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Old 02-18-2012, 03:51 AM   #1
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Default .38 + p or .357 mag

? i cant decide what to carry in my new .357 mag. better handling or more power?

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Old 02-18-2012, 09:20 AM   #2
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It is better to hit with a .38 than to miss with a .357.

If you can shoot the .357 and manage the recoil, the use the .357.
If the .357 is too much, then use the .38.

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What make/model gun did you buy?

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This is an easy decision for me. I would go with the .357 cartridge. I think the recoil of a .357 mag is pretty easy to learn how to manage. Yes, I am aware that gun design and barrel length will affect the recoil.

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It is better to hit with a .38 than to miss with a .357.

If you can shoot the .357 and manage the recoil, the use the .357.
If the .357 is too much, then use the .38.
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It is better to hit with a .38 than to miss with a .357.

If you can shoot the .357 and manage the recoil, the use the .357.
If the .357 is too much, then use the .38.
What this guy said ^^^
More power does no good at all if you can't handle it. Go with .38 if your more comfortable that way, but practice with .357 until you can comfortably and safely switch.
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When it comes to SD I carry the hottest load I can handle with reasonable accuracy. I carry a 44 mag sometimes. Lets face it...if you have to defend yourself you will not be shooting at pop cans from 20 yards. You will probably be within 20 feet or so. If you can handle the magnum, that is what I would carry.

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Old 02-18-2012, 04:11 PM   #8
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When it comes to SD I carry the hottest load I can handle with reasonable accuracy. I carry a 44 mag sometimes. Lets face it...if you have to defend yourself you will not be shooting at pop cans from 20 yards. You will probably be within 20 feet or so. If you can handle the magnum, that is what I would carry.
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While a pop can at 20 yards is a good target, a man at less than 20 feet will likely be your SD scenario. Truth be told, if you have to shoot someone, they will probably be close enough to put their hands on you. In a situation like that, you can put the muzzle in their belly.
I'm not saying don't worry about accuracy, but shooting someone at 20 plus yards only flirts with the self defense argument. You probably won't know/assess an attacker until arms length. I keep this in mind when choosing my SD revolver. If I carry a short nosed revolver as SD, I assume I will already be in a struggle when I draw and shooting position will be a compromised one.

With that said, carry the .357 practice a quick draw at a silhouette target 10 feet from you.
I go for my .44 personally
When I'm real nervous, out comes Dick's .454
If I am worried about a shot more than 20 feet, I won't be wielding a snubby that's for sure.
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It ALL depends on the gun.If you have a 4-6" barrel,a 357 is going to have the manstopping power you expect,and it's gonna shoot great,but you put that 357 in a snub and you immediatley have a round that's bark is bigger than it's bite,it's going to be louder and recoil harder than you can imagine plus only give you a slight ballistic edge over 38+p.The .38's in a snub will actually go where you want them to especially under rapid fire.

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I shot an sp101 snub 357 and I can say it sucked as far as recoil. I can shoot my snubby smith all day long and still enjoy it.

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