Trying to pick out a revolver!


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96projectz24
June 14, 2010, 10:32 AM
Hey guys, this is kinda new to me as I've been a semi-auto shooter my whole life. But, I've got the itch for a revolver, just not sure which direction to go. Here's what I'm looking for:
Something in the $400 range, I'd prefer it to be $400 or less...
I'd like to have it in .357 mag but .38 spl +p would work just fine...
I don't have any preference on new or used...
I will probably put about 50-75 rounds a month through it...
It would get carried a little, but my Glock 27 would still be my main EDC...
Any input would be appreciated, I'm a newbie to the wheel guns, thanks for the help ahead of time!! :cool:

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hardluk1
June 14, 2010, 10:48 AM
Despite what some may say. There are not really any bad revolvers made right now. Not many at 400 dollars or less and you can find them by just visiting company sites. You said you won't cary much so a short barreled revolver is prefered? I carry a Charter Arms Ultra lite undercover. Cost me around 345 at a local gun shop. My old carry was a taurus 85 thats now my wifes gun, old and heavy by todays standards but the best trigger ever. Maybe look to some used revolvers and for the same kind of money you can pick up a s&w if thats what you want. See what is for rent at your indoor range or maybe people will let you try theres. You can by a s&w model 64 for mid 250+ or - out of an add in shotgun news. 4" barrels 38sp+ great shooting older guns . Just picked one up to play with, love it. good luck

hmphargh
June 14, 2010, 11:03 AM
You could get a used Ruger SP101 for that for sure and you could probably get a used Smith & Wesson Model 60 for right at $400 if you look around.

96projectz24
June 14, 2010, 12:27 PM
I was looking at a Taurus 605 .357 mag in stainless, my local shop has it for $399 new. They have the model 617 just over $400, gonna go try to shoot them today.

Brian Williams
June 14, 2010, 01:14 PM
J&G Sales has used S&W model 64

jfh
June 14, 2010, 01:24 PM
The J&G 64 tip from Brian is the one to follow out--good selection. My LGS is even stocking some of those for resale.

JimH.

Erik M
June 14, 2010, 01:43 PM
The J&G model 64 revolvers are DAO, used, and u would have to pay an ffl fee to do the transfer for u. Probably better off buying from your local shop.

Tallinar
June 14, 2010, 02:39 PM
+1 to the used Ruger SP101.

mlbmd
June 14, 2010, 02:53 PM
Best revolver, .357 mag, that I own is the Colt Python that my Dad bought in the late 50s.

Cosmoline
June 14, 2010, 02:59 PM
The Python is a bit over the price range.

The suggestion for a used S&W is good. There are a lot of police surplus, though most are 4" and not too easy to conceal. The K frame magnums are great all-around shooters.

My favorite is the Ruger Speed Six. You can find them for under $400 on the auction sites. They're small enough to conceal but hold 6 rounds to the SP-101's 5.

CTShooter
June 14, 2010, 03:03 PM
Look to a SW or a Ruger both are very good!

96projectz24
June 14, 2010, 03:09 PM
I just went down to another shop here in town, they had a Ruger LCR for $399 on sale through the weekend. That thing felt pretty sweet, it's only a .38sp but with +P loads I think it could be a viable carry gun. It was nice and light and I think it's conceal quite nicely. Any thoughts on the LCR?

hmphargh
June 14, 2010, 03:10 PM
Any thoughts on the LCR?
A good lightweight backup gun, but it won't stand up to thousands of rounds like a steel revolver will.

Aunt Bee
June 14, 2010, 05:42 PM
Wasn't the LCR tested with 10,000 plus P rounds??

wlewisiii
June 14, 2010, 06:07 PM
+1 on a S&W 64.

I had a Taurus, it was fine. I looked very carefully at the LCR. A 4" 64 at my FLGS got the Taurus traded in on it and I've never looked back. It shoots really sweetly with Buffalo Bore 158 gr LSWCHP GC +P (aka FBI Load) rounds that will stop anything I have to worry about in Wisconsin.

William

Nushif
June 14, 2010, 06:34 PM
Wasn't the LCR tested with 10,000 plus P rounds??

It was. But there were a few bad guns out there that made it all over the internet. Thus the LCR is kinda in a league with the Glock right now.

BullfrogKen
June 14, 2010, 08:43 PM
That LCR isn't going to be comfortable to shoot 10 to 15 cylinder's full a trip.


You might want to consider something a bit larger. Those small guns fit niches very well, but they aren't the most enjoyable range guns.

BCRider
June 14, 2010, 09:31 PM
For a mostly range with some occasional carry you won't do much finer than a 4 inch S&W Model 19. Fully magnum ready as long as you use 125 and heavier bullets in your loads and great fun to plink with cheaper .38Spl. As an all 'rounder they just don't come any better. It would be a superb introduction to revolver ownership.

