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22 LR 17 4.96%
22 Magnum 0 0%
32 H&R Magnum 5 1.46%
32 Federal Magnum 4 1.17%
38 Special 77 22.45%
357 Magnum 114 33.24%
9mm 4 1.17%
10mm 2 0.58%
41 Magnum 24 7.00%
44 Special 31 9.04%
44 Magnum 29 8.45%
45 ACP 19 5.54%
45 Long Colt 10 2.92%
454 Casull 1 0.29%
460 magnum 5 1.46%
500 Magnum 1 0.29%
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I have a .454 Casull, it is fun to shoot for about 6 rounds, then the fun is over.
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32-20 for me, but your poll is incomplete at least you need an other category for us to vote.
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Rossi M720 for winter carry in a shoulder holster.
Ruger Flattop Blackhawk 44 SPL for a range toy.

Those are my favorites but honestly the 38 LCR gets carried the most.
I have a Stainless Flattop Bisley Blackhawk in .44 Special and it is fast becoming my favorite revolver.
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32-20 for me, but your poll is incomplete at least you need an other category for us to vote.
I thought I could add categories after posting but do not see a way to do so. I must have been thinking of some other forum, probably GlockTalk. I would have added more categories if I knew I could not do so later.

But to be honest 32-20 might have been missing even if I had added more. Not saying its a bad cartridge, its just one I am not familiar with.
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38 Special for me. My favorite revolvers to shoot in that caliber are a pair of 4" S&Ws -a Model 10 & 64, along with my 3" Ruger SP101.
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I chose .357 because of it's versatility. I almost chose .22 magnum for the same reason but the bigger gun is a better defense round. However truth be told I use .22 LR the most for plinking, dispatching: rattlesnakes, skunks, packrats, etc.
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Although I have handguns in the following calibers .22, .25, .32, 32-20, .380, 9mm, 38spl .357 mag .44mag, .45acp, 45 Colt. My favorite ones to shoot are my S&W K22 made around 1948, and a Ruger standard made aound the mid 1950's.
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My favorite revolver(s) are .32 H&R magnum caliber (S&W M16-4 and Ruger single six Bisley).
If you'd asked what gun is your favorite caliber, the answer would be S&W M624 (.44 special).

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While .44 Special is the caliber I prefer above all others my most prized possession in the firearms line is my 1955 Ruger Blackhawk . Belonged to my Pap then my Dad then me . I been shooting it for over 50 years .
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I think my name says it all.....I am surprised .22LR doesn't rate higher in the poll.
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Me too what's not to like cheap to shoot all day long.
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...and a surprisingly effective round.
One of the largest Grizzly's ever taken fell to a .22.
Check it out - Bella Twin, the .22 Used to Take the 1953 World Record Grizzly, and More

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...and a surprisingly effective round.
One of the largest Grizzly's ever taken fell to a .22.
Check it out - Bella Twin, the .22 Used to Take the 1953 World Record Grizzly, and More
I remember hearing this story nerves of steel for sure.
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I friend told me he shot one just one round and that was enough and if I ever shot one too just use one hand. No sense in having both hands hurting. Larry
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.45 Colt (there is no such thing as "long colt")

I like a big bullet that travels slower. Doesn't matter whether it's in my N-frames, Colt SAA or Ruger Blackhawk.
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I like them all, but if I had to say one, it would be the .44 Magnum in a 6-1/2” Model 29, followed very closely by the .357 Magnum in a 4” Model 19. VERY closely...
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44 MAG

I can load it any way I want: marshmallows to magnums.
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I like a big bullet that travels slower. Doesn't matter whether it's in my N-frames, Colt SAA or Ruger Blackhawk.
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If you're gonna hang out in the Smith & Wesson chat room, you must shoot .44 SMITH & WESSON Special.
....remember, Colt = overblown, beer-bellied .45....S&W = highly accurate and efficient .44.

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It appears that .357M is the favorite revolver cartridge. I got my first one in 1965 and never looked back. Too paraphrase another statement: I didn't get the first one but I got one as fast as I could. Larry
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For those who chose anything but
the .38 or .357 or .22LR for revolvers,
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I've recently become a big fan of the .327 Federal Magnum. I like the versatility and platforms it is available in. Shoots pretty much any .32 ammo. Not hard to find ammo online.
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Well if 38/357 magnum won the majority vote, I wonder why 357 Maximum wasn't at least mentioned in a post.

The 357 magnum is versatile, but the maximum is one better.
The maximum shoots 38 special, 357 magnum, and the 357 maximum.

With Dan Wesson's giant 357 SuperMag's, Rugers SRM's, X100's, T/C's, and Magnum Research's Lone Eagle, the maximum crowd is well gunned.

The Maximum is a dream to shoot at Silhouette steel; Accurate out to 200 yards.

If the Maximum is not your favorite, you haven't tried it.


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Saw a GREAT show on "Big" on the Sportsman's channel
on larger caliber revolvers from the 1970's to present, on "Gun Stories".

