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any one carry a.357mag ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by leeroy71, May 10, 2012.

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  1. leeroy71

    leeroy71 Member

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    I'm looking to get a CC gun. I'd prefer a revolver. Plus, I already have a 6" Taurus mod. 669 [to big to conceal well] so I like the idea of shared ammo.

    Anyone carry the "original magnum";)?
    Why and what?
     
  2. LNK

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    Sometimes I carry my 4" GP-100 in a Theis Holster (Supertuck Clone)at 3:30. For no other reason than because I can. Right now I am carrying a 1911 in the same way under a t-shirt. I also will carry a fullsize MP-9. Whatever suits me. Would consider any of these three to be plenty capable. I am 6' 200# if that helps.

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  3. newbuckeye

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    I have a 2" SP101 that I rotate into sometimes.....
     
  4. DM~

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    I carry a S&W M-19 4"... I have complete confidence in it getting any job i need done, done!

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    I just posted this somewhere else. I often carry a S&W 640 J-frame. It slips right into a pocket while some of my other carry guns (all autos) require a bit more wardrobe planning.
     
  6. SaxonPig

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    This is my daily walking around piece. I load my own using a 125 JHP at a clocked 1500 FPS.


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    Funny you should say "the original magnum" because I have at times carried this Registered Magnum and that would indeed be the original magnum.


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  7. 460Shooter

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    Ruger SP101, 3" bbl, hand polished and Badger grips
     

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  8. Iggy

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    I carry a Model 19 2 1/2'" almost all of the time. If fashion demands something a bit more sleek, I carry a Mdl 640-1.
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    For BBQ's, I carry a Model 27.
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  9. ColtPythonElite

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    I carry an SP101 nearly anytime I carry a gun in a holster.
     
  10. Teachu2

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    For several years, my CCW was a S&W Model 66, 2.5" bbl, round butt. Often carried in a Bianchi shoulder rig. Then again, I also carried a Model 28 6" the same way - I'm a XXL-sized guy....
     
  11. wally

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    I sometimes carry a S&W SC360 Scandium revolver, at 15.8 oz fully loaded with 158gr JHP its much more fun to carry that to shoot :)

    On top of a Kel-Tec PF-9:
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    side by side:
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  12. firesky101

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    I carry an LCR with 145gr silvertip .357 in it sometimes. The recoil is not unbearable as most people assume, In my experience anyways.
     
  13. MCgunner

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    I occasionally carry a 3" Taurus M66 blued. The SP101 is easier IWB to conceal, a little lighter and thinner. I think it's hard to beat a 3" SP101. I don't like 2" in this caliber, defeats the purpose. I'd rather carry a subcompact 9mm than a 2" .357, personally. Easier to shoot, less flash/bang, and very close to the same energy/terminal and exterior ballistics. You can beat 1263 fps with a 115 JHP giving 410 ft lbs with a 2" .357, but only with the heavier bullet weights and not by all that much. The 9mm +P actually equals or BEATS most 125 grain traditional self defense .357 loads from 2" barrels.
     
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    Wally, I did a similar pic a while back with my M85 Taurus and my P11 Kel Tec arguing a similar point. :D

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  15. Elm Creek Smith

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    Off duty I carry, most of the time, a 3 inch, round butt, Smith & Wesson Model 13-3, .357 Magnum, currently loaded with Winchester 140 grain Silvertips.

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    I haven't found anything faster and more powerful out of the holster. I used this gun to shoot two perfect 100% qualification scores, beating all the bottom-feeder shooters. The Range Master said, "I'd like to point out that all the revolver shooters qualified at 100%," just before he tried to buy it. I was, in fact, the only revolver shooter.

    Dat's why.

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  16. Vern Humphrey

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    I carried a Colt M357 my first tour in Viet Nam. The .357 is a superb round in a full-size revolver, less so in a snubnose. As Charles Petty put it, reducing the weight of snubnose revolvers has "transformed .357 recoil from merely unpleasant to downright brutal."

    Now people will say, "In a life-threatening situation you won't notice the recoil." There are two things wrong with that saying:

    1. You will definitely notice the recoil in practice -- which will cause you to either develop bad shooting habits, or stop practicing. Neither of those things are good.

    2. Whether you notice it or not in a life-threatening situation, recoil will definitly affect your performance.

    So when I carry a snubnose revolver, it's a Colt Detective Special, with .38 Special loads.
     
  17. sash

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    I carry a 3" GP100 most of the time. Sometimes a 4" Model 19.
     
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    4 inch Mod. 19-5 loaded with 158gr Norma hp's or Speer Gold dots. The holster is from simply Rugged.
     
  19. bikerdoc

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    I carry and practice with a 357.
    sp 101
    smith 649
    taurus 605

    various cz 9mm
    and 2 45,s


    The smith and the ruger get carried less ofteh than the 45,s

    Find what you like, practice with it, and carry it and continue the hunt for the next grail.
     
  20. bluethunder1962

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    I bought one a few months ago and loved it so much just got another one. One is a Rossi ant the new one I just got is a Ruger. S&W makes a 8 shot 357. That would be nice to have.
     
  21. wnycollector

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    Before my wife absconded it, my normal CCW was a SS 2.75" Ruger Security Six. I carried it IWB in an AKJ Concealco holster. I found it to be a perfect sized carry gun that was very controllable with full house .357 loads.
     
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  22. TimboKhan

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    For years my main carry gun was a Taurus 605. I carry a Glock 26 occasionally now, but have more and more returned to the 605.

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  23. langenc

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    Check the S&W 649. As Vern Humphrey noted can be shot w/ some stout 38s if 357 to much recoil. Use the clipdraw.com (IWB carry) and after a while you will have to feel to see if it is still there.
     
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    Hello friends and neighbors // I carry a few different .357s but the most comfortable is my Dan Wesson 15-2 w/ the 2 1/2" barrel and slim round butt grips.

    Good luck finding what works for you.
     
  25. Stainz

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    I agree re the recoil. I own a number of .357 Magnum chambered revolvers, simply because the equivalent revolver in .38 Special +P doesn't exist. Knowing the rationale behind the original Magnum's development, I don't foresee a need for it in my own personal civilian defensive applications. The .38 Special +P loads should be sufficient - and be a bit more lacking in over-penetration, a plus. My choice for my pocket carry, a 642, and my home/car (where legal) PC627 UDR (below) carry the same round: Remington R38S12 158gr LHPSWC +P, aka the 'old FBI load'. The PC67 UDR carries eight at a time - either in moonclips or 5starfirearms.com speedloaders.

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    All of my .38/.357M revolvers, whether locked up in the safe or not, have speedloaders loaded with that same ammo - for emergencies. My other caliber revolvers, from rimfire to the Governor, have speedloaders/moonclips with suitable defensive ammo - at the ready - although the revolvers may be locked away. Sort of 'ready reserves'.

    Stainz
     
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