Thinking about a wheel gun

Thinking about a wheel gun

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    Thinking about a wheel gun

    I've been thinking about getting a revolver...
    History: I inherited a big heavy Smith .357 magnum. It's a special gun because my Dad carried it when I was a kid. It was the first handgun I shot (at the age of 8.) My Dad would get a laugh because he would load it with .38 specials then put one or two .357 rounds in there. Of course I would jump out of my skin when I came across that round!

    I would like to get a snub nose .357 but wanted advice as I've never shopped for them before. I've read some threads and looked for pics- but there's a whole lot more discussion about pistols than revolvers.
    Criteria:
    1. Compact- able to be a pocket gun (light weight would be a plus).
    2. Reliable- What brand & model is most durable and hearty.
    3. .357 caliber.
    4. Price doesn't matter.

    Thanks for your input!
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    I've enjoyed my 'lil .38spl S&W 642 so much that I'm thinking about getting a similar .357 model as well. Haven't handled one yet, but am leaning towards the S&W 340 M&P. Pretty much the same as a 642/442 but chambered for .357/.38

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    Smith and Wesson- Take your pick.
    Glock 22, 27 Gen 4
    Ruger SP101 .357mag
    S&W 637 Airweight
    Ruger Single Six
    Ruger Blackhawk Bisley 45 Colt
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    Wormy is right about Smiths!! Take your pick.

    The only thing I would add (since you said that price does not matter) would be to perhaps look for a Colt--maybe a Python. I prefer Colts to S&W, but either will serve you well.

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    Depending on the size your looking for I will suggest a Ruger SP101. It is beefier than the small S&W's, but I will tell you this your probably not going to want to shoot too many magnums out of the small snub nose revolvers. The wife has a S&W 642 and good +P ammo out of it are very snappy.

    You might read through this thread.

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...93-i-like.html
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    Sure wish you could post a photo of your dad's Smith & Wesson.

    My notion of the perfect 357 Magnum snub is the 2 1/2-inch Smith & Wesson Model 19 or its stainless steel twin the 2 1/2-inch Model 66. These revolvers are about as light as I would desire. They have wonderful actions. They are compact as well and they are among the very best looking Smith & Wesson revolvers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylebce View Post
    I've been thinking about getting a revolver...
    1. Compact- able to be a pocket gun (light weight would be a plus).
    2. Reliable- What brand & model is most durable and hearty.
    3. .357 caliber.
    4. Price doesn't matter. Thanks for your input!
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    You might look for a mint used 640-1
    (5 shot J frame in .357 )

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    I would caution you to stay away from the LITE weight 357 snubs, any other Ruger or S&W would be my choice. If you doubt my Lite weight opinion, please shoot one before you buy.

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    Would not get a lite weight, whatever ya do.... a .357 in a snub is rough enough to handle in a normal steel gun....pick with caution.
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    I love my S&W M&P 340. You can get one for $649 at Shooters.

    Model: M&P340
    Caliber: .357MAG/.38+P
    Capacity: 5 Rounds
    Barrel Length: 1.87"
    Front Sight: XS Sights® 24/7 Tritium Night
    Rear Sight: Integral U-Notch
    Grip: Synthetic
    Overall Length: 6.31"
    Weight Empty: 13.3 oz.
    Material: Scandium Alloy Frame/Stainless Steel Cylinder
    Finish: Matte Black
    Frame Size: Small - Centennial Style
    Action: Double Action Only


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    I've got an old square butt 642 stainless smith in .38. I also have a Ruger sp101 in 357. I carry the Ruger more because it is more comfortable to shoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farronwolf View Post
    Depending on the size your looking for I will suggest a Ruger SP101. It is beefier than the small S&W's, but I will tell you this your probably not going to want to shoot too many magnums out of the small snub nose revolvers. The wife has a S&W 642 and good +P ammo out of it are very snappy.

    You might read through this thread.

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...93-i-like.html
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    +1 on the 640-1; I consider my S&W M49 and Colt DS to be special purpose guns, but my 640-1 feels and handles like a fighting gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Sure wish you could post a photo of your dad's Smith & Wesson.

    My notion of the perfect 357 Magnum snub is the 2 1/2-inch Smith & Wesson Model 19 or its stainless steel twin the 2 1/2-inch Model 66. These revolvers are about as light as I would desire. They have wonderful actions. They are compact as well and they are among the very best looking Smith & Wesson revolvers.
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    The 640-1 is an excellent choice. But that being said...i do love my M&P 340. Look at hose before you buy.
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