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Old 03-03-2010, 06:12 PM
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what is, in your opinions, the best survival pistol. one you could hunt with...

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Depends on what you are hunting. A 6"+ 44 magnum with a scope. Ruger, S&W or Colt. Scoped preferrably.
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guess I was thinking rabbits and squirells. so i figured a long barrel .22 would be what most people were gonna reply with

what could you take down with a 44 mag? and how far away would you have to be to do it?
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I have never thought of a pistol as a survival tool, but I guess if I had to choose one it would be a sawed off shotgun with a pistol grip. Does that count?
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the best survival pistol is a rifle
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TC with a handful of barrels.

I had a 22, 44mag ,30-30, 222, and 223 with my last one...Why Oh Why did I ever sell it?

Was I dumb or what?
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6 inch, 22 revolver with target sights, from a Quality manufacture(Ruger, Colt, Smith and Wesson, etc) for a small critter getter, and some limited Self defense applications....IMO
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Decades of carrying long guns have made me a pistol fan, and I think they're a perfect choice for survival. I'd take two - a .22 and a .357, preferably stainless with hogue grips. .357 from a 5" barrel will take a deer at 50-75 yds depending on you. Experience has taught me I can rely on revolvers, but if you went semi, get a glock 22 in .40s&w with a .22lr conversion set. .40 gives near .357 performance at much shorter ranges.

Don't get a drop holster ... Screams shoot me. Get a belt holster, ride on a hip canted, hard to see under a light coat.
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No question...

Ruger Supressed 22 LR!
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Semi auto...
1911 45 acp
Browning Buckmark 22 lr

Ruger GP100 357mag/38sp
Ruger Single Six convertible 22lr/22 mag

Really my 1st choice would be a Medusa revolver!
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Whichever one (or more) that I'm carrying.

I've shot deer with .357, .41 Mag, and .44 Mags in wheelguns.
10mm Auto, .38 Super and .45 Auto in autoloaders.

I've shot small game with all the above also. It's all in the bullet and power level choice.

A good .22 is never a bad idea but I'd rather have something larger in case I run into something larger presents itself either in a food item or otherwise.
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I see the best survival pistol as something concealable because the two legged animals will always be around and dangerous. I am not going to the woods. 38 j frame
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For revolvers I'd go with a .22 and a .44 mag.

I had a thought for the semi auto category. Get a .45 ACP 1911 with a .22 conversion for small game as well as a .460 Rowland conversion for deer sized game. That would give you two excellent hunting calibers and a devoted self defense caliber.
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I would choose two depending on the target. My Ruger MkIII w/ scope or my Ruger GP100 w/6" barrel and 222 grain handloads loaded to 1100 fps.(222 gr was Lyman mold (don't know number right off) made for the 357 Maximum pistols. Would also carry 180 gr. FMJ Sierra bullets for hunting.
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Browning Buckmark .22lr---my favorite
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Many folks pooh pooh a 22 and best come back I know is I have a friend who was with 95th Div and as they went into Germany they were sent to check out this real nice place for headquarters place. He said they found it and there was a 10 foot wall all the way around it with broken bottles set in concrete on the top.
Only the front gate was open and it was had a front lawn like a pool table at least 50 yards of open ground between the round drive and front door. He said he didn’t want to be the first one through that opening and this LT lead the way. He said they here a sound like someone clapped their hands one time and this LT dropped to his knees on onto his face. They thought he was playing and they rolled him over and he had a hole in his forehead.
They fanned out and rushed the house and he found a kid about 12 upstairs wearing a white coat and holding a very unique pistol with double set triggers and about a 10” barrel. I have seen and held this gun. It shot 22 shorts only. Kid only had one round so he drops this LT at 60 yards. The pistol came from a case and there was another except it had left hand grips. He snatched the kid up and the guns and they turned the kid in. He gave the left hand one to another GI who was a lefty.
I knew right then a 22 could be very dangerous in the right hands.
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If I'm at home a S&W or Colt 1911 in .45

If I'm walking a S&W Air-Lite .22lr 8-shot revolver, if I'm also carrying a rifle or shotgun.

If I'm walking and I can't have a long gun then a 6" 686 S&W 7 shot .357, with Lev-Rev ammo, and the .22 Air-Lite.

If I'm walking in a potentially hostile urban Situ then my S&W Tactical 5903 9mm with my Marlin Camp-9 rifle.(They share Mags) The .22 Air-Lite would come too.

If I know I am going to end up in the wooded countryside near me, then the S&W .357 I mentioned with my Marlin .357 lever action rifle would do. Plus the .22 Air-lite.

I guess what I am trying to say is that the situ or companion weapons will tell you which handgun to choose IMO. As for myself, I just think that a light weight .22 is something we should always keep close to hand, so we don't have to waste the precious full power rounds we are carrying on something trivial. You don't want to end up like the character in the Book or the Movie "The Road". Only having 2 shots left in his revolver.

IMO you should get a .22 first, then a 38/357. After those two are in your mitts then the whole handgun world just sort of opens up to you.
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The best pistol for the purpose stated in the OP would be without doubt a .357 mag. revolver with 4" or 6" barrel.
Many will tout the .44 mag, but the ammo is much heavier and more expensive and less versatile with fewer loads available. The .357 has a variety of loads available, including .38 Spl. Both the ammo and the revolver is lighter than a .44mag, but it is still strong enough to kill deer or bear size animals out to about 100 yards. Lighter loads will easily take small game if necessary, though traps and snares would be preferred.
The .22 is a second choice, but is lacking in the defensive capability, while the .357 is well proven for defense use.
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