Least Expensive .357 snub nose?


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hankdatank1362
January 10, 2007, 11:51 PM
Like the title suggests, I'm looking for the least expensive RELIABLE .357 snub nose revolver, preferably spurless or DAO.

I really like the Ruger SP101, but I'm not gonna drop $550 on revolver that would only get carried when I jog.

Any suggestions?

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longtooth
January 10, 2007, 11:55 PM
Taurus. 85 air wt.
Under 300.00

hankdatank1362
January 10, 2007, 11:58 PM
Is that the used price? The website says $650.

Or I see the ultralites, but in .38 special, for like $500 ish. Still more than I'm comfortable jogging with.

hankdatank1362
January 11, 2007, 12:02 AM
By the way, I'm in love with this! http://www.taurususa.com/products/product-details.cfm?id=259&category=Revolver

MillCreek
January 11, 2007, 12:06 AM
I am quite happy with my Taurus titanium 651: 17 ounces unloaded. I use it when backpacking and bicycling for the weight reduction and corrosion protection.

spyderdude
January 11, 2007, 12:57 AM
I got my Ruger SP101 for $450 NIB. If you shop around a bit, you may be able to find one that's priced lower than $550.

hexidismal
January 11, 2007, 01:43 AM
Well, hankdatank , since you're in love with the titanium 617 .. but want to stay low priced, why not get the same gun in blued steel for under $300

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_50_494/products_id/31313

19-3Ben
January 11, 2007, 02:14 AM
Hank- Use the MSRP as a guide, not the actual in-store price of the gun. I was just writing in another thread that I overpayed for my SP101 and I paid $460+tax.
Shop around. If you want a better idea of how much you should expect to pay for a gun, go to auctionarms.com or gunbroker.com, and see the prices there, then add on anywhere from $20-$75ish (just guessing) depending on the item in question, and where you live.
if a gunshop actually asks you to pay the full MSRP they are probably ripping you off.

steelhead
January 11, 2007, 02:24 AM
Buy a used SP101 if that is what you like. However, it is little too heavy for jogging, unless you plan on carrying it in a man purse or something. You should also be able to find a used S&W 637, or the shrouded equivalent, in the $275-$325 range as well. You will barely feel that revolver when you are carrying it.

Steve C
January 11, 2007, 02:58 AM
You will barely feel that revolver when you are carrying it.

You sure will feel it when you cut loose with a mag load though.:D

fugi
January 11, 2007, 03:14 AM
Is that the used price? The website says $650.

taurus never sells new for the MSRP, my pt92ar was bought for 325 I think, MSRP is 642. so pretty much cut the MSRPs in half and add tax and expect that as your high price then haggle.

JD_LION
January 11, 2007, 03:52 AM
Like the title suggests, I'm looking for the least expensive RELIABLE .357 snub nose revolver, preferably spurless or DAO.

I really like the Ruger SP101, but I'm not gonna drop $550 on revolver that would only get carried when I jog.

Any suggestions?

NIB 2" 357'S

EAA Vindicator $200.00-$250.00
Charter Arms Magnum Pug $250.00-$300.00
Rossi 462 $250.00-$300.00
Taurus 605 $300.00-$350.00
Ruger SP101 $400.00-$430.00
S&W 60 $450.00-$500.00

If your going to use a revolver for jogging check out the 38sp snub's cheaper and lighter. I think that might be what your looking for.

NIB Snub 38's

Rossi 352 $250.00-$290.00
Charter Arms Undercover $250.00-$280.00
Charter Arms Off Duty $300.00-$330.00
Taurus 85UL $280.00-$330.00
Taurus 85 Titanium $390.00-$450.00
S&W 442, 637, 638, 642, $350.00-$400.00

JD_LION

Syndrome
January 11, 2007, 03:57 AM
Last summer I purchased a very lightly used Ruger SP101 3" for $350 out the door. It is in perfect condition. I think the original owner probably just fired a cylinder or two of magnums before taking it to the pawn shop. I'm currently overseas but when I get home I'm taking it out to the range again.

aaronrkelly
January 11, 2007, 04:29 AM
The cheapest .357 snub thats worth a darn is probably going to be a Taurus.

http://www.budsgunshop.com

They show a blued 605 (think Smith and Wesson J frame) in .357 magnum for $260. The link is below.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/31560.jpg

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_50_494/products_id/31560


I have a 3" stainless Taurus 605 and have had horrible luck with it. You wont get a Taurus recommendation out of me but others will chime in how their guns is great and they have never had any problems. Its an option.


