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Old 09-09-2011, 02:02 AM   #11
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Don't balk at a snub nose .357 unless you are super recoil sensitive. I've got close to a dozen .357s and a couple .38s. Many of them are equipped with 2", 2 - 1/2" & 3" (snub nose) barrels.

They are incredibly smooth with most loadings. If you are uncomfortable with standard .357s, there is an unlimited variety of factory loads that include "reduced recoil" .38 specials, high velocity/low recoil 90gr .357s up to 200gr hard Cast hunting cartridges.

If you have NO handguns, then a 4" would be a good place to start, however don't get scared of a revolver that has been commonly used for over half a century.

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Get the 357. I have a Ruger SP101 with a 2.25 barrel. Recoil is stout with magnum loads, but more than manageable with the .38's.

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Let me start by saying, I've never fired a .357 cartridge.

.38spl+p is no problem in our SW642. It is stout, but no problem. I also don't think it is by any means underpowered in a SD situation. Thus, I would never, personally, choose to fire .357's out of a snubby. Why go through the major flash and bang which might disorient me as much as the BG?

Now, out of a larger-frame 4" .357, I think that is the round I would prefer.

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