What kind of .357 should I get?


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andrewdl007
April 19, 2007, 10:37 PM
Ok, please don't get offended, but I have always been a fan of automatics rather than revolvers. I have decided however, that I should get a .357 just to add variety to my collection. Im not sure what to get but I have some requirements. First, I would like the revolver to be old not one of these newer ones. By old, I mean something like 1950 to 1970's. I dont want a snubnose but at the same time i dont want one with a really long barrel. Does this revolver exist. what would you recomend and how moch would a good condition revolver cost. Thanks

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Bill_G
April 19, 2007, 10:49 PM
ruger security six in 2.75....4...and 6 inches. built like a tank. sweet trigger.

should run between $ 225 and $350 depending on condition.

or get the fixed sight version called the "service six".

MrBorland
April 19, 2007, 10:49 PM
I don't have one myself (yet), but 3" K-frame Smith & Wessons, such as the Model 19 .357 have fantastic reputations. A perfect balance of weight, carryability & pointability. Supposedly should be able to get one used for $300-ish, though I haven't found any myself yet. I'm keeping my eyes open, though.

ARTiger
April 19, 2007, 10:51 PM
S&W Model 27 is considered by some one of the best .357's ever made. They're still available in decent numbers in used gun channels and not outrageously priced. Generally a 4" barrel is considered the most versatile.

If your wallet can stand it, a Colt Python is just about revolver perfection.

tbtrout
April 19, 2007, 11:21 PM
S&W 586 blued or 686 stainless

Feanaro
April 19, 2007, 11:28 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/Alamar/Guns/Fean28-2papers.jpg

S&W model 28, also known as the Highway Patrolman. Heavy enough to take a regular diet of .357s and tame the recoil quite well, accurate, well made, a steal in the $450-550 range considering what you get.

Cato the Younger
April 19, 2007, 11:44 PM
I concur- I have a model 28-2 Highway Patrolman Pinned and Recessed- you can shoot even full-house magnum loads out of it all day, without it being fatiguing at all! The gun is nice and solid, but not overly heavy.

PinnedAndRecessed
April 20, 2007, 12:03 AM
There's a guy selling a mint Smith 28-2 with six inch barrel. If I were in the market for a 357, I'd buy it. He's only asking $400.

http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=270754

This is a collectable plus a shooter. In other words, you can shoot it all you want and still have a very desirable piece.

denfoote
April 20, 2007, 12:37 AM
I concur, get the 28-2!!

sm
April 20, 2007, 12:39 AM
Feanaro,

Very Nice!

Ichiro
April 20, 2007, 12:45 AM
Unlike you, Andrew, I tried to get into autos but always go back to revolvers.

Most .357s are of the 4" adjustable sight variety, which seems to meet your requirements. It just so happens that these are my favorite type.

I actually favor the GP-100 and have two of them. Smiths are excellent guns, too, so I'd look for a 19/66, 586/686, or one of the N-frames. N-frame is too big for my hand, K-frame doesn't feel right. L-frame is very good. But the GP-100 is perfect.

Check out www.summitgun.com

BigO01
April 20, 2007, 01:03 AM
That old I would say a S&W 19 , 27 , 28 or 66 would fill the bill well .

Ichiro
April 20, 2007, 01:08 AM
Just skipping over the L-frames, Big One?

I'll take the L-frames exclusively, although all of the old Smith .357s are beautiful guns.

ugaarguy
April 20, 2007, 01:13 AM
That old I would say a S&W 19 , 27 , 28 or 66 would fill the bill well .
Excellent list I'd only add the 13 and 65, the fixed sighted versions of 19 and 66 (respectively). Of course the 65 and 66 are simply the stainless versions of 13 and 19. I do love my 66. The Ruger Speed/Service/Security Six guns previously mentioned are also fine revolvers.

Edit: I left the price range out. The 27 or 28 should run $600 or less dependant on market in your local area. The rest should easily be found under $500, again dependant on the local market.

Ichiro
April 20, 2007, 01:15 AM
Please get a model with adjustable sights unless you plan to carry it, which it sounds like you don't

ugaarguy
April 20, 2007, 01:16 AM
Just skipping over the L-frames, Big One?

I'll take the L-frames exclusively, although all of the old Smith .357s are beautiful guns.
Ichiro, the original poster specified 1950s to '70s manufacture. The L frame didn't come about until the mid '80s; they missed the timeline.

(I only own Js & Ks currently, but I will buy an early pre-MIM 586 or 686 when I find one at a reasonable price).

Ichiro
April 20, 2007, 01:47 AM
Gotcha. My mistake.

Jim March
April 20, 2007, 03:06 AM
Or you could go even more retro:

http://www.equalccw.com/vaqhawk.jpg

Visually it's a close clone of the Colt SAA of 1873, but in 357 :). And it has a modern transfer bar safety, won't go bang if dropped/bumped fully loaded.

Ruger New Vaquero, though mine's modded with better sights and low-slung hammer.

jbauch357
April 24, 2007, 02:32 AM
Love my Ruger GP100 .357 4" - never had a problem with it and it's very accurate!

Hutch
April 25, 2007, 07:56 PM
Jim, I guess that hammer makes yours a Bishawquero?

tasco 74
April 25, 2007, 09:34 PM
i'm sure glad i got my model 27 when i did.... the big frame s&w is the only .357 mag to get as far as i'm concerned..........

ZeSpectre
April 25, 2007, 09:38 PM
Personally I consider the Smith & Wesson 686 with a 4" barrel to be the best all-around pistol ever. But if you are looking for something slightly different the S&W model 28 (see post #6 above) is also a fantastic gun and I seek to have one myself eventually.

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