Which Snubbie for carry? .38 Special or .357 Mag?

Which Snubbie for carry? .38 Special or .357 Mag?

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  • .38 Special

    86 54.43%
  • .357 Magnum

    72 45.57%
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    Which Snubbie for carry? .38 Special or .357 Mag?

    Which snubbie do more people carry, .38 or .357? Why?
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    Get the 357, that way u can shoot both rounds...myself I would get a SW 642 for the no hammer snag worries...
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    I have both the 642 (.38) and 640 (.357). Both are internal hammer versions of the j frame. Unless I am pocket carrying, I prefer the 640. If I pocket carry, I generally use an LCP. I would go with the .357 as it provides you with options. It will likely be heavier than .38 specials - if you want one you can have fun range days with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard58 View Post
    Get the 357, that way u can shoot both rounds...myself I would get a SW 642 for the no hammer snag worries...
    Richard58 - if you are stuffing .357 rounds in a 642 you are looking for trouble.
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    If you're asking for advise...get the .357 and carry either in it.

    I used to carry snubbie .357 and loved it. I kept it loaded with .357 hp. You'll have to decide if you're going to go with 5 round or a more robust 6 round depending upon size issues.
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    I prefer .38 snubbys, they tend to be a little lighter and smaller which is better for a CCW. But the .357 will have better ballistics. Most light weight snubby .357s will be a handful to shoot. I prefer .357 in larger frame.

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    For me, it is a 340 M&P chambered in .357 magnum.

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    I have both. Probably carry a .38 version more often, but if you get a .357 you can carry it with .38s in it. From an effectiveness standpoint, if you do your job and put rounds on target the .38 will do its job.
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    I carry a 357 magnum (S&W 360) daily.
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    Go with the .357, you have to option of carrying either round that way.
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    Unless your mind is set with the 38, I'd probably go with what everyone else has suggested. Go for the 357, switch your ammo. Good luck.

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    It's certainly a decision that has to be made personally. For some people, the .38 is so much easier to carry that I think there's a psychological aspect to how light they are. On paper, the .357 looks better, easily. You'd not think the difference would matter. And, I hope for you that it doesn't matter.
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    Ruger LCR in .357 magnum is the revolver my wife wanted.

    Carries it loaded with .357 but can shoot it at the range using .38spl or .38 +P to get used to it.

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    I like the 357 best and carry a SP101 with LCR357 as back up. I still have a soft spot for the look and feel of the 442 / 38+P. I carry it as a third gun when working the Gun Shop sometimes.

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    Where is the poll???


    edit: just found it
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