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42 minutes ago, turkeyfeathers said:

Would you switch out the grips to packmire or similar? 

 I will surely be firing some full powered 357 ammo, but this revolver will be fired mostly with 38 special target loads as I have a large quantity of cast and swaged lead 357 bullets laying around here on the shelves along with a bunch of once fired 38 special cases I acquired. Also a big container of "titewad" powder which should make up some good plinking loads for a song so I will be more than likely leaving the grips as they are as recoil will not come into play much.

While Pachmayr are more comfortable when it comes to recoil I just can not warm up to them and prefer wood, and even though they sting a bit it don't bother me a whole lot.

Al

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I love the standard S&W wood grips....Had a set of target grips on my K22 for awhile...Took them off and gave them to a buddy...

I have a set of Pach grips on my M66 and they are not bad, but I'd still prefer the standard grips...

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17 hours ago, Rack Attack said:

My vote would be for the 44 or better yet a 460.

.44 Mag just seems like an overkill for my uses.  I'll mostly be dealing with deer, maybe the occasional black bear.

 

Plus heavier platforms, more expensive ammo, can't down-load and practice with a cheaper round like I can with .357 Mag.  

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23 minutes ago, Padre86 said:

.44 Mag just seems like an overkill for my uses.  I'll mostly be dealing with deer, maybe the occasional black bear.

 

Plus heavier platforms, more expensive ammo, can't down-load and practice with a cheaper round like I can with .357 Mag.  

Can dumb down a 44 with 45 long colt ? 

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5 minutes ago, turkeyfeathers said:

Can dumb down a 44 with 45 long colt ? 

I believe so, but the downloaded variant of .357 Magnum (.38 special) seems so much more common and cheaper to deal with.

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28 minutes ago, Padre86 said:

I believe so, but the downloaded variant of .357 Magnum (.38 special) seems so much more common and cheaper to deal with.

That 357 will do everything you mentioned in your original post. 


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I carry a S&W  model 69 44 mag. I bought a chest holster which I'll be using this tracking season. There is no way I'd carry a rifle while tracking. Sometimes  you're literally on your hands and knees in super thick stuff, with a leash in one hand.

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39 minutes ago, outdoorstom said:

I carry a S&W  model 69 44 mag. I bought a chest holster which I'll be using this tracking season. There is no way I'd carry a rifle while tracking. Sometimes  you're literally on your hands and knees in super thick stuff, with a leash in one hand.

Faced with a real chance of meeting a pissed off ,injured and desperate bear, such as tracking, I would say the .44 Mag makes sense...

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Years ago, old timers often used a .44 Special revolver and swore by it.  The .44 Mag had not been invented yet.  The .44 Special would still be a good choice today, especially if you get a nice 6" barreled .44 Magnum and load it with .44 Specials that have good hunting bullets in them.  This leaves you the option of going to .44 Mag rounds in the event you think they are warranted.  Light enough for dispatching game, but strong enough to stop a killer.

 

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