close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Welcome to Glock Talk

Why should YOU join our Glock forum?

  • Converse with other Glock Enthusiasts
  • Learn about the latest hunting products
  • Becoming a member is FREE and EASY

If you consider yourself a beginner or an avid shooter, the Glock Talk community is your place to discuss self defense, concealed carry, reloading, target shooting, and all things Glock.

J-frame 38. spl, .357mag or .44 spl???

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by SickShot, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Would like some thoughts on the above calibers for EDC/ BUG carry and any gun and ammo comparison pix.

    I have the LCR 38spl and really like it and am contemplating a LCR 357, but then I started reading about the .44 special.
     
  2. Just realized I put this in the wrong thread!!!

    Sorry MODS, can you please move it to General Firearms forum? Please
     


  3. PattonT

    PattonT

    1,539
    44
    May 22, 2010
    South East
    The way I see it there's not an advantage to 44spl over 357. So I would look for a light 357 reasonably priced that I would carry often before settling for a 38spl. Nothing wrong with a 38 but I like options.
     
  4. scattershot

    scattershot

    499
    37
    Nov 15, 2010
    Denver, CO
    For my 2 cents, the .44 Special shoots a heavier bullet at a lower pressure than the .357, with less muzzle blast and flash. At typical ranges, I think they are about equal, but I could be mistaken.
     
  5. 153

    153

    403
    35
    Dec 31, 2011
    I like the S&W line, and pre-Glock favored the 640-1, but carried only .38+p in it.

    Lots of nice light .38/.357 revolvers out there, not many .44 specials. The .44's you will find will be on the large side for CCW, I don't think they offer much of a ballistic advantage over all the ".38" ammo that is available.
     
  6. alwaysshootin

    alwaysshootin

    3,749
    1
    Nov 14, 2005
    My 2 cents! I have a 642. It is used for carry, in a dressed up scenario, when the G21 won't fit the dress. I'm sure, if the little 38 is called upon, will perform. I will not, want not, to ever shoot, a .357, from that size/weight firearm. Ever! I don't think a 44 special is quite a .357, but do believe, it is on par with a 45 acp. IMHO, is/would make for a great carry weapon, although from my experience, are a larger firearm, than the LCR, or 642 platform.
     
  7. MarkCO

    MarkCO Millennium Member CLM

    2,512
    66
    Dec 21, 1998
    Colorado
    Sure, and THANKS
     
  8. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Gold Member

    8,215
    325
    May 1, 2010
    Las Vegas
    Does S&W even make a .44 special J Frame? Seems difficult since .38 and .357 J Frames can only fit 5 rounds in the cylinder.
     
  9. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    24,185
    2,134
    Sep 15, 2003
    WA
    The closest thing would be a Charter Arms Bulldog.....a real hit and miss prospect, quality wise.
    I'd stick with the LCR and .38sp as the .44sp option is more sketchy (plus finding ammo) and .357mag is unpleasant in a a sub 20oz gun unless loaded to what you already have in .38sp.
     
  10. B-One

    B-One Millennium Member

    63
    0
    Sep 15, 1999
    Nuttin' wrong with the .38 LCR. I say if you've got money burning a hole in your pocket, pick up a LCR-22 and shoot the heck out of it and carry the LCR-38. You will get pretty good pretty fast as I am discovering.
     
  11. writwing

    writwing

    2,920
    0
    Jan 23, 2008
    A big +++++