Can anyone recommend a .357 Mag Revolver?

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    I want the S&W 2" model 327.
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    There is an 8 shot 357 revolver. It is a Taurus 608 and I have a 6 1/2 inch stainless model. It is comped from the factory and shoots very nice but it weighs 52 ozs (empty) and would be tough to carry

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    I carried both the Smith M10, M64, and M686 in a professional capacity. Having said that my favorite is still the Ruger GP 100. The Ruger is built like a vault, and very accurate to boot!

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    go with the s & w. look at the j-frame for carry. for range shooting look for a model 19. now i have also shot the taurus brand and they were good. but i don't own any so i don't known much about them except several hundred rounds with one.

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    I SOLD My 1960's S&W mod 19 21/2 that was carried on LE duty, and have been looking for a replacement for some time, A wile back I found a TARUS m65 w/ fixed sights NIB. It is every bit as good as a S&W IMHI, and the cost was a lot less than a Smith. TARUS Makes a very fine line of wheel guns.

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    I like my S&W Model 60. Great for concealed carry. Five shots, so it's necessary to make every shot count.
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    Since this came up i have learned a lot about smith wheelies and can say hands down they are a great gun

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    I love my S&W 640. It's been pretty much all I've been carrying lately. Convenient as all get out. Powerful, too.

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    When I carry a revolver for CCW it is an SP101 with a 2.25" bbl. I carry OWB in a KD holster. It is a bit on the heavy side but you get used to it. I like the fact that is can handle the heaviest loads without worry.


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    I have been looking at theS.S. Ruger sp101 21/4"w/spurless hammer very nice gun with the capability of handling full magnum loads.And will fit in a pocket holster.
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    I had a Ruger GP100 w/3 in barrel. Nice heavy piece. Some say the Rugers are "overbuilt", but I like that in a revolver....especially when firing the .357 magnum loads. I would have never carried that gun...but great SA trigger and feel.
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    I think Ruger makes some of the best .357's for the money. They are rugged and dependable. Maybe not as smooth as some others but you can count on them when you need them. I currently own an SP-101 2 1/4" and have a GP-100 4" on my "list."
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    SP101 he did say pocket carry so that would be about the right size. I've never had a Ruger revolver let me down as far as function for a NIB firearm.

    TonyW- Both of them are on mine plus a Redhawk in .44mag.

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    I recently purchased a Taurus M66ss4 revolver and I am so impressed. The fit and finish is top notch, the adjustable sights are wonderful, it has a seven round cylinder, and I can actually hit what I'm aiming for! I shot about 100 rounds 125gr. HP UMC and at 25 yds. all shots went into a 2-3" group at point of aim. The 38oz. weight helps tame recoil, and the grips fit my hands like a glove.
    Also, it is nice to know that Taurus has a lifetime warranty.

    In the same range session, I shot about 200rds. out of my S&W
    model 18-3 which I have owned and loved for many years. To my surprise the trigger on the Taurus was smoother and crisper. The groups on the S&W were tighter, but I feel that was due to the caliber
    (.22 vs. .357).

    I also have always wanted and will someday get a Ruger SP101, but I want one in .32H&R with a 3" or 4" barrel. Also I have a friend that has a GP100 and he wouldn't have any other revolver. There are many choices available to you. As good as the S&W, Colt and Ruger products are, you will save hundreds by going with a Taurus or Rossi.

    Just my .02.

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    IMHO, for a good home defense/woods & hiking/range gun it'd be hard to beat a 4" barrel. My choices there would be S&W 586 or 686 or a Ruger GP-100. S&W has a smoother trigger but the Ruger's built like a tank and will last forever. For CCW use, I'd go with a snubby S&W 60 or 640, or a Ruger SP-101. The same obsservations of Smith and Rugers in 4" are generally true of the snubbies as well.

    I like Federal's 125gr. JHP load in .357, it's not too overly hot but it'll get your attention.
    Jack

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