Which 357 for next purchase?

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    Which 357 for next purchase?

    Been thinking about next purchase (revolver). One Iíve been considering is the S&W 640 stainless steel shrouded hammer 5 round 357 mag. / 38 special.
    Does S&W or anyone else make a 6 shot close to the size as the S&W 640?
    Links to what you suggest appreciated.
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    The 640 Is a J frame and the 19/66/13/65 is the K frame. Colt made a 6 shot 38 that was very close in size with the K Frame (Agent). S&W stopped making 357 Magnums in K frame a few years ago. I would keep my eye's on the S&W forums and gunbroker. The L frame is a little bigger, but would be my choice if you wanted a new 357 magnum. I cut my teeth on 6 shot 357's, everytime i shoot my 640 I come up one shot short and hear "click".

    To me the K Frame is the perfect sized 357 Magnum.
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    Forget all the rest and chose the best. If it's .357 Magnum concealed carry you require then it does not get any better than 2-1/2 or 3-inch K-Frame Smith & Wesson revolvers. Compact enough to conceal just as readily as any currently popular five-shot models yet these hold six shots. All-steel with enough weight to aid in the control of full-power .357 Magnum ammunition. Fantastic double-action trigger second to none and with a faultlessly crisp single-action trigger for those who like both trigger options.

    Shown above, a 2 1/2-inch Model 66 having adjustable sights and a 3-inch Model 13 having fixed sights.

    The Model 19 is the blue steel K-Frame .357 Magnum with adjustable sights, available in 2 1/2-inch barrel length.
    The Model 65 is the stainless steel K-frame .357 Magnum with fixed sights, available in 3-inch barrel length.

    Only available on the used market these days, these excellent guns were discontinued by Smith & Wesson in favor of the much more clunky L-Frame .357 Magnum line of revolvers. No matter, for the .357 Magnum devotee, they are well worth the search to find a good one.

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    I have to put in my vote for an SP101 or a 3" GP100 with fixed sights. Hands down the SP101 is the strongest 5 shooter on the market, and the GP100 is the same in the 6 shooter style. You also get a little more velocity with Rugers because of their rifling design. Additionally, the grip strut allows you to use a Hogue monogrip that totally encases the grip (no exposed backstrap) which is a plus when shooting "full-blown-nuke-a-puke" magnum loads.
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    I have a 3inch ruger sp101 and a 5inch gp100 and love them both. The Gp100 trigger is much smoother than the sp101 at least on the examples I have. I must say one of those Smiths above sure look sweet. I think in the future I need a Smith in .357 just because thats where the caliber started.

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    I vote SP101 for Waist Band carry and LCR357 For pocket as Back up. New York Reload gives me 10 rounds of 357 befor I have to load again.

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    ...I had the M65 3"...SS instead of blue...loved it till I traded for a P90...

    ...I had the GP 3" SS half-shroud...fantastic revolver but heavy...best on a belt instead of AIWB...

    ...anything lighter than the SP101 will beat you up a bit...but lots of them out there(Smith J's)

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    I'm not sure about size comparison a 640, but the Taurus 617 holds 7 rounds. FIST makes holsters for them.

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    My suggestion would be anyone of the Ruger LCR`s, SP101`s or GP100`s. Which ever would fit the size & shape of what your looking for.

    and per requested . . . . here's your link

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    Quote Originally Posted by zamboni View Post
    My suggestion would be anyone of the Ruger LCR`s, SP101`s or GP100`s. Which ever would fit the size & shape of what your looking for.

    and per requested . . . . here's your link

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    I second the lcr, love mine, great trigger. However, I'd love it more with a longer barrel - from the charts I've seen, .357 loses a lot of juice in a 2" barrel, though it still kicks plenty. A 4" lcr would perhaps be my ideal handgun.

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    I have and carry a S&W 640-1 in 357 Magnum every day. It has an internal hammer not shrouded hammer like the S&W BodyGuard.
    It is a J frame so it is simple to carry. I have no problem shooting full magnum powered loads in it.
    I find it to be the best revolver for me to carry. It did put different grips on mine and a front night sight for when there is low light.
    I also agree with some of the other posters and like the Ruger LCR.
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    Ruger sp101
    Great gun for the price. I have the 3 inch.


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    Another vote for the SP 101 I have two.

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    My wife has carried an S&W 640 Centennial .357 magnum for over twenty years now. She loves it. She asked for an S&W model 60 Pro Series .357 magnum for her last birthday which she received. I often carry a six shot 4" S&W 686 Mountain Gun .357 magnum concealed.
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