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What's a tough, utilitarian, and durable .357 double action revolver?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by AJMBLAZER, Oct 1, 2011.

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  1. AJMBLAZER

    AJMBLAZER Member

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    Starting to look for a .357 revolver.

    Needs to be double action and 6 shots, 3-4" barrel, fixed sights, and capable of taking a beating. Truck/glove box, shoot-a-bunch-and-clean-next-week, eat heavy Buffalo Bore and other +P and +P+ rounds all day long all it's life, bang around on my hip in the woods capable and be relied upon to work every time.

    Would prefer stainless steel. Fine with buying used (live 15 minutes from Bud's and about 6 other great gun stores with good selections).

    S&W? Which model?

    Ruger? GP100, Security Six, Service Six?

    Older Colt?

    I don't baby my firearms and don't generally like things you have to treat nicely to ensure their functioning. I don't mistreat them either but they do get used.
     
  2. AEA

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    Tough=Ruger
     
  3. BCCL

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    If you can find a nice one in the used market, the Ruger Service Six is perfect for what your describing.
     
  4. AJMBLAZER

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    Any advantages of a Service or Security Six over a GP100?


    Kicking myself for not picking up one of the dozens of police trade in GP100's JUST LIKE I WANT that Bud's was selling off 2 years ago. WITH a police issue holster. $325 plus tax.
    DOH!
     
  5. clang

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    S&W 681 (fixed site version of the 686)
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    Ruger GP100 (you will have to look for a fixed site version)

    I used to own both, I still have the 681.
     
  6. Got_Lead?

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    Any of the Ruger "6" series, GP-100, or Smith 686. Stainless preferred.
     
  7. click clack

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    Smith and Wesson 686

    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/26250

    I have that one and love it.. It has had no problems and devours everything I have fed it. Great gun, it absorbs alot of the recoil and i love it's grip.. Its been on many a camping trips and sometimes with me in the tree stand and its a hoss to sum it up... i have heard nothing bad about the Rugers though, im sure there great too
     
  8. Revolver218

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    Consider a S&W Model 28. Nothing to look at but built like a tank.
     
  9. 22-rimfire

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    Most revolvers are no-frills guns. I would vote for a Ruger GP-100 in a 3 or 4" barrel.
     
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    Smith 581/681
     
  11. Warp

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    Ruger GP100

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  12. AJMBLAZER

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    Size wise how do these compare to a K frame Smith? Already have two Model 10's.
     
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    My LGS has the 3" fixed sight GP100 in stock. It's a heck of a nice piece. I mention it because you said "fixed sight", this is the only configuration of GP100, current production, that you'll find. There are 4" 1/2 lug fixed sight GPs out there. I had one and am kicking myself for ever letting it go.
     
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    I have K frames: 66, 14 and 17, a GP 100 and an SP 101. The SP is just a tiny bit smaller than a K frame and the GP is a just a tad larger.
     
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    That the Wiley Clapp edition? Saw that on GunBlast a while back and what sorta sent me on this kick lately.

    Probably out of my price range right now though.
     
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    S&W Model 13.
     
  17. AJMBLAZER

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    Don't the .357 K frame Smiths have issues with prolonged .357 use? Heard about flame cutting and stuff. Isn't that why Smith stopped making them and went to the larger frame?
     
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    The benefit of buying a Gp100 over the six series by Ruger is that the Gp100 is still supported and the six series may not be, depending upon the issue and timing of a need for repair. The "GP" stands for general purpose - sounds like it's just what the doctor ordered for you.

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    They can with full-tilt 125 grain loads. Use heavier bullets and there's not a problem.
     
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    $539+tax is at the tag said.
     
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    Let me preface my input by saying that I own several revolvers, including one that have been mentioned above.

    But I would pick my Glock for this task, hands down. Sorry. When I want a gun that I am going to beat the tar out of, it's going to be Glock. Click here for why.
     
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    The Ruger Security Six or Service Six, the GP 100, any of the Smiths K or L framed will do it
     
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    Rugers are tough, but I also like to hit what I am shooting at, so I prefer pre lock S&W's.
     
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    Is that Glock a 10mm?

    Because if not it doesn't even belong in the discussion since the OP talked about a gun that would be carried in the woods and is looking at .357mag
     
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    If I were to buy a 357 of current manufacture?
    It'd be a Ruger GP100 no question!

    If I were looking used?
    Then an L frame S&W, or a Ruger Speed Six, or Security Six would be in the decision as well.

    But I think the toughest gun made today is the GP100, built like a tank!

    Of course it also has the aesthetics of a tank too.
    (that's why I added the L frame S&Ws - those have what I consider classic beauty lines)
     
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