S&W J Frame 357 for CCW

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    S&W J Frame 357 for CCW

    I recently bought a Model 60 3" 357. A friend says to carry 38+P instead of 357 for defense. I say if I wanted a 38+P gun I would have bought that. I have not shot it yet due to weather. I did change the grips already as the boot grip was causing a less than smooth trigger pull. Any thoughts on this subject?

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    About 38 vs. 357?

    Go for the 357 unless you have issues with it. Both are fine, 357 is a little better.
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    Both are great self defense rounds.

    The 357 model gun can probably shoot both...if you find the 357m rounds to be a little too snappy. :shrug:

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    I think you've got it right, buy a 357 so you can shoot 357. Nothing wrong with a 38, but 357's have much more energy that could make the difference in a defensive shooting. Some "studies" say the 357 has the highest one shot stop percentage of a normal carry gun. That's crazy, shot placement, not bullet diameter is the key to that, besides, what's "normal" again? However, I would rather hit the intended target off my point of aim with a higher power cartridge, than off my point of aim with a lower power cartridge. Better yet, hit my point of aim with a higher power shot. I plink with 38s, but practice and carry 357 in my model 60.
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    I pocket carry a SW 640. I practice most of the time with the 38, but carry with the 357. The 357 is much harder to shoot, but will get someone's attention. I don't know about the one shot stop, but I wouldn't want to be on the wrong end of one.

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    Thanks guys. I practice with and carry a G36 with +P 185grn loads quite often so I'm assuming I can handle the 357 loads. My 1st revolver in 20 years. I specifically bought the 3" model so I could have fun with it at the range also. Now if the weather would only cooperate

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    Personally, I'd carry the +P. I don't like the recoil recovery from the 357 and the muzzle blast ( at night ) is blinding. Also your ears are going to ring for a week. Just one boys opinion.

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    357 Hollow Point, If you are going to practice with 38s, use them.

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    I carry an S&W 642 quite often. Rated for .38 Spcl +P. I carry Buffalo Bore +P ammo.

    It launches a 158 gr SWC at 1040 ft/sec from a 2" barrel.

    I think you'll be pleased, but YMMV one hell of a lot.

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    I think you answered your own question when you stated you shoot your Glock 36 with no problem. I use .357's in my S&W 66. They are not much more in the recoil department to not make use of the extra energy.

    Devone6 is right. Hitting the vitals or taking out the nervous system is the key to success. JMO and congrats on joining the S&W Family.
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    If I'm not mistaken, the 60 is a little heavier than the other smith snubbies. If you not "scared" of .357 by all means practice .38 shoot .357.
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    I will not by .38's but will buy .357's

    I shoot 38's from my .357's

    It like two guns in one.
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    Everyone should have a 357 in their collection.I have a special feeling for ruger
    security six.I do shoot 357 shells in it and if you find 357 are too stout consider
    changing grips to rubber if they are wood.This will help alot.

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    i carry a model 60 in 38sp. i load it with +p+ hydro shok duty ammo. it is a old model 60. they say it not made for +p+, but it will shoot five with no trouble. on q-day i shoot 148 gr wad cutters, not the +p+ ammo. if it was me i would carry a good 357 mag ammo in the gun. take a look at the clip draw belt clip. i put one on my j-frame years ago and i love it. one of the best ways to carry a j-frame.
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    I personally don't like anything less than a 3" Barrel when shooting .357 Magnum, but that's just me.

    I sold my 640 a few years ago and never looked back. I have a 3" GP100 and a 2" 442. It makes a great "carry combo". YMMV of course, but I had trouble with the follow up shots.

    Here's a little "test" to see if you can handle the gun.

    Load Gun with Carry Loads
    Place 5" x 5" Target at 5 Yards
    From the Low Ready place all 5 shots on target in 5 seconds


    If you can pass this "test" then carry that gun/load combo.

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