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High End Revolver suggestions?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by el Godfather, Aug 23, 2013.

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  1. el Godfather

    el Godfather Member

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    Hi
    I am seeking a high end revolver comparable to Korth or better. Please let me know what options are available north of $4000. Note that it must not be custom work done on regular model- in fact an original mode.

    Thanks.
     
  2. MrBorland

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    North of $4k or ≥Korth quality for a factory revolver? A nice Webley Fosbery, or S&W Registered Magnum, perhaps?
     
  3. rcmodel

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    If there is something better than a Korth I'm curious to see what it is.

    I take it you don't just want something owned by someone famous or a doctored up S&W or Colt then?
     
  5. el Godfather

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    Way too north.
    Looking for factory new currently in production even if by custom orders. Lets say south of $20,000.
     
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    North of $4K but south of $20K? You're still in the "made from scratch" neighbourhood. So I'd suggest it's not a case of finding a factory option at all. Rather it's about finding a talented smith/machinist that you can work with to produce something you only dream about. As long as it doesn't involve platinum, gold or precious gems in some glutinous quantity you should be able to have a gun built from scratch to suit you and stay comfortably under a $20K cap.

    So... can we hear a little more about this vision? DA? SA? Innovative like the Rhino with a low bore? Pepperbox? What makes you smile in the dark when you consider such a toy?
     
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    You'll find plenty that cost more due to rarity or age but you're simply not going to find one "better" than Korth. "Better" being a somewhat subjective term that I take to mean quality. Freedom Arms is probably on par with Korth for a semi-production gun. Personally, I'd rather have something a little more unique and personal but I wouldn't be asking for suggestions on a message board either.

    A Bowen Keith #5 will set you back $10,000 for the plain version:
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    Or $15,000 for the fancy replica of the original:
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    These are hand built off a USFA Flat-top Target. Since USFA is now defunct those will now cost you at least $2000 if you can find one.

    As far as scratch-built guns, not built off a base gun, I don't know of anyone doing that. Lots of folks building custom Rugers, Colt's, USFA's and S&W's though.
     
  8. Cosmoline

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    Beyond a point you're just spending money for its own sake. Bowen or Reeder were my thoughts. Korth? It's like some semi-mythical product spoken of in hushed tones. In all the many thousands of firearms I've seen and fondled, I've never laid eyes on one. But the above custom shops have done work for people I know and they're well thought of. With a little money you can have a fantastic custom piece made. But of course this is usually off a Ruger receiver. I'm not sure why you'd expect to be getting something *better* if it's made totally from scratch. I could make you something from scratch, but it would be an abomination against the gun arts and all that is sacred. There's nothing substandard about using some existing receiver as the base.
     
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    I notice you post a lot about these " high end guns " and keep telling us how you are going to buy one, have you ever bought one? Just curious, wondering why you keep posting the same type questions about the same type guns?
     
  10. rcmodel

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    It has been said that the Korth is like the Rolex of watches, or the Ferrari of revolvers.

    Those that can afford them, buy them to show off their money, and as a status symbol.
    Not for shooting all that much.

    I don't remember anyone in the country shooting one in a major revolver match.
    S&W always wins them.

    SO who really knows how good they are or how well they hold up to high-volume shooting?

    Only the Shadow Knows!
    (And possibly the one-man repair shop at Korth when he gets a round-tuit.)

    As for telling time, or getting around?
    Few would argue a good Timex doesn't keep time as well as a Rolex.
    And unlike a Ferrari, a Chevy will get you where you want to go, and back, every time.


    Besides that?

    I was thinking you posted you already had a Korth several months ago.

    If true?
    You should be the one answering the question.

    rc
     
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    There are revolvers more expensive, such as historically significant models or those with expensive engraving and the like.

    However, there is no finer revolver than a Korth. There is a guy who used to work for Korth, who now builds Janz revolvers in Germany. However, its basically a large Korth. Quality may be equal, but I doubt any better.

    http://www.jtl.de/english/revolver/revolver_e.htm
     
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    I was kind of thinking the same thing...
     
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    Give me a Chevy any day. If I won a Ferrari, I'd sell it and buy a house…… and a Chevy.

    I can't think of a single revolver I'd pay over $3000 to own. The most I've spent is $1500 and I bet that gun shoots just as nice as any Korth. JMO
     
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    I found most of a Taurus in the thrash barrel at my range. You can have it for 4 grand even.
    Plus shipping of course.
     
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    I don't think the Janz is just a large Korth, its multi-caliber construction is a whole new game. You don't even have to go to the shooting range, you can play with it swapping barrels and cylinders at home.
     
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    Post a pic of whatever gun you drop 4 grand on.
     
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    Mateba's, while not hand-made, are firmly in the $4K realm these days, and have very fine workmanship. I have no idea how it could be compared to other revolvers since their operation is so different, but it was nice enough to bankrupt the company almost immediately even though there were some of the priciest guns on the market at the time :D

    Aren't some of the Manhurin Revolvers getting close to this range, too?

    TCB
     
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    Every time I see a thread like this I wonder, how much better can a revolver be than another revolver? Once you make an extremely accurate revolvers, say a Freedom Arms revolver, what can you possibly do to it to make it more accurate, especially if it adds twice the price to the final product. There is a point where you just can't make any gun more accurate than it is.

    Like said above, Korth is a name that gets thrown around to impress those around you but never in my life have I spoken to someone who actually seen one live let alone shot one. If I were to buy a "high end" revolver it would be from Freedom Arms. The only problem would be, which model and caliber to pick! :p Unfortunately I will probably never come up with the over $2000 it will take to bring one home but that's the revolver I would love to own. (not a mythical dragon, ummmm I mean Korth)
     
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    I have been a wheelgun wheeler dealer for a while and have never seen a Korth, never met someone who has seen one, or even met someone who has spoken of one. The only place I ever hear of them is on forums like this.
     
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    I've got a couple registered magnums. But, the real value is in the little "RM" stamped in the crane. A good early S&W .357 Magnum (pre 27) is just as good a gun. If you just must spend more money, find an engraved model 27 or a Python.
     
  22. el Godfather

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    I have contacted Korth. 357, 5-1/4, combat sights and modest engravings. Sent them my import permission to process papper work. They said it will take 9 months completd the project.

    I droped 4300$ plus duties on Dan Wesson havok.
     
  23. TennJed

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    I would just buy 10 Rugers, 5 Smiths, & 5 colts
     
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    COLT WHITNEYVILLE-WALKER.

    of course.
     
  25. Boxhead

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    Assuming a DA large bore I would contact Jim Stroh and tell him to take your supplied under-bore N-Frame and make it the larger bore you desire. He will, with proper instruction and $$$, deliver you perfection. Trust me on this.
     
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