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Old 07-04-2012, 07:57 PM   #21
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Given the choices the OP actually stated, I would definitely go with the Taurus .357 Mag. I own dozens of Taurus firearms and have owned many more, and they have all been fine. I have also owned S&W's with problems, but haven't sworn off the brand. The .357 is a more versatile choice, IMO, for your stated purposes. Good luck in your selection.
I have several Taurus handguns- semiautos and revolvers. I have never had any trouble with either. Taurus makes .41 magnums and .44 magnums, plus the exotic "hand cannons" like .500 or .454, but I'd rather carry something a little easier to handle in a panic situation, i.e., the .41 mag or .44 mag. Maybe you could wait a little longer and save up a few more bucks and buy a more powerful weapon, if you're not in a hurry.

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I have several Taurus handguns- semiautos and revolvers. I have never had any trouble with either. Taurus makes .41 magnums and .44 magnums, plus the exotic "hand cannons" like .500 or .454, but I'd rather carry something a little easier to handle in a panic situation, i.e., the .41 mag or .44 mag. Maybe you could wait a little longer and save up a few more bucks and buy a more powerful weapon, if you're not in a hurry.
i really have to get the gun this week or early next, i am going camping with my brother inlaw and we are hiking several miles to a spot near a river to camp. we will be hiking the area as it is full of wildlife, he only has a heritage 22 and i want something a little bigger. i have a shotgun but it would be hard carrying it while hiking, it weighs 8lbs and thats why its my home gun. thanks
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i really have to get the gun this week or early next, i am going camping with my brother inlaw and we are hiking several miles to a spot near a river to camp. we will be hiking the area as it is full of wildlife, he only has a heritage 22 and i want something a little bigger. i have a shotgun but it would be hard carrying it while hiking, it weighs 8lbs and thats why its my home gun. thanks
My choice would be the .357
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well the shop called today and all guns came in, but he said there was a problem with the taurus 65. the barrel is not exactly inline, he said it wasn't bad but could be seen if eyed closely and he said he put snap caps in it and it felt like the cylinder was rubbing on the forcing cone. he said the bullet gap wasn't there he didn't have a gauge that would fit in it as it was too close. he did get the cougar in 9mm and 40 and said those were ready to go, but he was sending the taurus back. i really wanted the 357 but i guess i'll have to settle for an auto. thanks to everyone's help
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i really have to get the gun this week or early next, i am going camping with my brother inlaw and we are hiking several miles to a spot near a river to camp. we will be hiking the area as it is full of wildlife, he only has a heritage 22 and i want something a little bigger. i have a shotgun but it would be hard carrying it while hiking, it weighs 8lbs and thats why its my home gun. thanks
If all he has is a Heritage 22 for gawgds sake get SOMETHING
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Get the Stoeger. It is a far better quality brand than Taurus.

The .357 Mag is only a superior cartridge when it is matched with a gun of reasonable quality that can capitalize on its merits - which the Taurus is not.

The .40 S&W will do everything you mentioned on your task list. (Actually, so will the 9mm.)
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The Stoeger is a good gun for most self-defense purposes. Sorry about the Taurus.
Enjoy the hiking, stay away from bears. The Stoeger will be fine for the other critters.
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I recently purchased a uses Taurus .357 in blue with wood grips. It's a model 689 from 1991. It is a gorgeous weapon and I wouldn't hesitate recommending it.
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I recently purchased a uses Taurus .357 in blue with wood grips. It's a model 689 from 1991. It is a gorgeous weapon and I wouldn't hesitate recommending it.
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Yeah, I know. Unfortunately it's hard to beat a reputation whether earned or not. However, I love my mag and the price I paid for it.
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