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What is the first gun you have in mind when you hear 357 Mag or 44 Mag??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by saturno_v, Oct 13, 2008.

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  1. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Member

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    .357 - GP161 (blue) - my first revolver of any sort. But, I won't argue with anyone who says the Python is just about the prettiest .357 ever made.

    .44 - Model 29 - is there any other choice? Well, is there, punk?

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  2. 22-rimfire

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    My first centerfire revolver was a Python and my first 44 mag was a Model 29 Smith. Does that answer your question? :)

    I currently own neither at this time.
     
  3. Stainz

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    No doubt - a 4"/5" 627 (X8) for .357M and a 629 4"/6" for .44M - maybe because that's what I have! Always - a S&W!

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  4. MCgunner

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    I have a couple of Taurus 66s, a 3" and a 4" and they're no worse than my M19 Smith was. I'm not sure the problem you had. My WORST .357 medium frame for felt recoil was a Ruger Security Six, my first centerfire handgun. Thing HURT worse than my SP101, REALLY. The 4" 66 is sweet.

    First gun that comes to mind when I think 357, though, is the 19, the original medium frame. I was never in love with N frame .357s, heavy. I like medium frame guns like the K frames. They're not as strong, but I don't feed 'em a steady diet of hot stuff. That's what my Blackhawk is for.
     
  5. cicguy

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    Both I think of Smith & Wesson. I still have my first .357 Mag bought brand new in 65 or 66. It's is Model 19-2 with a 6" barrel. Still have the box. It sleeps next to me every night "just in case"


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  6. Hawk

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    Hmmm.

    The Dirty Harry movies would seem to make the model 29 the .44 that everyone knows of.

    I don't know about the .357. There were probably more Highway Patrolmen and Pythons weren't even around in the 40s and first half of the 50s. It might be the .357 standard bearer due to cult following but I think more people associate V-8 with "Chevy" rather than "Cadillac", for whatever that's worth.

    Actually, there is a movie featuring a .357. It's even named for the firearm in question - can you imagine if "Dirty Harry" was actually released as "S&W 29"?

    So, who here is going to take it upon themselves to see to it that the movie is dubbed, or at least subtitled and released here on DVD to compete in the several "revolver movie" threads?

    http://www.mr73-lefilm.com/

    ...or has it already been done?

    :evil:
     
  7. Water-Man

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    .357mag - Ruger GP-100
    .44mag - Ruger Redhawk
     
  8. rondog

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    Same here.



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  9. cowboy68t1

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    Depends- Do you want to hunt with either gun? Or are they for home defense or target shooting? If hunting I'd go with a 6-1/2 inch Ruger Blackhawk in .357 mag. And the 10-1/2 inch Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 mag. Now if for home defense or target practice go with any Smith and Wesson and you really can't go wrong. I us mine for longer range hunting. Zero is 100 yards on 3 of the 4 Rugers I use. (Blackhawk .357 6-1/2 with a Red-Dot scope, Super Blackhawk Hunter .44 7-1/2 with Burris 2-7 power scope and Super Blackhawk .44 10-1/2. Open site on this one. Try one and you will know why.) The 4th is a 4 inch Blackhawk .357. I just got and I think I'll use it for those to close for a rifle shots when calling in coyotes. Up to you, I like Ruger single action hand guns so much I have the Sturm Ruger Emblem tattooed on my left arm. But Smith and Colt make awesome guns. Just try as may as you can before you buy one.
     
  10. earlthegoat2

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    colt python,

    i really dont care about 44s unless its the 44 special
     
  11. Colt46

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    It does seem to conjure up specifics

    First .357 I spent any time around was a Smith and Wesson 66 4", Don't have a .44 magnum, but the Super Blackhawk always comes to mind when it comes up.
     
  12. BullRunBear

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    .357 - Ruger Redhawk, huge, stainless and my first ever 357 magnum. But I suspect more people would think of the Blackhawk or a S&W double action.

    .44 - Model 29, definitley. I can't think of any caliber/revolver combination so well known to the general public except maybe the Colt SAA in 45.

    Jeff
     
  13. Ala Dan

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    Very Simple

    Smith & Wesson's model 19 .357 magnum and 29 .44 magnum
     
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    I grew up in NY, where every NYS Trooper had a BIG S&W model 28 on his hip! For .44, hands down S&W model 29.
     
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    +1
    I agree
     
  18. glockman19

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    .357 Mag I think of S&W 686
    .44 Mag i think of S&W 29, 629 or Ruger Blackhawk.
     
  19. foghornl

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    .357Mag??

    Ruger "3-Screw Old Model" with 6-1/2" barrel...first center-fire personally owned handgun.

    .44Mag??

    The classsic S&W Mdl 29..."Dirty Harry" style. Although a very close second is the 7-1/2" barrel square trigger guard Super Blackhawk
     
  20. tim71

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    .44 = Model 29 with 6.5 inch barrel. Dirty Harry is the man.

    .357 probably my Colt Python although I'd love a model 19.

    Tim
     
  21. Fisherman_48768

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    Mdl 19 357 Mag
    Mdl 29 44 Mag
     
  22. bannockburn

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    .357 Magnum-Colt Python 6" Blued

    .44 Magnum-S&W Model 29 6 1/2" Blued
     
  23. Ben Shepherd

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    As a die hard ruger fan it pains me to say this, but if you want the first guns I think of with those 2 calibers, here goes-

    357? S&Ws Registered magnums.

    44 Mag? S&W model 29.

    True. Just don't let anything in my safes hear I said that. SSHHHH!!!
     
  24. BigBlock

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    These are the ones I bought, and paid top dollar for new. If I thought there were better ones I would have bought them instead. :neener:

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  25. tasco 74

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    jack2427 and i are on the same page......... i have that pic of dirty harry hanging over my loading bench rondog....................



    LIFE IS SHORT...............
     
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