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Old 12-13-2010, 07:51 AM   #1
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I'm not that familiar with revolver calibers... What is the gold standard for self defense and what is a good range gun? I currently own a semiauto 9mm because it is a good compromise; the ammo isn't outrageously expensive but it still has some stopping power. What is the equivalent in a revolver? How much does revolver ammo typically run? Thanks.

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Old 12-13-2010, 08:05 AM   #2
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The equivalent in many respects is the .38 special. It is the same caliber as the 9mm and is just as common in the revolver world as the 9mm is in the semi-auto.

It isn't quite as powerful as 9mm, though.

Now, gold standard is more likely to be called the .357 magnum, which is more powerful than both the .38spl and the 9mm round. It is also the same caliber but a little longer shell. You can fire a .38spl out of a revolver chambered for .357mag, but not vice versa.

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+1 on CHLChris. Add that the 125 grain, jacketed hollow point, .357 has a long record of successful stops.

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About the cheapest revolver caliber to shoot (other than .22) will be .38 Special. The last time I bought some on sale it was about $13.50 a box. A good .357 revolver should be in everyone's collection IMHO. You can plink with .38s and use .357 for defensive rounds...

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Every well equipped arsenal has at least one .357 Magnum in it.
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My choice for many years has been a Smith & Wesson 2 1/2" Model 19 Combat Magnum. I carry it loaded with Federal .38 Special +P Nyclad 158 gr. hollow points.

A .38 Special +P loaded with 158 gr. bullets seems ideal for me as it will punch through heavy winter clothing without blowing up like the lighter bullets, and I don't worry about over penetration as is often the case with 357 Magnum cartridges.

Sorry, but I'm of the big, heavy bullet school.

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+1 on CHLChris. Add that the 125 grain, jacketed hollow point, .357 has a long record of successful stops.
Yeah. I don't know about now,but that was considered the, "one shot stop" round for years. I'd feel just fine with it around.
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i had a 19 ..6inch nickel ..loved it but like a dummy ,sold it...my next 19 will be the 2.5 ,like yours .....love the look and feel of that hot rod ....iwant one that has been finished in flat black nitrite

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if you can find one for the right price the colt python is the absolute best .357 magnum revolver ever made. ive got one and its the only revolver i have ever had that has stayed in my collection. im not a fan of revolvers but the python transcends the type. in my book its right up there with the finest 1911's.

anyway if you go revolver and are considering the 38spl, get one chambered for 357. you get a stronger frame you can shoot 38spl and 357 mag if you care too. buying a revolver chambered for 38spl only makes absolutely no sense to me.

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Ditto, ditto, and ditto.

The .357 is the most versatile chambering bar none.

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