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Discussion in 'The Duck Hunters Forum' started by Luigi Daniele, May 24, 2018.
Only failure was .357. Looks like shooter error, though.
What's your intended use? I own both a ,357 and .44 magnum revolver-never shoot them b/c it's not a lot of fun-also had a .45 winmag that I sold after I left Alaska-also not a lot of fun to shoot-maybe I'm just getting old.The pistols I use are a shield 9mm as EDC and a .22 S&W M&P22- I shoot the .22 most often b/c it replicates the feel and size of the shield. Use a .45 Colt Commander as in house weapon, but don't shoot that much either.
If size and weight wasn't an issue for bear protection, 12 gauge with slugs would be my first choice. I have a 12 ga BPS pump, 21" barrel. I love shooting hogs with it, just rolls them. That is what I keep in truck and take out when cleaning elk. A few live in the Valley we hunt and come running when shots are fired.
Bad guys or animals?
Sorry. Bad guys. Animals secondarily.
If you don't intend to carry concealed, the .357 would be my choice for California as an all around weapon in that the chances of running into a grizzly there is close to nil-and, as some of said above, you can target practice w/ .38 ammo. Good luck on your quest.
I'm telling you, if concealment is not an issue, the Kel Tec KSG 12 gauge is the way to go. Total length of 26", holds 14 + 1, not to mention the "bad guy crapping his pants factor" when you pull it up from behind the counter. I would recommend getting a "hand stop" for the foregrip though (to keep your hand from sliding off and ending up in front of the muzzle).
I carried a mod. 19 S&W 357 when I was a patrolman. Also had a 66. I loved that gun. Sold it for about twice what I paid for it. Still regret doin that, all these yrs later.