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What would you choose?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 357smallbore, Jun 2, 2021.

  1. Arkansas Paul

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    I believe he has one specifically on Buffalo Bore in .38 Special as well which is why I would choose that ammo.
     
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  2. tbob38

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    I have my 442 2in 38 Special loaded with HST 130gr ammo in my pocket rightnow.
     
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  3. Bazoo

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    Sir, what's the yellow cap on the cartridge in the baggie? I never thought of a baggie for a small reload for a revolver. Thanks for the idea.
     
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  4. Buckeye63

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    38 ....rimfire are not as dependable as centerfire
     
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  5. scott1970

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    The .38 without question.
     
  6. George P

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    Split the difference with a 3" 66
     
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  7. UncleEd

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    LeftyRed,

    Your choices are superb: "hammerless" DAO. You are
    among the wisest of men.
     
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  8. reloaded_in_pa
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    Depends on which one you shoot the best. A well placed 22 round could be just as effective as 6 poorly aimed 38 ones.
     
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  9. chicharrones

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    I know you have the 9-shot 4" barrel .22 magnum, I'll assume you have the 5 shot snub nose .38 special.

    For ease of carry and cartridge power, I'd have to pick the 5 shot .38 Special snubbie. I've owned one for many years and it carried much easier than something with a longer barrel.

    Now, if you don't own the .38 and are casting for ideas . . . well, there are plenty of other options. If the ammo was available, I'd be leaning hard to a 6-shot Ruger LCR in .327 federal magnum.
     
  10. LeftyRed

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    I stand on shoulders of giants good sir.
     
  11. Slamfire

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    I decided 38 Special. It is not as if a 38 Special in a two inch barrel is going to be a tank killer. But it will make a hole.

    I have the five shot version

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    and then, Taurus made a six shot

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    I purchased these before the Biden Gun Panic, and the first one had to been around $225 new, and the six shooter, about $250.00. I have put more rounds through the five shooter, it has a smooth action, shoots to point of aim, accurate enough.

    this is the sort of accuracy I expect from a snubbie, at close range. These things are hard to shoot well.

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    25 yards is very far with a snubbie. I have since come to the conclusion, that the group would have been centered, if I had not been flinching.

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  12. SwampWolf

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    Same here. Otherwise, I'd pick nine .22 Magnum rounds over five .38 Specials.
     
  13. J-Bar

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    My missus and I carry S&W .38 snubbies.

    Next question?
     
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  14. Pat Riot
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    It depends…
    Are we worried about Zombies or Bears?
     
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  15. jstert

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    the two yellow thingies are a set of earplugs. i wear earplugs when shooting 38sp, even in a survival situation if i have time, thus want them handy. shooting 22lr outdoors without hearing protection certainly isn’t advisable, but is more doable in a pinch and is another plus for 22lr.
     
  16. Kleanbore

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    In defensive shooting, placement is as much a matter of luck as skill.
     
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  17. Haywood

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    E8A79708-94F0-4ABE-A843-0EF7245F5D88.jpeg I’d carry what I always carry. Two J-Frames loaded with the street proven stopper Speer Gold Dot 135g. 38+P . These are today’s carry.
     
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  18. springfield30-06

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    This- .38 over the .22 magnum every time. When I carry the J-frames I use the Buffalo Bore .38 spl LSWCHP as Arkansas Paul mentioned.
     
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  19. Pat Riot
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    Kidding aside from my earlier post, I would carry the .38 J frame. My main carry was my 442 with two speedloaders. I would sometimes carry two J frames or my 442 would be backup for my Glock.

    Anyway, if your concerned about having only 5 rounds and you own both guns that you have listed, why not carry both if you have the ability?
     
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  20. 357smallbore

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    I own a 3in Taurus 85 & a 2in 85. Love them. My 22 magnum is a High Standard Sentinel MKIV
     
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  21. Sarge7402

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    40 years ago I picked up a Charter Arms Undercover and loaded it (back then) with military 130 Grain JRN. When I got my loading set up I loaded 158 Grain Hard Cast SWC ahead of a stiff charge of Unique and never felt under armed
     
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  22. 357smallbore

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    I've never had a light strike or ftf with a 22 magnum. 22lr that a different story. 9 rds of 22 magnum I believe is just as deadly as 5 rds of 38 special. Is it my go to as an every day carry? NO.I use a 9mm or 44 Special for that. But I am 100% confident that the 22 magnum and the ammunition I listed can stop an attacker before said attacker could leathly injur me.
    I believe the 22 magnum is grossly underrated as a defensive weapon
     
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  23. dougader

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    A guy could pocket carry both at the same time, no?
     
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