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Joe S.

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I started off on 357/38's... I have always had a love of the cartridge. Most of my components are 38/357. I have 5 guns so chambered: Marlin 1894C, 2.5" S&W 66, 4" S&W 586, Original Vaquero CCH frame and 4 5/8" barrel, and LCR.

You could say i'm "vested". But here lately i have no love for the round. I have gotten hung up on 44 and 45 caliber guns. Mostly my two 45 acp revolvers.

So much so i have contemplated selling off all of my 357 guns and most of my components to buy more 45 cal stuff.

I do sell something when i get tired of it but the 357 stuff i have now has never even been considered an option to sell. Until now.

Is this just a phase im going thru or is it the natural progression towards big bores?

I know the markets hot on a couple i have and now would be the time to sell. But i'd hate to sell, then grow out of it and want them back.

What say yall?
 

hittman

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It's a phase ...... you're just broadening your horizons.

The "fix" isn't less ...... it's MORE. Try .41 Magnum next, then rotate between 44, 38, 45, 357, 41 and back again.
 

Joe S.

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Im staying away from 41 mag on purpose. I see how wrapped my ol pal eaglestroker is with 41 and i want no part in that! Ha he loves that round. Must be a dandy
 

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Due to a creeping case of "seller remorse" many years ago, I chose to whip that disease. I stopped selling any guns or stuff I bought for myself. (I can make more money, but I can't replace something I enjoyed easily.) So, do not sell such stuff, as you may find yourself a reason or need to return to the other calibers or guns later on. Passing them on to deserving family, an injury that forces a change in pleasures, new grandkids that want or need something etc.
So, rather than lament the loss of something I enjoyed, I have put a stop to it.
Keep those guns & gear and just add to the fun by getting others.
 

DonD

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Keep the ones you have, the .357 round is very versatile, more so than the .45ACP and cheaper to feed. Think you'll regret it if you sell your "children".

Get some more guns that please you. Don
 
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Yeah I wouldn't sell anything either. Quite a few years ago I had to sell a CZ75. I was between jobs and simply needed the money. For the past year or so I have been thinking about that gun too much. I certainly don't need a CZ but would buy one if I saw it in a gun store.

Why not just set aside the 38-357 and save it for later. Then as mentioned you can rotate through some different calibers.
 

eveled

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You'll come back around to the .357's, don't sell them. I've only sold two guns, one was a Glock, and I don't miss it. The other was an Enfield No. 5 jungle carbine, and I miss it sorely. I won't sell any others, let my kids divvy them up when I die. Ed
 

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I wouldn't sell ... but then I wouldn't buy anymore .357s either :) . Once I started shooting .44Mag, then .45 Colt, and finally .44Special there was no going back for me. I'll (or my wife) occasionally shoot one of my .357s, but that is about it. When I do, the loads 158s moving around 1000fps.... Fun loads. As a teenager I drank the coolaid that the .357 was 'the' cartridge. Now I know better as it is just one cartridge amonst several and my perference has moved to "Big and slow is the way to go" ....
 

Jim Puke

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Don't sell the .357...

However, I do understand the "big bore" affliction and it will be worse than the 38/357 strain that you had.
 

jeffnles1

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Unless you need the cash, keep the 38/357 and save up for more 45 stuff.

I, too, go through phases of interest. I keep coming back to my old favorites though. To me, the old favorites are flintlock rifles, 45 Colt revolvers and levers and my Marlin 32/20 lever. I have other stuff ut I'm glad I never sold any of my old reliables.

Jeff
 
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I think I've approached things the other way. After almost 33 years in Alaska, I didn't see a lot of use for the 357 and had a great "affair" with the calibers starting with 4. What I had to reconcile was one of my favorite guns was the SP101. Now that I'm back in the lower 48 the 357 is more useful, but I just can't get rid of all the others. There are too many memories and relationships that were developed. But I've made a few more friends. Some of which you named, two are model 66's and I'm sure there will be more. Let them rest and get some air, then one day you will feel a need to put on the old guns and celebrate them again. Plus you will have a great batch for the kids and grand kids.
 

Montelores

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Wow.

I don't feel so alone.

I'm glad it's not just me. :wink:

10 boxes of Magtech .44 Spl. just arrived by UPS this afternoon. :D

Monty

P.S. If you can afford it, keep the guns. You never know what ammo or components will or will not be available in the future.
 

schloss

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You'll regret selling the 357's. That round is just too much fun and too useful. If you must, I suppose you could send me the Marlin. I'll take real good care of it. :D

I've regretted selling most of the guns that I've sold. And contrary to Bear Paw Jack, I've still got a lot of use for the 357. I've been in Alaska on and off for 6 years, and have more than a handful of 357's, and won't part with them.

I'm serious on the Marlin...
 

Okie69

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I bought my guns in kinda this order, 45 Bisley, 32 Bisley fixed sight, 41 Bisley, 32 ss adj sight, 44 Bisley, 45 Bisley vacquero, a couple of more 32's and finally a Flat Top 3 screw 4 5/8 357 Black Hawk. I just got the 357 a couple of months ago and shoot it nearly every day, got stag ordered from Sack. My experience is the opposite of the first post. By the way I shoot all of my guns, went to the range 5 days last week and reloaded on the weekend. I am getting old and want to get all I can while I can.
 

pawncop

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Another vote for not selling. Back in the day, I was a selling, trading fool. There are a number of firearms I sorely miss.

No single caliber can fulfill every role and the joy is in the quest of finding the uses for the different calibers.
 
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