Another is grabbing a Smith and Wesson Airweight .38spl snubbie. You can get a 637 or 638 for $335. They will have better resale and be quite a bit lighter then the Taurus....but they are a bit pricier as well.

637
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/26309.jpg

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_39_72/products_id/26309


638
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/26311.jpg

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_39_72/products_id/26311

Franco2shoot
January 11, 2007, 09:34 AM
This thread caught my interest since I have been asked by a Single mom that lives across the street for SD/HD suggestions. She had a Glock and became fairly proficient shooting it, but was alway anxious in its handling and didn't like the cleaning procedures. She sold it and wants a revolver as a replacement. I like and would recommend the Lady S&W in .357 but I'm not crazy about the grip. Call me crazy, but I would worry that the gun could be pulled out of a womans hands.. I thought there was a snubbie .357 that had a grip where the bottom widened out more Cowboy fashion than the Bird's head style so common on the pictures above. Any suggestions?

Thanks.
KKKKFL

Steve C
January 11, 2007, 11:59 AM
Rossi makes a .357 mag snub that's pretty inexpensive in real world prices. They make both blue and stainless.

I would worry that the gun could be pulled out of a womans hands.
If the BG gets close enough to grab the gun you should have already put a round or two into 'em.

MCgunner
January 11, 2007, 12:30 PM
A J frame snubby is less than worthless in .357 to me. I'd rather have it in .38 special. To me, .357 begins with 3" barrels and at least a SP101 size gun. I have a Taurus 3" M66 carried IWB that works great! I'd rather carry my 9mm if I have to carry a snubby .357 like for pocket carry or something.

In new guns ROSSI and TAURUS are the value leaders. Both are good guns for a lot less than the snob brands.;) I've got three Tauri now and have owned 7 Rossis, though only one was in .357. They've all been excellent, perhaps not the most refined in fit and finish or in out of the box trigger (though a couple of the Taurus triggers are fantastic). They all are worthy of trusting a life to, though, and didn't break the bank.

Found my 3" M66 Taurus for $180 at a gun show not long ago, used of course.

Working Man
January 11, 2007, 12:50 PM
I really like the Ruger SP101, but I'm not gonna drop $550 on revolver that would only get carried when I jog.


Wow..... get a friend in Texas to sell you one. $379 to $399 + tax is common
place here.

Look at this....

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=63905920

Buy it now $399

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=63663277

Buy it now $400

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=63883339

Spurless hammer....

Buy it now $399

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=63881216

Spurless hammer....

Buy it now $409

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=63648121

No Reserve but no Buy it Now
$379

hankdatank1362
January 11, 2007, 01:07 PM
Wow! Thankyou all !!! I don't spend a lot of time in online gunstores, and all the brick-and-mortar stores around here are outrageously priced (When Bass Pro beats their prices by $100-$400 just by selling at MSRP, it's bad.)

A J frame snubby is less than worthless in .357 to me. I'd rather have it in .38 special. To me, .357 begins with 3" barrels and at least a SP101 size gun.

MCgunner, why is that? Does the short barrel lessen the velocity of the .357 round to the point where a .38 is better? I knew that the .357 would lose quite a bit of punch, but I still thought it would be better than a .38 SPL.

BTW, I'm not worried so much about using it against humans as I am wild dogs, but humans are a consideration as well. Are there any other options out there that would be better suited to my needs?

ChefJeff1
January 11, 2007, 01:10 PM
sp101 $369 at sportsman's warehouse. The websites list msrp, not always the real price.

MCgunner
January 11, 2007, 02:02 PM
MCgunner, why is that? Does the short barrel lessen the velocity of the .357 round to the point where a .38 is better? I knew that the .357 would lose quite a bit of punch, but I still thought it would be better than a .38 SPL.

