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If you could have only one .38 / 357...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dom1104, Apr 9, 2012.

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  1. Prof

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    4" s&w m19
     
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    My 4" S&W Model 686-no dash.
     
  3. 420Stainless

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    If only one, it would be the Detective Special since I shoot it well and don't mind carrying it. I love the .357 Magnum, but prefer carrying semiauto type handguns for more powerful output than the .38 Special.
     
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    It's not very practical but it would have to be my New Vaquero. I can't think of any .357 (I've owned a few) that I like shooting more than the Ruger.
     
  5. valnar

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    Sorry, is that cheating?
     
  6. 56hawk

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    You can't have just one 357. As far as favorite to take to the range and practical use it would have to be the M&P 360. It's super accurate, small and light.

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  8. SabbathWolf

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    If one...and "only" one...

    Then I'd take the Ruger Blackhawk convertible.
    It will shoot 357 mag, 38 spl "and" 9mm all out of one gun.
    True it's a single-action six-shooter...but I already have high-cap auto pistols anyways.
    But for a survival gun or whatnot, I want this one and am shopping for it right now actually.
     
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    Back when you could actually go into a gun shop and buy a factory fresh Python, I broke the firing pin on one dry firing it. That kinda put me off of Pythons.

    The one 357 do-all for me is the new SP101 4". Long enough in the barrel for hunting (either as a stand alone or backup), while being just small enough for CC.
     
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    Why 4 inch? Because I get 1305 fps out of it with a 158 gr LSWC and slight less with a 185 gr Beartooth Bullet.
     
  11. .45Guy

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    Only one? I suppose the 66.
     
  12. sidheshooter

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    I have the one I'd keep: S&W model 65-3 RB 3".
     
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    I became a Python owner by an unlikely twist of fate. Of the 5 .357's that I own......

    well said!
     
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    Man, I didn't think of that..... and the sad thing is I have one! Gotta give out an +100 even though this is the revolver page.
     
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    A S&W Registered Magnum or it's successor the Model 27...

    IMO that was the peak of revolver manufacturing... (although the Python was extremely close)
     
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    When it comes to revolvers I got to admit partiality to a 4" GP100
     
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    S&w 686+ 4"
     
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    I don't have one, but if I only coould have one it would be a 4" Ruger Security Six
     
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    Well for me I would be happy with a S&W 13 with a 3" barrel or a S&W 27 with a 3.5" barrel or a S&W 686 with a 3" barrel, I don't know if S&W made a 3" 586 as that would be preferred. I guess I am just a dreamin :)
     
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    Colt King Cobra in bright finish stainless.
     
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    Colt 4" King Cobra for me too.

    Second would be a 66 no-dash.
     
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    if you had said 357 ("only") grail gun, as in out-of-production collectible class
    I suspect there would be a lot more votes for the Colt Python or a S&W model 27 or pre-27, or maybe a classic Dan Wesson

    but for me, 6" barrel S&W 19/66 is '"it", in 38/357
    Like a lot of folks, I don't run a high round count of 357s thru my pair of 66s
    They do see a lot of 38 sp range fodder, and I think of them as pert near perfect 38+P revolvers
    (perhaps like someone else above, I mostly reserve my 357 ammo supply for lever action carbines)
     
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    I picked up a 4" barrel S&W model 66. It has excellent weight and balance. With a set of aftermarket grips, it fits like a glove.
     
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    It depends if I get to have guns in other calibers if it's my one and only I'd want my 2 3/4" Speed Six although my 2 1/2" 19 or 2" SP101 would work too. If I get to have a dedicated 38 also I'd opt for my 686ssr, while I could make due with a Colt trooper/python or Ruger GP/security or any Smith K,L or N frame.
     
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    If I were to recommend a 38 Special it would either be a S&W M14 or the S&W M15. If I were to recommend a 357, I am not sure what I would say as I get all the fun I need from the 36 caliber bore with the 38 Special.
     
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