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Question by dhopper. Uploaded on October 20, 2011
Counter question: What are you planning to use the gun for?
With all due respect to the .357 fans, I still see the Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 mag as the perfect, all-around handgun.
Money should only enter into the "best" question in one way. After you've weighed all the pluses and minuses, ask yourself:
"Do I have enough of it for the pistol?"
Depends what you want to kill and at what range. Generally high quality is cheaper in the long run. Caliber depends on the species. Put the two together and you have your choice. I own a Colt Python and a S&W 460. Both fill my particular needs. I may buy a 22 target pistol, but that is another story.
To defend both of those guns. They are revolvers so are no ammo sensitive. The Colt is out of production and being on the high end quadrupled in price since I bought it i the early 70's. The next revolver I bought was the Smith. Thirty years later. I bought it because it was 4lbs lighter than any comparable rifle. It posses the same terminal ballistics as some of my rifles. It is also 3 1/2 times the energy of the 44 mag. With less felt recoil. In closing I would say select don't settle and here is no expiration date on a gun. Just maintain them.
That question is sort of like asking what is the best hand tool for your money. It really does depend on the job you want it to do. Guns are nothing more than tools, some more specialized than others. The best answer to your question that I can give is a 4-6 in barreled .357 mag revolver (I like Ruger and S&W). Good for personal defense, accurate enough for target shooting (can shoot .38spl target loads), and powerful enough for anything up to whitetailed deer. Good for a lot of different purposes. Sort of the duct tape of the handgun toolbox.
Get a .45acp 1911.
For the best value for the money, my vote goes to the Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special.
The Glock M/30 10mm thats a good all around Gun and Caliber. will stop Perp or Beast...15+1
99explorer, I've got a Bulldog too, sweet little CCW weapon.
Of course it depends on what you intend to do with the pistol but of all the pistols I have owned or shot, I can honestly say that I enjoy a .44 Mag the most when it comes to shooting fun. It can be used for about anything but international match target shooting. It is a highly effective hunting cartridge and it makes an average shooting day seem like the Fourth of July. There is just something exciting about having to carry a fire extinguisher on your back when the timber is dry... mine is a Redhawk and it has made my life better. My second favorite is a High Standard target pistol that puts them through the same hole at 50 feet for nice high scoring.
Springfield XDM in 40S&W. Even better if you can buy a used one in good condition.
Ruger Redhawk or Blackhawk .44 mag or a .45 for deer.
Not to revisit this question. But I did pose it to my eldest. Being a clear thinker and a pragmatist he advised "cause and effect". He said look at youtube and shoot the largest gun you can without smacking yourself in the face.
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