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    Looking to buy quality 357 magnum revolver

    Gentlemen:
    I am looking to buy a quality 357 magnum revolver! This handgun would be used for both home defense and shooting at the range! I have shot a couple of revolvers-Ruger sp 101 357 magnum & a smith & wesson 38 caliber!
    Some people at my range said that I might want to look at a Smith & Wesson 686 with a 3 inch barrel! I have medium size hands and find that a revolver would truely be a very nice gun to own for reliability and accuracy!
    I am open to opinions on any brand & barrel lenght!

    Many thank-you's for your thoughts!

    P.S. I am willing to spend up to $1200 on a good quality revolver!
    This revolver would not be used for concealment!

    What do shooters think of the Ruger GP100 "Wiley Clapp" 357 Magnum Revolver?
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    heres an option.
    If you run across a Dan Wesson 15-2 deries revolver in good shap you may want to try to buy it. They tend to be a better revolver over all. Stronger, more accurate with a great trigger and with the ability to change barrels in minutes and haveing grips that mount on a post are very adjustable for size.
    With barrels and shrouds avalable along with most small parts from both CZ and EWkarms. You want to look mainly for a revolver made in Monson Mass. Price run from 350 to 450 typicaly unless its a pistol pack.
    And yes I have some of them . 4 of them.
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    Ruger GP100 or S&W 686

    What price range are you looking at, there are a lot of good used S&W out there.
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    Cool

    Since you do not indicate you are going to conceal carry the gun then I would go with the S&W 686 with a 4" barrel and would look for a pre-owned pre- lock.

    If you have your heart set on a 3" .357 then a S&W Model 65 would work just fine. It has fixed sights instead of the 686 adjustable but mine is more accurate than I can shoot it.

    It took me almost 6 months to find one in my area as they are highly sought after but well worth the effort to search for one.

    Here is mine with factory grips and with after market Ahern finger groove grips in Cordia wood.

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    There are S&W Model 65 police trade-in's available with 4" barrels and square butts that are much easier to locate, much less expensive than the 3" round butts and an excellent handgun for your needs.

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    A <search> in the Defensive Carry Guns forum where SearchTitles=revolver brings up lots of prior discussions: click.

    At the top of the Defensive Carry Guns forum you'll also find a "sticky" thread named: Selecting a Handgun for Defense: Part 2 ... Revolvers.

    IMO ... If not needing to worry about concealment and you're dead-set on using .357mag rounds, I would strongly suggest a heavier, all-steel, medium-frame revolver with a 3-4in barrel. Trust me, there's a HUGE difference in firing one of those lightweight scandium .357 beauties as compared to a ~40oz all-steel model. Plus, the heavier weight tends to allow for more-consistent aim, particularly on follow-up shots. As well, the longer sight radius can help with accuracy.

    A lot of people seem to like the Ruger GP-100 4in, the S&W 686 4in (K-frame). If you're looking for a bit of a classic, many love the Colt Python (discontinued, pricey, found on any of the popular auction sites or well-stocked large local gun stores).
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    More advice for S&W 686 and Ruger GP100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    More advice for S&W 686 and Ruger GP100.
    another vote for the SW 686, in either the 2 1/2" or 4". Used to sell guns back in the day, and we all marvelled at the outstanding quality of the 686. Built like a tank and should
    stand up to a lifetime of .357 shooting.
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    A used Colt--maybe a Lawman, Trooper or even a Python that is a shooter.

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    I have a 3 inch Ruger sp101 357 mag. that I carry all the time great gun very tough, i did replace the spring with wolf springs the 9lb. one and it feels so much better also changed out the original grips with houge. I highly recomend thoes two changes if you get a sp101 they make a big diffrence. I have also been thinking about getting a s&w 686 with a 6inch barrel the plus model that holds 7 rounds all reviews i have looked at say it is a great gun I will probly be getting it around December if im lucky. the 6 inch would be a good home defence choice due to it being heavier than the 3 inch and would tame the recoil better.

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    You won't go wrong with a Ruger or S&W revolver.

    If you don't plan to carry it xoncealed I would recommend a 4" GP100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    Ruger GP100 or S&W 686

    What price range are you looking at, there are a lot of good used S&W out there.
    I am willing to spend up to $1200 on a quality revolver!

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    The S&W L frame is the way to go, unless you can find an old N frame. I would love to find a 3" Highway Patrolman. I would recommend a good used pre lock. I know there is nothing wrong with the current Smiths ( I have one) but I like the older ones better for the most part. Don't discount the 6" if its just a range/house gun. I still have the 6" 686 that was my duty gun in the 80's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky View Post
    I am willing to spend up to $1200 on a quality revolver!
    A used Colt Python, then, might be right up your alley.

    EDIT: A check on any of the popular auction sites (GunBroker, AuctionArms, GunsAmerica, etc) for previous sales might be useful, showing many recent examples in that range. While some are going to require a bit of TLC, if sub-$1K, gems exist. Depends on what you want.
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