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Looking for a .357, 700 to spend

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by sammy, Aug 26, 2007.

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  1. sammy

    sammy Member

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    I am looking for a .357 to use for home defense and to work on my accuracy. I have a large collection of semi-auto's and one snub nose Rossi as of now. I think a barrel between 4" and 6" is what I am looking for but I have no idea what make and model. Ideas?
     
  2. Jimmie

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    Ruger GP100 or SW 686. And a search.
     
  3. PotatoJudge

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    Smith K or L frames. Ruger GP100 or Security Six. The Colt Python will likely be out of your price range, but the Lawman, Trooper, and King Cobra should be in your price range. I have seen shooter grade Pythons for $5-700 recently, so that may still be an option.
     
  4. MCgunner

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    Sounds like you're crying for a GP100, but you have a lot of models to choose from with a 700 dollar budget. Personally, if I went Smith and Wesson, I'd look for an older 686. You can buy a new gun down here for what used Smiths go for, though, but there ain't much you CAN'T get for 700 bucks. I like Rugers so I'm sort of GP100 biased on this requirement. :D Never cared much for Colts, though the Python was a smooth shootin' gun. The cylinders turn the wrong way for a DA gun if nothing else. Colts never were a bargain and they just seem delicate compared to something like a 686 or especially the tough as nails GP100. Colts are out of production, so I doubt there's much factory support, either. I just consider them out of the question and move on, personally. Just never got bit by the Colt bug.
     
  5. Deanimator

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    You can't go wrong with Ruger GP 100. Fine handgun. I'm a Smith guy so it would be remiss if I didn't mention the Smith and Wesson 686. I very fine handgun as well, slightly better than the Ruger but also a lot more expensive.
     
  7. 357-8-times

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    I like my Taurus 608 6.5" @ $500; way too big for CCW though...
     
  8. glockman19

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    I would not consider a Taurus myself. Ruger & S&W make a much better gun. Worth the extra $.
     
  9. Mr.Revolverguy

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    Though I have a S&W686 and 3" GP100 my Taurus Tracker 6.5inch barrel is the most accurate 357 I have. It is close to being the most accurate weapon I have next to my S&W625. I see all the bashing of Taurus and for many years throughout my over 20 years of shooting I stayed away from them. I got the Taurus Tracker on such a deal I said what the heck and I am glad I did get it. The thing locks up like a bank vault and very accurate never had to adjust sites or anything. There is no doubt that people have issues with them and that Taurus have QA issues but if you can pick up one and look it over really good you will find it will usually be a weapon that will last you. My dad has Tracker as well and have shot nothing but 357 in it of all variety from factory to reloads and I want to say he has had his I know for 13 or more years now.
     
  10. Neophyte1

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    Gp100

    Sir; GP100


    Craig
     
  11. ronto

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    My first choice would be a Ruger Security-Six in good condition, it's too bad they don't make them anymore. If you can't find a good "Six", then get the Ruger GP100.
    In either case, you'll have money left over for ammo and you'll have a top quality 357 revolver that will outlast all of us.
     
  12. Tom C.

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    IMO, the most cost effective .357 is the GP100. The 686 is also very good and picking one would be a matter of personal preference.
    The best .357, IMO, is the 627-5PC. A little over your price limit, but a magnificent 5" SS N frame .357. Mine is supper accurate.
     
  13. ewayte

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    +1 on what Jimmie said - Ruger GP100 or S&W 686.
     
  14. Feanaro

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    Rugers are the 900 pound gorillas of the revolver market. Tough and reliable but they are also ugly, heavy, and tend to have bad breath. You don't want one of those. ;)

    You, my friend, want a Smith and Wesson. I can tell. Boy do you have options. I like the 28 Highway Patrolman. http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=78887056
    Maybe you prefer something a little lighter. Why not a 19?
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=78984293
    Not tought enough? Okay, try a 586 on fer size.
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=79075867

    No offense intended to Ruger fans. They probably can't help it anyways. :evil:
     
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    686-4 in 4".Best of breed IMHO.
     
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    It doesn't get much better than a Smith & Wesson model 19, 66, or 686~!
    None, of which will cost you $700~! Use the left over cash to buy you
    some good, practice ammo~! ;):D
     
  17. Zero Knives

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    GP100. Some of the extra bucks can go towards smoothing up the trigger if it's a bit crunchy like mine was. Added bonus is that my wife likes it in single-action...:D
     
  18. hamourkiller

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    With that much you can get a S&W Mod 27 or 28 with pinned barrel and recessed cylinder. 4 or 6" as you desire. The Mod 28 is a plain jane work horse of a pistol, the Mod 27 has the best S&W bluing and the top strap is checkered. almost to pretty to shoot.

    You could get two nice Mod. 16 also, one in 4 or 6 the other in 21/2 with rounded grips.

    Goog luck and have fun buying and shooting
     
  19. Mr.Revolverguy

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    Though it may have seemed like I was pushing for Taurus earlier I wasn't I love my 686-4 as well :) Just telling him to keep his options open and handle most if not all of them first to see how they feel to him. Not as fancy as what most of you have but still my babies:) By the way this has the firing pin on the hammer

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  20. MCgunner

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    Hey Mr.Revolverguy, why the apologies for the Taurus? My experience with 'em is similar to yours. I've owned Ruger and Smith and Wesson and my 4" M66 Taurus is the most accurate DA 4" revolver I've yet to own, amazingly accurate. And, my 3" 66 ain't far behind it. I gave under 200 bucks for each of 'em. In fact, I gave $180 for the 3" blued gun, some holster wear, but shoots great. I remember I gave $187 plus tax for a stainless Ruger Security Six in 1978 new. I bought that Taurus just about a year ago or a little over and the gun shoots .38 much more accurate than did that Security Six. I'll add to that the Taurus's trigger is great! Used guns so they might have been worked over, but they're smooth as my old M10. For 700 bucks, I could buy 3 Tauri like mine and have a hundred bucks left over for dies, molds, and powder/primers, though I've already got all that. :D
     
  21. Mr.Revolverguy

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    NO WAY am I apologizing for the Taurus it is still my most accurate. I was just trying to say hey I am giving an unbiased post because though I have them all I love them all :)

    I did not want anyone to think he is just here to go against the grain and promote Taurus not the case. The fact remains it is the most accurate I have or shall I say I shoot it the most accurately of all others. I have a pair of Six's as well. I want a speed six to finish out my collection :)
    Just felt like posting pics today

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  22. mballai

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    GP 100 and save enough for lots of ammo
     
  23. Glockafella

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    I agree the GP100 is a beautiful gun and stronger then any other...the best bang for your buck IMHO.

    Use the extra money for ammo, holsters, and other fun stuff like grips or sights or a lobster dinner!

    GP100 or SP101 if you want a snub
     
  24. Magnum.35744

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    sammy...

    Smith And Wesson 627 all the way:D!!! I would go with the 5" barrel and with an eight round cylinder...you can't go wrong :cool:!!! Besides since it being built on the N-Frame that gun will chew and spit out any hot or light load you can think of ;). Take care, hope this helps.

    -Tre
     
  25. Feanaro

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    From my experience, that must be the case or you got really lucky(or I've been unlucky). I've shot some and checked out others. They've all been reliable and accurate revolvers but I've never had a nice trigger on one. Middlin' decent but nothing like my S&W 10 or 28. Though even if your threw in the price of a trigger job, they'd still be quite a value. I jes' like to collect Smiths.
     
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