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Magnum 357 question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by crazydog, Aug 23, 2006.

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  1. crazydog

    crazydog Member

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    Ruger or S&W, 4" or 6"

    Which one is a better and why?, any opinions are appreciated.
    Thanks in advance,
     
  2. Eightball

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    If ruger, get a -Six model. No complaints.

    If Smith......which I recommend.....
    My S&W 620 is a 4" bbl, and balances perfectly; recoil is very controllable one handed through all 7 rounds, DA-ing .357. 6" would be more accurate, but throw the balance off ever-so-slightly. That being said, I"m still looking for a 6", but my .357 appetite has been throroughly satiated by my 620.:D . And, it has a trigger bested only by custom jobbies or Pythons.
     
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    Ford or Chevy? Six foot bed or 8 foot bed?

    For general use I'd go with Ruger GP-100 or a Pre-Lock S&W 686, both with 4" bbls. For hunting I'd lean toward the same revolvers with 6" Bbbls. General use I'd go with the S&W, hunting I'd go with the Ruger; overall my preference would be a pre-lock 4" 686. That's all personal preference. Decide what you like and go with it, there is no wrong choice here.
     
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    An L Frame Smith or a Ruger GP100 with a four inch barrel each have a very nice balanced feel.

    If you are target shooting or hunting a longer barrel is always easier to aim.

    Go and hold one of each and see how they feel in your hand. I have always found the 6 inch and longer barrels to be a bit heavy. I have a GP 100 with a four inch barrel and it handles very nice. There is also plenty of weight to keep the .357 rounds under control.
     
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    Strictly for home defence, I'd recomment 6" - less flash, easier to aim. Same for hunting or defence against animals.

    If you plan to carry it around for self-defence against humans, especially concealed, 4" is much more manageable.

    I have 4 S&Ws - including a 4-inch 7-round 686-Plus but I have never heard people being dissappointed in a Ruger.

    miko
     
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    I'd keep an SP-101 handy at all times (including carry) and a .357 lever-action carbine, for when I have more time.
     
  7. Confederate

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    I'd go 6-inches on this one. The .357 Max is a long cartridge and likes to throw out lots of gas, so the longer the barrel, the more bang for the buck. It also eats forcing cones, so go for modest loads.
     
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    I went with a post lock 686+ 4". I wanted new for what I consider one of the best handguns out there.
     
  9. Eightball

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    Are you sure you're in the right thread? This is .357 Mag, not .357 Maximum, like the other thread floating around here.


    Get an L-Frame Smith. Wonderful balance.
     
  10. Confederate

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    You're right. Me eyes were playin' tricks on me.

    Never mind. Change me vote to 4-inch.... :confused:
     
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