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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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What caliber is your favorite revolver of any brand?

Pretty easy in my case. The only one I currently own is S&W 69 in 44 magnum. Although I do not shoot full power magnums out if it very often. I have owned 22 and 10mm S&Ws in the past but sold them. But I am thinking about either a 63 or 617 in 22 LR.

I tried to include most of the common calibers but if your favorite is some sort of weird 19th century European thing or a wildcat let me know and I will add it to the list.

ETA: I am not seeing a way to add items to the list, sorry all you 442 Webley fans.

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357 Magnum

While I had shot my Father's Model 66s, my love affair with the cartridge truly began in 1977 when I bought my first new revolver, a 6" Nickel 27
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This is a tough question. It’s probably my 25-2 Smith 45 acp. Second would be my 617 Smith.
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I think that the 38/357 family can do anything one could reasonably ask a revolver to do. If you need more power, get a rifle.
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I am blessed with owning quite a few revolvers from a 22 caliber 617 to a 500 Magnum and lots in between. Ot of all of them, I think the 3 inch Model 60-10 is my favorite. Small enough to carry concealed, powerful enough to carry for a backup gun Elk hunting in Colorado. Plenty accurate. Versatile with ammo choices from 38 wadcutter target loads to full power 357 Magnums. 629 Mountain Revolver a close second. It was hard not to pick the Miculek 625 or the Thunder Ranch 325. It is like trying to decide which one of your kids you love the most. I love them all.

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Got to be the .357 Magnum. Hard to beat the S&W model 27 or 28 for
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I have an enormous Model 29 / Pre 29 collection,but my vote went to the Model 27 357
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38 S&W Special. Powerful..accurate..inexpensive..easy to find and a joy to use. Plus its cool telling people its 36 caliber..not 38. My Dads service revolver from the Vietnam war was my first handgun and still my favorite. 15-2 with all target goodies. Spoiled for life!
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For sentimental reasons mine is a .22 lr.... iver Johnson 22 supershot, 7 shot.... was my grandpa's.... sentimentality aside.... its hard to beat the feel of my 28-2 in 357
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The only revolvers I have are .38 Special. If I were going to get a new revolver, it'd probably be a .38 Special or a .357 Magnum and load it with .38 Special.
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I don't have one favorite revolver.

And they are not all of the same caliber.

So, .22 to.45.
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I do love my .44 magnums, but I have to vote for the .357 magnum for its pure versatility. There is a wide range of .38 special and .357 magnum ammunition available and it's cheaper than .44. The 686 started my love of S&W and it remains a favorite.
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357 Magnum...5” 27-2, specifically. Probably one of the last factory 5” 27s to leave the factory. Shipped on Nov 28, 1978. While it’s obviously .357 Mag, it sees more than it share of .38 Spl loads.
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I like to toss 240gr chunks of lead, but not Magnum recoil. 44 Special.
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I like precision and simple plinking so this lowly .22 suits me fine.
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Voted for the .44 mag. I like N frames, and if you are a reloader, the .44 mag. can be loaded from very mild to wild. Targets, small game, large game, self defense. Easy peasy with the right load.

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At this time I have a few revolvers and over the course of time have owned a bunch more, from many different companies!

My favorite revolver I would say after careful deliberation, overnight sleeping and flipping a coin would have to be my Model 28 6'' purchased new mid 1970s.

I was doing a lot of PPC shooting and did not want to tie up a lot of money in a space gun. So I modified the 28 by putting in a Ranger trigger, a better trigger pull, grips and outlined rear sight. So that will explain that most rounds fired out of this gun have been.38s. Over the course of my PPC shooting I put many thousand .38 rounds down range. (one great advantage of living close to my gun club!)

Course as the 28 is as built a .357M it got quite a few of those fired also, some hot enough to be measured on the Richter scale. Hey I was younger then and had a lot to learn!
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.38 for me, specifically the model 15 followed by my 642. I value the versatility of the .357 but my revolvers are primarily carried when woods bumming or hunting with a rifle or shotgun. In my neck of the woods anything I want to shoot can be handled by the .38. Pleasant to shoot, accurate, sufficiently powerful and less damaging to my hearing.

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I guess I was influenced too much by Skeeter Skelton instead of Elmer Keith as I voted 357 magnum . The Lyman 358156 cast bullet on top of 13.5grs of 2400 or 7.0 grs of Unique loaded in either a 357 magnum case (crimped in the top crimp groove) or 38 special case using the lower crimp groove is a favorite for me . Many thousands of rounds down range using that combo . Regards Paul
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Hard to beat a 3" Model 66..... or 65 ....or a 4" 686 ..... or 4" 586 for looks

That said...... 2nd favorite is a 4" .22lr Model 18
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I too voted 357 Remington Magnum... based on the quantity of revolvers in my collection (K, L & N frames), volume of empty brass on the shelf and bias of my late father...
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Once I discovered moon clips and 45acp revolvers, it was a marriage made in heaven.
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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!





