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Old 02-14-2020, 08:39 PM   #1
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Four .38's and a .357

This is probably one of those things that is super unlikely to make one lick of difference one way or another in a self defense shooting but I was curious...

For those who carry a revolver chambered in .357 but loaded up with .38 special would it make sense to stage the cylinder so that your last shot was a .357 with a little extra oomph?

It would seem to me that by virtue of being your last shot follow up aiming wouldn't be a consideration. I would think that if your first 4 shots (or 5, in a six shooter) hadn't solved the problem already I'd welcome a bigger bang for my final hoorah.

The only downside I could see is if you failed to stage the cylinder correctly and got the magnum round before your final shot.

Thoughts? Musings?
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:06 AM   #2
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I carry a 340pd everyday. First 3 shots are .38+ p (125 grain) and the last two are .357. I do it this way, I guess, because I can. I would be completely happy if all were .38's, though.
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I do not stage the ammunition in my .357 Magnum revolvers. I do in my 12 gauge pump shotgun which is my primary home defense shotgun. It holds a total of 8 rounds of which I have staged between buckshot and slugs. I have also heard of folks doing so with # 4 birdshot and either buckshot or slugs.

Federal and maybe others have even come out with new "Shorty" shotshells which are loaded with either 15 pellets in #4 buck or 1 oz. rilfed slugs in a 13/4" shell. This enables one to increase the number of rounds their shotguns will hold. I have not gone this far.

I can only home none of my scheming ever has to come to fruition in a bad situation.
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Wouldn't it feel out of balance when you spin the cylinder before slapping it shut?
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Wouldn't it feel out of balance when you spin the cylinder before slapping it shut?
Not at all.
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B'Slinger, he thought you were serious...
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B'Slinger, he thought you were serious...
Maybe not... there's a lot of dry humor around here and the emoji is implied. Heh.
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I would put one of the .357 Magnum rounds in Emoji. He sounds like a big tough guy.
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ahhhhhh...spinnin' an slapping the cylinder shut ? ouch

I wouldn't do that on my revolver
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My J Frame M&P 340 .357 has .357 in all 5.
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Load the .357 first and last. First one so the report and muzzle blast will possibly scare them to death even if you don't make a stopper shot.
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This is probably one of those things that is super unlikely to make one lick of difference one way or another in a self defense shooting but I was curious...

For those who carry a revolver chambered in .357 but loaded up with .38 special would it make sense to stage the cylinder so that your last shot was a .357 with a little extra oomph?

It would seem to me that by virtue of being your last shot follow up aiming wouldn't be a consideration. I would think that if your first 4 shots (or 5, in a six shooter) hadn't solved the problem already I'd welcome a bigger bang for my final hoorah.

The only downside I could see is if you failed to stage the cylinder correctly and got the magnum round before your final shot.

Thoughts? Musings?
Doesn't matter. You're bored and mind is wondering.....just sayin'
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This is probably one of those things that is super unlikely to make one lick of difference one way or another in a self defense shooting but I was curious...

For those who carry a revolver chambered in .357 but loaded up with .38 special would it make sense to stage the cylinder so that your last shot was a .357 with a little extra oomph?

It would seem to me that by virtue of being your last shot follow up aiming wouldn't be a consideration. I would think that if your first 4 shots (or 5, in a six shooter) hadn't solved the problem already I'd welcome a bigger bang for my final hoorah.

The only downside I could see is if you failed to stage the cylinder correctly and got the magnum round before your final shot.

Thoughts? Musings?
You might be over-thinking this. How likely is your scenario to play out? Getting hit with either caliber is going to mess someone up.
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Astounding.
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I carry a Smith and Wesson Performance Center 327 8 shot .357 revolver loaded with 8 rounds of Speed Gold Dot .38 Special +P 135 grain hollow point ammo.
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