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Asking for Revolver Suggestions

This is a discussion on Asking for Revolver Suggestions within the Wheelguns forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; I'd suggest, for general use, plinking with possible defensive set-up, that the .357 suggestions are right on the spot, in either 4" or 6" barrel. ...


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Old 11-12-2008, 08:56 PM   #11
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I'd suggest, for general use, plinking with possible defensive set-up, that the .357 suggestions are right on the spot, in either 4" or 6" barrel. I'd also opt for stainless, partially for ease of care, partially for esthetics (I have a thing for stainless revolvers...).

My first choice would be the Ruger GP-100 (currently, my only .357), with my second choice being a S&W 686. The GP seems to fit my hand better than the 686; however, the 686 has a much nicer trigger. I also like that the GP is built like a tank. If I was to buy a 686, I would look for a pre-lock model. It's a personal choice; I just don't care for them.

Pythons are nice, but, as mentioned earlier, very, very pricy. I used to have one, and somewhat regret getting rid of it, but not so much I'm actively looking to replace it.

I also used to have a Taurus Tracker...it was a decent pistol for the price (I paid $250 for it used, iirc), but I simply cannot understand why Taurus thought it was necessary to port a 4" .357...all it did was make it louder.

These are all double-action revolvers--in single action, a Ruger Blackhawk in .357 is pretty much everything I'd look for...accurate, a good trigger, adjustable sights, and utterly bombproof. Grat for a woods gun, or plinking, but I would not make a single-action revolver my first choice for a possible defensive weapon.

Hope this helps a bit...
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:57 PM   #12
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S&W makes some nice revolvers but dont overlook the Ruger GP-100. I have both brands and I will say that my Ruger shoots incredible groups and is built like a tank.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:01 PM   #13
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I am a big fan of my Taurus 617. Taurus International Manufacturing Inc

7 shot of .357/38 in a compact revolver and the trigger is smother than on my S&W 642. Mine has the bobbed hammer and is ported great shooter even with mag loads.

Too bad I lost all of my guns in that boating accident last year. I sure miss them.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:04 PM   #14
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Everyone needs at least one single-action revolver. I'd go for a Ruger Blackhawk in .44mag. You can shoot .44spl in it (just like the whole .38/.357 thing) plus you get to tell your friends that you have a .44 Magnum.
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Everyone needs at least one single-action revolver. I'd go for a Ruger Blackhawk in .44mag. You can shoot .44spl in it (just like the whole .38/.357 thing) plus you get to tell your friends that you have a .44 Magnum.

Not to mention that great Click, Click, Click of the action, almost as good as hearing a leveraction 30-30 at work.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:55 PM   #16
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For carry, a Ruger SP101.
Very slick.


For fun, I mean FUN, get a Ruger Redhawk in .44 mag.
It also shoots .44 special.
Get the 7-1/2" barrel in SS.

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Old 11-12-2008, 10:24 PM   #17
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S&W 686 4" for the many reasons stated by the other proponents. Fun to shoot, very accurate both in single action and double action, not too big (if your hand size is a concern), not too heavy, plenty of weapon but definitely manageable. If you don't mind spending a little extra, there is a 686+ model that is seven-shot.

In addition to the 686, I would also consider the Model 19, which would give you a smaller frame .357mag, and the Model 60 as mentioned by other posters above.

Try 'em all out... see what fits your hand and your eye, and what you like best.

I have:
S&W Model 10 4" nickel pinned barrel, .38spl
S&W Model 64 4" stainless, .38spl (being sold)
S&W Model 686 4" stainless, .357mag
S&W Model 29 6.5" blued, .44mag

If I came across a nice, used Model 19 at a reasonable price, I'd snap it up in an instant!
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If you want to compliment your XD40, you must look at the S&W 610.

6.5" stainless 10mm N-frame. It uses moonclips to achieve propper headspacing so you can shoot 40S&W with no problem. In the event you would like to try hunting again, load it up with 10mm and you are ready to go.

BTW, my 610 has never fired a 10mm, but it has fired over 10,000 40's.
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Ruger GP-100.
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Model 10



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Model 686



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