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Seven rounds of .38+P, or five rounds of .44 special?

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  1. Monster Zero

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    Totally hypothetical just because.

    In, say a GP100 with a 3" barrel in each instance.

    All opinions/POVs welcome.
     
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    IMO if you hit what you aim at it will not matter.

    Pick the one you are more accurate with and go with it.
     
  3. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    A GP100 is good size gun, it should be loaded with .357s unless the shooter is severly recoil sensitive. I'll choose either one for SD/HD but all handguns are second to the 12 GA
     
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    For my needs, and providing I can work up my own load for it, I'd take the .44Spl.
     
  5. ontarget

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    More is better. That can apply to the number of rounds available OR to the size of the hole created. Therefore IMHO either would be a good choice assuming you can shoot both equally well.
     
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  6. philoe

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    My vote would be .44 special all day long. There was a reason it was Elmer Keith's favorite. It is a proven cartridge on game and offers a lot of flexibility for different applications.

    Several choices of 200+ grain bullets getting near 1,000 fps depending on powders and bullet weight. Knockdown power and meplat vs. .38 special +p is hard to even argue let alone compare.

    It just comes down to your capacity question. It isn't a lot different than asking someone if they would rather have 9 rounds of .380 vs 7 rounds of .45 acp. Is this for carry, home defense or just for fun? I am curious about that but it is hard to argue with a bigger hole and a heavier round if your intent is to stop someone with your first shot. They learned that lesson the hard way with the moros in the Phillipines.
     
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    For what purpose?
     
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    Seven rounds of 38spl p+, no thanks.

    I do carry a s&w 586 l-comp 7-shot filled with 357's. I also carry a 5-shot ca bulldog 44spl.
     
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    44 special. Cause it costs more and it's tougher to find, thats the criteria i use to choose all my firearms.
     
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    Assuming that I am equally adept with both handguns, I would choose the .44 partially because of the dandy, moderate-speed (~800fps) 250gr loading that I have developed:

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    That is a Matt's bullet, btw. ;)
     
  11. bannockburn

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    Would probably go with the .44 Special.

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    If you reload 44spc, if not 38spc, 44spc rounds are pricey last I looked, about 2 times 38spc. I reload 44mag and have seen fired brass for 44spc run more than 44mag brass.
     
  13. Kevin Keith

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    Five rounds of .44 Special.
     
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    Purrrrrrrrrrrty! :D
     
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    44 with my Charter Arms for 5 then my Ruger and S&W for 6. I made the decision when I bought ammo now I reload and the decision is easier.
     
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    Rossi 720-3.jpg I have a Rossi 720 3in barrel and a Taurus 85 in 3in barrel. If I had to chose one. 44 Special all the way. I believe it is one of the best stoppers out there for 2 and 4 legged critters.
     
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    Two of my favorite revovler cartridges..
    The 44spl and the 38spl ..
    I go through the same dilemma ..
    Two revovlers , same frame size one a 5 Shot 44spl other a 6 shot 38spl
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  19. 460Shooter

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    I tend to like big and heavy, or small and real fast. Not and, or.

    The 38 Special is fine, but I kind of think 44 for me.
     
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  20. tubeshooter

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    Outside of my .22s, I don't generally tend to care for revolvers that hold more than six.
     
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    Having had bad timing, and clockwork issue with a 7shooter that I owned.....I say five .44s. They make bigger holes.
    I'm not a fan of seven-shooters.
     
  22. JERRY

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    in a Gp100 it would depend upon the purpose. defense against human critters the 7 rounds of .38spl. defense against woodland critters, 5 rounds of hot loaded .44spl.
     
  23. Duster340

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    I like the 44spl. A lot!
     
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    I'm a fan of shooting lighter loads, feel I'm more accurate with them and enjoy shooting them more. for what it is worth
     
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    38. Arthritis
     
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