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Posted: October 30 2018 at 11:54am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

I tried posting this yesterday and it seems to have gone into the black hole..

If I had to pick a favorite hand gun cartridge, it would be the .357. A versatile round, that has taken every big game animal in North America and even some African game.

You can shoot cast bullets from 70 gr. to 250 gr., and then with shot capsules you can develop snake loads and even loads for close work on upland game birds.

Here is an article by Jim Taylor.. .357

A smaller frame gun than the big .44/.45s, and a little easier to control during rapid fire..

If I could have just one..!
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Posted: October 30 2018 at 2:24pm | IP Logged Quote RECURVE

My favorite also
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Posted: October 30 2018 at 4:14pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

The .45 Colt is my favorite, however, no doubt in my mind that the .357 magnum is the best hand gun cartridge ever developed considering how good it is in a wide range of roles.

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Posted: October 30 2018 at 4:34pm | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

My favorite lately is the 9mm. Not a super power round but I think that is why I like it. Do have 3 357 I also like and it is a very good cartrige. Craig

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Posted: October 30 2018 at 11:11pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Mine would be the 44 Spl.
I can load soft to hot and out do a 357 magnum with
no problem as E.K. did many years ago.
Not that I don't like to have a S&W magnum in a pinch!

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Posted: October 31 2018 at 6:56am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Just for what if shooting.. Comparing the standard .44 mag. loading 240gr/1400fps and the .357 173 gr. Keith bullet at 1400 fps., at 500 yards the .44 has 315 ft/# of retained energy while the .357 has 312 ft/#. or about the same as the standard 9mm has at the muzzle.

The original .357 factory loadings generated 1500+ fps and 800 ft/#, using the 158 gr, bullet. With modern powder, you can get into the 1400 fps range with the 170 gr bullet and do it with a lot less pressure. The 170-3 gr Keith bullet has a better BC.

Some states that allow handgun hunting have a minimum power factor for hunting cartridges, that being 500 ft/# at 100 yards, the Keith bullet at 1400 fps meets that requirement.






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Posted: October 31 2018 at 7:44am | IP Logged Quote twillis

Mine is either the 41 mag or the 10 mm. Both capable rounds for most anything.

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Posted: October 31 2018 at 11:06am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

At the end of the day "horse power" and bullet diameter, pale into insignificance compared with the ability to place the shot under pressure.

The standard velocity .38 special will work, if you can "place the shot".
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Posted: October 31 2018 at 11:23am | IP Logged Quote M700

My favorites are the 38 Special and the 45 ACP.

I shoot a lot of both. Particularly the 45, but I like them equally. Easy to shoot and shoot well. The 45 is more expensive to shoot as I often use jacketed bullets for it, but the 38 is doggone near dirt cheap to load and shoot.

I'm not sure how often my 38 cases have been reloaded. Often!

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Posted: October 31 2018 at 11:36am | IP Logged Quote RT58

.41 magnum.
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44wcf, 38wcf,and Colt's 45 made the world safe enough for the rest of the
johnny come lately's.

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Posted: October 31 2018 at 5:01pm | IP Logged Quote mikld

By far, the .44 Magnum is my favorite. I have been
reloading it since '87 with everything from 123 gr. balls
over a dusting of Bullseye to a 300 LFN T-Rex killer over
near max. charges of WC820. I have revolvers, a single
shot hand gun and a 44 Puma carbine chambered for the
magnum. Many, many hours of reloading and shooting fun,
more than even my Garand...

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Posted: October 31 2018 at 7:31pm | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

Hmmmmm....... I like a lot of pistol and revolver rounds. .22 rf, .38/.357,
.44 mag, .45 Colt, .45 acp and the .480 Ruger. Now I mostly shoot a
9mm. I had an Encore pistol that started as a 30/06, then a .22/250,
and lastly a .454 Casull. THAT was too much for me.

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Posted: November 01 2018 at 5:58am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

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.44-40, .38-40 those really shine in a rifle, the .44-40 in a 92 Winchester with smokeless powder, will produce energies close to the .30-06.

My 94 Trapper in .45 Colt loaded with 350 gr. bullets is close to the low end BP loads for the .45-70.

I am getting older and find that things that shooter lighter bullets are more fun..
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Posted: November 01 2018 at 6:18am | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

It doesn't take but a cylinder full of either the 44 or 38 wcf loaded the way
they were meant to be,to see why they were so popular as handgun rounds.
Using the powder puff loads that the CAS boys find so favorable they are quite
mild.
For a mild mannered handgun, the 32 H&R is a good one, not so hard on the
muzzle blast as the 32 wcf or the 357 for that matter.

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Posted: November 01 2018 at 7:39am | IP Logged Quote RT58

Like Tom said, I like a lot of different cartridges too, in fact there aren't many I don't like. I fell in love with the .41 magnum the first time I shot one and when I started handloading it was even better.

I prefer revolvers because I hate to chase brass and now with by back being messed up I can barely bend over to pick brass up. I'm not ready to get rid of any of my autos, but don't shoot them very much.

What I really like about revolvers, and this goes for any revolver, is you can adjust the power levels from max for your gun to powder puff loads. You can also make shot loads and round ball/multi-ball loads too. While I like a nice N frame in a larger caliber for most shooting, I also like a K frame in a .38 or .32 caliber for plinking and casual shooting.
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Posted: November 01 2018 at 7:42am | IP Logged Quote M700

Yup!

My 45 1911 keeps me busy picking up brass.

My 38/357 revolver just puts 'em right in the old coffee can. 'Zactly where I want those cases.

I like the 44 mag too - but favor the 38 Special for most my revolver shooting.

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Posted: November 02 2018 at 6:15am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

a 158 gr. SWC over 6 gr. of Unique in a .38 spl case duplicates the old factory loading of the .38-44, the precursor of the .357 magnum.

A pleasant load that will do what ever you need in a pinch.

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Always had a fondness for the .44 Mag. Even more so now that the S&W M69 5 Shot L Frame .44 mag is available. I have both barrel length (4 1/4" and 2 3/4"). Fantastic handguns - accurate, packable, versatile and can be loaded mild to wild. Living here in Montana, I just feel more comfortable with the heavier, larger diameter bullets avail for the .44 Mag. I've been retired for almost 20 yrs and am fortunate enough to shoot 3 to 5 times a week. Since the M69s appeared on the scene, one always goes with me. Continue to be amazed at the accuracy and recoiling handling properties of these mid sized .44 mags.

4 1/4" and 2 3/4" M69s shown next to a Kahr CW45.



50 Yard group shot with 2 3/4" M69 rested over range bag. Thought it might be a fluke, so reshot/verified on another day.



With that said, I do like the 357 and shoot it often.

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Posted: November 02 2018 at 11:14am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Hands down there is no question that the .44 magnums are good shooters.

There are times when things have really gone bad that, 5-6 rounds are not enough, and saving brass is the least of your concerns.

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