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decent inexpensive .357?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by kellyj00, May 4, 2007.

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  1. kellyj00

    kellyj00 Member

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    Recently my fiance has joined me at the range. She's having a blast shooting all sorts of pistols, including a friends .38 5 shot airweight S&W hammerless CCW pistol.

    She wants a revolver, and so do I. The thing is that I don't have a clue as to what is good and inexpensive. My friends recommend a Smith or a Ruger gp100, but I'd like to have something in .357 for carry use. I prefer an external hammer.

    Also, it should be fairly easy to shoot at close range. She's strong, but not that strong. ;)
     
  2. ChristopherG

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    Revolvers that are ideal for carry use and range use are not often the same revolvers. Ideal range revolvers will often make great bed-side/home defense revolvers, or woods carry revolvers--but the factors that make tham good for the range (adequate weight to comfortably shoot a powerful cartridge like the .357 magnum; long enough barrel for good velocity and precise sighting) make them uncomfortable or at least potentially inconvenient to carry (assuming you mean concealed, with a permit).

    If you try to split the difference, you will probably end up looking at something like a 3 or 4 inch mid-size steel-framed revolver, and the most common and suitable examples are the ones you mention--the GP100 and the S&W's, say the 619 or 620. Shopping used, you would be able to look at a S&W 65 or 66 (those are stainless; their blued counterparts are the 13 and 19), which lean a little more toward the carry end of the spectrum by being a tad smaller/lighter.

    A little farther toward the carry end of the scale, you could get a 3" S&W model 60--a steel version of the 'j-frame' 5-shot you've already experienced, in .357--or a Ruger SP101--another 5-shot steel .357 'snub', but a little heavier and stouter than the S&W.

    Best course of action would be to get out to where you can shoot (at a rental range) or at least handle (at a gunshop) examples of these various revolvers to see how they feel--and how you imagine carrying them.

    As for expense: the Rugers will probably cost a little less than the S&W's, and are fine guns if that difference is critical. Used should be cheaper than new, and you can get a good idea of the market value of different models by extended study at an auction site like gunbroker.com.
     
  3. foghornl

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    If you don't mind buying "Previously Owned", Ruger's earlier series of .38Spl/.357Mag revolvers are excellent buys.

    The Speed/Service/Security Six lines had varying butt configurations, fixed or adjustable sights and barrel lenghts, but you should be able to find exactly what want with a bit of searching.

    For current production models, the 6-shot GP-100 is available in 3", 4" & 6" barrels. The SP101 is a 5-shooter.

    Nothing against the Smith & Wesson models listed by other posters; I'm just not up to speed on the Smiths.
     
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    Good point; those Security Sixes and Speed Sixes from Ruger are a good value for a fine revolver. It gives up a little to a S&W in refinement and trigger quality, IME, but is a fine gun nevertheless.
     
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    It seems a lot of people carry Ruger SP101. S&W are more expensive, but lighter. Either way, be sure you rent and shoot exactly what you are considering, before buying. You might find out a snubby is not nearly as controllable in your/her hands as the longer-barrel version.
     
  6. BigO01

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    For the best price quality combo look at Taurus , their guns have come up significantly in recent years in quality to match the others yet the prices are still $100 or more less than their counterparts .

    I have a Stainless 4 inch barreled 669 that I picked up used last year for $250 and it is perfect both in appearances and function , accuracy is great also .

    Here are a few that are offered on GunBroker .

    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=71295651

    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=71245145

    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=71349158

    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=71283310

    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=71344082

    If you look at www.midwayusa.com for ammo you will see they make some reduced power 357 loads that rate at 1,200-1,300 fps that would recoil less yet make excellent defensive rounds , those and 38 special +Ps are the best choice in snubby magnums for carry/defense .
     
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    Used GP-100s regularly sell for $300 on gunbroker. Ruger also has an incredible warranty, don't hesitate to buy a used model.
     
  8. kellyj00

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    thanks fellas.
     
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    You can find LE trade-in revolvers.

    Externally, they are apt to look like what they are, that is kinda scruffy from being carried a lot.

    I bought one a couple of years ago and it looked terrible, but the bore was 'clean', the rifling 'sharp' and it worked just dandy. I won't get my drawers in a wad if it gets dinged up or rained on.

    I've had it messed with a bit internally since then...wasn't necessary for the purpose that I had intended, but just couldn't resist the temptation I guess.

    Now, its kinda like a flat track racer...looks like a bunch of dents on four wheels, but runs like a scalded bat outta Austin.

    salty.
     
  10. Ala Dan

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    Inexpensive-

    For carry- a Taurus 605 (blue steel) 'bout $269.88

    For Home D'/Target Shooting- Smith & Wesson 4" 686, or 66. You might
    even consider a Ruger Security-Six. Many times, these three can be had
    slightly used at a great savings. The ideal .357 magnum for carrying on
    the person has always been a 2-1/2" barrel S&W model 19 or 66; but you
    just don't run across these everyday~! :( :scrutiny: ;)
     
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    check out gunbroker! Taurus M65 SS .357 and Ruger Police service six .357 both @ $200!
     
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