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357 or 45 acp for hiking

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10 hours ago, loadedp3at said:

The problem I have is that I acquired a 44 mag a while back and have no other 44's. And I have lots of 357/38's.

had a blue聽 6 inch 669VR back in the 80s. it took on some very hot reloads with no issues. had to pawn it to pay my divorce lawyer along with a stainless 85. Taurus makes some good pistols, never had problem with any I've owned. have yet to own a 44 but it is on my list with Ruger's Alaskan being tops and raging bull second. but for EDC 45 has been my choice as long as clothing allows. only got a 9mm this year. 357 would still be my woods piece.

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I generally carry a .357 when hiking.聽 The caliber offers adequate penetration to stop a bad guy or angry animal.

For me the simple manual of arms is a bonus.聽 I often hike with folks who don't shoot recreationally, and they could operate my revolver if I were hurt, etc.

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By all means, 357 Mag. In lower calibers, there are none better. Get into 4 and 5, no comparisons.聽

Edited to add; Either will do the job. I pocket carry a 7 shot 357 K frame 2" daily. my preference.聽

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