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    .357 Revolvers or 44mag short barrel , What is best for CCW ??

    Just looking and thinking that maybe someday i should pickup a .357 or .44 mag revolver but not really familiar with them . I have the 24/7 9mm SA but if a person wanted to CCW a revolver and have for home defense which ones would be decent for the cause ?
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    This little beauty (Taurus M605 .357 Mag) is one of my concealed carry handguns, and it gives me a certain sense of well-being and security when it is in its holster on my side. The little beast has a substantial recoil...but the powerful round has the ability to negate any threat that I may encounter, and that factor offsets the recoil factor.
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    I like the 605, a nice easy to conceal revolver that offers shooting both the 357mag and the 38spl round. This give a very wide choice to balistics to choose from.
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    With the proper holster/belt/wardrobe combination, one can conceal carry "almost" any medium/large revolver with a 4" barrel.

    The good thing about the .357 and .44 magnums is that they can be loaded from mild (.38 spl./.44 spl.) to wild, (full house magnums).

    And if one handloads, anything in between mild and wild.

    As far as commercial ammo is concerned you'll find a bigger variety with the .38/.357 which is more readily available and cheaper than it's .44 big brother.

    If one is recoil shy or a novice, I'd strongly suggest starting out with the .357.

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    I agree with Moondawg but would add:

    If you chose a three preferably a four inch barrel with the proper ammo it wouldn't make much difference what you choose! The worst choice would be a 38 or 44 special out of a two inch snubby- one could also argue the blast from a magnum load out of a snub nose poses problems with recoil and follow up shots! On average, you get better ballistics from a three or four inch 9mm.

    If the gun is going to be used for HD as well as carry and you could handle carrying a 4 incher that would be the way to go...I prefer the .357 over the .44 magnum when the issue is dealing with a two foot critter. I have a 3 in .357 (S&W 65) loaded with 110gr light magnum load...just more comfortable to shoot than 125gr.
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    A .357 is more concealable, unless you give up a round in the .44. There are 5 shot .44s that are about the same size, but I would rather have 6.
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    I'm looking at picking up a stainless 605 for an alt carry gun myself. Can't wait to get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fortenbras View Post
    I'm looking at picking up a stainless 605 for an alt carry gun myself. Can't wait to get it.
    Check around at some pawn shops for a lightly-used used one. Last week I saw one in my local pawn shop just like my matte stainless 605 for $250.00.

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    I'm pretty parcial to 3" .357 magnums myself. My S&W 65 is a do it all handgun. I've also got a 3" Ruger SP101 that's a little smaller and works well for concealed carry.
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    Academy Sports show a Taurus 605 Protector .357 Magnum Polymer Revolver for $329.00 . Does that sound like a good price and a good gun ?

    http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/st...1__?N=39632047
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