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Old 01-28-2014, 11:33 PM   #1
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Im still shopping around for a new revolver and im wondering. Should i just go with a 357? Or a 38? The gun will be used for my self defense so is 38 special enough to do the job
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:38 PM   #2
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Get the .357, you have the option of shooting both.
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For carrying on your person, a 38 is enough. Bigger may be better, but it is also bigger.
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Get the .357, you have the option of shooting both.
Absolutely agree. If you're comfortable with the 357 you're in great shape, if not you can still shoot the 38.

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No it isn't enough. That's why they made the 357. It's why LE doesn't use 38 special anymore. Carrying for self defense is about "self defense". It's not a contest to see who can carry the smallest gun.
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I carry .38 spl. in my S&W Model 60. With modern JHP ammo, it will work just fine.

As I stated in the last caliber debate thread, I am going to post a link to some of the best info. I've seen to date on caliber effectiveness. You decide.

www.buckeyefirearms.org/node/7866
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Certainly it's enough. LE went to automatics to gain ammunition capacity.
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Thank you all very much
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Excellent link. Now don a helmet and an athletic cup. Critics will be here shortly.
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The average lightweight 38spl revolver weighs about 16 oz loaded. My SP101 weighs 28 oz loaded and has boot grips. I would not like to shoot 357 in a lighter gun in that configuration. Yes larger Hogue grips will handle better but they are less concealable. The 38spl has been doing the job for a long time and modern ammo has made it a better performer. If you feel you need more then get an semi auto with a higher round count. 11 rounds in a Ruger SR9c will weigh in at 28 oz also and there is not a lot of difference between a 357 from a snub and a 9mm from a 3.5" barrel. You can use the chart below to see how well the rounds work in short barrels.
http://www.ballisticsbytheinch.com/22.html
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