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Old 05-26-2013, 02:36 AM   #21
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I am with the OP on this one. If I could have only one it would be my 686.

If I were in Alaska or Canada I would change to my Taurus 44 with 8 3/8" barrel. I'm only considering handguns I actually own.

Moving away from handguns one of my 12 gauge pump shotguns would trump any of my handguns for a can only have one situation.

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Okay. I'm not knocking anybody's choice here -- it's personal decision. But I really don't seen the 9mm as being the best "do-all" round. It just doesn't have the versitility of the .357, imo. And, frankly, it's kind of puny.

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well the 9mm is the same size as the 357 mag you mentioned in your original post, just moving slower. with a heavier bullet, I don't see anything wrong with a 9mm as the do all handgun....hence my choice would be the Beretta 92 for a semi.

a S&W medium frame or Ruger GP100 in 357 would be my choice for wheel guns.

I often hear people that see nothing wrong with the 357 mag but they frown on the 9X19. I would not stand in front of a 9mm Luger & I doubt anyone on this forum would be foolish enough to do it either

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Okay, balistics are not my thing, and I am not, and don't pretend to be, up on all the different types of ammo out there. But, generally speaking, a good, solid .357 wheelgun will shoot anything from light target loads of an apox. 100 grain bullet loafing along at 700-800 fps to a 180 grain bullet moving at about 1400 fps, or a 125 grain bullet going 1700 fps (these are figures from Buffalo Bore ammo; there may be more potent loads out there).

The Buffalo Bore 9mm +p+ pushes a 115 grain bullet at arouond 1400 fps for
about 500 ft/lbs. muzzle energy, compared to about 800 ft/lbs for the .357 loads mentioned above.

With the choice of bullet weights, bullet types, and velocity available for the .357, I don't see where a 9mm (or frankly any other cartridge) covers such a wide range of options.

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Have to agree possum. Not to mention, there are also shot shell rounds that fire most reliably from revolvers (do they even make them for semis?). Not really good for much beyond maybe getting a pigeon or squirrel at close range, but it's available.

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If only allowed to keep one...for forever dependability, self defense, and putting food on the table, it would be this guy. It did it once, it could do it again...

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9mm Ballistics

357 Ballistics

38 spl Ballistics

Now, having a handgun that could use two of these rounds? That's one useful handgun....
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No such gun.

If I was okay with open carry I'd choose a 6" 357.

Long barrel for sustained accuracy, powerful round for mammalian defense and takes dumbed down 38 for smaller animals. I don't see a need for guns when it comes to hunting, I'm an Archer. So while a long barrel revolver would be suitable for hunting, a bow is much better.

But I'm not okay with open carry, makes me feel uncomfortable and paranoid and nervous. Thus there's no such gun to me.

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The first handgun that came to my mind is a 357. It's kind of like the Cessna 182 of handguns. It's not first in any category, but it comes in second in all of them.

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The first handgun that came to my mind is a 357. It's kind of like the Cessna 182 of handguns. It's not first in any category, but it comes in second in all of them.
Great point Scott.
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