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Old 04-19-2013, 03:24 AM   #1
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Default .44 vs .357...which one

I do not have experience with either caliber.....looking to get a large caliber revolver with decent stopping power that would not be used for hunting ...which one would you recommend & why

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Old 04-19-2013, 05:13 AM   #2
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I like the .357 better. You can carry more ammo and shoot .38 sp in it. But good luck finding .357 ammo right now.

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Have both, like both. As TL said, the .357's more versatile and, (marginally), cheaper to shoot. No offense, if you're a handgun novice, a .44mag's not a good place to start. MHO you understand.
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.44 only if you reload. Then it's not even a question. Took my fifteen year old daughter night shooting and target loads are ok but the look on her smile cracking face was awesome when the mag loads came out bigger boom bigger smile. You have to reload though, way to expensive to shoot.

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Thank you all.....I am a novice with these two calibers but own others ie. 9mm, 45 auto & .38.

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If you are not looking for woods gun, I'd go with the 357. Medium to large frame, 4" or 5" barrel. That would give you pretty controllable package. For anything on two legs, a 357 is hard to beat.

Now if you want something for animals with claws and big nasty teeth, then get the 44.

Heck with it... just plan on getting both.

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Thank you all.....I am a novice with these two calibers but own others ie. 9mm, 45 auto & .38.
It would really help to know more of what you want out of this gun.
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If you are not looking for woods gun, I'd go with the 357. Medium to large frame, 4" or 5" barrel. That would give you pretty controllable package. For anything on two legs, a 357 is hard to beat.

Now if you want something for animals with claws and big nasty teeth, then get the 44.

Heck with it... just plan on getting both.
either one is good, but both is better!
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As most others, you being new to the handgun. No doubt the 357 Mag would be by far the best choice!
And as the others have said you can also shoot 38 Spl. rounds through it for target practice and other practice sessions like tactical self defense practice. Leaving your full blown defense rounds to a minimum of shooting for familiarization and knowing how the recoil feels and impact on the target. And certainly the difference in cost!

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If you have a buddy with a .44 ask him for some range time with it before you make your decision.

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