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I was late to the hobby, only starting after retirement. I started with an "Introduction to Firearms" course offered at a local range. It included the use of any range rental gun I wanted to try. I was like Goldilocks, shooting guns until I found the one that was "just right", the 686.
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What?!? No .32 Long on the poll? Smif.
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I still like the one that I got in the late 60s up in Alaska..My M-57 41 mag, Did what it was bought for at least once. Carried a bunch but not shot all that much, Sold once and bought back many years later. It ain't going anywhere again. I must admit there are many S&Ws I truly like to carry such as the 3 1/2 " 27 and the 4 inch 16-4. But that ol 57 is my fave...
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I answered 41 Magnum.

The gun is this 657-3. Very accurate and excellent trigger.

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44 Special

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.
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.45 Long Colt

It was basically the premier big bore centerfire revolver cartridge. Sure, the cartridge has evolved somewhat over the years to strengthen the case, insure reliability in rifles, and even generate more power in the Ruger Only loads, but even in its original Black Powder configuration it was a powerful round which was designed with cavalry in mind, thus making it effective against horses as well as humans.

The only pity about the round is how much commercial factory loads have been watered down out of concern for old Black Powder frames, so now you've basically got 3 power factors going from pipsqueak .45LC Cowboy Loads which are actually closer to .38 Special than the actual horseslayers that were around back in the day, then there are the defensive loads which are loaded hotter, offering performance similar to .44 Special, but still fall short of the classic BP loads in terms of energy, then there are the hot "Ruger Only" or so-called "+P" loads which rival .44 Magnum. Only specialty loads replicate the performance of the classic BP loads, which launch a 255gr bullet at 1000fps and deliver an impressive yet not excessive amount of muzzle energy, especially out of a 6" Barrel.

Someday I would love to get myself a proper Single Action Army style Revolver, just a fun classic .45 to take to the range.
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.45 Colt

Thanks for specifying "any make". That saved me from choosing between my Ruger Vaquero and my 25-5. The first gets the 300 gr. +P bear and boar stuff, the second 8 grains of Unique under a 250 RNFP and both are a joy.
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.357 mag hands down. I've got several 9mm, a .44mag, have had a .380 and several .45 ACP but I like my .357s as I have such a huge choice of ammo to shoot and both my .357s are very accurate with just anything I shoot through them.

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.38 Special Model 12-2
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The one I currently hold in my hand........All are favorites OR I wouldn't own them.
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My biggest are 44mg-45Colt on down to 22lr. I got 27 and 14s but my favorite and oldest is K22.
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That's too specific of a question for me; "What caliber is your
favorite revolver of any brand"?

I like all my S&Ws in 22lr, 38S&W Spl, 357S&W Mag, 44S&W Spl,
44Rem Mag, 45ACP, and 45Colt. I also reload for these Big Bores.

I like the 41Rem Mag too, just don't have a Revolver yet, but
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Really like my 686 SSR. Love my 4.2 inch model 69. For shear beauty, it would be my model 65-5 3 inch LadySmith.

However, I happen to have a Ruger Vaquero in 44 special that is just insanely fun to shoot and, for me, is the most accurate of the lot.
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Favorite revolver .45colt, then 38/357. Pistol 45acp.
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I would have guessed this would come out about 30% each .38/.357, .44 Special and .44 Mag. Then the other 10% divided among various calibers with .45acp making up the lions share of the 10%. Shows what I know.
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Poll should breakout the 38 Special as follows:

38 Special std velocity
38 Special +P
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I like them all some more than others depending on my preference at the time.

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.22 followed closely by .38/.357 magnum. Mostly because I've been shooting my Ruger Single Six since 1977. The center fires are Smiths. Oh, and my M-18.
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Model 10, 64, 15, and Colt Official Police. Have more .38 special revolvers than any other caliber. Goes back to when my career in LE began in 1976. Once you carry a specific caliber revolver daily for years and your life depended on it, you are partial to it.
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44 mag in a 29/629. I probably own and shoot more 357 but only because you can get them in J,K,L and N frames. 29/629 is my favorite





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I would have guessed this would come out about 30% each .38/.357, .44 Special and .44 Mag. Then the other 10% divided among various calibers with .45acp making up the lions share of the 10%. Shows what I know.
That the 38 and 357 had so many votes was about what I expected. What surprised me was the 41 mag getting a few more votes than the 44 mag. And I expected more votes for 22 LR.
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My .45 ACP 625-8 PC isn’t a classic, but it’s one of my favorite handguns to shoot.


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Very tough decision, since 44 mag is one of my fav all time rounds.

I’m going to have to go with 357 mag... just a beautiful, beautiful round it is. All time great
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I love every one of my revolvers but my favorite caliber is always the last one that followed me home from a pawn shop. It changes regularly.
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I have lots of revolvers in lots of calibers, but the .44 Special, regardless of the platform, is the one that does it, and does it best for me.





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.38 special Ive got 10 of them.
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