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Old 05-28-2013, 02:50 AM   #1
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I dont know if I should buy a .45 or a 357.I just have a .22 right now but Im looking to buy a home defense gun now.

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IMO....i would go 45. I'm not sure that I have a reason beyond the fact that I love my buddies SW e-series. Definitely on top of my list for purchase!

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Can you afford to do a lot of practice with a 45?

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If you can try both, pick the one you shoot best. Both are very capable calibers.

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My first ever firearm was a Ruger Security Six (stainless) .357. It is still my favorite of any that I have had since.

It's versatile because you can shoot .38 special for a little cheaper and yet still a good self-defense round. I'm not knocking the .45 I've had one of those too that was great... but still nothing compares to my ol' faithful!

Now I've got a .357 lever action to keep it company!


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Both great rounds, but the 357 has more oomph. If it were only as simple as a caliber debate, it would be easy, 357 hands down!

But it's not so easy. Have you shot revolvers before? Because unless you choose 357sig, the mags are revolver only. If you can shoot a revolver as well as a semiautomatic, then the 357 remains champ. More energy and more velocity prove that as far as I'm concerned.

Is a 45 bigger in diameter, yes, but that's not enough to make up the difference.

Now, what I chose for home protect was the 45, but that's because revolvers don't work well in my hands. The ergos are all wrong and I can't and won't do anything with either a long trigger, or a short one I either have to cock or don't have a manual safety for.

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I shot a ruger .45 semi auto last week and fell in love.I have not yet shot a .357 my brother in law has one Ill be shooting soon.I wanted to see what others thought on the matter.

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One main concern right now is the availability of ammo.

.38 Special is easier to obtain than .45 ACP.

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Both great rounds, but the 357 has more oomph. If it were only as simple as a caliber debate, it would be easy, 357 hands down!

But it's not so easy. Have you shot revolvers before? Because unless you choose 357sig, the mags are revolver only. If you can shoot a revolver as well as a semiautomatic, then the 357 remains champ. More energy and more velocity prove that as far as I'm concerned.

Is a 45 bigger in diameter, yes, but that's not enough to make up the difference.

Now, what I chose for home protect was the 45, but that's because revolvers don't work well in my hands. The ergos are all wrong and I can't and won't do anything with either a long trigger, or a short one I either have to cock or don't have a manual safety for.
Connan makes a .357 mag 1911. Or you can go big with the dessert eagle.
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Connan makes a .357 mag 1911. Or you can go big with the dessert eagle.
That's right, there are a couple of exceptions.
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