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Old August 5, 2001, 11:45 PM   #1
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Defense + hunting in one handgun?

A pistol for both personal defense in a SHTF scenerio and useable as a hunting gun. I was thinking either a 357 or a 45acp/45 super combination, what do you think? any suggestions?
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Old August 6, 2001, 12:13 AM   #2
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S & W Model 19 or 66, .357 Combat Magnum.

The M66 is plenty accurate for hunting!
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Old August 6, 2001, 12:19 AM   #3
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44mag. Use the mags for hunting, and the 44 specials for personal defense.
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Old August 6, 2001, 12:23 AM   #4
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.41 Magnum, if you're willing to train with it.

10mm, where legal, with same stipulation.

.357, .45 Colt, .45 Super, and .44 Special could all also qualify, with appropriate ammo, where legal, etc, etc.
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Old August 6, 2001, 02:48 AM   #5
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357 Magnum with a 4" - 6" barrel seems ideal.
 
Old August 6, 2001, 07:24 AM   #6
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.357 magnum: Ruger GP-100 (4 or 6 inch), S&W 627 (5 inch) -- in addition to the other fine .357 magnum suggestions already offered.
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Old August 6, 2001, 11:45 AM   #7
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Glock 20 10mm with the standard barrel for personal defense and the 6" barrel for hunting.
Of course, there are those who just like revolvers better and there are 10mm wheelguns.
YMMV
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Old August 6, 2001, 01:53 PM   #8
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Most places a 357 isn't big game legal.. well its not here anyway. But a solid 4-6 inch 357 revolver could be the ticket in a one gun for everything scenario.
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Old August 6, 2001, 02:09 PM   #9
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.44 SBH.

And if I run out of .44 ammo, I can fit 2 .22s in a cylinder hole. If I line em up right, they might even shoot, too.
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Old August 6, 2001, 10:33 PM   #10
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A 6 inch .357 revolver - either an S&W N-frame .357 or a Ruger GP-100 because a lightly loaded .38spl can still be used to hunt rabbits and not be destructive overkill like a 44 spl. Yet hotly loaded .357's could take large deer (or elk or moose if you're a darn good stalker and shot!).
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Old August 6, 2001, 11:36 PM   #11
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How about a 6" barrel S&W model 686, .357 Magnum?

Well, you did say one handgun for hunting and defense, didn't you? I think this wheel gun
would serve the purpose well.

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Old August 6, 2001, 11:44 PM   #12
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.45 Colt - one of the most versatile cartridges around
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Old August 7, 2001, 12:03 AM   #13
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.357 magnum 6"

I think a .357 magnum with a 6" barrel is a good choice. I like the Ruger GP 100 6", the S&W 686 6", and best of all the S&W 686+ 6" (7 shot version).
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Old August 7, 2001, 12:24 AM   #14
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My GLock 20 in 10 mm could fill that role so could my Glock 31 in 357 sig because I have a 24 upper for it with a 6 inch 357 sig barrel
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Old August 7, 2001, 12:36 AM   #15
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Simple and cheap; The 10mm Witness. Ten plus one of enough power that will go both ways. Urban or woods it will do the job.
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Old August 7, 2001, 01:40 AM   #16
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.41 mag revolver
10mm auto

Anything from .357 up will probably work.
 
Old August 7, 2001, 12:28 PM   #17
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My $0.02

People are more dangerous than any animal, so I would pick the gun with that in mind. If your concerned about "hunting" for food I will point out that is not a very effective way to get food.

Traps, snares, nets, & such are the way to go for killing animals for food. It allows you to cover a lot of area with little effort...while your trap is "hunting" for you, you can be sleeping/working/scouting/healing/etc. Also if you get sick or injured better chance of being able to get food with traps than with hunting.
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Old August 7, 2001, 01:23 PM   #18
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How about a 1911 with a carbine conversion unit?
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Old August 7, 2001, 07:41 PM   #19
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SERIOUS CONSIDERATION

Suggest best choice based on your criteria to be a 4" GP100 in 357 Magnum.
Fairly easy to conceal, 38 and 357 ammo EVERYWHERE, best-quality defense loads and extreme hunting (unless you live in other-than-the-lower-48) ammo available, and rugged, durable, and easy to maintain.

Oh, and inexpensive to buy!
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Old August 7, 2001, 07:47 PM   #20
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Based on a SHTF scenario, you could care less about the "legality" of hunting laws and ammuntion restrictions.

I would think a Modified .45 set up to fire .45 Super would be just the ticket. You can always use standard .45 ammo for defense or +P's.

Othewise if you wanted to stay on the legal side a good revolver in .357 mag such as the 686 is hard to beat. Many states have minimum case lengths and calibers that you must meet in order to shoot big game with a handgun as well as minimum barrel lengths. I would believe their reasoning to be to exclude the use of 9mm's, .40's and other smaller calibers for deer hunting.

Again, with SHTF scenarios in mind, you have a better chance of finding some .45 or .357 mag ammo if you ever run out.

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Old August 7, 2001, 08:30 PM   #21
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Othewise if you wanted to stay on the legal side a good revolver in .357 mag

They won't let you hunt with a semi auto down there. That sucks. In ALaska we can use what we want.
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Old August 8, 2001, 12:53 AM   #22
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Another vote for the .41 mag.

Can't hunt legally in Wyoming with the smaller 10mm or .357 mag and I wouldn't want to carry a .44 mag for defense. I have to admit though, that the 44 spc for defese sounds like an attractive alternative, but I want a Taurus Titanum .41 mag!
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Old August 8, 2001, 04:43 PM   #23
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That Taurus Titanium .41 mag you wanted was in our local gun shop a couple months ago. I looked at it but ordered the KelTec P32 instead and likely will order a Ruger GP161. Turns out the Taurus was sold to a fellow who couldn't get it to work right. They sent it back to Taurus who couldn't get it to work right. They refunded his money. The more I hear of Taurus service, the more I lean to Ruger and S&W.
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Old August 8, 2001, 04:49 PM   #24
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Couldnt go wrong with a Glock 20!
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