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Which are the most DURABLE double-action revolvers?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Mark IV Series 80, Jan 22, 2003.

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Which make of double-action revolvers is the most DURABLE?

  1. Charter Arms

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  2. Colt

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  3. Dan Wesson

    4 vote(s)
    4.2%
  4. E.A.A.

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  5. Llama

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  6. Rossi

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  7. Ruger

    70 vote(s)
    72.9%
  8. Smith & Wesson

    18 vote(s)
    18.8%
  9. Taurus

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    1.0%
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  1. Mark IV Series 80

    Mark IV Series 80 Member

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    Which manufacturer has made the most durable double-action revolvers?
     
  2. dfariswheel

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    No less an authority than Master gunsmith Jerry Kunhausen thinks the Colt King Cobra may be the strongest and most durable mid-sized DA revolver.
    He attributes this to Colt's super tough forged and tempered frame, and cylinder.
     
  3. Jim March

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    The Redhawk in 357 is probably the toughest DA wheelgun ever made. Only about 5,000 shipped though.

    The GP100 and the Redhawks/SuperRedhawks in any caliber other than 454Casull aren't far behind. The SP101 is the world's toughest snubbie, prossibly stronger than a K-Frame S&W.

    That one particular Colt is basically a fluke.
     
  4. Nightcrawler

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    So what you're REALLY saying, Jim, is that I should buy a stainless, 5.5" Ruger Redhawk, in .45 Colt, to be best friends with my 25-5, since it's much stronger and could take full advantage fo the versatility of the .45 Colt round?
     
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    I was thinkng Ruger, and especially the .357 Redhawk Jim mentions. Then I realized I don't know much about Dan Wesson's except they're preferred by the crowd that shoots way far away at tiny steel critters. I'd think Wessons' have to be tough for that.

    So, being a Smith fan, I voted for S&W, especially the N frame .357's. For that reason, and 'cause I can :neener:
     
  6. Kahr carrier

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    RUGER REDHAWKS. Wish they made a snubby.:neener:
     
  7. stans

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    I think this question should be broken up by size, small, medium and large frames. Small frame, Dan Wesson. Medium frame, Colt King Cobra, Ruger GP-100, Smith L frame all about equal. Large frame, Ruger Super Redhawk or Dan Wesson, about equal. My two cents.
     
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    "The Redhawk in 357 is probably the toughest DA wheelgun ever made. Only about 5,000 shipped though."

    Out of that 5,000 several guys on this board own one. I can think of three right off the bat including me.
     
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    OF the production revolvers I've had a chance to handle & shoot, the RUgers seem to be the most durable.
     
  10. RussB

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    When metallic silhouette shooting was really popular, the large-frame Dam Wesson's were tops for double-action revolvers. The Ruger Redhawk & Super Redhawk are also very robust.
     
  11. WESHOOT2

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    I have all four Redhawk calibers.

    By all means buy a 45 Colt.
    They tough.
    HKS M-29 speedloaders work, kinda.
     
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    Depends on from size,small frame SP-101,medium frame security 6,med/large it's a toss up between GP-100 and the L frames,large frames would be the N frame unless you can find a 357 redhawk.
     
  13. Nightcrawler

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    Would the speedloaders for my 25-5 work in the .45 Colt Redhawk? Just wondering.

    I dunno...I've shot an N-frame .357 (M28) and I think the GP100 is probably just as big. The GP100 is a BIG .357, but that's good if you like to hotload it.
     
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    Dean Grennell of reloading fame said in all the years he reloaded the .41 Magnum for Smith & Wesson revolvers he never broke one while he had worn several Smith & Wesson .44 Magnums out. Even with the extra hot loads he developed himself.

    - Anthony
     
  15. Topgun

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    Ruger of course.

    But then also Ruger weighs about 20-30% more than the others.
     
  16. dairycreek

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    Durable = Ruger!

    Good shooting:)
     
  17. soonershooter

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    I think Topgun said it all.
     
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    I'd put money on a Super Redhawk lasting the most rounds between failures.
     
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