.38 + p or .357 mag

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by pluspforyou38, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. pluspforyou38

    pluspforyou38 New Member

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    ? i cant decide what to carry in my new .357 mag. better handling or more power?

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  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    It is better to hit with a .38 than to miss with a .357.

    If you can shoot the .357 and manage the recoil, the use the .357.
    If the .357 is too much, then use the .38.
     

  3. mcb

    mcb New Member

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    What make/model gun did you buy?
     
  4. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    This is an easy decision for me. I would go with the .357 cartridge. I think the recoil of a .357 mag is pretty easy to learn how to manage. Yes, I am aware that gun design and barrel length will affect the recoil.
     
  5. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Should be the bottom line---
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    What this guy said ^^^
    More power does no good at all if you can't handle it. Go with .38 if your more comfortable that way, but practice with .357 until you can comfortably and safely switch.
     
  7. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    When it comes to SD I carry the hottest load I can handle with reasonable accuracy. I carry a 44 mag sometimes. Lets face it...if you have to defend yourself you will not be shooting at pop cans from 20 yards. You will probably be within 20 feet or so. If you can handle the magnum, that is what I would carry.
     
  8. Papa_Woody

    Papa_Woody New Member

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    Ditto

    While a pop can at 20 yards is a good target, a man at less than 20 feet will likely be your SD scenario. Truth be told, if you have to shoot someone, they will probably be close enough to put their hands on you. In a situation like that, you can put the muzzle in their belly.
    I'm not saying don't worry about accuracy, but shooting someone at 20 plus yards only flirts with the self defense argument. You probably won't know/assess an attacker until arms length. I keep this in mind when choosing my SD revolver. If I carry a short nosed revolver as SD, I assume I will already be in a struggle when I draw and shooting position will be a compromised one.

    With that said, carry the .357 practice a quick draw at a silhouette target 10 feet from you.
    I go for my .44 personally
    When I'm real nervous, out comes Dick's .454
    If I am worried about a shot more than 20 feet, I won't be wielding a snubby that's for sure.
     
  9. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    It ALL depends on the gun.If you have a 4-6" barrel,a 357 is going to have the manstopping power you expect,and it's gonna shoot great,but you put that 357 in a snub and you immediatley have a round that's bark is bigger than it's bite,it's going to be louder and recoil harder than you can imagine plus only give you a slight ballistic edge over 38+p.The .38's in a snub will actually go where you want them to especially under rapid fire.
     
  10. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I shot an sp101 snub 357 and I can say it sucked as far as recoil. I can shoot my snubby smith all day long and still enjoy it.
     
  11. mes227

    mes227 New Member

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    I carry a Ruger LCR loaded with .357Mags. I can manage it reasonable well and opted for more power and on mostly less control....and I continue to get range time with it loaded with mags to close the gap.

    I just bought my daugher an LCR, but I got her the .38.
     
  12. pluspforyou38

    pluspforyou38 New Member

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    i got a ruger lcr .357

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  13. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    Ditto!...what he said. :D
     
  14. Oblivion9

    Oblivion9 New Member

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    Looking for a 4" .357...but plan to use. 38 +p in it for the wife.

    I figure most emergency situations in the home are going to be without ear protection.
     
  15. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thats strange. I have an SP101 snub and I can put them where I want them even with 125 grn and 158 grn mags and my CT LG111 boot grips.
    125 grn mag Hydroshocks chrono at 1275 fps avg in my SP101 snub. It has some recoil but it is manageable. The grip must not fit you.
     
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  16. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    I have a 2.25" Ruger SP101. I have various 357mag rounds for it and shoot them with relative success. But if carried, it will be always be loaded with 38sp+P. No need to go deaf and slow my follow-up shots.

    The exception would be camping/hiking/etc, where I would only be shooting outdoors. Then it'll hold 357mag just fine.
     
  17. Tom86

    Tom86 New Member

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    That's my experience also. I was shooting a 3" SP101 yesterday, with stock grips. Four different types of ammo, up to mag tech 158 gr jsp in .357. That one had some kick to it, but it was still manageable. The golden saber .357 hp's were very easy to control.