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Old 05-26-2013, 03:26 AM   #31
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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.
Couldn't really be put any more plain or accurate than this ^
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Hard to argue with the .357 Mag. Very versatile. The Single Six Convertible is awesome (I have both).

My choice is the 10mm. Specifically the G-20. With conversion barrels - .357 Sig, .40 S&W, 9 X 25. Slide swap and .45 ACP, .400 Cor-Bon, .40 Super. Subsonic, Supersonic, Thermonuclear. Not much it can't do
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If I had to go with a revolver, I think it would be my Ruger Redhawk .44 magnum with 7 1/2 inch barrel.

It's a fine hunting weapon, decent for self defense, and the .44 caliber is large enough that if you can't find jacketed bullets you can cast lead bullets and they're already big enough that they don't need to expand.

If you need to make "home-made" black powder, the case is large enough to allow 44 special ballistics with black powder.

It;s heavy, unwieldy, not concealable, but everything is a trade off.

I'd still rather have my P226 though!
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This is a tough question. I would normally think that a 22 would be the best for survival. That is because you could carry 500 rounds with ease. Not so with any other caliber. But if we are talking end of the world SHTF kind of stuff...not so much. For that situation I think maybe 44 mag. I have a 4 inch 629. I can handload for just about any situation with that gun. I could load any handgun cartridge with ease. But the 44 can go from light plinking to hardcore heavy hunting if need be. I have a hand press that with a set of dies and a bullet mold could keep me in ammo for a very long time. With a revolver you don't worry about losing cases when they fly. And if need be you could even use home made black powder. The only thing that would need to be stock piled would be primers.

I feel like if I am going to have to hand load something, it is going to be something big. I would not want to have to worry about finding factory ammo for anything.
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Y'all forget about homemade BP, and do some research into homemade smokeless.

Well, don't FORGET about it... Just set the recipe to the side.

Homemade smokeless isn't much more complicated. But beware, it's quite a bit more dangerous.
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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....
Why only limit yourself to only 2, when you could shoot over 25.....
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Why only limit yourself to only 2, when you could shoot over 25.....
And break it? Sure....
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And break it? Sure....
Even broken it still shoots the rimmed rounds.. Still more than 2 calibers..
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No wrong or right answers to this question

IMO The best small game plinking cartridge is the 22 lr and in that caliber I really like my Ruger MkII Competition Target Model,large hunting caliber 44mag S&W 629

For if the worst nightmare comes knockin' at my door,it's a close call between S&W 581 .357 mag or Glock 23 40 S&W

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