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40 cal or 9mm revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by klcmschlesinger, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. klcmschlesinger

    klcmschlesinger Well-Known Member

    Hey everybody,

    I have been looking for my choices in 9mm or 40 cal revolvers. So far I have found the Smith 610 and Ruger Vaquero for 40 cal and a Taurus 905 for 9mm. Anyone know what else would be out there that I haven't run into yet?

  2. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    Medusa Model 47 is the holy grail of 9mm revolvers, being able to chamber and fire practically any straight walled 9mm (.355") or .357" diameter projectile, including 9mm parabellum, 9x18 makarov, .380 auto, .38 special, .357 magnum, etc.
  3. MrBorland

    MrBorland Moderator

    The S&W 646 is an L-frame chambered in .40S&W.

    The S&W 547 and 940 are chambered in 9mm.

    Read up on 9mm revolvers, though. IIRC, the tapered case doesn't tend to work too well in a revolver platform.

    Edit: The 610 is an N-frame that's actually chambered in 10mm, but can shoot .40S&W
  4. Seven For Sure

    Seven For Sure Well-Known Member

    The 646 is a great revolver but they're a bit large for carry unless you get the barrel cut down to 3" or less IMO. The 610 or even 310 would make a much better HD or range gun for .40, it feels wimpy in a 610. If you reload, the 940 would be great reamed to 9x21 or 9x23 either of which you could long-load.
  5. GEM

    GEM Well-Known Member

    Charter Arms was talking about a 9mm - but I don't think it is out yet.
  6. bdb benzino

    bdb benzino Well-Known Member

    Love my Taurus 905, no problems with cases sticking yet like I hear from the S&W 940.
  7. JoelSteinbach

    JoelSteinbach Well-Known Member

    I have owned a 610 with 6.5" barrel for about 10 years, I have only used 10mm, but the weapon is a real shooter, one of the most accurate that I own.
  8. Lar1911

    Lar1911 Well-Known Member

    Ruger vaquero in 40. Its a single action and an odd one at the range. It will be a great conversation point.

    Not to mention lots of fun to shoot
  9. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    Either of those ideas are possible but considering the current values of 646's and 940's you probably don't want to cutting barrels and reaming cylinders. Besides, the 646 barrel is already under 4" and not difficult to conceal with proper gear and you can have a more common .38 or .357 j-frame rechambered to 9x23.

    The 9mm works great in revolvers, the only issue of note were cases sticking in some 940's with rough chambers. Honing them smooth took care of it.
  10. bhp9mm

    bhp9mm Well-Known Member

    smith and wesson 646 L frame 40
    smith and wesson 940 547 9MM
    RUGER SP101 speed six and service six have been made in 9mm
  11. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Well-Known Member

    Ruger Blackhawk and Freedom Arms model 97 both come as .357/9mm convertibles.
  12. velocette

    velocette Well-Known Member

    With respect, I believe that a 9mm or a 10 mm or a .40 S&W revolver is an answer looking for a question.

  13. Cards81fan

    Cards81fan Well-Known Member

    I respectfully disagree, specifically on the 9mm.

    I think a revolver that shoots a cartridge I can buy for $9.47 a box (the price for Federal 9mm at any area Walmart or Monarch steel case at Academy) serves a purpose, in that I don't spent the $16.99 a box for .38 special.

    I know reloaders are laughing at me right now :)

    If I were to buy a new-to-me snubby, I'd look closely at either of these two semi-auto calibers as I own a pistol in both; the interchangeability of cartridges would be advantageous, particularly the 9mm for the price reason mentioned above.
  14. TonyT

    TonyT Well-Known Member

    S&W made the Model 646 in 40 S&W with stainless frame and titanium cylinder. In 38 Super they made a 6 shot Modle 686 and an 8 shot Model 627. The 8 shot 627 is currently available.
  15. klcmschlesinger

    klcmschlesinger Well-Known Member

    Thanks Everyone

    Thanks for you input everyone. I am a gun enthusiast, weekend shooter, reloader. I just like different things and I appreciate all of your help.
  16. Seven For Sure

    Seven For Sure Well-Known Member

    Not looking for a problem, part of a SD quiver

    The 610, with the 6.5" barrel can serve a role as a truck gun that shares ammo with your primary CCW. Think of it as the link between your CCW and a carbine. Not only will you get more range out of either the 10mm or .40 but you have good sights, a longer sight radius and a firearm that has proven to be more accurate than pretty much any automatic out there. The accuracy of S&W revolvers is legendary and it's reputation has proven to be accurate (no pun intended) in my experience. Moonclips are a good thing also IMO.

    As for the 646 barrel length, I just measured and it is indeed under 4", it's 3 7/8". You learn something new every day!
  17. Lar1911

    Lar1911 Well-Known Member

    Then def the Vaquero
  18. BCRider

    BCRider Well-Known Member

    I also respectfully disagree for the same reason and the fact that a revolver chambered with a strong but short cylinder for 9mm could make for a great compact revolver for carry use. The 9mm round is MUCH shorter than a .38 or .357Mag round and that would translate to a shorter and lighter cylinder and more barrel length.

    9mm bullets in moon clips would be a compact and easy reload to carry in a pocket. Much more compact than a similar stack off .38's.

    I feel that the 9mm revolver has been bypassed due to a lack of appreciation for what it can provide and a sense of familiarity with the classic .38 and .357 rounds by revovler fans.
  19. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Well-Known Member

    A S&W 547 is one of my grail guns

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