Which .357 Revolver...Ruger or Taurus?

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  1. azdave

    azdave XDTalk Member

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    I've been looking at .357 Magnum revolvers, I want a 4 in. barrel in stainless steel. So far I like the Ruger GP100 and the Taurus 608, but I'm leaning more towards the Taurus based on capacity (8 vs. 6 rds) and price ($75 to $100 cheaper). Anyone have any inputs on either gun, or a suggestion for a comparable gun in the under $500 range?

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    mcb XDTalk 2K Member

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    Here's the revolver you want. A true tactical revolver with Picatinny rails, black and all.

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    Now that is a cool revolver. :twisted:

    Seriously though. Take a look at S&W. As far as revolvers go you will find little better than a Smith. They are definitily worth the extra money. They can be had in 6, 7, or 8 shot models with a variety of barrel contours.

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    Taurus makes fine handguns. That can't be denied.

    But....

    Ruger builds them like tanks and the Ruger will hold its value better than the Taurus in the long run.

    I really don't think there's a gun out there that is more suited for.357 and the Ruger GP100 and .357 seem to have been made for each other.

    I'd buy the Ruger.

    Try to get them side-by-side to compare before you buy.

    bd
     
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    I got my ruger GP100 used. It's a truely awesome gun... worth every penny I paid and then some... I agree with BD, Ruger does build them like tanks. one more thing the trigger rocks :)

    YMMV
     
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    I own a Taurus 627, but I'd happily own a Ruger.

    Just remember, the higher the capacity, the bigger that friggin' cylinder will be. Only matters if you plan on concealing it.
     
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    Neither.

    Find a nice used Smith & Wesson 357. Models 19, 66, 586 or 686 are very nice guns. I have owned several and still have my 4 inch Model 19 - it is a very accurate, durable and well crafted piece with a glass smooth action.

    Smith's semi-autos are really forgettable, but a K or L framed 357 Smith revolver is a real gem. Everybody ought to own one.

    My Model 19 is an early 80s made piece. Nice polished deep bluing, no machine marks anywhere, case hardened hammer and trigger..a very attractive pistol. Hold one in your hand and you'll know its a very quality made pistol.

    Dad has a 4 inch Ruger GP100...nice pistol...tough, but not as refined as the Smith. The action is not as smooth and it does not balance as well in the hand as my Model 19. The Ruger is more clubby and chunky...typical of anythign Ruger builds. The Smith is slim and very well made and fits your hand perfectly.

    Got more dough? Go for a Colt Python (800 bucks...but the slickest 357 revolver made!), but if you don't have that much jack to burn, a K or L frame Smith 357 is the one to have. They're really inexpensive on the used market...not much more than buying a new Taurus but a better built gun, all around with better resale/collector value.

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    Majk XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    I have a taurus .357 and love it. But I also do love the rugers.

    I think this one is going to come down to your personal preference when you try them side by side.
     
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    chupacabrachus XDTalk 5K Member

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    MCB is that your revolver?! :shock: Lucky you if so. That thing is badass. I figured it'd throw in my 2c worth in the debate.

    3.Ruger:
    reliable
    well made

    2.Taurus:
    reliable
    well made
    cheap
    light weight options (for smaller frames)
    good waranty

    1.S&W:
    best of the best
    reliable
    well made
    not cheap
    light weight options(for smaller frames)
    an excellent waranty

    I own a Taurus .357 (2" ported bbl 7.shot) and can attest to it's greatness. It is great. The trigger is very smooth (substantial pull in DA, light and crisp in SA). The firearm has never malfunctioned (it's a revolver for JC's sake, it shouldn't.) And very surprisingly, it's very accurate for having a 2" bbl. It shoots (even in DA) much better groups much more consistantly than my beloved XD40 does. As far as the S&W goes, it's worth the extra cash for sure, but if you do happen to decide (or are unable to afford, as in my case) to go w/ the Taurus OR the Ruger, you'll be happy in the end, as neither will dissapoint you.
     
