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Old 01-29-2014, 06:14 AM   #21
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The .38 Special has more than enough juice to get the job done. However, as others have already said, buying a .357 Magnum means you can shoot both if you want to or only have access to one or the other type of cartridge.

I wouldn't recommend buying a lightweight .357 Magnum. If you shoot it enough to be proficient with it, nobody will have to explain why to you.
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A .357 mag will give you more options since you can use 38 special in it too, but a .38 special is still a good self defense gun on it's own.
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For all the people saying "don't buy a light weight .357 revolver."

My wife has a S&W 360pd which is chambered in .357. We have shot Magnums out of it. While I wouldn't want to do it all day, I don't see practicing with it an issue. Neither does my wife. Btw, she doesn't have much experience shooting a handgun higher than 9mm. Yes we have a .40 S&W, but after a little while and refused to shoot my reloads out of it because they were too hot. Yet she loves shooting Magnums out of her 13oz revolver.

How about we let the OP decide for himself? Everyone perceives recoil differently.

I say rent a couple and see what you can tolerate.

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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
Just ask LH Oswald...oh...that's right...you can't..he's dead. One shot from a .38 and he is taking a dirt nap. Yes, nothing wrong with the old .38
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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
Have you considered the .32, the .327 mag is a great round it will do more for you than the .38 !...........
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The .327 Mag. looks very impressive. I have not yet seen a gun chambered for it that I like. As for a hot round in a inexpensive hand gun the 7.62X25 Tok can rival modern hot handguns. The CZ 52 which can fire Sub-Gun ammo is a dynamic weapon. Yes it is ugly and fails in ergonomics but it is powerful.
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The .327 Mag. looks very impressive. I have not yet seen a gun chambered for it that I like. As for a hot round in a inexpensive hand gun the 7.62X25 Tok can rival modern hot handguns. The CZ 52 which can fire Sub-Gun ammo is a dynamic weapon. Yes it is ugly and fails in ergonomics but it is powerful.
Both ergonomics and looks are light years ahead of those of Glocks.

I kind of like the look of the CZ-52. It grows on you.

As for the 7.62 Tokarev, it is a really potent round. Velocities of 1400-1600 FPS are the norm. It does have a problem with over penetration, but the right hollow point could easily fix that.

To put it's power in perspective. A 90gr bullet traveling at 1400-1600 FPS produces 391-511 ft-lbs of energy.

On the other hand, a 357 mag firing a 158gr bullet at 1250 FPS produces 539 ft-lbs of energy.

A 9mm firing a 124gr bullet at 1110 FPS produces 339 ft-lbs of energy.

A 45 ACP firing a 230gr bullet at 950 FPS produces 461 ft-lbs of energy.

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Great post Texaswoody. I like the ugly little pistol also. It is a great tool for reloading experiments. If the little orphan had a thumb release magazine catch? I want to try the .22 caliber Sabot loads these are dynamic. I understand however the accuracy has not been that good.
I was able to pick-up 3,000 rounds of Mil-Surp Ammo last week for $200 bucks. I will have plenty of ammo to shoot in it.
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The .327 Mag. looks very impressive. I have not yet seen a gun chambered for it that I like. As for a hot round in a inexpensive hand gun the 7.62X25 Tok can rival modern hot handguns. The CZ 52 which can fire Sub-Gun ammo is a dynamic weapon. Yes it is ugly and fails in ergonomics but it is powerful.
As far as I know, ruger sells a gp100 chambered in .327 mag.

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