It seems that handguns were not used for hunting until some guy
started tinkering with a 44 and making, hotter and hotter loads.
to where they worked really well on deer and larger animals, once..............
they made a frame large enough to handle the new 44 Magnum.

It went all the way to the 500 S&W, where the company could again say that they had the biggest weapon in town, again.

The title was taken away from them when the 454 came out..........( 1 shot Cape Buffalo )
and on the show, the 454 looked like it still had a LOT more recoil with its ammo and revolver than the .50 cal S&W revolver that weighed in at FIVE pounds, unloaded.

It also showed a revolver that shot the long 45-70 round !!

My wrist and arms hurt............... just watching the show.
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38 SPL isn't a caliber but a cartridge designation. .357 is the caliber!

I have shot 200,000, "38 Spl" in several forms of competition. I guess it must be my favorite!
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It seems that handguns were not used for hunting until some guy
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to where they worked really well on deer and larger animals, once..............
they made a frame large enough to handle the new 44 Magnum.

It went all the way to the 500 S&W, where the company could again say that they had the biggest weapon in town, again.

The title was taken away from them when the 454 came out..........( 1 shot Cape Buffalo )
and on the show, the 454 looked like it still had a LOT more recoil with its ammo and revolver than the .50 cal S&W revolver that weighed in at FIVE pounds, unloaded.

It also showed a revolver that shot the long 45-70 round !!

My wrist and arms hurt............... just watching the show.
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45 Colt in a Blackhawk and 357 Mag in a DA/SA snub but was always waiting for something in an adult caliber.
The 460 Smiths get my vote.
What can't they do except pocket carry easily!

Should have some wood stocks finished, that fit my hands, soon.
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...interesting...no one "loves" .22 magnum, but a lot of people shoot it.
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...interesting...no one "loves" .22 magnum, but a lot of people shoot it.
You can love more than one, but when it's Preacher time or in the voting booth, there can be only one.


Stories about dropping a Grizzly with a 22LR might be true as this Megalodon was taken with a 22Mag.
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Surprised by the turn out for 41 and 44 special.

357 for me. First, and still fav revolver is a 6in model 19.nothing beats a 6in k frame for point and stability for me.
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Makes me utterly sick and disgusted so many newfangled whippersnappers here ignored the trusty .45 Long’s Colt’s.

Paladin and Wayne are spinning in their graves!! What with these confounded “double action” wonder guns shooting the itty bitty .38 central firing SMOKELESS(???) cartridges??

What will come next?? Guns that don’t even HAVE cylinders???

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If they would of listed 44-40 , I just might of went with that one instead . It was Winchesters first metallic case center fire cartridge , according to Wikipedia . Interesting as it's the same yr that Colt introduced the 45 Colt . After all these years both still going strong and the argument still continues , " which one really won the west " ? Personally , I have and like both . Regards Paul
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.44-40, the cartridge that put the Winchester lever action rifle on the map.
#1 deer rifle/cartridge combo until surpassed by the '94 Winchester in .30-30 sometime after WWI.
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Actually using the brain we were given the rifle is truly the GUN that won the west. so for cartridge civilian rounds...probably he 44-40 won the west..but the military subdued the native americans in a fairly short time period.. so the 45-70 or it's carbine round kinda won the west...at least militarily. Don't think the 30-30 had much impact on "winning the west" and the 44-40 was the 44 mag of it's era. Hate to load those darn things though
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Actually I enjoy loading for the 44 WCF (44-40) . Yes I find I have to slow down and get it right first time , no 2nd chances . I enjoy reloading the older cartridges as I also have a "94 " Winchester chambered in 38-55 . It left the factory in the early part of 1897 . I'm lucky as my 1894 Marlin chambered in 44-40 , made about 1893-94 ( has a mid range 3 digit serial #) has perfect dimensions . The barrel slugged .426 and it has a tight throat so my bullets sized .427 are perfectly sized for it . I just use the LEE steel dies , rub a little Imperial sizing wax on the case before resizing and I use the LEE cast bullet 200 gr RNFP -.427 to reload . Regards , Paul
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Surprised by the turn out for 41 and 44 special.
The 44 special being more popular than the 44 magnum surprised me too.

I suspect some people read the question as "What is your favorite revolver cartridge" instead of "What caliber is your favorite revolver".

My S&W 69 is a 44 magnum but I do not shoot a lot of full power 44 magnums through it. I see a lot more guns chambered in 44 magnum than I do 44 special.
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Actually using the brain we were given the rifle is truly the GUN that won the west. so for cartridge civilian rounds...probably he 44-40 won the west..but the military subdued the native americans in a fairly short time period.. so the 45-70 or it's carbine round kinda won the west...at least militarily. Don't think the 30-30 had much impact on "winning the west" and the 44-40 was the 44 mag of it's era. Hate to load those darn things though
Actually, historians now pretty much agree that "The Gun that won The West" was the black powder muzzle loading double barreled shotgun.
Primary tool used by the settlers, who started coming west in the 1840's.
The revolver and lever gun are remembered because those companies used their old west lineage as a main point of a lot of their advertising.
.30-30 was developed from the .38-55 in 1895 as a "long range, flat shooting" hunting round for the Winchester rifle...and in its time, it was just that.
Yes, the .44-40 came before the .30-30 and while it was a popular cartridge, it didn't necessarily "win" the west, but it may have helped maintain the status quo in later years.
In fact, its off-shoot, the .38-40, was favoured by The Arizona Rangers during The Indian Wars, because (in their words) "it shot harder".....define that as you may.

