Ruger GP100 with a 3" Barrel. Right now I'm packing an N-Frame with a 4" Barrel. The bedside gun is a 5" 357 Mag.

  11. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    A 3" or shorted barrel S&W K frame is a GREAT .357 Magnum carry revolver. So are the Ruger Six series revolvers like this 2 3/4" barrel Police Service-Six:



  12. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    My main carry gun these days is a pre-agreement Smith & Wesson model 60 five-shot .357 magnum. It packs enough wallop to stop a crime if needed. Recoil is noticeable, but by no means uncontrollable. It's been 100% reliable since the day I brought it home.
  13. 22luvr

    22luvr Well-Known Member

    Pocket-carried a Taurus Mod 605 easily...

    It is built on the same frame as the Mod 85 Ultralite. For pocket carry, I took the larger grips off the 605 and replaced them with the mod 85 boot grips which makes it a slick carry piece. Shooting characteristics? recoil is stout but manageable, even with the smaller grips. It is much easier to handle than my 340SC.:what:
  14. Flame Red

    Flame Red Well-Known Member

    +1 for the S&W J-Frame. I personally carry a Colt Magnum Carry most of the time. Only difference is I get six shots with the Colt :D It just conceals so well. Walking around with my hands in my pocket is quite natural when I in condition orange.
  15. ozwyn

    ozwyn Well-Known Member

    not a darn thing wrong with .357 for concealed carry. People may argue about one caliber or ammo choice, but .357 usually falls into the category of "very respectable" for the job.
  16. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Yes and yes (with a good load). The downers are flash/bang out the wazzola and recoil. The recoil can be handled in a gun like the SP101, but the flash/bang indoors is a reason some will choose something else. I carry the .357, but don't feel naked with other calibers including the .380 and .38 special. It's not really the hardware, it's the man behind it, or woman as the case may be.

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  17. weregunner

    weregunner Well-Known Member

  18. arctictom

    arctictom Well-Known Member

    I carry a smith model 60 with a 3" bbl not to bad to shoot , and I have a 4"bbl Taurus titanium tracker very pleasant to shoot and carry.
    I have a Kel-tec P-11 in 9mm but prefer the 357s .
  19. marley

    marley Well-Known Member

    I use a 3 inch m-66 and a 2 1/4 sp101. 145 grain winchester silvertips in both. I usually carry a .45 lw commander or a 9mm glock. Don't feel undergunned with any of them. Patrick
  20. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Well-Known Member

    My wife carries a Taurus 650 about with her. With my reloads even that little 2 inch barrel is pushing a 125gr jhp at abit over 1300fps. It'll do.

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