It was also developed for better velocity and energy. So the question is, “Where do we draw the line?” How much recoil is so much that it is no longer worth the potential gain in ballistic effectiveness? To save on time, you can buy factory loaded ones in which the .44 Mag will cost much more than the .357 Mag. Apart from the recoil that is felt, it is also a factor behind the energy that will be transferred into the target when the bullet penetrates. Highway patrol agencies, in particular, liked it since their shootouts often happened in and around motor vehicles.

Still, we thought of comparing the accuracy of 357 Magnum vs. 44 Magnum. This gives these guns marvelous flexibility in ammo selection.

Get 12 Issues a year of the country's best firearms writing. Performance As even novice shooters are typically aware, more barrel means more velocity. The Great Depression had ruined countless lives. In all cases, the .44 Mag requires more compared to .357 Mags.

None of these scores were actually all that bad for this particular drill, but based on this test, I will continue to stick with +P ammo or wadcutters on the occasions when I carry the LCR. Pistol-Caliber Rifles: Does The .357 Magnum Reign Supreme? Knowing about the ballistic performance is especially required for the hunters who want to know about their probability of getting their target. Furthermore, the ammunition selection is excellent and diverse, particularly bullet styles. Bonnie and Clyde, “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Alvin Karpis, John Dillinger, Ma Barker and her sociopathic sons, George “Machinegun” Kelly, held the nation’s attention and proved a major headache for law enforcement agencies. According to Bill Vanderpool in his 2011 American Rifleman article, A History of FBI Handguns, Smith bestowed Model 27, Serial Number One on FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover (talk about product placement),.

Recoil management happens automatically, and you can focus your attention on what’s happening in front of you instead of on running the gun. Animals and birds are often skittish and will get agitated by... Are you desperate for some night vision? The bullseye target is scored as marked. So, to make all those things happen, the bullet should stop at the right time and this will depend on the cartridge. Still, you should remember that smaller barrels often result in heavier recoil.

Per ballistics charts, and generally speaking due to all the variables from different cartridge loads, a .357 Mag out of a carbine rifle barrel approaches the muzzle velocity and energy of a .44 Mag from a handgun. If someone takes time to fire there shot, then they would get their predicted trajectory performance. You heard right, similar to almost all magnums you get a twofer with the .357 rifle, which is compatible with the .38. You have entered an incorrect email address!

Faccenda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Rhode Island College. Additionally, .357 and .38 are a bit more drought-proof compared to other cartridges, though not entirely. Recoil is quite an essential factor when you are using a handgun. It started the trend toward small frame .357 Magnum snub-nosed revolvers. Plus, even if you couldn’t find any .357 rounds (Remember the 2008 – 2014 ammo shortage? There's also lever guns chambered for. How do the. If the gun fits you correctly and you’re holding it right and you apply enough grip pressure, the muzzle should snap back onto target after every shot with no conscious thought. According to noted experts, such as Massad Ayoob, the above scenario can go much smoother if you chose a gun, caliber, and ammunition in common law enforcement usage. All Rights Reserved. The larger diameter of the .44 Mag is often the reason behind its heavy recoil. (The standard British .303 Lee-Enfield infantry rifle was below that figure, as are most service rifles to this day. The two heavier guns were the same ones used in our gelatin tests: the 23-ounce steel-frame Kimber K6s snub nose and the full size 38-ounce Ruger GP100 Match Champion. He was kind enough to humor me and run four similar .38/.357 loads through the Snubby Super Test with his S&W 640 Pro J-frame and full size 4-inch S&W 686. Winchester's 1894 lever-action is available in .357 Magnum. It was also seen that when a heavier bullet is used with .357 Mag, it can transfer more power, which transforms into greater damage.

Here are my results: The first load was the .38 Special Winchester Wadcutter. Full-house magnums too much to handle?

A .44 Mag fails in such situations because of its heavy recoil, which can be felt by the shooter. Still, we think that it is also a key thing in determining for handgun cartridges.