.357 Magnum vs .44 Magnum

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

.44 or .357?

  1. .357

    37 vote(s)
    68.5%
  2. .44

    17 vote(s)
    31.5%
  1. HaydenHunter

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    J.Bennett Elite Refuge Member

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    If concealment isn’t an issue... I’m a much better shot with a shotgun than I am with a pistol, so I keep one of these at my desk...
    upload_2018-5-24_19-25-45.jpeg

    And a Ruger LCR 38 special +p in my pocket.
     
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  3. Call Turner

    Call Turner Senior Refuge Member

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    I prefer a 41 mag. Shot my first elk, several deer and many bear with it. It's a 6" Smith and Wesson model 57.
     
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    sdkidaho Decoy, Gun Dog, Christian, Idaho, Montana/Wyoming Moderator Flyway Manager

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    S&W 44mag 5” full under-lug. This picture has the lock - I prefer prelock.
     
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  5. Bear

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    I absolutely love a good old N frame 4" 629. Almost as much as a Ruger Redhawk 5.25 inch stainless. Shoot .44 Specials for grins.

    However, a Smith 640-3 in ~2" if I carried would be my call. I voted .357. First three rounds 125 gr. Golden Sabers in .38 Special+P then 125 gr. Remington 125 SJHP .357.

    Does .357 Sig qualify for .357 Mag?
     
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  6. Luigi Daniele

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    Your call, fratello :)
     
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    Then A 125 gr Rose at 1350fps by any other name...is it still not a Rose?
     
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    My brother & I both had S&W Mdl. 29 w/8-3/8" bbl, We handloaded some very accurate & "shootable" loads. We did load some "Elmer Keith" loads I believe 240 something grain hard cast bullets w/19 grains of 2400 IMR-WHOA! Defininty not a carry gun!
     
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    As a carry type gun the .357 is lighter, .44 has heavier bullet but is much heavier to carry. For the average person IMO the .44 is just to much gun, shooting one accurately, shot recovery time, etc. all lean toward the .357 as the better choice in a carry type situation.
    If anybody listened even Dirty Harry commented on the fact he used reduced velocity rounds in his .44.
    I've hunted with both guns, anything up to whitetail deer size the .357 can handle, anything larger than that carry a.44.
    The factory ammo a lot of you have shot is nothing compared to what you can reload for either gun, 125 grain rounds for the .357 can easily be brought up to 1800 fps, with the .44 1500 fps with 240 grain bullets is not out of the question, although 240 grain bullets going that fast are difficult to control on second and third shots.
     
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    ^^^ Agreed, but my brother & I just shot for 'fun' at the range, so recoil wasn't a big deal except to see first timers shooting the big 29! :l
     
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