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Old October 29th, 2019, 11:46 AM   #31
 
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Hell; If you're looking for a Big, Heavy .357, that'll have less felt recoil, then find her a Redhawk in .357
And the new ones are 8 Round
Yes, I have seen and held them. And I get it, heavier equals less felt recoil, but its a balancing act too. She has to lug it around and she's small. All the same, we have some experimenting to do, and she has to be able to shoot whatever we decide upon with repeatable accuracy.


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Have her try the gun before buying if possible. The SP 101 is great for 38 sp but can be a brute for some of the larger 357 loads.
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Under EMERGENCY STRESS conditions your adrenaline takes over completely and recoil that would be way too much at a shooting range most probably will not be noticed!

Factor that into your final decision. If she can shoot 3 or 4 rounds quickly, that will be more than needed for a bear......or at least more than there will be time for.

Hubby has a S&W L frame.44 magnum: Nice and heavy for recoil absorption. I "CAN" shoot 3 or 4 rounds of .44 special through it. If push came to shove, I'm betting I would be able to shoot at least a couple rounds of .44 magnum and most probably not notice the recoil pain (until later, that is!)

As far as follow up shot when doing double taps: One of our new shooters was doing her "first" double taps at our last women's group. It was most interesting that her first shot was off center a couple inches, but the rapid follow up shot was dead center! The only thing I could figure was she didn't have time to anticipate the recoil and jerk the gun on the 2nd shot. She was only shooting a .22 but that might apply to larger calibers for more experienced shooters.
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Is this a Gift? Surprise?

1-- From experience, the .327mag round is easier on one's hands. The Ruger .327mag revolver is attractive and the belletristic reports indicate it is very close to the .357mag.

2-- From experience, shooting .38spc in a .357mag revolver is easy and fun. In fact the larger grain bullets are softer shooting than the "standard" rounds. Personally, the 148gr wadcutter reload is a softer, easier to shoot cartridge than the 125gr FMJ. There are quite powerful .38spc rounds that will do the work while the .357mag revolver offers more heft than a .38spc revolver.

3-- Since she is the one who will carry the handgun, let her decide.

4-- a 45LC revolver is huge but can also shot other 45 calibers (45ACP, 454Casill, etc.). A heavier gun with a lower caliber rounds is good for some shooters.

5-- 10mm pistols are plenteous and S&W has just revived their 10mm revolver.

If it were my wife, I would let her find all the options and decide the options that works best for her. I would also get her 2nd best option and maybe even her 3rd best option so that she found one choice not good after all, she was not stuck with a bad choice in the field.

NOTE: I have found that women shooters are "naturals". They seem to shoot better than men when they have similar/equal training.

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Don't ask us. Let the Mrs. shoot both and get what she wants.
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Like you, my wife has shot a lot of pistol. She did become an Olympic pistol coach. All of that being said, she has to feel comfortable with the pistol, and it has to fit her hand. My wife likes shooting a 1911 with a short trigger. She has shot my SP101 3" 357, and likes it. I have shot the 3" SP101 .327 and find the snap and report objectionable. Much like the .40 Smith and Wesson round these are high intensity rounds, and are quick and loud. You can use the 32 Mag, in the 327 mag, but they have limited loadings. If your wife does like the Sp101, go with the .357 mag. You can use 38 special rounds in it for practice, and 357's for serious work.
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If I were going to Alaska, I would not want anybody to know I was only carrying a .32 cal., especially the bear. Just my .02.
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Don't ask us. Let the Mrs. shoot both and get what she wants.

Just so everyone is clear, I’m was not looking for a yes/no answer. I am soliciting educated opinions and/or opinions based on actual use, particularly on the .327 magnum, which I have no field experience with. She always shoots every caliber before purchase. In fact, we are going to look at the new Springfield Hellcat tomorrow for her. She doesn’t like the SIG P365, and doesn’t really like my Glock 43X either.
But she has very little experience firing magnum revolvers. Anyway, thanks for all the input guys.
I am considering buying a larger double action Ruger revolver for myself and if she’s OK shooting my 4” GP-100 with full house Buffalo Bore loads, we will probably go with that for her. Again, my thanks to all who took the time to respond to my question.


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If I were going to Alaska, I would not want anybody to know I was only carrying a .32 cal., especially the bear. Just my .02.
I would never tell the bear anything...confusion to the enemy, and all that.


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I would never tell the bear anything...confusion to the enemy, and all that.
Don't forget the right to keep bear arms!

Now that they are packing, it changes everything.
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GS lol OS Wheelgunner I didn't see that coming. I should have.
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I have a Blackhawk and LCR in 327 and am a fan. I have 357's in 2" to 6". But I don't think this is a question for the OP to answer. It is for his wife, She is the one to select her gun, his job to find the right kind of ammo for it after she selects the best gun for her.
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