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Revolver Suggestions: .357 4"

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by JeffDilla, Aug 30, 2008.

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  1. JeffDilla

    JeffDilla Member

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    I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for good 4" .357's? Comparable to the GP-100, Taurus Tracker 627, Taurus 66ss4 (especially in price). Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Quoheleth

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    You will be hard pressed to wear out a Ruger GP100. Rock solid gun. Good trigger - not old-school S&W, but pretty good, and it gets better the more you use it.

    Can't speak about Taurus. Know a couple guys who really like 'em and carry them regularly. Interestingly, the negative comments are on the boards, not from people in-person. [/shrug]

    Ruger got my $$ and I'm pleased.

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  3. calaverasslim

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    Never owned a Ruger DA revolver but have played with them. Seem like a good pistol but I just can't get past my Smith M65.

    Have the Hogue grips and this pistol just keeps getting better and better,

    Stainless with a 4" barrel. Great for carry and plinking.

    About $375 or a little better
     
  4. AndrewGWU

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    I would pick a the Ruger. I have the SP101 for CC. I had never really been a revolver guy before buying it, but ever since I have fallen in love with it.
    Not as pretty to the eye as a S&W, but very well built.
     
  5. JeffDilla

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    Thanks. What are some other good makes and models similar to the ruger and taurus that might be in the same price range? The S&W's are a bit too pricey for me.
     
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    If it has to be new, then you won't be disappointed with the GP100. Personally I wouldn't spend a dime on a Taurus if I could find a stainless Ruger or S&W for similar money - if you're willing to look at used, there are a LOT of S&W 65s and 66s - some of the best handling .357s you'll find, and usually available significantly cheaper than a new Ruger.
     
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    This one...S&W 686 pre-lock!!

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  8. jdc1244

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    I have a GP 100 that’s been excellent, I can highly recommend it.
     
  9. Schmidlin

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    My vote is the Taurus 66ss 4". I just recently got the blued version and have to say it was better to shoot then the Ruger and Smith .357s. For the price you cant go wrong. Ive put 500 rounds thru mine all 158grain JSP and not a single problem.

    I know some people who own the Taurus 627, they say its great but with the ports its louder then any other .357. If you want some more advice from some one who ACTUALLY owns a taurus and isn't just talking sent me a pm.
     
  10. Loomis

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    I like smith

    But ruger or tarus are very good guns too. The people who criticize taurus I think are just being snobby. The one I shot(a 6"bbl 7shot 357) was excellent. Incredible smooth action out of the box...better than many smiths I've shot. The grips are a little off-putting to some though. they are not quite like a smith. The appearance of a taurus isn't quite as good as a smith either, in my opinion.

    Some people will praise the original and condemn the copy no matter what.

    One thing to consider...if some shooters are predujiced against taurus, then some gunsmiths are going to be also. so if you want some work done on a taurus, you might have a hard time.
     
  11. Katana8869

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    Ruger GP100's are the most bombproof .357's on the market IMO. I have had a 4" model and currently have a 3" model that I carry as a back-up gun while hog hunting.

    I have a 4" Taurus 627 and I am very impressed with it. It shoots great and has functioned great so far. The trigger is very smooth and the gun is quite accurate. It is well constructed but it is not built as heavy as the GP100 but, to be fair, what is? lol

    I would readily recommend either one to someone looking for a medium framed .357.

    3" GP100
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  12. Gary A

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    Taurus is not my favorite revolver brand but the fact remains that they sell a lot of revolvers. Someone must like them. The part of the gun-buying public that regularly posts on these forums is a pretty small slice. One has to be enough of a "retro" troglodyte to enjoy the outdoors and firearms (specifically older technology firearms such as revolvers) and enough of a "modern" to enjoy spending a considerable amount of time in a cyber-space community. Not everyone fits that description. Many are one or the other. Fewer are both. The cowboy action forms are a wonderful example of an incongruous juxtaposition of interests; using the internet to inhabit an earlier time. Kindofa time machine.

    "He's a walkin' contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction" - Kris Kristofferson
     
  13. JeffDilla

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    Katana, nice looking guns. Thanks for the info.
     
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    my Taurus 66 blue 4" was $365.00 before taxes. i walked out the shop with 4 boxes of ammo cleaning kit and holster for $445.00
     
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    Go with a Smith or Ruger (new or used). My brother in law's Taurus gets more frequent flier miles for repairs than my Brother in law gets from work.
     
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    A Ruger SP101, or GP100 are excellent revolvers.

    A Smith and Wesson 686 is also an excellent choice.

    Stay away from Taurus products if you want your choice to work when needed.

    Loomis,
    My experiences come from owning 7 different Taurus makes and models. All had problems. If you ship 'em back for repair. Be prepared to wait. They say 4-6 weeks, but it's really between 2-4 months. There's a reason most Smiths won't work on em. They're junk.
     
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    I've got two 4" GP100's. Both have been excellent shooters. Also have a 2.25" SP101 that is my typical daily carry gun.
     
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    "There's a reason most Smiths won't work on em. They're junk."

    Yeah well, I remember a time when smiths wouldn't work on anything stainless either.

    I suppose you are now going to tell me that stainless S&W revolvers and stainless 1911s are junk too? The reason why smiths won't work on certain guns has alot do with personal predujice and lack of knowledge of that certain gun.
     
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    "The reason why smiths won't work on certain guns has alot do with personal predujice and lack of knowledge of that certain gun."

    The gunsmith I use has personal prejudice against Taurus based on a lot of knowledge of that particular make. Prejudice is often based on multiple, repetitive factual experiences.
     
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    You did not say what will be the primary use of this revolver.

    Anyways, you can't go wrong with the GP100 in 4" or 6". If I were allowed only one gun, it would be a 6" GP100. If allowed two, the other will be a 6" S&W 686.
     
  21. JeffDilla

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    easyrider, the primary use would be home defense and at the range.
     
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    If you get a good Taurus(highly likely if you know how to inspect a revolver), you'll have a good gun. If you just walk in, buy one, and walk out, your chances of having problems increase quite a bit.

    Taurus does make a quality product, however, they also have a higher lemon rate than others---and from what I've heard of their service...well...it might get fixed and it might not. It might even have more problems when it comes back than it did when you sent it off.
     
  23. CSA 357

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    19,66,686, Or A 27 All Smiths Of Course!:d
     
  24. Seven For Sure

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    S&W 686+ or S&W 620
     
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    Sir, I own all four brands, Colts S&W Ruger and Rossi

    I shoot the Rossi the most, 851 and 971, this are pre=Taurus. I have not had any problems with them. I will say the shoot full load 357 mag in the 971 is a bit of workout and I would agree that I would not shoot full load on a daily bases. But overall a good service weapon and You can not bet the prices on them. (usually under 250 used in good to great shape)

    If price is a fact good used Ruger Security Six might fit your need too.
     
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