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Thinking about a new Sunby 357 vs 44 spl

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Ghostrider_23, Apr 10, 2010.

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which J-frame type for carry

Poll closed May 10, 2010.
  1. 357 magnum

    21 vote(s)
    75.0%
  2. 44 spl

    7 vote(s)
    25.0%
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  1. Ghostrider_23

    Ghostrider_23 Member

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    I am thinking about summer here in sunny South Florida and can't really carry my hand howitzer so I am thinking of getting a 1 7/8" J-frame type revolver. I wanted to know which would give the better protection.

    357 magnum

    or

    44 spl

    WHich one would you think would perform better in a J-frame type package?
     
  2. FoMoGo

    FoMoGo Member

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    Well, you cant get a .44 in a J frame.
    However... Between the 2 the .44 is much more pleasurable to shoot, and with good ammo VERY effective.
    I carry a Taurus 445 .44 special 5 shooter as my pocket gun.


    Jim
     
  3. Guillermo

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    we should carry the most gun that we can shoot well

    head to the range and shoot both

    your performance will determine what is best for you
     
  4. Radagast
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    You are looking at a Charters Arms revolver if you want a small frame .44.

    S&W did make a .44 on their medium L frame, the 696 and an airweight model, the 296, but both are discontinued.

    In .357 magnum you have a plethora of choices from S&W & Taurus (I'd go S&W).
     
  5. ChristopherG

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    If you want a gun that can be conveniently pocket carried, the difference in size between a J-frame (i.e. an S&W .38/.357) and any available .44 special will prove significant.
     
  6. ms6852

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    I would go with the 357. Cheaper to shoot and practice which makes your more competent. Especially if you use 38's. I have a 44 magnum in a Taurus with a 8" barrel and a burris scope and it is not for the faint at hard. Got it as a gift from my brother. Used it a couple of times to take a doe down at 95 yards. Go 357 more than enough for self defense.
     
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    Try this next time you are in the ammo aisle. Take a look at any .357 hollowpoint round and compare it to the CCI blazer .44 special 200 grain gold dot rounds. I felt that there was no comparison when I did that. You also get 50 of them in a box.
     
  8. snooperman

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    I would go with the .357 magnum....

    because you have a very large variety of ammo that could be used, not to mention 38 special as well. Also, the 357 magnum hot loads impart far more ft/lbs of energy than a 44 special.
     
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