New 357mag Revolver

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    New 357mag Revolver

    I love revolvers! I'm looking for a new 357 Magnum revolver to add to my collection. This is for shooting......not a collectable for the safe. I now have a Ruger SP-101 and a Ruger GP-100, but want something else to take to the range. I'd consider a Smith and Wesson, but nothing with that infernal frame lock. Just looking for ideas..... Would also consider other revolver makers...

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    I'd look for a good used Smith L-frame, like the 686, or a K-frame like the model 66 (-3, -4, -5 range).
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    K frame S&W

    My favorite .357 revolver is the K frame S&W model 66. They were made in barrel lengths from 2.5 to 6 inches, and have wonderful trigger feel. They generally do not have the internal lock if you buy the older versions in used condition. I like the short barrel versions, as shown below.

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    I know many whom love revolvers. Is it a concern of reliability or something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFCDan View Post
    I know many whom love revolvers. Is it a concern of reliability or something else?
    It's like going to the dark side of the Force. Once you gravitate towards revolvers, you're gone.

    Snub-nosed revolvers are even worse. I can't stop buying them.

    On a serious note, they're 5 or 6 rounds "for sure", and some of them, especially smaller ones with round butt configuration carry great.

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    I find myself being drawn to revolvers more and more also... don't know what it is about em.
    There's a Ruger Redhawk stainless .44 mag with 8" barrel at my local shop that keeps whispering in my ear to buy... damn you Ruger!
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    Pogo, that's a nice grip o guns. Really nice.
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    I've got an EAA Windicator in 2" .357mag and it's pretty sweet. Not necessarily as great a trigger out of the box at most S&Ws, but after a few years it's smoothed out rather nicely.

    And it only cost about $300 new; leaves enough left over for LOTS of ammo. And maybe a second, longer barrel version.
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    I love me some Wheel guns! At this moment I've petty much resigned to only buying revolvers and Sigs. I have a LCR and SP101 and have a couple more on my list, specifially a 637 J-frame, 4" GP100 and have a real itch for a 327 night guard and a SRH 44mag Alaskan. Something about a big blocky wheel gun that makes me smile. I reload too so that helps that I can feed these guys pretty cheap. :)
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    I carry a .357mag because no one bickers about the .357mag being "enough".

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    I have a 50-year-old .357 revolver with a 6 inch barrel and another just about as old with a 4 inch barrel that I have fired thousands of times. I carried the 4-incher for a long time and have moved to a smaller gun since moving down here to Florida. So I seem to be one of the few that is transitioning from revolvers to semi-autos...I have lots of other revolvers in other calibers for plinking.

    My wife recently got her carry license and she wanted a small gun for her purse. I bought her a little .380 and myself a 9mm for EDC. I keep the .357 for home defense and will be getting another 9mm for increased mag capacity for home defense.

    I still like those revolvers, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    My favorite .357 revolver is the K frame S&W model 66. They were made in barrel lengths from 2.5 to 6 inches, and have wonderful trigger feel. They generally do not have the internal lock if you buy the older versions in used condition. I like the short barrel versions, as shown below.


    That's one beautiful brace of revolvers!! I was actually looking at some used 66's over at Gunsamerica today. What's the differences between the -2, -3 and -4. Which is most desirable and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFCDan View Post
    I know many whom love revolvers. Is it a concern of reliability or something else?
    No, not for me anyway. I don't carry a revolver......although I do have my SP-101 in my car. I also love Sig pistols and a P220 Carry is my edc. Initially I bought the SP101 to help me learn better trigger control. My logic is that if you can shoot a double action revolver well, then you should be able to handle the da/sa pistol. For me, it worked. In the beginning I just could not shoot a revolver accurately....but over time my accuracy improved. This helped me a bunch with shooting my Sigs. I just love metal handguns. To me, there's something magical about holding a steel revolver and I just love to shoot the 357mag round. Love the power and accuracy. If you don't have a revolver.....you won't be sorry! My trip to the range each week includes taking one of my revolvers. I also own a couple cowboy revolvers (Colt SAA and Ruger Vaquero) both in 45 Colt. They're a lot of fun....
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    Carried my Glock 19 for about a year, then the bug hit me and had to find my SP101 357 3" barrel, love revolvers and carry it every day. I don't worry about reliability and I'm sure I have enough ammo power. It all comes down to personal prefence IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFCDan View Post
    I know many whom love revolvers. Is it a concern of reliability or something else?
    Ha! It's "something else." It's like comparing graffiti to art. Don't get me wrong I very much appreciate my pistols but there is just a timeless, classic look and feel to a good revolver.
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    See if you can find a Dan Wesson model 14 or 15 v2. I have both and love them as much as any gun i own.
    My others 357 s are GP, SP, and Blackhawks with one S&W model 19. I am a 357 junkie although I seldom carry them I love shooting them. I hunt pigs quite often with the Blackhawk.
    The very first pistol I ever owned was a Blackhawk in 357 that my parents gave me for my 16 th birthday. I still have it 32 years later. Right now there are 11 various 357 in the safe
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