What to buy

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by JolietGunner, May 27, 2013.

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  1. JolietGunner

    JolietGunner New Member

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    I dont know if I should buy a .45 or a 357.I just have a .22 right now but Im looking to buy a home defense gun now.
     
  2. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    IMO....i would go 45. I'm not sure that I have a reason beyond the fact that I love my buddies SW e-series. Definitely on top of my list for purchase!
     

  3. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Can you afford to do a lot of practice with a 45?
     
  4. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    If you can try both, pick the one you shoot best. Both are very capable calibers.
     
  5. RevJammer

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    My first ever firearm was a Ruger Security Six (stainless) .357. It is still my favorite of any that I have had since.

    It's versatile because you can shoot .38 special for a little cheaper and yet still a good self-defense round. I'm not knocking the .45 I've had one of those too that was great... but still nothing compares to my ol' faithful!

    Now I've got a .357 lever action to keep it company!


    RJ
     
  6. BeyondTheBox

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    Both great rounds, but the 357 has more oomph. If it were only as simple as a caliber debate, it would be easy, 357 hands down!

    But it's not so easy. Have you shot revolvers before? Because unless you choose 357sig, the mags are revolver only. If you can shoot a revolver as well as a semiautomatic, then the 357 remains champ. More energy and more velocity prove that as far as I'm concerned.

    Is a 45 bigger in diameter, yes, but that's not enough to make up the difference.

    Now, what I chose for home protect was the 45, but that's because revolvers don't work well in my hands. The ergos are all wrong and I can't and won't do anything with either a long trigger, or a short one I either have to cock or don't have a manual safety for.
     
  7. JolietGunner

    JolietGunner New Member

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    I shot a ruger .45 semi auto last week and fell in love.I have not yet shot a .357 my brother in law has one Ill be shooting soon.I wanted to see what others thought on the matter.
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    One main concern right now is the availability of ammo.

    .38 Special is easier to obtain than .45 ACP.
     
  9. rifleman77

    rifleman77 New Member

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    Connan makes a .357 mag 1911. Or you can go big with the dessert eagle.
     
  10. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    That's right, there are a couple of exceptions.
     
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Anticipate that you will eventually own both.

    Considering the market today, how difficult to find and expensive some ammo is; I would lean towards the 357. That said, my 45 is my goto night stand gun; while my 357 stays in the safe.

    How's that for a definitive answer? ;)
     
  12. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    As stated. My vote is for the 357 Mag. if you plan on a lot of shooting because you can buy and shoot 38 Loads of all kinds in it including the less expensive wad cutters. And the 357 is an excellent round for self defense. I love the good 1911s as well and also are great defense weapons but ammo costs a little more generally. Unless you load!
    I keep a 1911 45 ACP as well as a Glock 40 Cal. Model 27 close at home for quick response.

    03
     
  13. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Totally a personal choice.

    For my tastes, 45acp is a better urban fit and 357mag wins in the great outdoors.
     
  14. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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  15. JolietGunner

    JolietGunner New Member

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    Thanks for all the input.I already know I can shoot the .45 pretty accurately.So Ill see how I handle the .357 hopefully this week sometime.But Im sure I will own both sometime down the road.
     
  16. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Why is that Scott?
     
  17. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    I don't.

    I know the 357 to be the best defective round there is, hands down, and yet I don't and won't ever own one.

    Just saying...
     
  18. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    I love the idea of the 10mm, but isn't it just like the 357sig, great potential with little production in results, comparatively?
     
  19. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    The Desert Eagle is not a defense gun IMO, it is for the range only (in any caliber). It is just prone to problems, difficult to handle and does not always go into full battery. My buddy has one and it is one of the guns he always brings to the range- its a great gun but I wouldn't rely on it for defense. YMMV.

    What about .40S&W? Ammo is cheaper than .45, and more readily available. Lots of possibilities out there. If I were looking for my first HD/SD gun it would probably be between .40S&W or .357.

    I have a GP100 that is my regular HD gun. The backup is a S&W L-frame in the same caliber. The backup to that one is a Blackhawk. I also could use my Glock 22 .40S&W, but I don't. Fortunately I have not ever needed it.
     
  20. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    The 40sw and 357mag are the two most effective "man stoppers"/killers there are. That 17 year study reported on shows this to be fact. This includes police and civilian altercations.
     
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