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    Posted: 11 June 2004 at 15:34

Ok guys, i have hit a little bump in the road. I really dont know if i want to keep my LC or not. I could get a GP100 in .357 with probably a trade and a little bit of money. If i did go that route, it would be the 6" full lug blued version. THat way i could shoot either cheap factory or reloaded .357 or cheap .38's. THen for use as a backup/ close up hunting gun, load up some Cast Performance 180 grainers and let her rip!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2004 at 03:33

Me... I'd prefer the .357 Mag over the .45 LC...

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2004 at 03:39

Awww. I was hoping for some pictures. Come now NL, your falling behind .

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2004 at 04:11
Originally posted by NH_Hunter NH_Hunter wrote:

Awww. I was hoping for some pictures. Come now NL, your falling behind .

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Okay NH - I'll admit, I prefer S&W revolvers. I've owned Rugers & I like 'em but the western Canada S&W rep has his shop about 2 miles from my house & is the president of my local gun club, too.

My current favorite .357 is in the middle... a Model 19 4". (the others are, top, Model 57 .41 Magnum and bottom, Models 36 & 37 'snubbies' in .38 Special).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2004 at 04:14

I also prefer 'Pachmayr' gripper grips on my S&W 'wheelguns'...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2004 at 04:16

Bottom one is a Model 63 "J" frame 'kit gun' in .22 long rifle... 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2004 at 04:19

'Snubbies' are cool, though...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2004 at 04:25

Thanks NL  , but i prefer this....

As far as snubbies go, i am partial to these...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2004 at 04:27

And when it comes to rimfire, single sixes rule

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2004 at 05:46

NH - I think the Ruger 'snubbies' are bulkier than they need be. I had a Single Six .22/.22 Mag convertible once, nice little SA wheelgun.

As for Ruger SAA's I prefer the 'Vaquero'... might consider one of those in .357 Mag some day...

'Course, there's nothing like the real Colt SAA either...

2nd generation [mfg 1962] in .357 Magnum...

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 July 2004 at 12:48

NH,

The solution is to own both....

Those two cartridges are my favorite general purpose field and hunting handgun rounds. AW

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 July 2004 at 14:08

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In your shoes, with the problems you've had with the .45, I do believe I'd give the .357 a try.  Not that the .45 couldn't be fixed, but do you want to invest the time, money, & possible heartache in it?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2004 at 15:31

  Gotta agree with NL, a 357 S&W.  I find the Hogue grips fit my hands better than the Pachmayrs, but this is the 1st time I've seen the finger groove Pach's.  Maybe I'll pick up a pair.  With the Hogues you have the backstrap exposed where as the Pach's cover them.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 July 2004 at 15:08

NH,

I would make an effort to get that .45 Long Colt Blackhawk of yours up and running like it's no doubt capable of. Clean it and put yourself a load of 9.0 grains of Unique under a 250 grain .452 SWC of your choice, and see what happens then. If it's still goofy then take it to Ruger in person. They have minimum performance standards just like anyone else. 30" groups sound a bit large even by HCI accuracy standards..... AW

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 July 2004 at 15:24

Everyone has an opinion:

Go for the 357  you can vary loads, and it won't kill your hand.

But I am partial to the 357mag  S & W.

Can't showcase like  NL but have one that works.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 July 2004 at 04:04

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My old man has a GP 100 Stainless in 357 and it is quite a sidearm. 

I did notice that the cylinder chambers on it is a little tight for some re-loads.  Might just be one of the last ones off the line before they changed the reamer but nonetheless it shoots good.

As for me, I ditched my Smith 357 along with a rifle to get my Win 70 FWT Classic in 270.  Seeing as how I had a 9mm, a 44 and a .22 I didn't really need the 357.  Still, a great caliber for a lot of different uses, especially if you downgrade to 38 rounds like some folks do.

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 August 2004 at 08:53

I have both.  I have to admit, I love the .45 Colt -- both my 7 1/2" Ruger Blackhawk and my 7 1/2" Colt New Service will do nicely with a 255 grain bullet at around 1,000 fps -- I don't see any need to load anything stiffer.

I also load shot in .45 Colt, as well as powderpuff loads.

In .357, I have a Colt SAA (2nd Generation) and a Colt Model .357, both excellent revolvers.  But I usually carry either the New Service or the Black Hawk -- although I'm usually horseback.  Maybe if I was afoot, a lighter revolver would be more appealing.

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