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.357 - Most Holy Magnum

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by rc135, Dec 21, 2006.

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  1. rc135

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    All you Revolvermen and Revolverwomen remember: this Saturday, December 23d is the day of the Most Holy Revolver – the 357th day of the year. On this occasion we remember these thoughts, collected over the past coupla years on this and other fora:

    "I can handload from lead shot for shooting birds, to 200-grain super hardcast SWCs for shooting trains."

    "To not buy a .357 would in effect be an attempt to disregard the physical laws that govern the universe."

    "What the hell? Of course. It's a staple, like a .22, bread and toilet paper. If I had my way, .357s would be issued with voter registration cards and sent in the mail with samples of Tide. December 23rd should be a national holiday, being the .357th day of the year."

    "REASONS WHY A .22 IS BETTER THAN A .357:
    Low muzzle flash.
    Quiet report.
    Low recoil.
    Cheap ammo.
    Easy to find ammo.
    Easy to carry.
    Overpenetration not a problem.
    Can be shot without hearing protection (not advised).
    Fast follow-up shots.

    REASONS A .357 IS BETTER THAN A .22:
    Power. Power. Power.
    Ultra-fast stopper of most things that breathe.
    Excellent penetration.
    Excellent expansion.
    Scares the living crap out of everything that hears it go off.
    You can run, but it is hard to hide from a .357 (concrete and steel advised. Thick)."

    "I can go urban or go to the woods with the .357 Maggie without breakin' the bank. Ya gotta love the three-five-seven."

    "Thy .357 Magnum and thy hollow points shall comfort me."

    "Let me introduce you to Dr. .357. Now, this is going to hurt you a whole lot more than it's going to hurt me."

    "I don't dial 911; I dial .357."

    "Guys with 45's know they are right. Guys with 9mm's know they are right. Some guy with a 40 Smith will tell them why both of them are wrong. And that old guy in the corner, with the old revolver with no finish, he just shakes his head and grins as he puts another six rounds through the ten ring."
     
  2. tellner

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    When I was growing up in Eastern Washington there were three things that every Mexican-American man bought when he became a US citizen:

    1) A GM truck
    2) A pair of Tony Lama boots
    3) A nickel-plated .357 revolver
     
  3. f4t9r

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    thanks for pointing that out. I would have never thought about it and probably will forget by Sat.
     
  4. hexidismal

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    Nice observation, I hadn't considered that myself. In honor of the 357, I'll be sure to carry the M66 instead of my usual on Saturday.
     
  5. MCgunner

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    I think I'll take my collection of .357s to the range Saturday.:D

    But, hey, the .22LR is NOTHIN' since you can't reload it!

    I agree that the .357 magnum is king, but the .38 is special. ;) :cool:
     
  6. Vern Humphrey

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    I carried a .357 my first tour in Viet Nam -- and have kept it ever since. A great gun.
     
  7. Pat Cannon

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    Yeah, as in 'special education'. :)
     
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    Long live the 357...I just never want to be at the wrong end of one.
     
  9. jad0110

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    Like this :D ....


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    S&W 686 Plus
     
  10. dispatch

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    Hey Tellner

    When I was growing up in West Texas there were five things that every man wanted:
    1) A GM, Ford, or Dodge truck
    2) A pair of Tony Lama boots and a pair Justin Ropers.
    3) A nickel-plated .357 revolver
    4) A Cowgirl
    5) A Cold beer

    Not necessarily in that order. Depended on what your mood was at the time.
     
  11. enfield

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    I carried my M66 today -- even took it out and bought it a new holster.
     
  12. Dr.Rob

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    Thanks for quoting me. I Think I said a .38 SW Model 10 with no finish...

    Does that make the .357 Maximum "Holier Than Thou?" ;)

    Seriously, the 4 inch .357 is one of the most versatile handguns in existance.
     
  13. Cosmoline

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    I've tried to purge the .357 from my life more than once, but it always comes back. It's simply an essential round. To keep this High Road, it may not be the sine quo non or the ne plus ultra, but it IS the aureas mediocritas of handgun cartridges.

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  14. calzoom

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    357 WOW!!! And two outta three aint bad.

