Revolver in the $250 - $350 range?


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Glockedout17
March 14, 2012, 04:42 PM
I need some advice guys. As we all know it's tax season again and this is the time I usually add a new gun to my collection. I have set a budget for myself and I don't want to exceed it at all with taxes, fees, or background check. I really want a .357 magnum, but I would settle for a .38spl. The gun will be used for conceal carry so I want a revolver with a 2"-3" barrel. I already have a Taurus 606 in .357 magnum (kinda bulky), but I have heard too many horror stories about Taurus products to buy another one. So I want to know which revolvers are out there within my reach (brand, model, and price). I like the Ruger SP101, but I can't get that with my budget. So what other reliable and well built revolvers are in my price range?

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GuidoTorpedo
March 14, 2012, 04:48 PM
Police trade in K-Frame.

wlewisiii
March 14, 2012, 04:49 PM
Find a S&W Model 10 or 64 - easy in that price range. Buds or J&G - depending on if you prefer blue or stainless.

FM12
March 14, 2012, 04:54 PM
Used Smith & Wesson K frame.

elano
March 14, 2012, 05:00 PM
Used SECURITY SIX!!!

evan price
March 14, 2012, 05:02 PM
Any used police-trade wheelgun. There won't be any more when they run out. Buy based on condition and don't worry about the grips.

CajunBass
March 14, 2012, 07:02 PM
Charter Arms Undercover, especially the old ones manufactured in either Bridgeport or Stratford, Conn. Skip anything tagged as "Charco" or "Charter 2000." Quality on those years was very hit and miss, and in large part gave Charter a black eye, but the earlier guns were/are great values.

The new Charters look good, but I've never shot one.

A S&W Model 10 or 64 is good choice of course.

vicdotcom
March 14, 2012, 07:05 PM
You can get a Smith and Wesson J frame for about 325 OTD about here now.

Starter52
March 14, 2012, 07:12 PM
I agree with vic on getting a J-frame. I like the K-frame, but for concealment it would not be my first choice. A used J-frame .38 would be my recommendation.

Hondo 60
March 14, 2012, 08:14 PM
All great ideas

The S&W k-frame 38 specials are the nicest shooting guns you could ever hope to own.

Or a Service-Six, or Security-Six from Ruger are great 357 magnums.

If I were in your shoes, those are the choices I'd be looking at (and buying)

il.bill
March 14, 2012, 08:25 PM
No question for me personally. In that price range I would be looking for a good police trade-in S&W Model 10 or 64 with the barrel length you want. You could hardly go wrong.

Mango88
March 14, 2012, 09:02 PM
If you're serious about a Smith & Wesson K frame for concealed carry, try to find a Model 13 with the three inch heavy barrel and a round butt. It served the FBI well until they decided that they needed a new wonder auto and it gives you the ability to shoot both .357 Mag and .38 Specials.

earlthegoat2
March 14, 2012, 09:09 PM
If you're serious about a Smith & Wesson K frame for concealed carry, try to find a Model 13 with the three inch heavy barrel and a round butt. It served the FBI well until they decided that they needed a new wonder auto and it gives you the ability to shoot both .357 Mag and .38 Specials.

Point me in the direction of all these for 250-350 and I will be able to renovate my kitchen this year.

tomrkba
March 14, 2012, 09:20 PM
J&G Sales has S&W Model 64's available for under $300.

http://www.jgsales.com/handguns-c-16_211_431.html

Model 66's are available for under $500. Get one of those if you can.

22-rimfire
March 14, 2012, 09:34 PM
I would try to find a used J-frame Smith in your price range.

Elm Creek Smith
March 14, 2012, 09:36 PM
I turned down $325.00 for my well-used 3 inch Mod 13 last July. $450.00 would be harder to turn down.

ECS

waidmann
March 14, 2012, 10:01 PM
Within the past half year I have seen (and in some cases purchased): a 10-5 3" SB, 64-2 Snub, 65-3 3" RB, Speed 6 SS 2.75", Security Six blue 2.75" all in your range.

None were perfect, all were servicable. I am a fan of the 3" medium frame but going into the summer month they sometimes stay home in favor of the small fry.

skidder
March 14, 2012, 10:59 PM
I like the 38, but I love the 357. Two for the price of one with a 357.

Glockedout17
March 14, 2012, 11:15 PM
I looked at the model 64's on J&G and they only have the ones with 4 inch barrels.

Mango88
March 14, 2012, 11:49 PM
"Point me in the direction of all these for 250-350 and I will be able to renovate my kitchen this year."

I bought a nickel plated Smith Model 13-3, 3 inch heavy barrel, round butt last year here in Houston at a well known local gun store for $380.00 and I made them throw in a set of Hogue grips. You have to really shop for these deals but they can still be found with a little luck. It looked like it hadn't been fired since it left the factory and while it is not as smooth as my old 13-2 it is still a nice piece.

Jim NE
March 15, 2012, 05:07 PM
No one seems to mention them much around here, but Robertson's trading post in Tennesee had a BUNCH of used model 64 S&W's (stainless model 10's) for a range of prices that are ideal for what you're talking about. I like Robertsons because they measure the cylinder play, cylinder gap, etc. of each used gun and post it in the ad for the gun (on Guns AMerica.) If I were in the market, that's what I'd buy. Good luck!

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