.357 or .38

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    .357 or .38

    Which do you prefer and what model/maker?

    There are some models where these calibers are interchangeable.. any info on this would be great too!

    Looking at both, would like to be persuaded one way =)

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    A .357 magnum can fire .38 Specials, but it doesn't go the other way, so they aren't completely interchangeable.

    Which I prefer depends on the application. For a lightweight, pocket carry revolver, I prefer to stick with just the .38. It is less expensive, ammo is less expensive, and a little bit shorter as I recall. A snub nosed revolver is not a novice's gun, and takes a fair amount of training and practice to become proficient with. The recoil from an airweight snub nose revolver is pretty brutal in .357, and odds are, that a lot of people will not stick with .357 loads for extended training, because of that. I like to train how I fight, so I am not going to train with mild .38's, and then load full housed .357's for carry, that is my opinion.

    Once you get away from the pocket carry sized revolvers, I usually see no reason to go with just a .38, as the larger, heavier revolver will help diminish the recoil. So I prefer full sized .357's to .38's, since the .357 can shoot both rounds.

    As far as manufacturers, it is hard to go wrong with either Smith and Wesson, or Ruger. Your intended purpose is going to determine the model you want though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    A .357 magnum can fire .38 Specials, but it doesn't go the other way, so they aren't completely interchangeable.

    Which I prefer depends on the application. For a lightweight, pocket carry revolver, I prefer to stick with just the .38. It is less expensive, ammo is less expensive, and a little bit shorter as I recall. A snub nosed revolver is not a novice's gun, and takes a fair amount of training and practice to become proficient with. The recoil from an airweight snub nose revolver is pretty brutal in .357, and odds are, that a lot of people will not stick with .357 loads for extended training, because of that. I like to train how I fight, so I am not going to train with mild .38's, and then load full housed .357's for carry, that is my opinion.

    Once you get away from the pocket carry sized revolvers, I usually see no reason to go with just a .38, as the larger, heavier revolver will help diminish the recoil. So I prefer full sized .357's to .38's, since the .357 can shoot both rounds.

    As far as manufacturers, it is hard to go wrong with either Smith and Wesson, or Ruger. Your intended purpose is going to determine the model you want though.
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    Go .357 , normally the same price or close to the same model in a .38. The reasons I say this are several
    1) if you decide to shoot .357's you can,
    2) for resale there is a lot more people looking for .357's than .38's and hold their value better. So, it is much easier to sell.
    3) if you shoot .38's , that's fine.... you know the gun will take any .38 ammo you put in it.
    4) there is but a slight weight difference so it's basically a non-factor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    A .357 magnum can fire .38 Specials, but it doesn't go the other way, so they aren't completely interchangeable.

    Once you get away from the pocket carry sized revolvers, I usually see no reason to go with just a .38, as the larger, heavier revolver will help diminish the recoil. So I prefer full sized .357's to .38's, since the .357 can shoot both rounds.

    As far as manufacturers, it is hard to go wrong with either Smith and Wesson, or Ruger. Your intended purpose is going to determine the model you want though.
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    My pocket carry is a S&W Model 38 Airweight in .38 special, 15 ounces. Belt carry is usually a S&W Model 66, or 19, in .357.

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    Ruger LCR
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    Go with .357 mag. , as has been mentioned, you will be able to shoot .38 spcl. through the firearm.
    If this is to be your only handgun for a while, and you will be carrying it before another handgun purchase, buy a 3 inch barrel, .357 mag. from Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Dan Wesson or Colt, if you have deeper pockets and can find one.
    If this is something to shoot, just for target practice, go with at least a 4-6 inch barrel.
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    As the others have said, get the .357. It gives you the option of shooting either round, which the .38 doesn't. As to model, if your looking for a snubbie, the Ruger SP101, if looking for a longer barrel, Ruger GP100.
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    Thanks for all the great feedback. I'm definetly sold on 357 caliber now.. I should've explained my target use also
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    Back up gun, 9 times out of 10 pocket carry
    I am a big fan of the LCR but have seen some imitations (Cobra Shadow)
    Any other models I should check out beside the S&W and Ruger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleks View Post
    Go .357 , normally the same price or close to the same model in a .38. The reasons I say this are several
    1) if you decide to shoot .357's you can,
    2) for resale there is a lot more people looking for .357's than .38's and hold their value better. So, it is much easier to sell.
    3) if you shoot .38's , that's fine.... you know the gun will take any .38 ammo you put in it.
    4) there is but a slight weight difference so it's basically a non-factor.
    Agreed.

    I got my .357 from EAA - Windicator. I got the 2" barrel so I could drop it in my pocket. But they offer a 4" that wasn't in stock at the time or I probably would have gotten that instead. I think there wasn't much price difference in the 2"/4". But, my 2" was only $300 AFTER tax.
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    This is a tougher question than some of the suggested answers indicate. When you do the comparisons, you'll see that you can always get a dedicated .38 that's substantially lighter than it's .357 cousin.

    As with anything else, trust but verify: don't take some Internet person's advice as gospel - confirm for yourself.

    When you heft and handle the various possibilities, imagine carrying the thing around with you all day on your hip or in a pocket. It's almost a given that if you get a gun in the 24 oz. or heavier class, eventually you'll be shopping for something lighter.
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    .357 Magnum is a stout round. Lots of recoil and muzzle flip and flash out of a snubnosed revolver. The slightly larger and heavier SP101 handles the round well, but it is a tad too large and heavy for pocket carry. An Airweight (alloy frame) model will be smaller and lighter, but may be BRUTAL to shoot depending on your tolerance for recoil. That may be a deciding factor for Airweight in .38 for a pocket gun. I typically love .357 Magnum, but I do have a S&W 442 .38+P for pocket carry and a SP101 .357 Magnum for IWB and OWB carry.
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    Ruger LCR comes in .357 now. It's heavier than the .38 version and recoil is jarring, even with the recoil reducing grip. But it's certainly compact enough for pocket carry. It takes getting used to if you've gotten accustomed to .38's.
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