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We don't see much about scandiums anymore in the small .357s. Is that because the .357 doesn't perform any better than the .38 plus P in the small revolvers, or because it's so uncomfortable to shoot, or realistically it's just too expensive compared to the aluminium air weights? Any experiance with them out there?
 

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.357 does have an edge even out of a small snubbie tube.
Especially when it comes to contact shots in self defense situations.

Have you ever fired a full house .357 magnum out of a scandium?
I did once.
Once.

For a CCW choice, maybe it's a good one. Personally, I'd rather buy a stainless SP101.
 

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I rather like my 340pd.I usually shoot 1 bx of .38's/10 rnds of 357.
(The 357's are just to wake me up I guess :D )

For a self defense,as opposed to target,revolver I see no reason to limit myself to just .38's.ie.IIRC there isn't a big $$$ difference between them so why not buy the .357?
 

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Mad Ogre said:
Have you ever fired a full house .357 magnum out of a scandium?
I did once.
Once.
I actually fired twice. The second time because I thought the first shot was a fluke.

And yes, the SP101 is the stuff.
 

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Thanks for all your input. As you all can see there's a tremendous differance of oppinion on this one. By the way, I have found the differance in price between the airlites and scandiums, like the 340, seems to be about $300. Smith has discontinued the .38 special plus P TI models.
 

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I think the answer to the original question is because there isn't anything new to say. We already know that recoil is horrible, but those with hormone imbalance don't care.

If you want a real thrill try one of the Winchester 180 gr. loads.
 

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I love mine i carry it almost every day stuffed with 158 grain Speer GoLD DOTS

i usuallay try to shoot a box or two of 38 then maybe 1/2 of a box of mags just to see if i can still shoot it

it is usuallay just a back up peice but with a 38 special i can make a 25 yard "HEAD" shot on a 6-8" frying pan
 

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Mud said:
I love mine i carry it almost every day stuffed with 158 grain Speer GoLD DOTS

i usuallay try to shoot a box or two of 38 then maybe 1/2 of a box of mags just to see if i can still shoot it

it is usuallay just a back up peice but with a 38 special i can make a 25 yard "HEAD" shot on a 6-8" frying pan
Would your carry Gold Dots be .357 or .38?
 

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There are too many nice, heavy and fairly light .357's out there to try to break the world record for recoil to weight ratio.... just to do it.

An airweight .38 or .357 are fine....

I carried a .357 for many years. Went to a .45ACP, which gave other trade-offs we can start a new thread about:)
 

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on target makes a good point but i personaly disagree i carry too much other crap . so the lightest gun i can carry is ideal for me but i like myself too much to trust a 32 or something like that
 

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But do you like yourself well enough to shoot enough magnums so that you won't flinch and miss should you really need the gun?
 

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Mud said:
it is usuallay just a back up peice but with a 38 special i can make a 25 yard "HEAD" shot on a 6-8" frying pan
BUT, what can you do with .357 loads?
 

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same thing to about 15 yards havent shot much at 20-25 wiht the mags yet

I also never plan to have to use it that far in a defensive situation

Thank you for your concern
 

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hope i didnt come off as a dick

I just like shooting this gun If any one would rather shoot something else that is totaly their buisness

Ill stick to my .357 tho thanks
 

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Not to worry! Different strokes for different folks! Your point is just as valid as anyone elses.

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I wouldn't go that far.

The .357 snubs won't properly fit a pants pocket. There's far more controlable guns that work just fine out of a belt rig, and are far more powerful than the 357 snubbies. The pocket 9mm, if it's loaded with the right ammo, has the same level of power as does the 357 snubby. and the 9mm is more controlable than the 357, and pants pocket carry offers several advantages. If you'd ever timed yourself, hitting 2 man targets, at 5 yds, twice each, with the airweight 357 snub, and then done the same with a good 9mm belt gun, you'd know that you can get the same job done twice as fast with the 9mm. I do not agree that giving enemies an entire extra second in which to killl me is a good idea.
 
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