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753X0 07-17-2009 05:38 AM

1 pistol, 1 caliber, best all-around?
 
I was recently asked which type of handgun and round would be the best if you could only afford/wanted to get one handgun.
My answer was the S&W Mountain gun, chambered in 45 Colt. I pointed out that the D/A revolver was a very reliable type of gun, he could get rounds with a level of power all the way from cowboy action type loads for light recoil practice, or for personal/home defense use 200 gr. Corbon or Golddot hollowpoints, or for hunting level of power, 300 gr.s going almost 1000 fps, also the shot shell loads that because of it's capacity can send more #9 shot pellets for pest control.
Did I make a good recommendation? Anyone else have a better idea?

masterPsmith 07-17-2009 10:43 AM

I would find that not to be a bad choice. I have used it for all the same reasons throughout the years. That old cartrige will never die. The choice in the gun for it is also a great choice. I don't think he could go wrong with those choices.

Jim.............................

spittinfire 07-17-2009 12:54 PM

I personally would have said 357 magnum and probably gone with a Ruger SP101 with the 3 1/4" barrel simply because its rugged and will take some abuse. I like my S&W model 19 better as a shooter but it's not as heavy as the Ruger. They can shoot light 38s all the way up to 180 gr mags.

If you need something with more punch I'd go with 460 S&W, but forget CC. Yes, it's a hand cannon but can be loaded with the same cowboy action loads you mentioned, 454 and full house 460 mags. If brown bear are near by and I was restricted to a handgun, this would be my choice.

Bighead 07-17-2009 03:33 PM

Along the same thought process of Spittinfire I would have recommended the Smith & Wesson 13/65 with three of four inch barrel.

I'll also be honest in that the first gun that came to mind was the Glock 19.

RL357Mag 07-18-2009 12:40 AM

A wheel gun IMO is the best type of gun due to the reliabilty and simplicity factors. As to caliber? If I could only have one, I would wanty it to be the biggest, baddest, most powerful and accurate revolver in production...the .500 S&W comes to mind, with a 10" barrel....screw concealed carry - this is about effectiveness!

BILLYBOB44 07-18-2009 01:53 AM

S&w 681/686
 
spittinfire is on the right track. I like the S&W 681/686 format. Use from light 38 target loads-full power .357, with control, and no wear on gun:D

WDB 07-18-2009 03:10 AM

753X0,
Good question, take a few minutes and introduce yourself on the new member thread. I would ask a few more questions what is the expected use of the pistol and the firearm expereince of the person who asked the question of you. There is much to be considered before a reasonable answer can be given.

Welcome to our community.

glockfire 07-18-2009 03:29 AM

Ruger Single Six in .22Mag. Nuff said.

753X0 07-18-2009 05:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WDB (Post 130345)
753X0,
Good question, take a few minutes and introduce yourself on the new member thread. I would ask a few more questions what is the expected use of the pistol and the firearm expereince of the person who asked the question of you. There is much to be considered before a reasonable answer can be given.

Welcome to our community.

His experience is is from myself, A retired Combat Arms Instr.
I started him off with a High Standard Supermatic Trophy, with which, he excelled.
Then to the S&W 586, starting with .38 specials, then to .357 Mag. Once again he excelled.
He doesn't seem recoil sensitive, so I start him into the .45 Colt loadings, starting at the bottom, then working up to the capacity of the gun. Each time he seemed to acclimate to the recoil, probably because I had eased him up to it starting from the from the 22 HS.
That is why I think that the 45 Colt would be a good choice, given it's versatility. Higher capacity of pellets for Shotshells, for varmints. Personal/home defense with the Golddot and Corbon loads. A powerful loading, 300+ Gr.s at about 1000 fps for hiking in big bear country.
Doing it all with less pressure than a 44 Mag.
I think this would be a good choice him.

Thanks, in advance to all who will help.

WDB 07-18-2009 05:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 753X0 (Post 130389)
His experience is is from myself, A retired Combat Arms Instr.
I started him off with a High Standard Supermatic Trophy, with which, he excelled.
Then to the S&W 586, starting with .38 specials, then to .357 Mag. Once again he excelled.
He doesn't seem recoil sensitive, so I start him into the .45 Colt loadings, starting at the bottom, then working up to the capacity of the gun. Each time he seemed to acclimate to the recoil, probably because I had eased him up to it starting from the from the 22 HS.
That is why I think that the 45 Colt would be a good choice, given it's versatility. Higher capacity of pellets for Shotshells, for varmints. Personal/home defense with the Golddot and Corbon loads. A powerful loading, 300+ Gr.s at about 1000 fps for hiking in big bear country.
Doing it all with less pressure than a 44 Mag.
I think this would be a good choice him.

Thanks, in advance to all who will help.

What is his intended use for the pistol? If it's general purpose the S&W 586 is a good choice. Easy to find ammo/easy to operate and the 357 mag round is as good if not better than a 45 in a wheel gun. You can get 357 shot shell rounds, can use 38 spl rounds for plinking, get some sweet personal/home defense rounds in 357 and get some heavy rounds that will work fine in "bear country".

my 2C


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