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Old 04-19-2013, 03:27 AM   #1
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Looking for a large caliber revolver with good knock down power....would not be used for hunting.....which one & why? Thanks

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Old 04-19-2013, 03:34 AM   #2
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Knock down power for what? And I would go with the 357, it's a versatile round. A gun that can shoot 357, can also shoot 38s.

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Looking for a large caliber revolver with good knock down power....would not be used for hunting.....which one & why? Thanks
as much as a fan of the 357 Magnum and as many as i have owned over the years, i would still go with the 44 over the 357, simply because i can use lower power 44 Spl. in it, which is still plenty powerful. you can power down the 44, but can only power up the 357 so much before it becomes unsafe.
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as much as a fan of the 357 Magnum and as many as i have owned over the years, i would still go with the 44 over the 357, simply because i can use lower power 44 Spl. in it, which is still plenty powerful. you can power down the 44, but can only power up the 357 so much before it becomes unsafe.
Just out of curiosity, what is the ammo price difference? I'm not familiar with 44.
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Just out of curiosity, what is the ammo price difference? I'm not familiar with 44.
not really for sure. i reload all mine and use the same powder, primer and bullets in the Mag cases as i do the Spl. cases.
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Axx with all this cowboy shooting there are some others available. The .44 S&W Russian is an excellent low pressure round when loaded with smokeless powder for the .44 Mag.

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41 mag.

It is about as big as most people can stand to actually shoot enough to get highly accurate.

More punch than the 357. There is not however a less powerful cartridge you can shoot in the same gun like the 357 & 44 mag have.

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Have both, all three if .41mag is included. A lot depends on your experience with large caliber handguns. The .357 is more versatile and a little cheaper to shoot. Everybody wants a .44mag, till they shoot it. Severe recoil and re-acquiring the target for a second shot is problematic, even for an experienced shooter. Those who load their own will argue they can modify their loads to be more well mannered, but I imagine most people 1) Buy ammo off the shelf. And, 2) Are attracted to hollow point "home defense" loads that are usually full on 44mag. To answer the question, the .357 would be my first choice if I were you. MHO you understand.
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41 mag.

It is about as big as most people can stand to actually shoot enough to get highly accurate.

More punch than the 357. There is not however a less powerful cartridge you can shoot in the same gun like the 357 & 44 mag have.
Now i'm a big 41 fan but i have to disagree--
There are a lot more 44mag shooters out there than 41---
Felt Recoil is about the same IMO -(in same style gun course)-
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The 44 mag loaded with 44 Special is roughly equivalent to the 45 ACP. The 44 mag is overkill for home defense and I would not want to touch one off in a small room without ear protection. The muzzle flash is blinding in the dark. You could get a S&W 25 which is 45 ACP. The police used to use the 4" 357 with 125 grain loads and had very good results with them before the switch to semi autos. The 357 Sig was brought out to mimic the 125 grain 357 mag load but never got poular.

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