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Old 03-02-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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In praise of the .357 Magnum

About ten years ago I sold off all my .357 Magnums when I left the SO. For the past year or so I've been having regrets. What a cartridge/handgun combination! It is a true multi-tasker, much like the ubiquitous 12 gauge shotgun----it's forte is defined not so much by design as by what you feed it.
For defensive purposes, the 125 grain SJHP in any barrel 4" or longer was considered a likely fatality.
For hunting large critters, 158 grain JSPs could take just about anything in North America given accurate shot placement.
For target shooting 158 SWC and 148 HBWC could predictably make clover leaves at 50'
For small game the .38 Spec. Keith-type 170 grain cast load was the ticket although 158 gr. SWCs HP+P or not certainly wasn't a slouch.
For rats and snakes CCI shot cartridges would do the job.

Yes, semi-autos with large cap magazines and BHB (big heavy bullets)are preferable for "battle rattle," and .44Mags and larger are preferred extra insurance for dangerous critters, buy hey that old .357 is still very useful considering how one dimensional and polarized newer designs have become.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:09 PM   #2
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I do sometimes miss my Colt Python...first duty pistol...such a sweet trigger and so accurate too...

Fast is fine...accuracy is final.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:46 PM   #3
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I still have my old Ruger Security-Six (6in barrel). Sort of like me, well used and not so pretty, but it still works. But, yes, I like the round. Some day I may get new grips for the revolver. It has those wood western grips and I can no longer grasp it as tight as I used to (using .357).

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Old 03-02-2014, 11:28 PM   #4
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Flexible, accurate, and reliable. 38 wadcutters to full power loads. I keep it on my off duty/backup roster. And we today have the 5" Coonan, a 1911 type, for those who want a good auto loader with true 357Magnum performance.

And load the rounds into a Lever rifle and "it becomes a whole 'nuther animal" - like a 180 gr hardcast at an honest 1800 fps out of a sixteen inch barrel. More than some original 30-30 loads.

This is a special round.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:21 AM   #5
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Oh yeah! .357mag. 125gr SJHP in a rifle is 100% effective coyote medicine----far and away more effective than .223.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:47 PM   #6
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Thumbs Up .357 Magnum

I too recently "rediscovered" the .357. I picked up a .357 Rossi rifle to keep in the truck for a coyote problem that was developing around the horses and fell in love with it. There was a thread here a while back about the .357 rifle as a SD/home defense weapon and I chimed in with my .02 worth. Handy size with a hard hitting cartridge who could ask for more. The Rossi still rides in the truck with a good light on it and also sees duty in the rotation as HD long gun. But now it has two companions, a Taurus 689 6 inch and my newest baby, a nickel model 19 4 inch which is rapidly gaining ground as my favorite carry gun in rotation with the HP and the 1911. Just can't go wrong with the .357!!
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:15 PM   #7
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Not much NOT to like with the .357. A lot of us cut our teeth on those, and moved up the revolver ladder from there. Although the .44 Special is my all-time favorite round,
followed by the .44 Mag, the .357 still gets a lot of use in the boonies.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:56 PM   #8
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Still have my M-19 2 1/2" snubbie and will always have it. It's a peach. That said, I prefer the M57/58 for woods work and general usage. I'm like twoguns in that reguard. The .41 magnum just works...


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Old 05-11-2014, 04:36 AM   #9
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Love mine! I still have my various Smith duty revolvers and still carry a S&W 640 loaded with Magnums as a backup.
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:25 AM   #10
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I still have my M-65 with the 3" tube. It is my "do anything" handgun from target/plinking to self defense. IMHO, it is the best of Smith's for its intended role.


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