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    No unfortunately I don't own that revolver. I would love to own one but they were just released at this years Shot Show and are rather pricey (MSRP $1260.00) and probably hard to find right know.

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...d=10001&productId=45916&langId=-1&isFirearm=Y

    I do own two revolvers. My 357 Magnum is a Ruger Blackhawk single action with 6.5 inch barrel. I use it primarily for carry around the farm and deer hunting.

    I also have a S&W 610 6.5 inch barrel, chamber for the 10mm Auto. I mostly shoot 40S&W in it and have been shooting USPSA matches with it. Lots of fun and that big N frame with 6.5 inch full under-lug barrel really soaks up the recoil.

    More back on topic if I had to pick between Ruger and Taurus I would probably pick the Ruger. I own one and have shot my friend GP-100 and like that just as much as my Blackhawk. By brother owns a Taurus in 44 Mag and there's nothing wrong with it. Shoots just fine but the Ruger seem to have slightly better fit and finish. Any of these revolver would serve you just fine. Fondle and shoot as many of them as you can and pick the one that fits you hand and wallet the best.

    mcb
     
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    I was in the same situation before I decided to buy the XD. You can find both guns at shows, and the Ruger will usually be down to the same price as the Taurus. The Ruger is a better gun all around except the capacity.
     
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    I'll pipe in with my $.02 too!

    As a Taurus owner (Stainless Model 44, 6.5" ported barrel), I can say that I don't regret my purchase at all. The action locks-up tight, the SA trigger is awesome (DA is, well, DA), and you just can't beat the lifetime warranty.

    It is true that they don't hold their value as well as some other brands, but why not take advantage of that and get a used one? I've seen nice used Tarus revolvers at shows for REALLY cheap... Like $325 for a $650 (new) gun cheap. That being said, I have never sold or traded a gun yet (The XD-40 was the first one I ever considered trading, but decided to keep it ;)), so resale means little to me.

    What it all boils down to is what fits your hand, and which look/trigger/capacity/etc you like the best. Just don't rule Taurus before you fondle one.
     
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    As others have said, consider looking for a used S&W. I own a Model 66 and it is great! IIRC, I only paid around $350-375 for it.

    Brickboy, Many S&W semi-autos are forgettable, but try to get your hands on one of their new 1911's...very, very well built. I know you are a 1911 afacianado (sp)...I think you'd like-ey.
     
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    Thanks for all the inputs and keep 'em coming. There's been a lot of good points brought up and I know in the end I will have to make up my own mind. I've found out over the years that I'm one to over-analyze every purchase so I'll keep reading this thread.

    I'll probably start off by seeing what I can find used at the next show, if I can get an S&W reasonable that will be nice. Locally, I'm looking at around $350 for the Taurus, $440 or so for the Ruger, and I haven't priced S&W's but galleryofguns says I can get a 686 for about $560. Like someone else said, resale value isn't important to me.
     
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    I'm a somewhat biased Smith fan, so my suggestion would be the 7-shot 686 Plus. The L frame with the K grip is hard to beat ergonomically. Couple that with the un-paralleled trigger and accuracy, and you have a fine wheelgun.
     
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    My personal choice would be the ruger, because I believe it is close enough in quality to a smith and 100-150 cheaper, plus you can shoot hot .357's for a lifetime. Ruger also has an excellent warranty, just remember they will return you gun to stock at your cost, if you ship it in for repairs. I would avoid buying a used revolver unless you are very exerienced in how they work. There are a lot of things that can be wrong with a revolver that you can't even notice without a very carfully inspection. Timing issues can be very subtle and undetectable to the untrained eye. Additionally, if you decide to get a used smith, I would limit it to a 686, and specifically the 686-4. If you plan to shoot a lot of .357's there are several models out there that would not be apropriate, including the famous 19 and 66. Both these models were designed for law inforcement. The idea was to design a light enough pistol that could shoot some .357 rounds if necessary during patrol, and allow the officers to practice with the mild .38. I pay close attention to the smith revolver forum and there are several issues there regarding cracked forcing cones (also very hard to visually detect).
     

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