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    357 mag vs 10mm

    As a woods carry gun 357 mag or 10mm......or even 45acp....?
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    My personal defense gun is a .357 mag. My woods gun is a 41 mag. My home defense is Glock 19X.
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    Any of those would work.
    I had a gen one 10mm Glock 20 I bought for $300 new,back in 1992 ?(not sure the exact year)
    Anyway,I loved it.Very accurate and hard hitting round.Traded it to a buddy for a “like new”1991 Beretta 92f desert storm.Got rid of that one years ago too!
    Oh well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1022 View Post
    As a woods carry gun 357 mag or 10mm......or even 45acp....?
    I vote the 10MM, and here's why................

    The 357 has a LOT of muzzle blast for spitting out a std wt. 158 Gr Bullet.........yeah, I know there are heavier bullets available, but it's still load............

    The 45 ACP is not as loud to me, and can be loaded with 200 gr bullets that approach 1000 fps if the pistol is prepped for that performance.......I think that's a good woods defense or close in hunting load for Deer and Black Bear with the correct bullet..........

    The 10MM can be loaded with 200 Gr bullets that will run safely at 1150/1200 FPS............Yeah, the 10MM is loud too, but its got more energy than the 357 or the 45 ACP.........

    I wish I had data here to support what I say, but I've been carrying the 45ACP and/or the 10MM in the woods of VT for decades, and I've become accustom to their abilities in that environment..........

    There is nothing wrong with the 357Mag, but I feel the 357 is just too loud for the performance it delivers out of a handgun as a hunting, or woods walking round............

    Others will certainly feel differently, and that's fine..............I just gave you my opinion..........

    I also like the 45 Colt with a 230 Gr or 250 Gr bullet at 900+ FPS..............

    Good luck in your choice.

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    My woods gun is a Glock 20. 16 rounds of 180 XTP’s @ 1359fps is a powerful package.


    Ive not tried the 200’s or 220’s even though I know they’d be effective.


    I shoot a lot of 44 magnum but I don’t carry them much.


    Nothing wrong ring with a 357, 44, 45, etc but for me, I like the portability and shoot ability of the Glock 20 or Glock 40.
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    My preferred woods gun is .357Mag. With maybe one exception, there is nothing in the California woods it's not up for. Now when I'm in the "deep" woods (read, bear territory), I'm packing a .454 Casull.

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    I carry both 357 and 10mm. I prefer the 10mm for no particular reason.

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    Well since the 45 super is just a 45 ACP on steroids, I'll stick with that!
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    it is according to what I may have to use it for. in my part of the world in SC any would do, 357, 10mm 45acp if I were in bear country bigger is better. for 2 legged vermin any of those will suffice,,,,,,,,,
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    I prefer a good 357 in my hands and if I were facing something down that is what I would want. When it comes to a gun I could keep on me all day and get through the rain and sweat a stainless 1911 or plastic glock is easier to carry without worry. I have owned 10mm guns and do not shoot them much because the brass is expensive and I got to keep an eye on it. A good 45 makes since especially if you do not reload. Put some 45 supers in there if you have big critters around.


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