The .357 is all flash/bang out of a 2" gun, hard to control, kicks like a mule, and for all that my subcompact 9mm beats it ballistically. The .38+P ain't quite up to the .357 in a 2", but it comes typically within 100 ft lbs and is a LOT easier to shoot. Two center mass is worth more than one in the chest and one in the ceiling in my estimation.

Out of a 3" gun, I'm getting over 500 ft lbs with a hot load vs under 400 for 2" ballistics I've seen. an extra silly inch gives you significant increase and in addition the extra sight radius makes it easier to shoot well at longer ranges, say 20 yards out where that wild dog is barin' his teeth at you. Also, if it matters (does to me), at least in a K frame, the 3" barrel length allows the gun to have a full length ejector rod which can make reloads a much faster experience.

In a new gun, the 3" SP101 is very hard to beat for what you are lookin' to do with it.

Marshall
January 11, 2007, 02:02 PM
I like .357 snubby better myself, I carry a S&W Model 60 in one. However, with the strong 38sp +P (high pressure) loads out today, some of which are designed for the short barrel, the 38 is a very formidable weapon.

camacho
January 11, 2007, 02:34 PM
One of the least expensive would be the Charter Arms revolvers:

http://www.charterfirearms.com/products/Charter_Mag_Pug.html

Never owned one but folks who have them generally like them. Supposedly they are sturdy little guns.

ArchAngelCD
January 11, 2007, 07:23 PM
http://www.rossiusa.com/products/product-details.cfm?model=R46202&category=REVOLVER

http://www.taurususa.com/products/product-details.cfm?id=267&category=Revolver

http://www.taurususa.com/products/product-details.cfm?id=268&category=Revolver

shep854
January 11, 2007, 07:45 PM
I'm with Steve C and MCGunner. .357s out of one of the lightweight guns is not a pleasant experience. The smallest I am willing to go, and even then only with light magnum loads, is the SP101.

If you go the small gun route, be aware that they are more difficult to shoot well, and frequent practice is vital for good shooting.

wcwhitey
January 11, 2007, 09:25 PM
Franco, I completely agree with MCgunner on the 3" gun in a K frame. For me at least the 3" is a perfect balance of power and size. Rubber grips that give better control and decent recoil reduction can be had for $20. The 2" guns in .357 have too much muzzle blast, noise and recoil. That is for me. When I found myself being deployed more than a few years ago I made my wife choose which gun she wanted to keep to protect herself. She is not a big woman and the Navy (read me) provided her with training in the .45, .38 and then new 9mm Beretta. She qualified Expert in the .45 BTW and survived and passed a 100 round shotgun course with the 870 (she was bruised for quite a while, but sucked it up). A 2" S&W Model 10 was what she picked because she liked the round butt K frame, it felt good to her. I have found this too be true with a few women. She shoots it well even though she thinks it's funny to take alot of crotch shots on the bad guy targets, but that is another story. In .38 a 2" is fine, in .357 alot gets waisted as MC states. If she is up to the .357 look for a 3". Either one is more than enough for a 40 lb or so dog. I have owned one Taurus and found it to be a good value, worked well. I have never owned a Rossi so I cannot comment. I love Colts but the chances of getting a nice one for a decent price just to keep around the house is getting slim. Any of the Rugers are fine revolvers. We still have the Model 10 and remains our house gun. I have kept it loaded with whatever round my job issued at the time purely for liability purposes. Currently I am fortunate enough to be issued the 135 Grain Speer +P "Short Barrel" which is very tame in a K frame and most opinions are that it is the best snubby .38 round going at the momment. :)

Hank, if you are comfortable with carrying the SP101 while jogging you cannot go wrong with the Ruger.

Sniper X
January 12, 2007, 12:11 AM
I got my tarus 605 for 290.00 plus tax at Sportsmans warehouse. Great little pretty and shoots great snubbie.

ArchAngelCD
January 12, 2007, 01:11 AM
I also agree the ultra-light .357 Mags are just too hard to shoot and very uncomfortable too. That's why the 3 guns I listed in my previous post were all SS models that were 24 to 26 oz. The extra weight will serve you well in a Magnum. I answered your question as asked but I personally bypassed a J frame Ultralite Magnum in favor of a J frame .38 Spl +P. (S&W Model 638)

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