Tell me about the .357 Magnum Desert Eagle........
I have long admired these guns, but never purchased one.........now I am considering getting one.......what is the general consensus on these?
I own one. A large and expensive pistol.
Works great, and very accurate, as long as you use full power 158 grain jacketed bullet loads. Soft points and hollow points are fine.
The manual will tell you what ammo to use, specificaly cautions against using lead bullets. Something about plugging the gas ports with lead.
May or may not work with lighter bullets, lesser powered ammo.
Will not automate with .38 Special or lower/mid range .357 loads.
I inherited the DE .357 I own, it's not something I would have bought for myself. It is quite an interesting piece.
If you want to shoot just any old .357 mag or .38 Special ammo, but a Ruger or S&W revolver in .357 mag.
The DE is a big big gun, almost too large in the grip for me. I would get my hands on one to see if it's really what you want before shucking cash on one.
Got any questions, just ask. Not really my forte, but I have shot this one quite a bit, and will give up any info I have.
They're pretty reliable. I've been told they are the most reliable caliber of DE.
FWIW, I've used 124 grain .357 Mag in mine and it's always functioned just fine. The manufacturer does recommend hotter ammo, like was already mentioned.
And +1 for it being a big gun.
And chicks dig it.
An interesting aspect of the .357 mag DE is it's popularity in Hollywood movies.
I inherited this gun from my father in law. He had decided to get himself one, and went to his favorite gundealer and ordered one. It took almost a year to receive!
This was in the mid 1990's, and the distributer told the dealer that the guns were so hard to get because the movie production companys had temporarily bought up the supply of these pistols!
Don't know if thats true or not, however the DE is often seen in movies where the actors need a big bad-ass looking handgun. One example that comes to mind is Danny Glover in "Predator Two".
I've never weighed my DE .357, but I bet it weighs 4 pounds or more loaded! It is definately a "mans" gun!
I have a Ruger SP101 2.5" .357 mag, and compared to the DE it's hard to imagine they shoot the same ammo.
The weight difference between a .357 DE and a .50 DE is a Glock. Chew on that!
I have a two-tone Mark I .357. In fact, it was one of the first batch imported into the States in 1985. Mine has the stainless steel frame, not the alloy like later models.
They are fun and accurate, and they do require very hot ammo with a very thick jacket. I was shooting some plated bullets out of mine, and in about 5 shots, the gun was having trouble cycling. I almost ruined my gun! So yes, never run lead or plated bullets through a DE.
The .357 is a joy to shoot. It has an impressive flash and boom, but is a pussy cat in recoil. A friend has the .50, and we like to psych people out at the range. We get them all fired up to shoot the .357, let them get comfortable with a couple rounds out of it....and then hand them the .50AE. Yes, it's mean, but it is priceless to see the look on their face!
I want one so bad with a six inch barrel to match my gun down below.
I came real close to buying a 357 Eagle. Brushed Chrome with gold appointments.
It looked cool and I was only 22 or 23. I came to my senses and bought a 10mm Delta Elite instead.
The two were similar ballistically, the Delta Elite had a Wichita rear sight, etc.
I considered a 50AE and came close to buying a 2 year-old former rental gun from my local range but opted for a New Ruger Super Redhawk in 454 instead.
I finally bought a used one 3 years ago in 44 magnum for $700 as a "Birthday present" to myself.
It's a big gun and I shoot it about every 3 months or so.
I took it hiking ONCE and went back to packing a 1911.
They're alot of fun and they like slow burning powders like 296.
I wouldn't buy a 357 version as you can achieve the same ballistics out of a smaller more ergonmoic handgun. I only bought the 44 because it was a steal and I have other guns in that caliber.
The 50 is alot of fun to shoot, too.