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 Post subject: .44 spl or .357
PostPosted: 28 Oct 2014 15:05 
what is the best round in a short barrel single action revolver for self defense?


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 Post subject: Re: .44 spl or .357
PostPosted: 29 Oct 2014 13:27 
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I have a little 2 barrel ,38spl/.357 mag Derringer I kinda like. Sure rather shoot the .38 spl in it though... with that little tiny grip, the .357 puts a hurt in your palm!


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 Post subject: Re: .44 spl or .357
PostPosted: 29 Oct 2014 15:48 
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I have to ask; "single action"?

Oh and either, the .44 Special many be somewhat easier to shoot.

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I would ask "defense against what?" I think that if the guns are the same platform , I would like the .44. I would also consider easy access to ammo, in that case .357 gets the nod, as .44 spl is not readily available in my area.
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 Post subject: Re: .44 spl or .357
PostPosted: 29 Oct 2014 19:31 
self defense, and yes single action. Thinking of getting a small revolver in a birds head grip . 38/.357 is probably the most available round vs the .44spl.


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 Post subject: Re: .44 spl or .357
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Well, if you're talkin' something like this, I'd say in the Awesomely cool category they score about a 9.3 on the KG59 scale. However, and I am sure you know this, they ain't small and SA ain't the best option for SD. OK, it's been said, on with the show :lol:

Something like this is way cool...Cimarron Thunderer with Birds-head Grips and 3.5" barrel length.
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BTW, recoil is somewhat of a help with SA revolvers...

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 Post subject: Re: .44 spl or .357
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Within the parameters stated, for use against man or beast, the following would be my choices.

A heavy .44 Spec single action, such as the Freedom Arms Model 97, with a short (3-1/2") barrel and round butt. This would be stoked with either an appropriate Buffalo Bore load or heavy handloads.


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I would say .357 unless you are going to load your own ammo.


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Single or Double Action, the answer is .44 Special. Yes, I reload for this caliber, but if limited to factory ammo, I could find enough Buffalo Bore ammo to stand against the forces of evil.

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the main thing is being able to handle your weapon and to be able to re-aquire your target quickly. if it's kinda close say 7 to 15 yards or so, i would go with the .357 even if it were closer than that. but if you can handle the .44's recoil, suture self.


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