To whet your appetite and help you make the transistion here's a few lessons from the master on how to best shoot with revolvers.....

http://www.myoutdoortv.com/pdk/web/smith.html?feedPID=00zG15zm84msK0GbWemanhJ0KNWQYqM4l

oldfool
June 15, 2010, 08:21 AM
if not real set on CCW, the J&G 64s are an unbeatable deal, and you being a Glock guy probably won't mind the DAO trigger

but if want most versatile for your 1st ever revolver, and willing to not worry about CCW with it, nothing beats a nice S&W k-frame or Ruger "Six" series, or GP100, all in 5" to 6" barrels (preferably 6" preferably adjustable sights), 38/357
can do it "all"

but at $400, pretty much will have to go used, and need to learn the revolver checkout routines stickied here on THR

96projectz24
June 15, 2010, 09:46 AM
I appreciate all the input, gonna go Saturday to make my final decision. Going to the range tonight to shoot a few different styles and see what feels good. I think I've decided that I wanna do some decent amount of carrying with it, that may rule out a few of the ones mentioned above. I really think I wanna go the .357 mag route, we'll see. Thanks for all the help, I'll keep you posted on what I pick up!!

96projectz24
June 15, 2010, 04:12 PM
Shot the Ruger LCR .38 and the S&W 642, they both felt great. They're both $399, pretty sure I can get that price out the door. I'm leaning towards the 642, just felt more solid in my hands, the LCR was nice too though. Got a couple of days to make up my mind, I think I'll be happy either way....

22-rimfire
June 15, 2010, 04:38 PM
I would suggest you look for a Ruger GP-100 or SP-101. Both are available in 357 mag which would allow you to shoot 38spl's though them. How you carry them is up to you. Just remember that the smaller the revolver, the more recoil you are likely to feel and hence most likely will be less enjoyable to shoot. So I would not look at a carry gun as my first revolver. Shoot a while and then decide about carry in perhaps one of the smaller revolvers such as a Smith 642/442 or Ruger LCR.

brotus2
June 15, 2010, 08:22 PM
Another for the SP101. Even the wife likes it.

ArchAngelCD
June 17, 2010, 04:01 AM
I would also take a good hard look at that used S&W M64 mentioned above or even a M15 if you like Blue better than Stainless. Here is the link for the S&W page on J & G Sales (http://www.jgsales.com/index.php/smith-wesson/revolver/cPath/16_211_431?osCsid=b1b222e45060c2cc24ffd60c41d4fd1c) There are some nice revolvers there at a fair price. If you like adjustable sights they even have 4" M67's for sale.

shockwave
June 17, 2010, 08:03 AM
Choosing a revolver involves more than just the bottom-line price. You've selected your preferred caliber (.357 or .38+P).

Next is the question of whether you'll be carrying it. Now you say yes, so that pretty much moves you into the class of 3" barrels down to the snubnose category.

While a .357 seems like a no-brainer since it gives you the option of using either of your preferred caliber rounds, there's a weight difference between .357s and .38s and that affects ease of carry. The SP101 always gets a few votes, but try hefting one and compare with a .38 like the S&W 638.

The lighter you go, the easier it will be to carry, but less easy to shoot. There are a lot of trade-offs and you'll have to find your own level where price, comfort, accuracy and quality merge in a way you can live with. If you can extend your price range up to around $500 you'll have many more choices available.

Bill B.
June 17, 2010, 10:12 AM
Ruger Speed Six in .357 mag. & stainless gets my vote but may be hard to find for $400.00 as it seems everyone wants them these days. A used S&W 64 & 65 will be cheaper and much easier to find and are excellent revolvers.

kludge
June 17, 2010, 01:40 PM
Range+some carry+.357Mag=Ruger Speed Six, or SP101

angel1216
June 17, 2010, 02:17 PM
It would get carried a little, but my Glock 27 would still be my main EDC...
sounds like a 642/442 to me.

harmon rabb
June 17, 2010, 03:59 PM
I'm a ruger fan when it comes to revolvers. SP-101 if you'll carry it. GP-100 if you won't (or you're a big dude and don't mind carrying a heavy ass gun).

96projectz24
June 17, 2010, 04:36 PM
I am a big dude, but don't wanna carry a heavy ass gun, lol! I'm really leaning towards a 642 right now, just wanna make sure the price is right. They want $399 for it, brand new, does that sound too far off? I really like the feel of the Ruger LCR, just not sure that I'm confident enough that the bugs are worked out quite yet. So, that's where I'm at, deciding between the LCR and the 642. I don't think I can do bad either way, both feel good and both are $399.

