What type of revolver should I get?

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    What type of revolver should I get?

    I'm wanting to purchase a revolver, as a carry weapon and to carry when hunting. My first thought is a 357. Really leaning towards a 357. But, I reload ammo and I inherited about 1000 new casings, bullets, and primers for 44 special. Thats a ton of relatively free ammo. Is .44 sp too powerful as a carry gun? Should I go with the .357 or .44sp?

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    Find a gun range or store that will let you try both.
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    I personally am a huge fan of the 357 Mag since I carried one as a cop. That being said, a properly loaded 44 Special is nothing to sneeze at. The 44 Special is actually modest when looking at the normal factory loads. The offerings from companies like Buffalo Bore and Corbon take the 44Spl up to new levels and make it even better for self defense. On the flip side there are a ton of loads, really good ones, for the 357 Magnum out there and they are easily obtained. You really can't go wrong with either, but in todays market I would lean more toward the 357 than I would the 44.
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    I'm a huge fan of .357 as well. The only reason I'm thinking .44 sp is because of the reloading components I have..... Maybe I shouldn't be thinking that way.

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    You might be able to trade the reloaded 44s for some 357s? Just sayin'.
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    I love the .44 sp. I am currently looking for a older one for a project gun. I carry two .357 snubs a SP or a mod 60 love them do a great job. Take a look at the gemini web site look what they did to the alaskan its beautiful. And right now you can pick up a alaskan snub used for a good price.

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    I wouldn't buy a .44 just because of your reloading components unless it was a cartridge you plan on really carrying. That being said it is a great carry cartridge and quite applicable for carry. I think .357 is great as well and for me I would probably go with the .357 for carry and buy a .44 later, or also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy1517 View Post
    I'm a huge fan of .357 as well. The only reason I'm thinking .44 sp is because of the reloading components I have..... Maybe I shouldn't be thinking that way.
    The reloading aspect is one to definitely look at, but long term support in regards to available ammo is another. Also, the 357 by its nature is a smaller frame and easier to conceal than most (but not all) 44 frames. You get some versatility also with being able to down load to 38's which are plentiful as well. Factory defensive loads for the 44Spl are a little harder to come by than for the 357/38. I do wish the 44Spl was more popular for defensive carry, as it is a great round and has great potential when loaded smartly. You just have more options with the 357 Magnum.
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    Has anyone ever shot any Charter Arms guns? I've heard great stuff about their 44 sp bulldogs and heard good review of their 357 models. For the price I can get both......

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy1517 View Post
    Has anyone ever shot any Charter Arms guns? I've heard great stuff about their 44 sp bulldogs and heard good review of their 357 models. For the price I can get both......
    No first hand experience, but there are guys that still carry the original 44 Bulldog made back in the day. Charter also stands behind their products. I have been eyeballing a Bulldog 44 for pocket carry for a while.
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    I've got a soft spot for the Ruger Redhawk (and Super Redhawk) line of revolvers. Check out the #5026 (KRH-444) .44 model. It'll serve you well.

    A Ruger SP-101 3" ought to do nicely, too, if .357 is your choice.

    Both are built very well, built to last, and shoot very well. Generally speaking, though, a .44 platform is typically going to be larger/heavier than its .357 counterpart. Something to consider, if concealability aspects are key on your list of criteria.
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    My 2 cents. Not a thing wrong with the 44, but I would go for the 357. You get a wider selection of revolvers, the size tends to be more carry friendly, and you have great load versatility as a reloader. Chances are you can find someone to trade 357 components for your 44 components, so I wouldn't let that be the deciding factor.
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    I have to agree with others. The .44 special is a good cartridge but given the choice I would go with the .357.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy1517 View Post
    Has anyone ever shot any Charter Arms guns? I've heard great stuff about their 44 sp bulldogs and heard good review of their 357 models...
    I've had two CA .38's; an Undercover that I've had for 30+ years and an Off-Duty circa 2006. Both were outstanding values. No problems with either one. The Undercover has seen a lot of duty as a snake gun. The Off-Duty has been fired very little, as it was bought as an SD gun for my Mom.

    A Charter Arms would not be my first choice if you're planning on thousands of rounds downrange, but for a convenient SD/knockaround gun, it's a great choice.

    I have been eyeing a .44 Bulldog for years myself. Just might "pull the trigger" sometime soon.
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    A .357 is going to be a little more versatile, and big enough for anything in the lower 48. (in a pinch anyway)
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