what happend to the 357 maximum?


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Old 06-10-2011, 03:20 AM   #1
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This round is all but extinct but it just makes way too much sense to build large frame revolvers in this caliber. being able to fire 9mm, 38 special, 357 mag and 357 maximum all in the same revolver makes too much sense. you got cheap target ammo, a proven home defense round and a big game hunting round all in one revolver.

I sure wish ruger would bring this round back in there blackhawk and redhawk revolvers

your opinions..........



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I have a Dan Wesson .357 SuperMax (which also chambers the .357 Maxi) - I agree, it's a great caliber and a versatile revolver. One of the drawbacks "back in the day" was relatively slower burning powder didn't allow shorter barrel revolvers to take full advantage of the higher energy load, but with more powder options each year this is an ideal round for a handloader.

I also have .375 and .445 SuperMags. Both also great ctgs, but the .375 doesn't have low-energy chambers available.



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I'd love to be able to throw hundreds of rounds downrange for 1/2 the cost. I dig on the concept of convertables. Cheap practice = MORE practice = better shooting = safer family.

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Good question! I've read about but never seen the max in action.

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No first hand knowledge myself, but reportedly problem was this cartridge was eating it's way thru the top strap- flame cutting the steel. Dan W's, with the adjustable barrels, stood up a bit better.

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No first hand knowledge myself, but reportedly problem was this cartridge was eating it's way thru the top strap- flame cutting the steel. Dan W's, with the adjustable barrels, stood up a bit better.
that's pretty much what I've heard as well and the reason was that ruger wanted to use the same lenth cylinder instead of a longer one like the wesson.
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Oh well, we've lasted over 75 years with the .357 mag being sufficient enough for most all that it's called upon for. Rarely (if ever) does it fall short. . .

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Oh well, we've lasted over 75 years with the .357 mag being sufficient enough for most all that it's called upon for. Rarely (if ever) does it fall short. . .
The Maxi and Dan Wesson SuperMags were developed for longer-range silhouette shooting, where .357Mags don't carry enough energy down range to flip the target. That's not "falling short", it's just not the use the .357M has been developed for.
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Anybody know if I could shoot this outta the Medusa?

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Anybody know if I could shoot this outta the Medusa?
I strongly suspect it's far too long to chamber.


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