GUN j frame... .38 spl or .357?

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  1. saxman

    saxman Burninating the peasants

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    So I've been wanting a small revolver for a while. Really like the j frames. The question is should I buy one rated for .38 spl +p, or save up for one that can shoot .357 as well?

    Won't be a ccw... just buying it for my own personal amusement, and to have something smaller than my P99c. I know I won't shoot much .357 out of it, but I feel like I should leave myself the option.
     
  2. Are you talking about the scandium one?
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    then get the 357.

    Since it won't be a CCW, get an external hammer and get a heavier pistol.
     
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    AB13 New Member

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    funk that noise, if you want a round gun and aren't intending on using it for CCW, get a Smith and Wesson 625jm.

    J Frames are not a fun range gun, unless all you want to do is shoot from 5-7 yards away.
     
  5. saxman

    saxman Burninating the peasants

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    more than I'd like to spend


    also considering an sp-101
     
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    cantankerously Active Member

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    A J Frame isn't fun to shoot in any caliber.
     
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    Laurel New Member

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    I have a S&W 642 that I HATE firing. The trigger pull requires that I flex my fingers, and it's not all that accurate. If you're not carrying it, I see no point in EVER shooting it or wanting one.
     
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    Truth, rent or borrow a jframe and put a few .38 spl rounds through it and put a few .357 through it before you decide you even want one let alone want one in .357 for $200 more.

    I think the 642 is a fantastic carry gun but it isn't a fun range toy for me. The recoil isn't terrible with powder puff wadcutters and its easier to be accurate with it when you get a feel for how to stage the trigger but thats just getting to shootable, not fun.
     
  9. Paul Revere

    Paul Revere OT Supporter

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    you'd be stupid if you got it in .357 thinking you'll "just shoot 38's"

    get it in .38 if you're gonna get one.


    model 642
     
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    minus Damn you, Damn the Broccoli, and Damn the Wright B

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    Exactly.

    135 Grain Speer Gold dot short barrel loads. I used to have the data sheet they are designed for snubs.
     
  11. Paul Revere

    Paul Revere OT Supporter

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    i think i have that fbi-based pdf lying around somewhere
     
  12. saxman

    saxman Burninating the peasants

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    the idea was that I'd leave myself the option and not shut any doors for being cheap
     
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    Paul Revere OT Supporter

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    if you've shot .38s out of a j-frame and still want to get a .357mag you're a bigger man than i
     
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    :werd: +P's through a S&W 642 are fucking :bowdown: I shot a buddy's 642 with +P and the range officer made a comment when I got done shooting 50 rounds. He asked how my wrist felt, he knew just from the sound that I was firing +P
     
  15. This is the incontrovertible truth.
     
  16. minus

    minus Damn you, Damn the Broccoli, and Damn the Wright B

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    I would like pls.
     
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    looked but cant find it :sad2:
     
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    642 w/ +P FTW

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    (sorry for the crap pic, in my hotel room with my camera phone)
     

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