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any one carry a.357mag ?

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

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  1. The Bushmaster

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    Mod 19 nickel plated 2 1/2". 140 grain Hornady XTP.
     
  2. hgte2001

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    Chiappa rhino .357 mag

    I carry it daily. It does everything it advertises. The recoil with the bottom cylinder set-up is 100% controllable. The followup shots with full house Magnums are as fast as you can pull the trigger because the recoil is literally straight back. I can empty the it in 1.2 seconds keeping them at about a silver dollar group at 5 yards.

    The only drawback is my daughter loves it! Yikes

    The flat cylinder walls allows for exceptional CC.

    It Groups, it is rugged, and makes me feel comfortable.

    Highly recommend it!
     
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  3. dirtykid

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    This sits on my hip most days, except with the addition of CT-grips

    Some may call it a "texas BBQ" gun :)
     
  4. CDR_Glock

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    I carry a S&W 586 L-Comp 7 round 357 with a 3" ported barrel.
     
  5. Pointshoot

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    I won't carry a 357 mag with a barrel under 4 inches ( I like my hearing). In a field gun I prefer a 6 in barrel for a 357. One of my favorite 357 concealed carry guns is a S&W 686+ with 4 in barrel . Balances very nicely for me. Its my personal 'perfect' 357 defensive wheel gun.
     
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  6. dawei

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    TaurusĀ® Mdl 605SS2 5 shot, or 617SS2 7 shot, both of which I carry; would be my recommendations..........
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  7. PabloJ

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    Gen IV G20. Equal power to .357 plus 16 cartridges w/o reloading. The G29 is more compact and will accept G20 magazines. Revolvers are nice they just lack capacity to be of real value against assailants unless for hunting use in cal. .454 or similar. We pretty much all know speed loaders are next to useless and speed strips are totally worthless.
     
  8. beag_nut

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    Yes, to the original question by the OP. Mine is a POS Charter Arms Mag Pug. I had to machine down the front sight to get anywhere near POI. The screws keep loosening up in the action. The original grips were too large to fit in a pocket, and I made my own smaller set. I don't like the end-of-barrel compensator holes, 'cause they prevent the use of "snake loads" (shot capsules). Other than all those exceptions, it's a tossable revolver because it costs way less than anything else. Will NEVER buy another Charter Arms!
    Get a Ruger instead! (wish I did)
     
  9. bigheaddaddy

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    S&W Model 60. Great trigger, easy to conceal, recoil is not an issue with the right loads.
     
  10. PabloJ

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    Nice, but G29 is smaller, lighter and carries 3 extra cartridges plus it can be reloaded with 15 round magazine.
     
  11. WoodchuckAssassin

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    I LOVE shooting .357's, and it is by far my favorite caliber for the range and wood's carry...but not for everyday carry. If I'm being hunted by an engine block down a dark alley, I'll load up some full-bore 158 grain .357's, but otherwise, the muzzle blast/fireball from the barrel isn't worth the added BANG of the .357...especially at night where you'll blind everyone - yourself included - by letting loose a furry of defensive fire.

    With the incredible advances in ballistics and design being offered by companies like Hornady and Buffalo Bore, it's my opinion that a 38 special is most suited for a CC weapon.

    Is a 38 special superior to the mighty might of the .357? GOD NO! But my CC revolver is a snubbie, and the added .357 strength is neither utilized nor needed out of a sub-2 inch barrel. Happy Hunting!
     
  12. hgte2001

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    38spc/357

    Woodchcuck--take a look at the stats on this site. http://www.handloads.com/misc/stoppingpower.asp

    Compare 38, 38+p, and 357 street results.

    The majority of the time my Rhino is the choice. I do carry a Glock 27 and a Glock 36 as well. Deep conceal you find me with the Kel Tec 380, not often.

    If your comfortable I suppose I am. I can shoot all these about the same with a slight edge going to the Glock 27. Shot placement for any of these is non-issue for me.

    That being said there are just to many street reports of 38 special failing to penetrate while providing adequate shock to stop an attack.

    However, my wheel gun love is the 357 Rhino simply for the stopping power. I do love shooting it!
     
  13. beatledog7

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    Sometimes, mostly when concealment is moot, I carry a 2-1/4" Security Six. I can carry it concealed, but I don't always want to wear a cover garment, and tucked-in IWB holsters don't really work for me.

