.357 for home defense?


ishi

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Okay, so I know I said that the CZ P-01 was the home defense pistol, but I've been thinking about getting a .357 mag revolver. They look so... er.
:eek: Okay, I don't need one, but still.

Who makes a good one that won't break the bank?
 

Sgt. SIG

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I have a S&W 640 that I really like!

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kwo51

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Para ord p14 ss 45. big gun and 14 rounds of corbonds. Nothing wrong with 357 but at home I want lots of lead at my ready.
 

Puppy

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Para ord p14 ss 45. big gun and 14 rounds of corbonds. Nothing wrong with 357 but at home I want lots of lead at my ready.

Not to mention that the idea is to stop the BG, not kill neighbors three houses down the straight as a .357 might do!
 

ishi

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Rats, I didn't know it overpenetrated that much. Does the 357sig have the same amount of overpenetration?
 

BikerRN

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I'm switching from a 45 ACP Revolver back to a 357 Magnum as my Off-Duty EDC piece because I want the "one shot stopping potential" of the famed 357 Magnum.

All the talk of overpenetration is pure Bovine Fecal Matter if you select the proper bullet. I'll load mine with either Remington 357 Magnum 125 grain SJHP's or Black Hills 125 grain JHP's. I doubt that I'll have much trouble in regards to "overpenetration". The rounds I select are designed to stay in the body of my target, dumping all their energy.

I could carry a "bottomfeeder" if I wanted to, and sometimes do. However, I'm "Old School" and like the revolver. For Home Defense though I prefer a good "bottomfeeder" with 10+ rounds on tap. In my case it's 15+1 on tap for Home Defense until I get to the Carbine or the Shotgun.

For a carry gun in 357 Mag I prefer 3"-5" barrels and leave the little 2" J-Frame guns for 38 Special. I also carry one of those too, as a BUG. :D I have found that you waste too much velocity and have to deal with too much recoil if you shoot 357 Magnums out of a 2" "Snubbie". At least that's my take on the subject.

Ray Chapman said it best years ago, "The only reason people put up with the muzzleblast and recoil of the 357 Magnum is because of it's awesome one shot stopping potential."

Biker
 

Hoplites1234

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For home defense I use a Ruger GP100 with JHP, and there's also a 20 ga. handy. I have been thinking about the Taurus Judge which loads a .45 Colt and a 410 shotshell. But then again I've been thinking about several different pieces that I need:)
 

DrLewall

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Wasn't it Master Ayoob who said that the 12ga shot gun was the best and most devistating weapon a home owner could have? I just can not get over the fear of the hi-power the 357mag has, espcially for home defense...
 

Sgt. SIG

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I'm thinking of getting that one or the Taurus 650.
How's the recoil and how do you carry it?

I actually use +P for SD (CorBon DPX) and practice with .38's! .357 kicks hard and is not fun to shoot a lot of but the 125gr .357 is one of the most effective man stoppers available! :D
 

kwo51

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I do this also . I also have puma lever gun in 357 and it is a hoot to shot the hotest rounds I can find. Good deer gun for FL.
 

mot mayhem

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Wasn't it Master Ayoob who said that the 12ga shot gun was the best and most devistating weapon a home owner could have? I just can not get over the fear of the hi-power the 357mag has, espcially for home defense...

Yeah, but the distinctive KA-CHUNK ! of a 12ga, is a FECALATOR in homes worldwide. :eek: ya gotta give it that .....
 

Glock Man 4 Life

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.357 for home defense

I had a Taurus 606 snub nose and loved it. It was very easy to conceal and recoil was controlable even with full factory loads. I also liked the idea of having 6 rounds in the cylinder as opposed to the typical 5 in most snubbies.

Good luck
 

Tarzan1888

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Rats, I didn't know it overpenetrated that much. Does the 357sig have the same amount of overpenetration?

Don't worry about over penetration. It is a bunch of over-hype.

In gun fights 8 out of 10 shots miss anyway and how is a .357 that goes through the bad guy, more dangerous than the 9mm that misses.

If you worry to much or don't want the recoil, use .38 Specials +P at home in your .357.


Me I have a .357 hanging on the bed post, a .45 by the bed and a short barreled 12 gauge loaded with 00 buck under the bed.

Tarzan
 

molonlabetn

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Over-penetration is a misplaced fear.

Aside from the fact that the occurrence of over-penetration would be very unlikely to have a negative effect (low probability of innocent strike vs. high probability of faster bleed-out due to 2 holes instead of one), over-penetration occurs for an entirely different reason than most people think.

Over-penetration is caused by the failure (or lack of design capability) of a projectile to expand, fragment, or tumble terminally in order to expend its kinetic energy rapidly. This failure is most commonly the result of clothing barriers clogging the hollow-point, or too-low of an impact velocity. Higher velocity actually increases the odds of a projectile to overcome the elastic resistance of a given medium, and its own structural integrity, thus decelerating rapidly while expending its energy through wider-spread disruption of the medium. Velocity is not proportional to penetration unless using projectiles which do not expand or lose stability upon impact.
 

country85

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I keep a Smith & Wesson Model 65 in my night stand loaded with 150 gr hollow points.

It is over 20 years old with several thousand rounds ( most have been 38 special) and still a great gun.
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5.56_Spartan

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Ishi...

Ruger GP-100 with a 4" barrel is a great gun for HD (my wife has the 6" full lug). Great gun at a great price.

I swapped out the main spring and return spring, with a reduced power set from Wolff Springs. The trigger is awesome and it can handle full loads all day (and a pleasure to shoot them I might add).

I reload my own .357mag ammo, and with my reloads I have put 6 shots touching at 25 yards.

The cheaper ammo from PMC and Magtech doesn't seem to group as well as my handloads.
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