Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Agent-J, Jan 29, 2009.
Colt - S&W - Ruger - Taurus/Rossi, all make good guns, just depends on what you want and are willing to spend. I would suggest that you go to their web sites or better yet, go to a gun shop and handle a few. The Colts are no longer in production, but can still be found in new condition on Gun Broker and other sites.
durable and reliable
Daily carry for me, loaded with Win Silver Tips. I carry other guns but always come back to this one.
No, it's not true. It might have some application for longer distance hunting shots, but not for SD. Many states have minimum barrel length and calibers for handgun hunting, and this should not be a consideration for thoughtful hunters. Older speer manuals have nice data where they compared actual revolvers (not test barrels) chrono'd velocities down to 2.5" length. The velocity drop was measurable but not huge. The 2.5" were doing on average about 150fps less than the 6.5" S&W 27. So this was like 1400 fps vs. 1250 fps for the best performing powders at SAAMI limits (like 296 or 2400).
I like the 2.5" 19 or 66 for carry - keep one of each on hand. The J frames and small Rugers are just brutal with full .357 loads. The K frame tames them nicely, but it's too large for an ankle gun - but it makes an outstanding IWB or other carry gun.
Behold the Smith and Wesson model 686+
Then go to Gunbroker.com and select the Revolver options and in the search field type "357" (leave the "." off) and see what comes up. Colt, Dan Wesson, Smith, Ruger, etc, etc, etc, etc.
OTOH, if you really want a pocket carry gun, get the M&P340 with the CT 405 grips. And start on a shooting regimen to get your hand conditioned.
For non-pocket carry, consider any of the S&W K/L frame short-barrel revolvers--the most recent example would be the S&W 386 Night Guard--7 shots, 25 oz.
At least four inches are required to get optimum .357 performance, but shooting .357 from a shorter barrel doesn't turn it into a regular old .38 by any stretch of the imagination. .357 magnum packs a hell of a lot more wallop than .38 special even coming out of the shortest barrels.
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sitting on my hip right now
taurus 357 3 inch loaded with 110gr jhp
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