Gut Rumbles

July 05, 2005

i disagree

Yep. it's pretty. But after shooting a LOT of handguns, I've made up my mind.

A .357 is the biggest hog-leg I need to own. Or NOT OWN, as I meant to say. Anything bigger than that will hurt your wrist and break your wallet if you shoot it.

That's MY humble opinion.


We (well, my husband) has a .357 Colt Python...and I must say, it is impressive.

Posted by: Ruth on July 5, 2005 11:59 AM

I don't know Rob. I pretty much fell in love with my Desert Eagle .44 magnum semi-auto. It costs a little to shoot but I don't use it that often. It is strictly for people that piss me off or invade my castle. I rarely miss so one shot is usually all I need. I have to be sure that when I hit something, it is game over. I don't want that crack head getting up and trying to shoot me with his saturday night special. On the other hand, I am giving serious thought to joining the .50 caliber club in the near future. I got to figure out how to make my wife believe I need a gun that big and expensive.

Posted by: assrot on July 5, 2005 12:35 PM

That .50 caliber will torque your SHOULDER off when you shoot it. Plus, the ammo costs about $2.00 per round.

What are you going to shoot with it anyway? An elephant? A full-grown moose?

I've got no use for that kind of pistol.

Posted by: Acidman on July 5, 2005 01:19 PM

My dad and I go to Africa and hunt wildebeast every couple of years. Those damn things are tough. You need some stopping power.

Posted by: assrot on July 5, 2005 01:38 PM

Assrot, get a good high-power rifle. You ain't gonna shoot wildebeast with a handgun, even if it IS a .50 cal.

I stick with what I first said. Anything over a .357 is too much gun and too expensive to shoot the way I like to do.

Posted by: Acidman on July 5, 2005 02:04 PM

Actually, the .41 is quite mild, especially when compared to full house .357 loads.

Posted by: Bane on July 5, 2005 02:11 PM

Acidman, I was talking about buying a .50 caliber rifle. Not a pistol. The .44 is just for personal protection.

Posted by: assrot on July 5, 2005 02:45 PM

I'm a big fan of "more rounds is better" at SHTF time.
Send 3-5 "their way" real quick and see if they retreat.
If not, you've got 10 left for "effect", and 15 for quick reload.
And for Kim, my "europellets" ARE hollowpoints. {:^)

Posted by: Dan Pursel on July 5, 2005 03:17 PM

I have a S&W Model 19 .357, I'm not going to go any larger than that. The biggest I've fired was Ruger Blackhawk .44 Magnum. One handed, six rounds. My hand was bleeding between my thumb and forefinger at the end. I figure that if you can't kill a badguy with a .357, then you better run like hell.

Posted by: Ray on July 5, 2005 03:59 PM

Change grips, Ray. My Ruger used to beat up my hand, and now I can shoot it all day. Funny thing is, my little (5') wife never had a problem with it. All she wanted was more bullets. She didn't fight the recoil, and shot it relaxed. I watched her bouncing around a steel car wheel (sans tire) in a field for a half hour one day.

Also, I use .44 Specials a lot. Still a lot of power, and it's like shooting a cap gun.

Posted by: Bane on July 5, 2005 04:37 PM

Yeah, Bane. I wanted different grips for my non-existent .22 derringer and found out that the new grips cost almost as much as the pistol did.

I decided to learn to live with what I DON'T have.

Posted by: Acidman on July 5, 2005 05:03 PM

Damn few use a hand gun for hunting unless they are hunting two legged varments. And, ain't a hell of a lot of people who own a pistol or a revolver able to hit the inside of a barn with one if they are shooting from the middle of the barn! As close range killing tools a .41 Mag is deadly. But so is a .357 and one can always go to the range with some.38 ammo. Hell of a lot cheaper.

Posted by: GUYK on July 5, 2005 07:32 PM

I used to poach deer with my S&W .38 K-14 Masterpiece with the 8 3/8ths inch barrel and the whole target package, sights, trigger hammer.

I hand loaded 8 grains of Herters shotgun powder and used magnum primers, and a 125 gr sjhp.

My average range was 100 to 300 feet, and if the light was right (usually around sundown) the sunlight would catch the blood spray and make a little rainbow as they fell to their knees, and then over, dead.

Sometimes I found the bullets, splattered against a far rib, sometimes they would pass on through and off into the distance, leaving a hole you could put three or four fingers fingers in.

I learned to pistol hunt the Elmer Keith way, and have shot damn near everything shootable in North America with a pistol.

I knocked down a bear once with a .44, but the shot that killed him as he struggled back up was in that big hard head, from a buddies 4" .357 Python.

Posted by: Bane on July 5, 2005 07:58 PM

I'm 6'2", 190. My right hand has nerve damage and muscle loss.

I will NEVER give up my Colt 1911

I can find plenty of inexpensive ammo, and stop a goblin at will with one pill.

Posted by: Wes Jackson on July 6, 2005 02:27 AM

.41 Mag? C'mon, that's a derringer caliber.

.44 or better for me. I've had my eye on one of those S&W .500's for some time now. It's quite hard to argue with a two foot fireball coming out the business end.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on July 6, 2005 07:04 PM
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