    I'm American-American
    I have the boots
    I have the 357
    I have the Chebby-Truck
    I don't count so good.:p
     
  15. Vern Humphrey

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    What, no:

    6. Stetson
    7. Wranglers
    8. Quarter horse
    9. Crockett spurs and bits

    ?????
     
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    I went out for a little top down driving this afternoon and some last minute shopping all the while carrying my Ruger GP100 3inch loaded up with .357 Magnum. I feel I have given praise and hope the gun gods smile upon me. :D
     
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    I hadn't even seen this thread when I happened across a sweet 3-inch K-frame in .357, on this, the 357th day of the year!

    My brand new to me Model 65-3:

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    Must be cosmic forces at work :neener:



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    That's for me to know and not you!
    Those who are one with the force own a .357magnum.
     
  19. lawboy

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    Well, I had not realized the significance of the day, but it sure explains my behavior today. Late last night, some strange calling, sent me out into the garage to inventory my 357 ammo, and to handload an additional 100 rounds of a new concoction for testing. Then that same urge sent me back into the house to check over my 357 revolvers: a 19-3 2.5-inch, a Dan Wesson 15-2 with 2,4,6,8-inch barrels, and a GP100 with 6-inch barrel. I screwed the 8-inch tube onto the DW while I was at it. Then, Saturday afternoon, I took all three of the guns out to the range. Nothing else, just those three guns. Lo and behold, I met up with a buddy out there. Turns out the only handgun he'd brought today was a GP100 6-inch also. We've both brought steel plate targets of various sizes and were just planning to shoot our 357 wheel guns at a leizurely place at the 50- and 100-yard lines. So, we did just that for a couple hours. The loads I had were 180-grain Sierra flatpoints over 12.0 of 296, 168-grain LSWCGC over 14.0 of 2400, and the same 168-grain bullet over 10.5grs. of AA#7. All shot well enough to consistent hit a 4-inch square steel plate at 50-yards offhand, and easily hit a 12-inch round steel plate at 100 yards. I had a blast. The odd thing is, I rarely shoot my 357s on steel plates at those ranges, perferring to use them at the 25 yard line and the 7 yard line when practicing fast sight acquisition and firing out of the k frame. I almost always use my 44 and 45 rugers for the longer ranges, loaded up heavy with 310- 320-grain cast lead bullets. But today ... something just made me do it. Now I know what it was!
     
  20. sloppyjoec

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    does that make this the right end of a .357? (4"gp100)

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    By the way note the front sight is in focus and they are lined up properly, that was more difficult than i would have though
     
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  21. CSA 357

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    well the 357 is one of my favorites, i have 5 all s&w 3 mod 27s , 66-1 and a 19-5 357 is just hard to beat! *csa*
     
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    bumpity bump

    While cruising threads about ammo for the upcoming 357 (686+)
    (almost certainly, probably tomorrow) to replace the 9mm,
    i ran across this thread.

    OK, I'm in.

    Bigga bada boom.
     
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    3 years ago I was bow hunting up at my cabin located in northwest Wisconsin, as the norm I hunted till dark. While walking my 1/4 mile walk back to the cabin I heard this like moaning noise coming directly in front of me, I shinned by streamlight flashlight to the noise in front of me and caught the eye's of a black bear and 2 cubs, 30 yards from me. I dropped my bow and grabbed my S&W .357 model 66 and started to yell, but the sow stood up and then dropped on all fours and started to come towards me. I then shot a warning shot directly above her head (20 yards away), the sow stopped and did a 180 turn and simply ran away. I did the same, the only difference is that I had to change my shorts!!!:eek: Nice to have Smith and Wesson as friends in a dark woods.
     
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    My birthday is coming up..... it's 03-05-07 :D :D :D
     
  25. AStone

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    Well, that's just too cool. :cool:

    I recommend that you treat yourself to a nice present. :)

    That was yesterday.

    Today, I walked out of Sportsman's Warehouse
    with a SW 686+ (NIB) for a mere
    <drum roll> $522.50. :what:
    (5% off sale)

    :D :D :D

    Right after din din, I'm going to clean the new most holy magnum. :evil:
     
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