.357 Revolver

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    .357 Revolver

    Okay, so my Dad seems to be in the market for a .357 revolver. I already have a few ideas that I've told him he might want to have a look at, but wanted to see the fresh thoughts I know people here will have. Few qualifiers to narrow down a massive collection of possibilities...

    • This will be a range gun and .38SPL will be the primary load, he's looking for the size and weight of the .357 for comfort
    • Probably looking in the 4" barrel range
    • Price would likely be the $500-ish range (possibly up to $600ish?)


    Okay everyone, that's about it. Looking forward to some suggestions to check out. Thanks all.
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    S&W 686 7 shot.......
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    S&W 66 4" from the older Ohio State Police trade ins of the 80's. great gun
    mine was from a shooter-it had a trigger and hammer tuned. very little, if any forcing cone erosion so shot a lot of lead,
    little 357 is my best guess. very accurate and under $500 today.
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    686P for sure. Just pick one up and then pick up the Ruger. The trigger and fit and finish are quite a bit better.
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    If bucks are limited, look at the Ruger Security Sixes (used, of course). Predecessor of the GP100, they have a less massive frame but they are still very robust guns. I have a 6-inch with a Hogue Monogrip, and it's a serious shooter and trail gun.
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    Oh gee... pick one ... there's the LCR, the SP101, the GP101, S&W 686, and numerous others.

    Have him go get the "feel" of the gun, trigger, weight, etc. and pick the one he likes the most .... go shoot it, and if his opinion is still the same,.... buy it.
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    Smith and Wesson Model 19 or 28. Although people have said that shooting 357 mags out of the model 19 isn't fun, but its fun for me.
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    Love my S&W 66-7. GREAT shooter!

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    I love my GP100 4". HIGHLY recommend!

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    S&W 686 4" Barrel.

    Bam. Problem solved, buy it sight unseen.

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    Im shopping the exact same thing
    Rented a GP100 4" at the range this past weekend,nice gun !
    Then I picked up a 686P at a local shop and the quality and trigger felt superior,how much better it
    actually shoots remains to be seen .I prefer Ruger as a company and I think they are overbuilt
    but seem to lack some of the finishing touches..

    So that being said im shopping for a good clean used 6" model of which ever
    comes my way first on "a deal"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightrider View Post
    Smith and Wesson Model 19 or 28. Although people have said that shooting 357 mags out of the model 19 isn't fun, but its fun for me.
    Dittos on the Model 19. gdm320 did say .38 would be primary load. One of the best revolvers ever made and great used ones can be had in the $400-500 range. If you do use it to shoot .357 rounds, it would be good to remember it's best to use 158gr not 125gr as the added pressures of 125gr have been mentioned as a cause of cracks in the forcing cone.

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    My wife's favorite gun, of many, is her GP100 4 inch. Awesome range gun.
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