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    wanting new wheel gun

    Looking for a new conceal carry wheel gun. Can't make my mind up between a 60 and 649, I like the 2.5 barrels. Don't want a light weight and stainless steel is a must where I live so I figure it's gonna be one of these two. Anyone with pros and cons? I like the idea of being able to use single action still with the 649 with minimal hammer hangup issues.
    Ruger Redhawk .44 4"
    S&W 686 .357 2.5"
    S&W 649 .357 2.5"
    XDm .45 3.8"

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    You might also want to consider the Ruger SP101. Available in 2.25" barrel length and it is stainless.
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    I own Smiths, but IMO the Ruger SP101 .357 is the ultimate snub nose wheelie. Just heavy enough to handle a good load without being painful, but not impossible to pocket carry. I spent some time at the range and found I was much better with .38+p loads. They feel like duds after blasting off a few .357's, but my accuracy and follow ups were much better. Ballistically speaking, there's not really a discernible difference between a heavy .38 round and a .357 magnum round. Control is vastly greater, however. Have never had a hammer hang up issue, and I can cock that sucker on draw just as quickly as the 1911'er can flip a thumb safety.


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    I'm with archer51...the SP101 is a tank.
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    +1 in regards to the SP101. It will be my next CC weapon. They also have a hammerless version.
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    I agree, the Rugers are very well made, love my .44, excellent gun. The Smiths are just a bit shorter in overall length, have the option of shrouded hammer and a tad lighter. Crap, another trip to the shop and compare the rugers against the smiths now. See if the difference is enough to matter. **Let alone price**
    Ruger Redhawk .44 4"
    S&W 686 .357 2.5"
    S&W 649 .357 2.5"
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    another vote for sp101... I like the hammerless my self, but I carry a modal 36. Just put your thumb over the hammer while drawing/reholstering. Best safety there is. No way that hammer can come back without you feeling it move... and all steel like my 36... now that makes a difference in terms of recoil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knute View Post
    I agree, the Rugers are very well made, love my .44, excellent gun. The Smiths are just a bit shorter in overall length, have the option of shrouded hammer and a tad lighter. Crap, another trip to the shop and compare the rugers against the smiths now. See if the difference is enough to matter. **Let alone price**
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    I would go with a SP101 unless you are looking to pocket carry, then a lighter Smith gets the call.

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    If I were to pocket carry I would give the ruger lcr .357 a look (while loading it with 38+ps. I carry a SP101 hammer-less now about 50% of the time when I am not carrying one of my 1911s. For belt carry the SP101 is what I like.
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    The Ruger LCR is a fantastic carry revolver. I got one for my wife to carry and she likes it.

    Get it in .357 Magnum. That way you can shoot .38 spl, +P .38 spl and .357 Magnum.

    Sweet trigger pull, Hogue grips and lightweight but not so much it won't soak up recoil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJoGunn View Post
    The Ruger LCR is a fantastic carry revolver. I got one for my wife to carry and she likes it.

    Get it in .357 Magnum. That way you can shoot .38 spl, +P .38 spl and .357 Magnum.

    Sweet trigger pull, Hogue grips and lightweight but not so much it won't soak up recoil.
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    SP101 is my carry weapon of choice.

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    Whenever weather and clothing dictate I don't need to be carrying one
    of my 3 inch Kimbers, the LCR is my 'go to' gun for revolver carry.

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