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Who loves Revolvers?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by possum, Aug 13, 2006.

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  1. possum

    possum Member

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    You know i was thinking today that it is about time that i get a wheel gun. I own all dao semi auto pistols. the first handguns i learned on and the only handguns i shot for a long time were wheel guns. i remeber the found memories of that S&w model 19 . 586, 686 and etc. my dad still ownes all these and i know one day they will be mine, but everyone needs a few of there own. Heck i even like my moms little taurus .38 special.not much to it and not much money but they do the trick! So i think i am gonna put everything else on hold and get me a nice snubby .357 as my next gun, maybe as my promoition gun like a present to myself! So what would you guys go with as a first wheel gun. i am used to shooting them so no need to start out small. i want a .357 snubby, brand dosen't matter as long as it is good quality. i would say a budget of $375- $450 at most. any thoughts? Thanks!
     
  2. ugaarguy

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    How small of a snubby do you want? I like my 2&1/2" S&W M66 (stainless version of the 19). Going a little smaller the Ruger SP-101 is a nifty little revolver. Going smallest the S&W M60 and M642 have quite a following here. Taurus also makes J Frame sized pieces that are reported to be of very good quality.
     
  3. symr00

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    I'm kind of biased, but if you want a good quality snubby that can shoot .357 comfortably I would look at the Ruger SP101. It is right in your price range.
     
  4. Vern Humphrey

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    Most .357 snubbies turn into .38 Specials after you shoot them with full-charge .357 loads for the first time.;)

    If you want to actually shoot .357 ammo in it, I'd recommend the Ruger SP 101. I wouldn't even look at some of the fly-weight alloy revolvers on the market -- they're for masochists only.
     
  5. CSA 357

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    well you might as well do it rite, get you a k frame smith 19 or a 66 , i have a few k frames but most of mine are n frames, you will love the 19 or 66! *csa*:D
     
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    That's kinda like asking who likes stippers? Of course everyone does!
     
  7. possum

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    i think that would be perfect, i like that size barrel.

    I have never shot a ruger revolver but these look pretty sweet and the price ain't bad at all

    el44vaquero,
    I am willing to bet that by your handle you like them just a little, even rugers huh!

    Thanks to everyone for the responses, Jezz you guys are good!
     
  8. Marko Kloos

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    All my handguns are revolvers. I like simplicity, reliability, and not having to chase brass. Six for sure, and I feel no need to carry half a box of ammo around in my gun to feel well armed.
     
  9. Smith357

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    I have not owned a semi-auto pistol in years. I just like the look, feel, and reliability of my wheelguns. Show me an out of the box semi that never jams, cost less than $350 and can shoot a 100 shot group at 25 yards as tight as my K38 and I might consider getting one again.
     

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    I have a S&W model 60 snub-nosed in 357 that is fun to shoot. I thought recoil would have been worse, but it actually was not bad to me. My wife shoots it too with no problems. I could see how the Ruger would be a great choice though.
     
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    I did a lot of research probably a few months....I went with the Ruger SP101...you won't be sorry.
     
  12. Old Fuff

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    The Old Fuff is not an advocate of .357 snubbies, and prefers to either stick to .38 Specials in this size of revolver, or move up to a larger .44 or .45 bore. Go to a longer barrel and it's a different story.

    That said,if you want to shoot .357 cartridge regularly the only small revolver that will stand up to the punishment in the long run is Ruger's SP-101. This is not only my opinion, but that of engineers I've talked to that work for the ammunition companies - especially those that make the hottest stuff.
     
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    I agree with Old Fuff.

    Marko's post is worth a re-read as well. I currently carry a Semi, but I have no qualms in carrying a Revolver as I have done so.

    I am a big proponent of dedicated .38spls. Vern Humphrey I agree with, most ".357 snubbies" end up being "dedicated .38spls" - then we are asked how to remove the burn ring.

    My favorite "snubby" - 3" K frame RB, Model 10 or 64.

    Working with folks like I choose to, I prefer to teach with a .22 medium frame revolver, then transition to Medium frame Dedciated .38spl. I still contend learning this way teaches correct basic fundamentals of handgun shooting - even if one transitions to another Platform.

    In sharing we do go to a semi in .22 and then 9mm and .45. I let the students shoot 5 rds into 1/4 sheet of typing paper at 5 yds timed, the paper tells the student which gun and loads THEY shoot best.

