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I've been toying with the idea of selling/trading my Yugo SKS (w/ Tapco 3-position stock) and 500 rounds for either a 6" .357 (we have a 4" .357 mag. in the house), .41 or .44 magnum. I can't buy another pistol due to lack of funds and starting a war at home. I plan to carry the new pistol as a sidearm while hunting as I don't think my 1911 Gov't quite cuts it on scratchers and biters. Any input one way or the other is welcomed. Thanks!
 

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I've been toying with the idea of selling/trading my Yugo SKS (w/ Tapco 3-position stock) and 500 rounds for either a 6" .357 (we have a 4" .357 mag. in the house), .41 or .44 magnum. I can't buy another pistol due to lack of funds and starting a war at home. I plan to carry the new pistol as a sidearm while hunting as I don't think my 1911 Gov't quite cuts it on scratchers and biters. Any input one way or the other is welcomed. Thanks!
Since when do you think the 1911 won't "cut it"? Yugo SKS....how does she shoot? Dependable?
Sidearm while hunting? For what do you need a sidearm for while hunting? Man or beast? If you're hunting, I figure you've already taken the beast aspect out of employing your sidearm. Unless of course....you plan on going hunting with your sidearm alone. My advice? Keep the SKS and keep depending on the 1911. I've depended on the 1911 for the worst, and that doesn't have much to do with hunting, but being hunted. What you've got right now seems like the best plan to me. If you don't think it is, just keep it simple, and only change one thing at a time. In my opinion, and for some reason, I think you're going off half cocked here.
Any input one way or the other is welcomed.
Well, that's what you get from me. You might know I could write a whole page of good reasons besides my own opinions here....but I'm not in the mood I guess, so you can feel thankful for that. Have a happy Halloween!
 

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I don't think my 1911 Gov't quite cuts it on scratchers and biters. Any input one way or the other is welcomed. Thanks!
What kind of <bleep> critters you talkin about??
There's some 1911 fans around here going to take much offense at that statement. :twak:

Personally, as a general rule I'm against selling guns for financial reasons.
So, working from that bias, and assuming the "war at home" implies there's a Mrs. to keep happy, I'd suggest carry the .357 you have, and leave the 1911 with said Mrs to handle any softer/squishier "critters" that venture too close to the house.

I know, it goes against the general urge to buy a new gun.
That's my $.02 worth.
 

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The 4 inch 357 you already have should be fine. If the SKS has become a hat rack and you want get rid of and get another gun then thats a whole different thing.
 

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What kind of <bleep> critters you talkin about??
There's some 1911 fans around here going to take much offense at that statement. :twak:

Personally, as a general rule I'm against selling guns for financial reasons.
So, working from that bias, and assuming the "war at home" implies there's a Mrs. to keep happy, I'd suggest carry the .357 you have, and leave the 1911 with said Mrs to handle any softer/squishier "critters" that venture too close to the house.

I know, it goes against the general urge to buy a new gun.
That's my $.02 worth.
The critters include mountain lions, bears and lesser species (including the two-legged kind). I'm not worried about the latter. It's the former two that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I've been followed by two mountain lions before while dragging my kill back to the truck. As other members have stated in other posts, that is NOT a comforting feeling. I know the 1911 will dispatch a kitty (and the lessers), whether in Colorado or NM. I don't plan to hunt with a pistol. I do, however, intend to make it home relatively unscathed if I do have a close encounter.

I'm not looking to do this for financial reasons. I agree that is a permanent solution to a short-term problem. Been there, done that and regretted it. I just can't afford to get a 6" revolver in any caliber without first selling something in the rack.

The SKS shoots pretty well - torso hits to 150 yards. She'll probably hit the same in the 200 - 250 yard range, but I've never tested her beyond 150. I'm very familiar with the .357 platform. I carried the 586 on duty for almost 8 years and won several matches with it. I do, however, feel more comfortable with the 1911. For those who remember, I go through this conundrum every year around this time. I'm always looking to improve the utility of what I've got.
 

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NEVER trade a rifle for a pistol....or....NEVER trade a pistol for a rifle

some day, you WILL regret it (been there a few too many times)


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If you feel more comfortable with the 1911 you might want to look at some of the 10MM 1911s.
 