96projectz24
June 17, 2010, 04:38 PM
The thing is, at first I thought I would just carry it every now and then, but I'm really warming up to the idea of carrying it often. It won't replace the G27 I'm sure, but I can see like a 60/40 carry situation, I'm kinda hooked on the wheel guns right now....

Cosmoline
June 17, 2010, 04:42 PM
That sounds like a fair price for a 642. That's a very tried and tested design.

angel1216
June 17, 2010, 04:58 PM
They want $399 for it, brand new, does that sound too far off?
@ that price, i might buy another one! where is this and do they ship?
here's my pair by the way:
http://i50.tinypic.com/2cz2451.jpg

96projectz24
June 17, 2010, 05:13 PM
I'm not sure about the shipping, but it's at Midwest Gun Exchange in Mishawaka, IN. Phone number is 574-257-0020 if you wanna give them a shout.

harmon rabb
June 17, 2010, 05:15 PM
I am a big dude, but don't wanna carry a heavy ass gun, lol! I'm really leaning towards a 642 right now, just wanna make sure the price is right. They want $399 for it, brand new, does that sound too far off? I really like the feel of the Ruger LCR, just not sure that I'm confident enough that the bugs are worked out quite yet. So, that's where I'm at, deciding between the LCR and the 642. I don't think I can do bad either way, both feel good and both are $399.

Hold up. Do you want to enjoy shooting this revolver at the range? If so, drop the 442/642/LCR right off your list instantly. They are not fun to shoot. They're almost painful. The smallest revolver that you'll actually enjoy shooting with even standard pressure .38spl is really a SP-101.

I have a G27 as well. I can shoot it all day. After a couple cylinders, I'm done with my 442, and put it away.

96projectz24
June 17, 2010, 05:43 PM
It would definitely see some range time for sure, but ease of carry would be more of a concern to me than some discomfort at the range I think, maybe I'm wrong though.....

harmon rabb
June 17, 2010, 06:01 PM
Just know what you're getting into. Not only will the 442/642 be uncomfortable at the range, but they have truly atrocious triggers, so you won't even be very accurate. The LCR has a nicer trigger, for what it's worth.

I'd go for a SP-101 with a real hammer. It won't be painful at the range, and you'll be able to shoot it in SA mode at the range for fun.

ArchAngelCD
June 18, 2010, 04:36 AM
I own a few J frames including a M642 which I carry daily. I don't find the M642 painful or even uncomfortable to shoot with even the most stout .38 Special +P ammo. I wouldn't worry about shooting it at the range, it's really a non-issue IMO.

Here is my carry M642 wearing Badger Custom Rosewood grips:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o26/ArchAngelCD/M642-4.jpg

96projectz24
June 18, 2010, 10:02 AM
Wow, those grips are sexy!! Thanks for the advice fellas, we'll see what tomorrow brings!!

RonBernert
June 18, 2010, 12:14 PM
+1 for the Rugers, You just can't go wrong with them.. Built like a freaking tank..

pmeisel
June 19, 2010, 08:35 AM
I am not a 642 fan myself, I like hammers. But if you are OK with hammerless it's a good choice. I think you would probably like any used S&W you could get in that price range, also.....

I don't like the new Ruger design.... maybe just my prejudice.

DrLaw
June 19, 2010, 09:34 AM
I hate to suggest higher prices to anybody in these times, but if you are new to revolvers, and are thinking about one for carry, I would suggest going with a larger frame revolver than a snubbie for your first revolver.

Now I am the exact opposite. 30+ years of shooting revolvers and I just got my first 1911-style two years ago.

The reason I suggest a larger frame is this. A snubbie already has a short sight radius and will have a smaller grip than any auto but a .25. It takes a lot of practice to get good with them.

A good K-frame size gun can still be concealed fairly well, can be learned pretty easy, and will digest a wide variety of ammunition from low-powered practice to higher power duty-type loads.

Most guns in this size can be found for $500.00 if you look around. Gunbroker will have deals from time to time on Model 10's and 13's or Ruger GP's. Either way would be a good way to go. If you want adjustable sights, there is the Model 15 Smith or Model 19 or 66 in .357 Mag. I forget the Ruger sighted medium frame number, but you get the idea.

The Doc is out now. :cool:

Jonah71
June 19, 2010, 10:12 AM
You may like an old Ruger Security Six. It's in your price range and caliber and isn't that hard to find.

R3dundantC
June 19, 2010, 10:26 AM
If you're not going to carry it a whole lot I'd do with a DW Model 15. It has interchangeable barrels from 2in up to 10in iirc. Great shooter.http://operatorchan.org/k/src/k198445_SSPX0221.jpg

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