.357 Magnum vs .44 Magnum

Discussion in 'The Duck Hunters Forum' started by Luigi Daniele, May 24, 2018.

.44 or .357?

  1. .357

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  2. .44

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    29.2%
  1. Luigi Daniele

    Luigi Daniele Elite Refuge Member

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    To follow up on my other thread :oops:

    If you had to choose between a .357 Magnum and a .44 Magnum (for those who have shot both), it would be?

    Also, what do you think is the ideal barrel length for your choice?

    Over to you :)
     
  2. tcc

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    Pretty fond of a .357 with a 10" barrel.

    That said, and to stir the pot a little, I think a .22lr would suffice in most cases. (assuming we're talking self defense)
     
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    Depends on purpose. If my backup weapon for grizzly, no question a 44. If I just want to carry a wheel gun and be able to shoot it accurately without teeth rattling, then choose a 357. It is all about matching gun to the purpose.
     
  4. Luigi Daniele

    Luigi Daniele Elite Refuge Member

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    The second. Thanks for the input!

    Barrel length preference?
     
  5. callinfowl

    callinfowl Kalifornia Forum

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    .357 because you can buy super Corbons for killing stuff or you can dress it down with light .38 if you're leaving it home with your wife for home protection.
    for both reasons, I like a 6'' barrel and it is still concealable if need be.:tu
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    All around for what I consider home defense 4" is good. I have a 6" Model 19. You still have to keep it handy, much quicker to acquire a target with shorter barrel but the 4" is nice comprise and gives a good sight picture but also have a little extra weight forward to help with barrel jump. Make sure grips fit your hand. Don't forget high quality 38 rounds out of a 357 shoot well.
     
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    357 is about all I can handle accurately. I shoot a S&W 27 with a 6" barrel and either carry it in a belt holster or a shoulder rig, depending on what I'm doing at the time. I've used it ground hog hunting and more recently, my son used it deer hunting (head shots). I made the mistake of loading it with 38 wad cutters to cull some feral dogs and all I got was cripples. Reloaded with 357 HP and cleaned up my mess. I really don't want to dislocate my wrist with a 44 mag.
     
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    callinfowl Kalifornia Forum

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    These bullets flatout make things quite breathing. :yes:yes:yes
     
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    I misspoke or typed:D my .357 has a 4'' barrel although you could still get away with the 6'' barrel and be OK to carry in a shtf moment in my op.
     
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