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#2285247 - 09/06/12 09:50 PM 44 mag vs 357 mag
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I'm getting my girlfriend her first gun (shes done quite a bit of shooting but never had her own). Ive already decided on a rifle chambered in either 357 mag or 44 mag. My first thought was the 44 just because, well, I've always wanted one, but alas it isn't for me. So my question is, assuming identical rifles and average for caliber loads, how do the two rounds compare in areas like felt recoil, noise, and trajectory/ballistics ? Just for point of reference the gun will be used mostly for paper punching and pumpkin popping.
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#2285256 - 09/06/12 09:57 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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The recoil on a 44 rifle is not much. And a 44 is a better round for on Game. That's my vote.

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#2285257 - 09/06/12 09:59 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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If this rifle is mostly for plinking ... without a doubt 357mag would be the way to go! It will still get the job done when used for hunting, but not as well as the 44. I have recently added a Marlin 1894C chambered in 357mag to the stable & it really is a fun shooter! Great lightweight, quick handling rifle.

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#2285260 - 09/06/12 10:01 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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Registered: 12/13/11
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Loc: Wyoming
Go with the 44 hands down

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#2285264 - 09/06/12 10:11 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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Registered: 01/28/12
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Loc: Kentucky/Oregon
.44 mag. The .357 has to be the most overrated cartridge ever. Pistol or rifle.

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#2285268 - 09/06/12 10:15 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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Registered: 10/21/07
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.357 would be the way that I go. Shoot .38 Special for easy and quiet fun and the .357 for more splat factor.

Pumpkins are fairly easy to kill and they do not spook easy. If charged by one you should have time to place a kill shot with no trouble.

Keep in mind that some folks will think that you are out of your gourd for hunting them, but after you get the hang of it, shooting them gets as easy as pie. Pumpkin pie that is.
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#2285271 - 09/06/12 10:16 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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Registered: 11/07/05
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If it's just for paper or plinking go with the .357.
I guess it will be a little bit cheapaer to shoot.
Why choose between just these two calibers for a first gun?
Lever, bolt, other action?
Just wondering.
Thanks.

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Edited by PineCone (09/06/12 10:18 PM)

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#2285273 - 09/06/12 10:18 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
boone3380 Offline
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Registered: 09/19/11
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Loc: KY
I'd go with the 44 she can shoot mags in the rifle for hunting. Then shoot 44 spl in the pistol for targets. 44spl aren't as cheap as 38s in the 357 but not too expensive.

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#2285277 - 09/06/12 10:20 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
boone3380 Offline
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Registered: 09/19/11
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Loc: KY
Oh yeah, you've got to by her a pistol to go with the rifle.

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#2285285 - 09/06/12 10:27 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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44 specials are great fun in a rifle.

Here's my though. All too often, plinkers and rec shooter girlfriends and wives end up wanting to eventually go hunting. The pumpkins only last so long. And when the choose to go hunting, eyre prone to take a firearm they're accustomed to and comfortable with. So...buy theirs the hunting aspect as a first thought with plinking and pumpkins as a secondary thought. This is my experience, my wife is gearing up to hunt this next season.

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#2285291 - 09/06/12 10:34 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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Registered: 05/17/09
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44 is more versatile. If its for only plinking I'd buy a 22 instead. But if hunting is an option, 44. The cost between 357 and 44 probably isn't that great. Out of a rifle recoil from either will be low.

Out of a pistol it may be greater, but I HATE the blast pitch of the 357. Goes right to the middle of my brain and throws up all over the drapes even through ears.
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#2285403 - 09/06/12 11:59 PM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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Registered: 08/29/11
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id go with the ol three five seven...
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#2285410 - 09/07/12 12:08 AM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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Seems every time someone says they want a hunting rifle for paper punching, they eventually end up wanting to use it for which it was designed--killing critters.

For plinking, a rimfire is hard to beat. Maybe even a 22 mag.

For hunting anything larger than a coyote, the 357 is a pea shooter IMO. The 44 is much better for deer and larger IMO.

That said, I'd rather a 45 Colt than either one. Standard loads are quite light/manageable. Hot loads will kill as good or better than the 44 mag......
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#2285438 - 09/07/12 12:30 AM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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I never make recommendations as I rarely make the right decisions for myself; however, I had M92's in 357, 44M and 45C. Kept the 44M and sold the other two.

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#2285451 - 09/07/12 12:45 AM Re: 44 mag vs 357 mag [Re: YoteAddiction]
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Nice......
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