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.357 magnum vs. .45 long colt

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by nc.hunter, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. nc.hunter

    nc.hunter G&G Newbie

    Hey guys, between the 2 calibers listed what would you rather have. Which one has more recoil shot from a rifle, and which one has the most killing power, I would vote for the .357 mag, because how cheap ammo is, but I am deffinantly open for suggestions.

  2. TXplt

    TXplt Gun Toting Boeing Driver Forum Contributor

    Like anything, it depends on what you want to do with it. If I could only have one for general purpose, I'd go with the .357 for power (assuming .45LC standard press, not hot loads for ruger etc), ammo $, and ammo availability. Tough to go wrong w/.357. If you want .45 LC later, could buy that after .357.

    Also, if you're shooting in strong pistol or strong rifle, Buffalo Bore ammo makes some pretty hot .357 loads with energies approaching the 30-30. You could have commonality of ammo which is nice.

    I have both; the .45 LC and .44 Specials are a little pricey.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2008
  3. samuel

    samuel G&G Newbie

    Fact:.357 has more published ft lbs but .45(lc)stops game in its tracks better. sam.
  4. jimkim

    jimkim G&G Enthusiast

    I prefer the .357 in a revolver for carry. But to be truthful I would say you would be better off with the .45 LC.
  5. nathangdad

    nathangdad G&G Newbie

    Personally, . . .

    I prefer the .357 mag as it is the more widely available round plus you can go lower in power through the +P .38 specials all the way down to the .38 special. Thus, you can work through a range of power and recoil while still enjoying accuracy.

    The .45 Long Colt is certainly historically important yet it lacks the range and trajectory of the .357 mag and, certainly, a far fewer gun designs are made for this caliber. In fact, most of them are single action revolvers
    for which not everyone develops accurate shooting.

    Smith and Wesson has cataloged a .45 Long Colt double action revolver.
  6. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist

    since i own and reload for both.
    my vote is .45l.c.
    i can and do make target loads for both calibers.
    but it is fun to make very powerful loads for my .454 raging bull that are devastating.
    i like big heavy bullets.
  7. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder G&G Newbie

    If you roll your own, the 45lc would be the way to go. If you are using off the self ammo then the 357/38 would be a better choice.
  8. Mike Franklin

    Mike Franklin G&G Newbie

    .45 Colt. I've shot a bunch of game with both and haven't noticed much difference in stopping power. The .357 has a sharper crack to the muzzle blast and more muzzle flash.
    BTW, for low powered .45 Colt revolver loads try some of the .45 Cowboy stuff. It's just a shorter case which let's you down load to a real light load. This also let's you know at a glance which load you have. Short case, light load. Long case, hotter load.
  9. runfiverun

    runfiverun G&G Evangelist

    the 357 or the 45 colt at half the velocity the 45 is still more.
  10. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist

    ive got a .45l.c. levergun.
    and i know a few folks that have them in .357
    they are just fun guns though.

    well come to think of it...
    all of mine are fun guns!
    since i dont hunt or work in law enforcement they are just big boy toys.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2008
  11. Midas

    Midas Chief Troll B' Gone Forum Contributor

    The .45 Colt walks all over the .357 with handloads, it has a lot more energy, and throws a bigger slug downrange. But, I shoot a .454 like billy, so I just load that big SOB up really hot :D
  12. Mike Franklin

    Mike Franklin G&G Newbie

    'Neither is appropriate for a rifle.'

    My wife, my son and my daughter all killed their first deer with a Marlin in .357.
    I have no idea how many deer I've killed with both the .357 and .45 Colt. They are not long range guns but for 125 yards or less both have served me just fine.
  13. FS00008

    FS00008 Сергей Иванович Мосин. Forum Contributor

    I used to have a .357 lever gun and I took a deer with it. I loved it and I didn't see what was wrong with it...
  14. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist

    after seeing what penetration i get with even light loads with my .45l.c.
    at 100 yds.
    i am going to have to say it would knock the snot out of deer sized game.

    p.s. ive used stacked wet phonebooks for my home tests.
  15. GlockMeister

    GlockMeister G&G Evangelist

    Don't know where you buy your .357 magnum ammo, but to me, it IS NOT cheap. I don't consider $25 bucks or there abouts for 50 rounds to be cheap. lol I don't even think .38 or .38 +P is cheap. Less than .357 magnum, but not cheap. To me the only cheap ammo is .22LR. lmao

    Save yourself the debate and just buy one of each caliber.
  16. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist

    and take up reloading.............:09:
  17. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    I prefer 38's on my women, and 45's in my pistols.
  18. Taurus Fan

    Taurus Fan G&G Newbie

    .45 Colt. It gets even better if you're a handloader, you can cook up rounds that make the .357 look anemic. Factory rounds are a bit mild for all the older guns out there, but in a strong gun like the Ruger Blackhawk you can safely approach .44 mag ballistics. Just don't shoot them in an old Colt SAA. Ever.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2008
  19. LakerDad

    LakerDad G&G Addict

    I started off with .357 mag Marlin 1894CS and a Ruger .44 mag auto carbine not thinking about pistols, then came the Dan Wesson 744-VH8 and a Colt Peacekeeper 6". I like the idea of the combo pistol/rifle concept.
    The .45 Colt Long is an interesting round, Mr Keith had many loads and accounts using the Long leading up to the .44 mag. Thinking back to the 1980's, I came close to doing the same for the Long but guess I figured the .44 mag would do what the Long was able to do. The .357 is a great little round and is fun to shoot and the neatness of shooting the specials too. [I like them all!]:) the mags do hurt the hearing!!! ;(
  20. Taurus Fan

    Taurus Fan G&G Newbie

    Please tell us you're not shooting without ear protection.
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