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Picking a 357

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by peteinct, Dec 27, 2002.

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  1. peteinct

    peteinct Member

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    Hi all, I'm interested in buying a 357 revolver. Does any one Have an opinion? (sure someone does) I'm thinking a s+w or colt used. Was there a thread on inspecting a used revolver back on TFL? I am looking at 22 revolvers also.
    Thanks pete
     
  2. 10-Ring

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    I have had a Taurus 22lr revo for many many years & it has served me well.
    As for a 357 magnum, you would be hard pressed to beat a vintage S&W 357 magnum...ie 66 or 686 w/ 4" barrel.
     
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    http://www.thefiringline.com/Misc/library/Revolver-check.html

    Jim March's article contains a lot of good info.
    I'm a big fan of buying used revolvers, 80% of the revolvers I've purchased have been used. A bit of care and knowledge are necessary to avoid picking up a junker, but the value of the deal you can get makes it well worth the effort.
     
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    Have had a lot, but my current one is a S&W mod. 28 with a four inch barrel.
     
  5. Mike Irwin

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    A used Smith & Wesson.

    My first choice.

    My last choice.

    My only choice.
     
  6. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    peteinct
    Welcome to the High Road.

    Above linked thread by Jim March is excellant for checking out new or used revolvers.

    There are so many choices of .357 revolvers in an assortment of sizes.

    Having an idea of your intended use would help narrow it down a bit.

    Personal preference.......Pre 1982 Smith & Wesson.
    I have little ones for deep conceal, medium ones for regular conceal and big ones for target, fun and bad days.

    Sam
     
  7. Metatron

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    Used Smith would be lots easier on the ole pocketbook, aside from much easier to find than Colts. I'm kinda partial to Rugers, but that doesn't keep me from liking my Smiths.

    On the .22's, I have a Smith 617 that my gf loves. It is pretty heavy, though. Ruger single six is a great little single action revolver. Dad always said if he could only have one gun, that would be the most versatile.
     
  8. chaim

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    Opinions on .357mag revolvers? No way, what's a .357mag?:D

    Seriously, there really isn't one out right now that I don't like.

    I especially like the S&Ws but Rugers and Taurus are good too and both cost less than S&W. S&W is more sophisticated with a better trigger and action. The Ruger is stronger. The Taurus is a little more simple inside and much less money. All are reliable, durable, decent guns.

    My preference is for K-frame and L-frame and equivelent revolvers (more handy). For target and HD work a longer barreled L is better, for carry a 2 1/2-4" K-frame or equivelent is better. However, a shorter barreled L frame is just fine for most carry and a longer barreled K is just fine for most target/HD work. If you plan to shoot a lot of .38 out of it (most of us do) a K is fine, if you plan to shoot only (or mostly) magnums and you plan to shoot it a lot an L or equivelent is better (it is stronger).

    A J-frame or equivelent chambered in .357 is just too small for the caliber. If you will end up shooting mostly or all .38 then you are better off getting a dedicated .38 snub since it will be a bit lighter.

    A N-frame or equivelent is too big and heavy. Nice as something different, but for day to day use something smaller would be better.
     
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    I love the S&W model 27, so that's what I would suggest.
     
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    Used S&W 686 with a 4" barrel

    Search done. ;)
     
  11. 357Man

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    What to pick?

    I'd get either a Ruger GP100 or the S&W 686. If you intend it as a carry gun, get the four inch barrel. If you want a field gun only, get a six inch. Right now, I have a 686, and I'm thinking of switching over to the GP. I think the sights on the GP are much better.
     
  12. makarov

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    Target Shooting - in order of preference:

    S&W Model 27
    S&W Model 28
    Ruger GP-100
    S&W 686 or 586

    If you find one you can afford a Colt Python. They are out of my price range usually.

    If you intend to carry the gun get one with a 4" barrel or shorter maybe 3".

    S&W 19 or 66
    GP 100
    Ruger SP101
    Ruger Security Six or Service Six

    I have a 27 which is great. I also have an old Dan Wesson Pistol Pac. This might be an option too, since you get several barrels. I am very happy with my Dan Wesson and they can sometimes be found pretty cheap. There are lots of great choices in a .357 revolver. Read the article on how to check out used guns and as Sam says - carry cash and be on the lookout for a great deal. Taurus revolvers should not be discounted in the budget category either. It all depends on how much you want to spend.
     
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    I had an older S&W model 19 that had as good a trigger as any revolver that I've ever fired. You can find them for around the $200.00 mark.
     
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    Not sure what your wanting so I'll just comment on what I've owned. All S/W's

    6" 586, very accurate light recoil with about any load, hard to carry much though. Long barrell just got in the way sold it (wish I'd kept it though). Very nice range gun.

    6" 19, again very accurate, just don't like to carry long barrels around even while woods bumming (gotta sit down sometime). ALmost a contradiction in that it's a "Light" target gun.

    4" 19, Can be carried concealed but takes a bit of work to do so. Love this gun, it will never go anywhere.

    3" 65, My everyday carry gun. Great for self defense. Small enough to carry concealed, big enough for house gun. Rugged fixed sights, great gun.

    2" 640, My CCW for a couple of years. Having no hammer makes a lot more difference than I would have ever expected for concealed carry. I would literally "find" the gun still on my waist as I was going to bed, I would forget it was even on. Drawing from cover was great because you didn't have to sweep your cover garment back or even subconciously worry about the gun catching on anything coming out. Maybe best CCW out there IMHO. Was not fun for me to shoot full bore 357's out of.

    2 1/2" 19, Havent got to shoot it yet :mad:
     
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    I would suggest a used 4" S&W, either a "K" frame or "L" frame. There is nothing wrong with the "N" frame either, but it is a little bigger & may not handlke quite as nimble as the other 2.
     
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    One of the used S&W M28's w/ 4" are hard to beat. There's something about the way their actions smooth out with use. And you can't go wrong with a 4" Ruger GP100.
     
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    I've had the python, trooperIII, 686, 66, 65, 28, 19, GP with 3, 4, and 6 inch barrels. There is no question that the GP100 with a 4 inch barrel is *the* midisze revolver for me. All the rest, but a single 686 have gone by the way side. The 686 is next. Gonna turn it into a second GP-141.
    I also get a fair amount of trigger time with a Taurus 94 4 inch. Lots of fun to shoot once you bring down the trigger pull a bit.
     
  18. Tamara

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    What do you want to use your .357 revolver for?
     
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    Ruger GP-100.
     
  20. Ala Dan

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    So many I like a lot; mostly older Smith's and Colt Python's
    but currently shooting a 6" barrel Smith L-frame 686-5. And
    it too, is out-standing.

    *FootNote- Kind'a miss the 4" stainless steel Ruger Security
    Six. Too bad, Ruger didn't keep 'em in the line-up!

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
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    For carry I use either a Ruger KGP-141 or a Ruger SP-101. I would like to pick up a 3" model 65 or GP.
     
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    Ruger- GP100 and SP-101. SS.
     
  23. Jeff OTMG

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    Depends on what you are going to use it for. I have two 3" S&W mod 65's and a S&W 27-2 with 8 3/8" barrel. They are completely different pistols for completely different things.

    My .22 revolver is a S&W K-22 (pre mod 17). Find one rather than buy a new one.
     
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    Hate to sound like a broken record, a used S&W is a great pick. My first revolver was a nice model 66 with a 4" barrel. Fun to shoot and cheap to shoot with .38's. Great "nightstand" piece also. Could also be used as a carry piece with right holster.
     
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    Many prefer S&W, but I've found my Ruger GP100 to be the equal of the S&W guns...
     
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