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357 Snub, Which one??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Captain Kyle, Apr 26, 2009.

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  1. Captain Kyle

    Captain Kyle Member

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    I want a small 357 for ccw. I want the fit and finish to be nice and i want a fairly light DA trigger.

    I like the fit and finish of the taurus 617, however i think the trigger pull is a little much.

    Another thing, hammer vs no hammer. Pros and cons.

    Anyone know of anything simillar in size and preformance. Please nothing really hard to find, some guns are hard to come by now a days. :cuss:

    I will add a poll later with some of the pistols yall recommend.

    Thanks allot!!!!!!!!
     
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  2. BlayGlock

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    Ruger sp101, all of the newest production that I have handeled have reaaly nice triggers, the older ones were a little rough to be sure. They are very solid and dependable.
     
  3. KevininPa

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    If you want a........

    ..........better DA then go with a Smith. My 686 is so light it's scary(yeah, I know it's not a snub). I have two Taurus 605s and their trigger in DA mode is a little heavier, but manageable. What I don't like about them is that with range use, they might lock up till they cool down, mainly with.357s. I'll start a thread on this soon. Those are also new, so some wear with some snap caps is in order. My wifes blued one is already wearing in nicely.
     
  4. sigbear

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    Another one for the Sp101. I got the 3" barrel because I only carry it a couple of times a year stoked with Fed. 180 gr. hard cast ammo when hiking. I traded my S&W titanium 12 oz. .357 mag for the Ruger, and am very happy I did.

    Sigbear
     
  5. Pistol Toter

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    Forget about Taurus!!
    S&W will generally have a little better trigger. But probably more expensive than a Ruger SP101. A few hundred round and some dry firing will have the Ruger as smooth as the Smith out of the box. I carry the 2.25" SP101 every day and have for 7+ years; on my hip as I type. The SP is too heavy for pocket carry but heavy enough to handle the recoil of full house .357's. I handley carries IWB or OWB. I use a pancake made by Bianchi about 99% of the time and have another Bianchi IWB for deep concealment and an additional Clip-On IWB that is made by Bagmaster for fast and easy applications. AS I said I have the 2.25" and know a fellow that has the 3" gun and both carry equally well. If I were to buy again it would be the 3.062 version; not that I'm a bit disappointed with the 2"er. The SP101 gets my vote.
     
  6. THE MACHINIST

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    taurus 617 titanium snub

    taurus 617 total titanium 7 shot 2 inch barrel 6 ports. stout recoil, very loud, dangerous as hell , i cut 2 coils of the mainspring. reliable shooter.
     

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  7. Old Fuff

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    The best advice you'll get from me is...

    Don't buy any small, light 357 Magnum snubby until you try it, or one like it, out first! ;)

    If you come up with the line, "Well I can shoot .38 Special's in it..." don't bother with the .357, and buy a .38 Special instead. Otherwise you will have to always be scrubbing out the chambers, which can get to be a chore, and a real pain if you pick a model with a titanium cylinder.
     
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    I carry a Taurus 605 everyday. Shooting a lot of rounds through it and a lot of dry firing, the trigger is as good as any Smith or Ruger I have ever shoot. .38 spls at the range are very managable with some .357 just so I remember how they are.
     
  9. Glockman17366

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    I'm with Old Fuff....357 Magnum in a snubby isn't a good option...not in a small frame revolver. Try before you buy or you never shoot it, or sell it in rapid order.
    I have a Ruger SP101 (3.06" barrel), but I don't consider it a "small frame revolver". It does handle .357 Mag rounds pretty well.

    Also, the OP mentioned a "light trigger". Not such a good idea in a carry gun, if that's the intended use.

    So, my recommedation is a Taurus 85 stoked with .38+P rounds.
     
  10. herbie1

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    I have tried a 2.5" .357, and with full loads shooting it is unpleasant to say the least. I my opinion, given the recoil, volume, muzzle flash, and loss of power out of a short barrel, the .357 is not the best platform for a snub.

    H.
     
  11. Iggy

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    Like Ol Fuff says. A small frame .357 is not a fun gun.

    A steel J frame 38 is a reasonable option.

    If you insist on a .357, look at medium frame models, you'll be glad you did.
     
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    +1 for a Ruger SP101. I love mine. I tried an S&W 642 and a model 60 and the sp101 was by far my favorite.
     
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    I forgot to mention, this will be a shooter. I need something that will take the abuse of many trips to the range.
     
  15. harmon rabb

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    why shoot a snub at the range a lot? that's just not that fun. i shot .357 out of a j-frame and my hand didn't really appreciate it.
     
  16. ArchAngelCD

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    IMO if you want a J frame size .357 Magnum buy a S&W M640 or M649. I own a M640 and it's a great shooter.
     
  17. Captain Kyle

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    I'm not very recoil sensitive :D I'm a 200 pound dude and I've got some golfer hands, some of y'all will know what I'm talking about. I can handle it :)
     
  18. Iggy

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    Get a Ruger or a K,L, or N frame Smith.

    You may be tough, but you won't have much fun pumping rounds down range with a small framed .357 snubbie.

    Your golf game will suffer if you insist on shooting a Mag snubby a lot.:evil:
     
  19. Guillermo

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    I hate super light 38 snubbies...(but love big boomers like 44 magnums...go figure)

    My carry snub is a steel framed Colt 38 (Detective Special). In addition to enjoying shooting it I shoot it very well.

    My idea of hell includes being forced to shoot a light 357 snub.

    I too am a couple of hundred pounds but would not consider the purchase that you are contemplating. I STRONGLY suggest that you do what has been suggested and shoot before you buy.

    That is good advice even if you like the catagory of firearm that you are considering.
     
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    Ruger Sp101

    I think my SP101 is my favorite range pistol right now. I have a hogue monogrip that really helps with managing recoil. I love shooting .357's out of it.
     
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    I don't like 357 magnums out of lightweight snubbies -- for that reason, I like the S&W 640. Now, if lightweight guns are what you're looking for, the 642/442 are really nice options
     
  22. andre73

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    .357 snub

    I like mine...

    Video

    :)
     
  23. ArchAngelCD

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    andre73,
    Nice video but where's the photo of the target? :uhoh: :D

    Guillermo,
    I agree with your post, that's why I recommended the M640 or M649 instead of the M340. Those super light Magnums are just too much to shoot well. (IMO of course)
     
  24. Oro

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    These guys beat me to it. I think the decision tree works like this:

    Really small pocket gun = Yes? Then = S&W J frame = .38 = steel frame.

    Upside is they shoot well, are pleasant, and you can practice with them without nerve injury. Stout .38's are totally deadly defensive rounds, don't dismiss them. And when loaded, the difference in weight between the alloy guns and steel is just not that great compared to how much more smoothly the steel guns shoot.

    If Pocket? = No, then consider a 2.5" K frame (19/66 for example, used) or a Ruger. Totally manageable with the .357, very, very "pleasant" to shoot with the .38.

    I joke that I have nicknames a few of my more favorite revolvers. This one would be called "Sweetness" if Stephen Colbert hadn't named his revolver that ('cause now I sounds like a copy cat, not because I detest Colbert):

    PS - does anyone know what Scalia calls his Glock? ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  25. hinton03

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    386 Night Guard.
     
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