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I sold my AR with 2000 rounds of .223, I bought a Marlin 30-30, and a Henry Rifle in .22 mag and a lot of ammo from the trade...I'm happy.:yup::danceban:
 

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Keep the SKS. Start putting money aside. I quit spending change, in time I was able to save $800.00 +. When you get home, just empty all the change from your pockets in a special container. Do it every day. Since I don't smoke I use my ashtray for change and empty it once in awhile when it gets full. The ashtray will hold $30.00 +.
 

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The 4 inch 357 you already have should be fine. If the SKS has become a hat rack and you want get rid of and get another gun then thats a whole different thing.
+1. 4 inch is just fine!
 

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Decision

Thanks for all the responses. I've decided to keep my SKS (unless I find someone willing to pay an extreme premium) and save for another pistol. I think a more practical (and probably cheaper) acquisition will be a 9mm instead of a big bore magnum revolver. I have my wife's 4" .357 available if needed and my 1911 will dispatch anything from a 200# mountain lion and down. I have wanted a 9mm for a while, but have put all my resources into two 1911's and reloading. Thanks for your help!
 

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could a .45 slug dispatch a bear?... most likely depending on the round used and the location on the bear you hit... would certainly tick it off if not.

According to ballistic charts the .45+p and .357 mag isn't too far off in energy delivered. Your going to have more power up close with a .357

357 Mag., 140 gr. JHP/XTP 90552
Velocity (fps) / Energy (ft-lbs)
Muzzle 50 yd 100 yd
1350/566 1208/454 1100/376

45 ACP+P, 230 gr. HP/XTP 9096
Velocity (fps) / Energy (ft-lbs)
Muzzle 50 yd 100 yd
950/461 908/421 872/385

The above is off of Hornaday website. Remember for what you would gain in .357 mag you may loose out in other things like the 1911 holding 2 more rounds (or more depending on the mag used), faster reload time, and you already have the 1911.

Just my opinion.
 

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Well, glad you found your solution. I've sold and traded plenty of guns over the years and no regrets. I see no sense in hanging on to something I don't use, will never use, just to fill up a slot in the safe. I'd rather get rid of it and get something I WILL use. Adding a 9mm to your collection sounds like a good move. That .357 should work well as your hunting sidearm or......... you could add a .44 magnum to the collection. Ruger & S&W have some great ones.
 

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Do not sell firearms because you have a temporary cash flow issue.I had a nice collection 25 rifles ,couple pistols and guess what I got married the kids came
no money at Christmas.You know what went for toys for 2 and 3 year old kids.
plastic junk for my beautiful rifles over a 3 years period.It took me exactly 20 years running my own business plus working a day job to replace them.There's
an awful feeling not having a pistol and a rifle in your house it's just plain awful. I learned the hard way,please do it another way.
 

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I've done the cash flow thing back in another life. You're right - it doesn't solve anything. This situation has nothing to do with cash flow, merely optimizing utility of existing inventory. I do want a 9mm for a lot of reasons. It's not my favorite caliber, but it is one of the most plentiful on the planet (current retail supply notwithstanding). Some day, perhaps I'll get a .44 mag. The practical side of me says to avoid it and keep fantasizing while the ego side says "go for it!" I think a 9mm is more practical to add to my collection. Razor - thanks for the ballistic comparison. I'm good with my 1911 and feel confident I can place multiple rounds in the boiler room of any two or four legged threat.
 

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Keep the SKS. Start putting money aside. I quit spending change, in time I was able to save $800.00 +. When you get home, just empty all the change from your pockets in a special container. Do it every day. Since I don't smoke I use my ashtray for change and empty it once in awhile when it gets full. The ashtray will hold $30.00 +.
This is a great idea. I cashed in my change back in 95' and took a 2 week vacation to Hawaii.
 

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given the possibility that you really may need to fight off a mountain lion or a bear, to me good enough won't cut it. I'd dump the SKS if you don't shoot/want/need it anyway and get a a .44mag or larger wheel gun it a minute.
 
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