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Which do you have? 357 Mag, 44 Mag, or both.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by GunnyUSMC, Feb 4, 2018.

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Which do you have? 357 Mag, 44 Mag, or both.

  1. 357 Magnum

    69 vote(s)
    31.4%
  2. 44 Magnum

    13 vote(s)
    5.9%
  3. Both

    124 vote(s)
    56.4%
  4. Neither

    8 vote(s)
    3.6%
  5. Some other flavor

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    2.7%
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  1. Ironicaintit

    Ironicaintit Member

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    I have new model super blackhawks in both 357 and 44. Also in 357: sp101, gp100, and a speed-six.
    Im a Ruger fan!
    I handload for both, and shoot the 357s far more than the 44.
     
  2. Panzerschwein

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    The .44 is too expensive for me to shoot, and specials are the same cost as magnums. The .44 is a reloadsman's cartridge.
     
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  3. billybob44

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    Yep, most ALL centerfires are....Bill
     
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  4. Panzerschwein

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    Not 9 miker miker.
     
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  5. ray15

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    Even if you reload it's comparatively expensive because of the bullet weight, the bullet generally being the expensive part of the equation unless you cast. And even so, 180-240 grains burns up your lead a lot faster than 110-158.

    I can buy great quality plated .357" bullets for ~6 cents apiece, with comparable .429" being 10 cents and much less available at that price level. As always with 44, it's only a great deal if you really need or value the additional power, even if you reload.
    With my giant horde of 5.5 cent 9mm plated bullets, I load a box of really good quality 9mm optimized for my use and guns for just under $5. I do save more on the revolver cartridges, but am happy being able to shoot twice as much 9 on a given budget.
     
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  6. Panzerschwein

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    I feel a warm sensation for you, but some of us willn't reload, for any number of reasons.
     
  7. Old Dog

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    I just realized I currently own exactly zero handguns in .44 Magnum, alas (there's a couple trades I wish I had back, for sure). Several revolvers in my beloved .357, though ...
     
  8. ray15

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    I wasn't saying you should, just that 44 still costs significantly more if you reload, and that reloading can save significantly even in the worst case.
     
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  9. Panzerschwein

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    I see.
     
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  10. NWPilgrim

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    I have had a couple of .357 (Sp101, Gp100) but never really liked it that much. I liked the revolvers a lot but the cartridge didn't ring my bell. The .44 was my first revolver, a 4" Redhawk. It a fit of lunacy I sold the Redhawk! Now I have one .38 Kframe, and my now-favorite handgun an M29 Mountain Gun, and a Marlin 1894 lever action in .44. I really enjoy the .44 from light target loads to stout flame throwers.

    I have 9mm and .40S&W pistols for most anything the .357 would do, and beyond those I have the .44 for any revolver work (snake shot, bear loads, fun without having to pick up brass). For family that don't enjoy the stout loads I have light 750fps and medium 1,000fps loads with 240 gr lead.
     
  11. billybob44

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    Yep, seems at times less than .22 rimfire..HA.HA...
     
  12. billybob44

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    You got a point here "Cool"--BUT--Of those of us that:
    Are old enough (Spare Time)
    Have Cast/Loaded enough
    Have access to Cheap (Read FREE) Wheel Weight lead
    Want to Load/Shoot something you just can not buy at ANY shop/show
    Can Powder Coat Paint these projectiles

    Our "Home Made" slugs are the way to go..HA. HA. HA....Bill.
     
  13. Oldman11

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    Three guns I’ll always have are the,327 mag,357 mag and the 44 mag.
     
  14. CraigC
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    Not really. My cheapest cast bullets for plinking/practice are $35 for .358" or $49 for .430", per 500. The difference amounts to $1.40 per 50rds. If all you care about is making noise and holes in paper, then it might be a factor. If you actually use it as a field cartridge, the difference in cost is easily superseded by the difference in capability. The .357 needs velocity to be effective and with that velocity comes pressure and an ear-splitting crack. The .44 doesn't and works very well under 1000fps. The .357 has a definite ceiling when it comes to bullet weight and capability. The .41, although to a lesser extent, suffers from the same malady. Not enough diameter and case capacity to utilize very heavy bullets. The .44, .45, .475 and .500 all have the diameter and case capacity to propel bullets with sectional density in the .270 range to a meaningful velocity of 1200-1300fps. That makes for a very broad operating range that fully eclipses anything the .357 is capable of. As with anything else, it all hinges in the intended purpose.
     
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  15. MaxP

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    I have both, but this is hands down my favorite of my .44 Mags. It's a custom Ruger Bisley by Huntington with a six-shot oversized cylinder.

    4e6e578b-8a1a-4d72-9300-c6b2b8ddf7db.jpg
     
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  16. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Now that the OP added other calibers, I will add that I have three .41Mag revolvers, three .44Spl revolvers, a half dozen .45Colt revolvers and a couple .38Spl revolvers as well.
    Always looking for a good deal on another revolver...not picky about caliber, I pretty much like and use them all.
    Not picky about manufacturer either... I own Colts, S&Ws, Rugers, Uberti/Cimarrons, Dan Wesson's and a few others.
     
  17. ray15

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    That would invite the question - what part of your linking/practice benefits from the extra power and expenditure? My cheapest .357 plated bullets are less than 6 cents per, and that is a significant savings if we are going to phrase the remarks in the context of plinking/practice components.
    You may have missed my post above where I stated the .44 mag is only a great deal if you need or desire the extra power. The implication was it is a great deal if you do. But regardless of your actual use of the guns and how you rate their merits, 44 costs more, even at the reloading bench.
     
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  18. MaxP

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    But you get considerably more for the money. The capability (terminally speaking) of the .44 Mag greatly surpasses that of the .357. I have both and will continue to use both.
     
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  19. GunnyUSMC

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    Looks like, so far, that 92 have both. 51 have just 357 and only 10 have just 44.
    I think the difference between only owning one of the two is due to the 357 being able to shoot 38s and not having the need for the extra power the 44 gives you.
    Since starting this topic, I have been giving some thought to buying a 44 Mag.
     
  20. MaxP

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    Every jarhead needs at least one .44 Mag! That's why I have several. :D
     
  21. GunnyUSMC

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    So are you going to give me one for my 243rd birthday? :D
     
  22. D Rudd

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    I'm a single action fan specifically Rugers and have the following:
    .22 / .22 mag
    .32 H&R Mag
    .327 Fed Mag
    .357 Mag / .38 Special
    .41 Mag
    .44 Mag
    .45 Colt / .45 acp
    .454 Casull.

    Don't shoot much .357 or .44 mostly .45's. Gotta have them all for comparison don't we. Reload for all but the rimfires.

    Dana
     
  23. huntsman

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    Other, after owning.357,.41,.44mags my ideal big bore is .45c and .45acp
     
  24. JO JO

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    my pair of 44's


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  25. DM~

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    Here's some of my 44's,

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    DM
     
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