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    4 inch .357 magnum for home defense

    Hi to all, what would be the best model for home defense? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: 4 inch .357 magnum for home defense

    My suggestion is a 4-inch Ruger GP-100 or the Taurus M66 4-inch.

    With the Taurus you get 7 rounds over 6 in the Ruger.

    Pricewise---the Taurus is generally $60-90 less than the Ruger.


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    Re: 4 inch .357 magnum for home defense

    Do you live in a neighborhood of closely spaced housing? The .357 bullet can penetrate quite easily through many walls and furniture.

    The only place I could recommend a .357 would be outside in the woods or desert.

    An in home protection firearm could be 20 or 12 gage shotgun loaded with No. 4 shot should do the job.

    I'm relying on sub magnum calibers from .38 special, .44 special, .45 acp, and .45 Colt. These can handle anything walking on two legs and is criminally motivated.

    For SHTF firearms, have AK-74 with 1/2 dozen 30 round magazines with plenty backup ammo.

    I'd think twice about unleashing a magnum in a crowded neighborhood...but maybe you don't live in one.

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    Re: 4 inch .357 magnum for home defense

    Quote Originally Posted by NYPD in AZ
    My suggestion is a 4-inch Ruger GP-100 or the Taurus M66 4-inch.

    With the Taurus you get 7 rounds over 6 in the Ruger.

    Pricewise---the Taurus is generally $60-90 less than the Ruger.
    +1.

    I'll add looking at the Tracker .357 in the 4" configuration as well.
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    Re: 4 inch .357 magnum for home defense

    TBC45---we're only giving the guy what he asked for. That's not my first choice for home defense either---believe me.
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    Re: 4 inch .357 magnum for home defense

    I hear you, but the only reason I mentioned it was the fact a year or two ago I read about a fellow who an AD in his house with a .357.

    Unfortunately for him the bullet went through his stereo console, through the wall of his house, and into his next door neighbors house...and into the neighbor who was plenty pi$$ed.

    Though the neighbor survived, that magnum bullet probably cost the guy plenty.

    If I remember the story right, the cops came and took all his firearms away from him until the issue was settled...though I never heared how it turned out...but you can bet it wasn't too good.

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    Re: 4 inch .357 magnum for home defense

    I would like to see the original story about the .357 going through the stereo, the wall of the house and into the next house. I don't believe it. The .357 does penetrate, but not through two or three objects or resistance like that. My solution: get a Tracker 627 four inch revolver, load it with the 158 grain .38 Special lead hollowpoint. Good seven shot, reliable, accurate, stainless, economical revolver (last past your lifetime and your children even with a lot of shooting). Get a lot of ammo, both .38 and .357, shoot it a lot to get efficient in handling it. Use the .38s for inhouse, the .357s for outside or for a car gun. I have two house guns, a Taurus stainless PT1911 (.45 Remington UMC jacketed hollowpoints) and a 627 Tracker loaded with seven .357 125 grain hollowpoints. But it is my plan to hit whatever comes in the house uninvited and I live, by choice, a long way from suburbia. But seriously, the 627 Tracker, however loaded, is a good bet.

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    Re: 4 inch .357 magnum for home defense

    Now ya gone and done it. Asking an ammo question. Members, staff, and students of the shooting arts... what happens when a ammo question is asked? HOMEWORK gets assigned.
    Professor Qwiks is in the house.

    Get some snacks and and a tall beverage because this may take a while.

    What's in the links is what others and myself might very well be writing.
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=791.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=722.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=775.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=935.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=1075.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=1098.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=1801.0
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    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=2759.0
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    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=3465.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=3070.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=2144.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=2594.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=2689.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=2349.0

    That ought to keep you in clover for a while.
    Wait until you ask about holsters! Just kidding of course but this is one of the top 3 asked questions here.
    Herr Professor is now going on to other things.

    As for .357 magnum goes.
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=948.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=945.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=3498.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=2132.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=3169.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=2805.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=2822.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=2661.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=2455.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=3383.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=1960.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=247.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=1816.0

    Brought the "A" game of info. WHile there is an abundance of info there is pertinent info in these all.

    If you want alternatives to overpenetration or actual circumstances dictate another caliber here are some recommendations.
    Either .32ACP or .380 ACP pistols. Taurus or Bersa pistols are good choices and won't break the bank. Ergonomic and reliable.

    In revolvers there is the .32 H&R magnum or the newer .327 Federal magnum. Less muzzle flash,recoil and shock wave than the .357 magnum. These are not better than the .357 magnum or the equal of the best .38 Specials ( there are some exceptions), but they beat .22lrf, .22 magnum, and the 25 ACP while providing a decent level of protection.
    This tells of the .327 magnum:
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=147.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=4917.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=3279.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=3845.0

    Take some time to take this all in and let us know how you want to proceed and if you need additional guidance at all. That's what we are here for in part. To assist one another.

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    Re: 4 inch .357 magnum for home defense

    You take the fun out of everything Quiks, and here I was gonna recomend a .44 swc. (that's what I have for home defense but hey I don't live on top of people either.).

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    Re: 4 inch .357 magnum for home defense

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracker Backer C45
    I hear you, but the only reason I mentioned it was the fact a year or two ago I read about a fellow who an AD in his house with a .357.

    Unfortunately for him the bullet went through his stereo console, through the wall of his house, and into his next door neighbors house...and into the neighbor who was plenty pi$$ed.

    Though the neighbor survived, that magnum bullet probably cost the guy plenty.

    If I remember the story right, the cops came and took all his firearms away from him until the issue was settled...though I never heared how it turned out...but you can bet it wasn't too good.

    TB C45
    Source?

 

 
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