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Old 03-21-2012, 09:35 PM   #21
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Hm, so essentially trying to consolidate my needs under a single round is a fools errand?

But, yes, it would be rabbits/squirrels. I'm in Houston and would be bugging out to northern Texas. It's been years since I hunted and I'd feel more comfortable fishing and supplementing with rabbit or squirrel rather than taking down and dressing a deer.

Hm, the more I listen the more I think it just might be best to get a 1911 for me, a .357 for the wife and a .22LR for meals.

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Old 03-21-2012, 10:27 PM   #22
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Hm, so essentially trying to consolidate my needs under a single round is a fools errand?

But, yes, it would be rabbits/squirrels. I'm in Houston and would be bugging out to northern Texas. It's been years since I hunted and I'd feel more comfortable fishing and supplementing with rabbit or squirrel rather than taking down and dressing a deer.

Hm, the more I listen the more I think it just might be best to get a 1911 for me, a .357 for the wife and a .22LR for meals.
yeah if your limited to just three guns those are probably your best pick personally id grab something bigger than a .22 but the ammo is cheap and easy to get.... get a glock or two give one to her and an AR-15 so ya can take a deer or pig if ya ever need to... not to mention the self defense aspects of semi auto and high capacity magazines
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Forgot about the pigs...lots and lots of pigs here...hmm

Ok, back to the drawing board. I'm going to sit on all of this info and read some more.

Thanks to everyone who has posted your ideas and suggestions. I really appreciate it.

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You can find lots of revolvers in .357. Also, a lever chambered for .357 can be used for anything up to and including deer. I have shot may deer with a .357 lever. As for your wife, any .357 can also shoot a .38. A little less recoil in a pistol round.

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I admit I have a fondness for a lever rifle (my dad was heavy into the old west/mountain man re-enactments), but how accurate are they?

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I admit I have a fondness for a lever rifle (my dad was heavy into the old west/mountain man re-enactments), but how accurate are they?
Just as accurate as any other carbine or rifle. Keep in mind, the 30-30 lever action has brought down more deer in this country that pretty much any other rifle.

Just because it is a 150 year old design does not mean it is still not a very capable firearm.
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Well, crap. I am quickly getting overwhelmed with possible choices. In a good way, mind you, in a good way.

Stoopid budget...

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Budget wise the 357 combo would be the answer but you will want different rounds. The rifle will take 38 spl as well as the revolvers. Get a Lee Classic Loader that is hand operated and you would only have on set of dies to contend with. A 36 caliber ball (000 buck) will do a fair job on rabbits and and squirrel. A 158 grn 357 soft nose is going approx 1850 fps in a rifle so it is good for any of the larger game at short ranges to 100 yards. Since there are 2 of you, why not get a 22lr bolt or lever rifle along with a supply of standard velocity ammo to keep the noise down.

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40 S&W would also be an option using the Charter Arms revolver for your wife. Rifle options are not as good in some ways but better in others. You will be looking at a semi auto carbine. The HiPoint carbine is inexpensive and reliable but short on mag capacity. The Kel Tek is a folder and very light. It has better mag capacity and could be matched to your carry pistol mags if you go with Glock, Beretta, S&W or Sig. There are a few others at higher prices. The 40 S&W does not have the same power boost in a long barrel as the 357. You can expect a 150 to 200 fps boost. Game range would be shortened to 75 yards. You really should get a 22lr rifle no matter which way you go.

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