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Old 03-21-2012, 02:58 AM   #1
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Hello all,

So in a recent thread I asked about a Taurus revolver and the results of that thread have made me step back and re-evaluate my choice of firearms in general.

I've been out of the hobby for about 20 years so I'm a tad rusty. I grew up hunting using an old bolt action .22 and a break open single shot 20 gauge as a kid.

In the Army I was trained on the M9 and M16A2, but issued a 1911.

While working security I carried a 1911 as well. I have a fondness for the weapon.

Now I'm looking for a rifle that can be used for double duty for defense and hunting, and a pair of pistols, one for conceal carry and one for the wife to use for home defense.

Ideally, they would all use the same ammunition and my wifes pistol must be a revolver.

I am open to any and all suggestions.
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:27 AM   #2
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Must be revolver.

That makes it pretty easy. Caliber should be .357. For home defense, I'd go for a larger frame like the Ruger GP100 or similar S&W. That would mean concealed carry would be along the lines of J frames in 357 or Ruger SP101.

Now were you wanting the rifle to shoot the same as well? You could look at lever action carbines in 357. I'm not sure of it's practicality as a hunting round, but it would make a mean defense combination.
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Kinda narrows the field having everything in the same caliber. Maybe an ar, glock and ruger all chambered in 9mm?
I can't imagine your wife would enjoy anything bigger than that.
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My suggestions. Rifle=AR chambered in .308 there a lot out there in AR rock river is always a good start. Pistol I would go 1911 I'm found of Springfield loaded for the $ but again a lot of good options. Then ya can get your wife a revolver chambered in 45acp. I would make my carry home/home defense the same system. Makes it easy to train with and not screw up when it counts. My 2 cents
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How about this. The s& w governor for your wife which is 410/45lc/45apc. Then you could use the 1911 45apcc and pick up a 45lc riffle.
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How about this. The s& w governor for your wife which is 410/45lc/45apc. Then you could use the 1911 45apcc and pick up a 45lc riffle.
Well then you would have to get 45 apc and 45lc
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I too think that your criteria really limits you to. 357... there are some good options for. 44 mag too... as of right now though... only a.pistol caliber carbine could supplement other calibers...
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1911 and a S&W revolver that accepts the .45ACP.
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The most practical caliber to fit all three is 357mag. Maybe a Ruger GP100, Ruger SP101 (or S&W alternatives for each), and a Henry lever rifle.

But the most practical decision is purchase guns of more than one caliber. 357mag can still work great for both pistols, but a true rifle caliber would be ideal if you intend to hunt anything that weighs over 100lbs.

A 12ga is pretty well the most versatile HD/hunting long gun on the planet. Or you could go with a rifle. Just look for a rifle caliber in something common (translation: easy to acquire, variety of loads/weights, and affordable appetite) like 30/30, 270, 30-06, 308. And keep in mind that rifle calibers can be precarious HD options if your surroundings are less than rural.
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Am I mistaken here? The .357 magnum cartridge that fits in a revolver will not fit in a semi-auto, would it? I thought the .357 magnum is a revolver round and the .357 sig is a semi-auto round and they are not interchangeable. If this is the case, the OP is going to need to buy different ammo for each gun. So he might as well get different calibers if that helps in choosing guns.

Or am I mistaken?
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