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Old 05-30-2013, 03:31 PM   #61
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What do you consider the most useful all-around handgun? Not necessarily your favorite, but the one that would be suitable for the widest variety of needs.

My runner up would be a good .22 handgun, probably the Ruger .22 Single Six Convertable, as it would fire both .22 and .22 magnum; and in some circumstances it might be my first choice.

But I believe that if my worst nightmare came true, and I could only have one handgun, it would be a 4" barrel .357 magnum. I am going to guess that there are more loadings available for the 38/357 than any other handgun cartridge. This makes it possible to do everything from plinking to self defense to hunting moderate size critters.

I'm not saying that it's the BEST plinking gun; the BEST self defense gun; or the BEST hunting handgun. I'm saying that it's the best compromise for using for All of these uses.
I fully agree. The 4" 357 is the only handgun that i havent sold/traded away. Its with me at home, the concrete jungle, up in the mountains, at the ocean, or even the desert. The general purpose side arm.

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For me, it would be my Ruger GP 100 revolver.

mine is a predecessor, police service six, blued, 4"
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It would have to be a pocket auto, cause that's the one you need most often. to save money and have fun, if you can only have one, get the keltec PF9 and the Twisted Industries .22lr conversion unit for it.

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I'd opt for, hmmm, probably the Glock 23 or 35. The 23 would carry a little better if concealment was a priority, but otherwise I'd choose the G35. Easy to maintain, good capacity and both have a good amount of firepower. A spare 9mm conversion barrel can be carried around if you need to switch over to 9mm for whatever reason (or 357 Sig). A .22 conversion kit can be had as well so that's got the .22 covered. Very versatile platform.

Great selection of premium hollow point bullets available for the .40, I handload for it too and have tons of brass and it's cheap to shoot, and as for power, there's enough there for taking bigger animals as well, and plenty accurate for the job. The Glock 35 will shoot a 180gr bullet to 1,300 fps or a 200gr bullet to around 1,200 fps and both of those will drop a good number of larger animals, the G23 is only about 100 fps slower velocity wise.

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and you think that a compact .40 gets 180 grs to 1200 fps? :-) Have you tried this on a chronograph? you need to talk to hornady and speer about this superload, cause they only get 950 fps out of such a gun/load combo, at best, and that's at 30,000 CUP, too. :-) I seriously doubt that you can safely do this with the 10mm, much less the .40 short and weak.

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and you think that a compact .40 gets 180 grs to 1200 fps? :-) Have you tried this on a chronograph? you need to talk to hornady and speer about this superload, cause they only get 950 fps out of such a gun/load combo, at best, and that's at 30,000 CUP, too. :-) I seriously doubt that you can safely do this with the 10mm, much less the .40 short and weak.
I believe he was referring to 10mm auto, which uses the same .40 diameter bullets as the .40 s&w that was based upon it, and yes it is listed at a higher than normal (for an auto) pressure and velocity.
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