    This test is good for a seasoned shooter, whom due to injury , age , arthritis...whatever THEY shoot best.

    Honest? For what most use a CCW for, and the distances most likely to have to actually use, such as answering a door, getting to and exiting a vehicle, or driving a vehicle...

    Marko is correct.

    I was out with the ladies I assist and kids - kind of group of us that hang out together.

    All the ladies, and one grandpa were carrying revolvers. SP101, Model 10, Colt Detetive Specials...

    I was the only one carrying a semi - my "niche gun".

    Kids fussed at me - I forgot to bring my 1928 Colt DS, Model 64 3" HB RB and Model 10 snubby. Well actually it would have meant having to make a special trip as I was out and about and did not come from the route I normally do.

    Kids...Speer Plastic training bullets. They are having fun shooting these [ as are we adults] and they like "that really old gun you have - even older than Grandpa".

    Grandpa was born in '38 IIRC ;)
     
  14. ranger53

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    I love my 38 special(S&W) and my Ruger Blackhawk 45 colt:D
    tommy
     
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    ranger53, welcome to THR!
     
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    Yeah welcome ranger!

    so if i go wo with the sp101 should i get the spurless hammer or not? Thanks again, and once again ya'll are a great help!
     
  17. ugaarguy

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    Possum, how big are your pockets? Most folks say the SP-101 is just this side of too big for pocket carry. Pocket carry is the primary advantage of the spurless hammer. Of course if you're planning to use it as a carry piece IWB/OWB the non existant hammer spur is one less thing for clothing to snag on - can't be too safe.

    Now on the other hand if this SP-101 will also serve as a go anywhere with you outdoors gun you may want one with the hammer spur. If you're out on the back (x) acres, farm, deer lease, fill in the blank, the ability to take a single action shot to bust a fox, coyote, or whatever varmint with a lil more distance is nice. Shooting single action can also be nice at the range, but the SP-101 aint the range revolver a K-38 or K-22 is.

    That's how I see the advantages of hammered vs. hammerless.
     
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    ugaarguy,
    This will be more of a go anywhere, gun, i won't be trying to conceal it, and your right after shooting so many revolvers in the past a good single action shot sometimes is what you need, and i can do alright with double action, but that single action, is straight to the point. Thank you for the help i think i will go with the external hammer model.
     
  19. ugaarguy

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    Possum, thats what I love about THR. Sometimes I'll get my brain wrapped around what I think is good idea and not look at the alternatives objectively. Luckily the folks here at THR have let me bounce ideas off of them and lead me to making better decisions. Glad I could help you out the same way other high roaders have helped me out.

    Edited to fix a couple left out words.
     
  20. Magnum Wheel Man

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    original question... "who loves revolvers"

    I Do... I Do...

    my favorite ( well at least the one I shoot most ), is a 4" barreled Stainless GP-100, but I love shooting the single action revolvers also... but the bedroom gun ( an 8 shot 4" barreled stainless 22 mag Taurus ) is a blast to shoot as well... so is my cheap German 9 shot 22 revolver, & my big Dan Wessons... the "chasing brass" comment is my main reason the revolvers are nearly the only thing I carry around the farm any more...

    BTW... I agree with the SP-101 for what you are looking for...;)
     
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    I do and my next revolver looks like its going to be something in .454 Casull.
     
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    I have 3 Ruger SP-101's in different calibers (22lr, 32 H&R mag, 357 mag) and can suggest a Sp-101. They are built heavy and can take punishment, are priced below S&W but above most other brands and I feel them to be overall a better revolver.
     
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    Ruger 3 inch SP101 will cover all the bases.:) I'm referring to holster carry only. The Rugers are not for pocket carry, unless one wears their pants around the ankles.
     
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    For 357, Ruger SP101 3" carry it IWB.

    For a pocket, something like a S&W 642. Hammerless is best for pocket carry. I'm like Vern, no pocket .357s for me! I like at LEAST a 3" barrel in that caliber, too.
     
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    me :)

    I know the issue of reliability is contested, but then I have never heard of anyone feeling the need to shoot 100-200 rounds of a particular ammo through a revolver before trusting it for self defense ;)

    plus ... I just like them - single actions especially :D
     
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