    The .357 Magnum is a great round. Extremely versatile, plenty powerful. The other great thing about it is that anything that can shoot it (maybe not some lever-action rifles) can also shoot powder-puff .38SPLs.
     
  14. 19-3Ben

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    They lack real value against assailants? Tell that to everyone (civilians and LEO's included) from the 1850's to the 1980s who carried them and did just fine.
    Yes, law enforcement made the switch to semi-autos because they were better for that purpose.
    But if I happen to be in a gas station that gets held up and all I have are the 6 rounds of Double Tap loaded 158gr. Gold Dots loaded in my Speed Six, I don't think any "assailant" is going to laugh at me for having a gun with no real value.:scrutiny:

    I made the switch from autos to revolvers because I happen to shoot them better. If you want to say that FOR YOU a revolver has little value as a defneisve weapon, then fine. But FOR ME, unless I am in some sort of major battle, I'm just as happy with a wheelgun at my side.
     
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    Taurus 605 snub, or a s&w m66 2.5" or a s&w m65 3".
    The mighty magnum is still a great carry choice.
     
  16. tulsamal

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    My very first carry gun many years ago was a pre-ILS S&W M640 Centennial. Heck of a nice gun and I could shoot that DAO really well. Easy to stage. Then I went to a .44 Special for nearly ten years. Then we had several "mass shootings" where the bad guy wore some kind of body armor. And engaged people from a distance. I sighed and switched to the dark side.

    Now I carry a .357 Magnum again. But it is a 12+1. With another 12 rounds nearby. 25 rounds of .357 Magnum. In a package that will get chest sized groups way out there. And penetrate all the soft vests except the very top level.

    HK P2000 LEM, .357 SIG. Loaded with the Air Marshal load of Speer 125 grain Gold Dots.

    I like .357 SIG even more out of the long barrel on my Glock 35 but I'm not willing to carry that gun around every day.

    Gregg
     
  17. Arizonagunrunner

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    Ruger Speed Six. 2 3/4 bbl. Awesome and the best for a ccw 357.
     
  18. rswartsell

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    Colt Lawman 2" .357. Best snubbie platform for full house .357 (yes I know about the trade off of velocity for fireball and noise).

    Truth be told I carry the Dick Special more often nowadays, but when I want a bit more power, there isn't a better 2" revolver to deliver than the Lawman. On target and follow up better than any I have experience with.

    P.S. Yes, it is heavy, ain't it?
     
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    I carry a 66-5 or -2 most of the time. But there are some days I'll strap on one of the AL's, mostly when I don't feel like carrying a boat anchor. I usually carry either 158 gr. H110 / 296 hand loaded Gold Dots, or 140 gr. XTP's, 125 gr. XTP's, and occasionally 110 gr. XTP's.

    GS
     
  20. Water-Man

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    GP-100 4" but only in the woods.
     
  21. Sergei Mosin

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    I am a .357 believer.

    My LCR has become my most frequently carried gun, at least in summer. Lightweight, easy to carry in my pocket, accurate, manageable recoil. Only drawback is low capacity. Probably ought to find a higher capacity pocket gun but I have a lot of confidence in that little thing.

    My GP100 is carried in the great outdoors and occasionally in town, generally in winter, sometimes openly, sometimes concealed.
     
  22. Stainz

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    PabloJ,

    I am glad you like your evil-bottom-feeding/rude-case-tossing Tupperware firearm - but this is a revolver sub-forum. I would expect more of the roundgun's virtues to be praised here. Of course, if it's round capacity you are after, there is always the "Rambo" solution - an M60 MG with the infamous Hollywood unlimited belt...

    The end of this summer will mark fifteen years since I sold my Glock - the most characterless yet dependable self-loader I have ever owned - a G21 - and completed my change to revolvers.

    Stainz
     
  23. Lucky Derby

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    3" Ruger SP101
    2.75" Ruger Speed-Six
    4" Colt Trooper .357

    Each of these sees at least some carry time.
     
  24. MagnunJoe

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    I have a 686+ 3 inch with a simply rugged holster but I'm afraid to carry her with .357 loads because of all the horrible things that I read about going deaf, muzzle flash and recoil.
     
  25. wolf695

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    Good for you! 357's are a good cal, and they deliever alot of knock down power! for self defense loads use, hydroshock! That will stop any crook!
     
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