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Old 09-23-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Want a revolver i thought about a 38 snub but leaning towards a judge or a 357 any positive feedback would be helpful

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Old 09-23-2012, 06:11 PM   #2
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For what sort of use?
If your looking for a CC gun, I'd probably go with a .38 snubbie. A .357 will also do it for a carry gun, but it will very likely run a bit heavier due to having to be a bit more robust in construction. Probably not so much as to be a big deal, though.
I fall into the camp that thinks the judge is the worst possible form of compromise.

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What are you going to do with it? A 38 snub is great to carry. A Judge is not. The Judge would be a good choice if you are out hiking and might run into snakes and mountain lions. The Ruger SP101 is 28 oz loaded and will shoot 357 or 38 spl. You can get snake loads and 158 grain 357 mags are good defense loads when hiking. 38 spl +P and lighter 357 loads for carry.
I would look at the S$W Governor rather than the Judge. If you are in bear country, get something bigger.

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I live in pa a few bears lol but there not close to my area I'm looking for more of a truck gun occasional cc

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Yeah I'm not a judge fan. Though I've never fired one yet, I've handed them and don't like the balance.

Had a snub 38 that I traded for a snub 357. But the new gun is HD for wife. I don't Ccw it.

For the same size as the judge you could have 5 or 6 rounds of 38/357.

For a snake gun I get the judge. My brother in law loves his though (although I think he loves the idea of it) and has it loaded with a mix of 410 and 45lc. I would end up needing the wrong round at the wrong time.

The s&w governor that shoots 45acp interests me more.

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I have a 357 S&W "686" and a Judge "Public Defender" model and like both of them.
Believe the Judge is a perfect car jack deterrent and not just for snakes.

My wife prefers shooting the Judge over the 686.
If you have never shot a Judge, try one before giving negative replies and it is concealable. JMO

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I've shot both and Mille the idea of both just un positive lil

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The Judge is a cool concept but keep in mind that in certain locations (California for sure) it may be restricted as it is defined as a sub-barrel length shot-gun due to it's ability to shoot .410 shells. Not a big deal if your local laws allow it, but would be a consideration if you live in a location with similar laws or may perhaps drive thru them with the weapon in your possession.

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IMO the Judge has just not lived up to the hype. Get the proven performer, the .357.

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Another vote for the .357Mag

You can shoot either .38spl or .357mag and they even have snake shot in those calibers that are great. If you're using it as a truck/ccw gun I'd def get a 357 snubbie.

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