should I get 9mm or 357

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by rem870forever, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. rem870forever

    rem870forever New Member

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    Should I get a s&w sd9 or eaa windicator 357 for mainly target practice and a little for defense.Another choice I guess could be s&w sd40. Just so you guys know I'm not rich
     
  2. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    both 357 and 9 are great, but very different.

    have you tried both calibers? which type do you prefer? do you like revolvers aor semi pistols better?

    in our troubled ammo times, having the option of both 357/38 might be advantageous? :confused:

    having both a 357 revolver and a 9mm auto, i think i would go with the 9mm IF you're main use will be target shooting/plinking. but honestly, if you buy a good 357 or 9, you're unlikely to regret it.
     

  3. rem870forever

    rem870forever New Member

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    Thanks, its hard because I enjoyed both a lot
     
  4. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Could you buy the revolver now and save up for the 9mm?
     
  5. rem870forever

    rem870forever New Member

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    Yes, but it'd take a little while
     
  6. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    I would recommend the revolver. I love reloading for the .38/.357 as it is a greatly versitile cartridge. I've pretty much fallen out of love with the 9mm and don't know that I could recommend a S&W below the M&P line of pistols.
     
  7. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I agree, go for the revolver. Nothing beats a good wheel gun.

    Its more versatile, being able to shoot .38 Specials and .357 Magnums. Its more fun, if you ask me, to shoot. If you don't like the way the grips fit your hands, replacement grips are usually pretty cheap. Its usually harder to replace grips on a semi-auto.

    .357 Magnum is plenty of power for defensive purposes, if you ask me. Even the .38 Specials are perfectly fine.
     
  8. CrazedJava

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    If those are your choices, I'd go with the Windicator. EAA's revolvers don't always have the best reputation, but I am very leery about the ongoing S&W Sigma series, which is all the SD9 is.

    For slightly more, you could get a Ruger P95 in 9mm. A very reliable gun but hardly "Hollywood".
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Some folks like chocolate, some like strawberry. Both are good guns. Both have points in their favor. It really comes down to a matter of personal taste. So why not do the taste test thing?

    Go find a range that rents handguns, and put a box of ammo thru each. See what floats yer boat. Me? Love my 9's, and love my .357's. How could you ask me which of my children I love the most????
     
  10. Argyle_Armoring

    Argyle_Armoring New Member

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    Seriously? You answered all your questions in your post. Get the 9mm.
     
  11. hammer3708

    hammer3708 New Member

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    Ruger has a 357 /38 that has an extra cylinder for 9 mm
     
  12. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Normally, revolvers are cheaper than semi-autos.

    Everyone should have at least one .357.
     
  13. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Or six.........:D
     
  14. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    Comparing the two calibers, is like trying to decide on buying a convertible or an SUV.

    My first store purchase handgun was a Ruger Security Six. Someone had modified the grip to accept Police Six grips. Gun was built like a brick SH.
     
  15. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    Thats one of my favorite sayings. I never get a good opportunity to use it though.

    On topic with the thread, youre not comparing between the two, youre deciding which direction you want to go first. Id go with the revolver between those 2 choices.
     
  16. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I'm going to go against the grain here, and recommend

    the 9mm. A very sensible, economical round.

    The 357 is fraught with over-penetration, recoil, generally

    too much power, additional cost, and limited magazine space.


    Unless you have a need for a round, of the same general radius

    as a 9mm, which is propelled by 3 times as much powder.
     
  17. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Since a wheel gun doesn't employ magazines I'm gonna go ahead and after that the limitation of "0" in a magazine is a pretty terrible problem to have.
     
  18. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    The point wasn't to parse words, argue technical terms, but just an

    opinion. Now, instead of lurking your every thread, and picking

    every technical gaff apart, I'll merely state that in the comparison

    of the semi-357s, (as in DE357, for instance, although I'm given

    to understand there are a couple new ones) the mags are limited,

    compared to the substantially higher capacity mags of a 9MM

    auto, but if it will make you happy, I'll waste the extra time,

    and space, to needlessly say "limited round space a five or

    six shot revolver offers."

    There. NOW you can sleep peacefully, tonight, JW357.
     
  19. CrazedJava

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    Something to keep in mind. The original question was not just 9mm vs. .357 mag. It was a S&W SD9 vs. an EAA Windicator.

    From what I know of both weapons, I'd rather have the Windicator even though in general I'd rather have a 9mm auto.
     
  20. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I was just joshin' with ya man. I didn't mean anything by it and certainly wasn't being serious. I couldn't put it in green font at the time, otherwise I would've.

    :)