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Old 02-25-2012, 03:38 PM   #21
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I don't have any experience with Uberti but have owned Rugers all of my life. I have several old model 357 Blackhawks-single sixes in 22 and 22 mag and a Ruger Bisley Vaquaro in 45 colt which I reload for.If you attend gun shows be on the lookout for the Interarms Dragoon SAA in 45 colt-44 mag -357 mag. I picked one up last year in 357 mag and it shoots very well. It came with a set of Pachmar grips and also a set of Sambar Stag grips. I only paid $300 otd. Best of luck in your search. Best regards Dick

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Old 02-25-2012, 04:40 PM   #22
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The .45 Colt factory load has always been a dependable Ctg. The big flat nosed 260 gr slug at 850 FPS will stop a horse or man. No Army in the world went to the .357 Mag. when it came out in 1935. The .357 loaded with a 125 gr HP is hell on thin skinned critters, no doubt. But for all around back country use the Old Colt round is hard to beat.

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45 colt is a great round experiencing a resurgence in recent years between cas and some new ccw chambered in the round. The reason no military switched to the 357 mag is because by 1935 the worlds major military powers were using autoloaders in 45acp or 9mm. The 357mag was designed for le and hunting.

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MCB sorry tons of revolvers were issued and used by the allies during WWII. Colt tested and made a number of .357 Mags. in the 1917 New Service Colt. These guns were tested by Elmer Kieth and others at the Utah testing center. The .357 did not meet military standards. The .45 ACP and Moon clips stayed thru WWII. There are reports that some 1917 Colt .357 Mags were issued to some special service units. I have seen a few of these very rare Colts. They also chambered some of the 1917 Colts in .30 Carbine. This project was tabeled in the early 1940s. The Britts were issueing the S&W 1917 in the powerful .45 Enfield a short version of the U.S. .45 Colt thru and into the 1950s.

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They chambered them in 45acp for ordinance purposes. They could not make enough 1911s to meet the need. Once they caught up with 1911 production the revolvers went out of production. As I said before the 357 was not designed or intended for military use, but instead for law enforcement and hunting.

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You are beating a dead horse. Again there were piles of .38 Specials and .38 S&Ws produced and used thru the war in SE Asia. All most all of our air crewmen carried S&W .38 Spec. Mdl. 10s. We had .38 Spec ammo in 55 gal drums. The test in Utah did not find the .357 mag suitable for military use

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