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Actually, historians now pretty much agree that "The Gun that won The West" was the black powder muzzle loading double barreled shotgun.
Primary tool used by the settlers, who started coming west in the 1840's.
Which is exactly why I stated cartridge round. The major portion of the aforementioned "west" was already tamed by the time self contained cartridges were in wide use. I guess they finished the job. I can see why the Colt black powder revolvers would have been in WIDE demand. To heck with single shots
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Man, I can't pick!

I've long admired the .44 Special, thought of myself as a .44 Special kind of guy, and a couple of revered .44 Specials live here.

But, then there's .38 Special and I love ol' .38 Special. There are snub .38 Specials, long-snouted .38 Specials, small, medium, and large .38 Specials. Old .38 Specials, not so old .38 Specials, .38 Specials from every decade of the 20th century. Blued .38 Specials, nickel .38 Specials, stainless steel .38 Specials, alloy-framed .38 Specials, and rusted .38 Specials. There are police .38 Specials, sportsman's .38 Specials, military .38 Specials. There's my first ever handgun which is a .38 Special and Mrs. BMc's .38 Special. Smith & Wesson .38 Specials and Colt .38 Specials, even a .38 Special automatic, nearly 30 of 'em all together.

But then what about a positively torrid love affair with .32-20? There's a couple of them on hand. Oh and .41 Long Colt. Am keen on .41 Long Colt and have a pair of them to play with.

We won't even talk about the .22 rim fires, .357 Magnums, .41 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .45 Colt or the rest of the also-ran calibers.

It's hopeless to try to pick.

I can decisively commit to revolvers though. I think I'm safe in that.

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Seeing the poll results, we like the 357 Mag and 38 Spl...1st and 2nd places respectively!
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Nothing wrong with that, but I'm still puzzled why .22LR doesn't rank higher.
I guess this crowd just favours centerfire rounds.
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Nothing wrong with that, but I'm still puzzled why .22LR doesn't rank higher.
I guess this crowd just favours centerfire rounds.
The original question is what is your favorite revolver caliber. I listed .357M because it is my favorite caliber and in my opinion the best revolver caliber ever made. If the question had been which revolver caliber do you shoot the most I would have picked .22. If I was rich I would never shoot another .22 but poor people have too do poor ways. Larry
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The original question is what is your favorite revolver caliber.
Actually the question was what caliber is your favorite revolver.

For a lot of people their favorite revolver is going to be in their favorite caliber. But I would have expected more people to have a 22 that was passed down through their family and has a lot of sentimental value. Or has a 12 ounce 357 they carry but hate to shoot and a 22 they really enjoy shooting. Or a 22 they are teaching their kids or grandkids to shoot with. Or a 22 they can afford to shoot all the time when they do not feel like buying factory ammo or taking the time to reload.
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Favorite caliber is .22 LR. Pretty simple reasoning. I consider the S&W Model 18 to be just about ideal for my purposes when out and about in the woods and fields. It is just the ideal understudy to my Model 15, 19, 66. I can go out and shoot 300 -500 rounds in an afternoon w/o having to break a $20 bill for ammo. When I get home I haven't got hours ahead of me processing brass and reloading everything so that I can go shooting later when I've got everything ready. Because it is a .22LR, I can shoot it SA or DA fully aware that the results on target are my doing ... not the consequences of fatigue due to recoil, noise, etc. Because it is a .22 LR, I've been able to shoot it so much that I have developed my DA shooting skills to where my SA shooting skills used to be. Even w/ vision problems, I can shoot very good scores on my favorite nemesis ... B-27 ... which makes things a lot easier when I get to attend a local match. Once ... when I had no other revolver, I was allowed to use my Model 18 in a match where I should have had to use a centerfire. Some of the fellows were of the opinion that that little .22 LR revolver would have trouble at the longer distances. That morning they learned a lesson that I'd already learned many years before ... the .22 LR is just about ideal for everything on needs to do with a handgun short of stopping speeding trains, standing down a bear charge on Main Street or surviving a zombi apocalypse. Sincerely. bruce.
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Favorite revolver for me means different things. For shooting it would be my 6" 25-9 in .45 Colt. For sentiment it would be my 4" 27-3 .357 magnum I picked up for my 1st police academy. For CCW it would be one of my 3" 657's in .41 magnum. So that is 3 different calibers!





I really like the 25's myself. Yours like looks super nice! I have a 6" 25-15, and it is 1 of my favorite range guns. Bob
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My 686 6" .357 Magnum is my go to. It's my favorite to shoot, I find it has good balance of weight and accuracy. I never tire of using it.
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The Model 19 is my favorite revolver. Not because of caliber.
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Just checking in to see that the .357 Mag is still king. And rightly so...











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