Can anyone recommend a .357 Mag Revolver?

Can anyone recommend a .357 Mag Revolver?

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    Can anyone recommend a .357 Mag Revolver?

    Do not know much about the cartridge or revolvers........but I am interested in getting one.


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    Well lets see im a Colt Ruger guy so i can recommend a

    Ruger Police/security/speed six for a good used cheep wheelie

    Or a gp100 or a sp101 all good guns..

    For colt ya have to go used but the trooper or king cobra are nice now if ya got lots of $$$ a Python is as good as it gets

    I know about squat about smith wheelies really so i cant off anything there but theres plenty of smith fans round here and they will pipe up and give you some ideals..


    Then ya got the question of 2" 4" 6" i like a 6 inch for target shooting 4 inch if shooting 38's 2 inch for really concealed carry with 38's

    Course i carry a 1911 most must this is just my 2$ worth

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    Get a S&W you won't be sorry. It really depends on what you want it for. For carrying get a used 2 1/2 inch, these Models are great, Models 60,19 and 66. For target shooting, look for a Model 686 in four inch. It will outlast you.

    I buy used all the time now. S&W wheelguns are a great buy.

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    Ridge Runner:
    As much as the deal S&W struck with the Klinton Regime still sticks in my craw, if you want a carry .357, get S&W. Like everyone has said, go used. As to which one, that's up to you.

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    Any 3" Smith for CCW. 4 or 6" Ruger for home defense. Colt Python for pure shooting/viewing/all 'round looking at.

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    RR - can you be more specific - re carry, carry and plink - or just plink or hunt etc.

    There are truly many options for this excellent cartridge.... and you'll get the full range of suggestions too I'll bet as we all have our faves!
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    S&W are fine pistols. But I must say I love my 357 Python snubby. However, this is not my primary ccw.

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    I have a S&W M 60 3", I find that it is about as easily concealed as the
    2 1/8 inch gun. It is a little easier to shoot, and is not a bad wilderness carry gun.
    Jerry

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    Model 66's had the weak frame issues with .357 loads. Much better is a 686 or other Smith gun. Taurus seems to make a decent revo too.

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    Ruger

    RUGER Stainless Security Six...in whatever barrel length you like. That's a nice revolver.
    It is a great wheel~gun & not too much money.
    If you can find one in Stainless Steel it's a very low maintenance revolver.

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    Look at the 17 oz Taurus 651 "CIA" in Titanium for SA-DA capability and snag free shrouded hammer, assuming (I know, I know) you want to carry. S&W and Colts are great for more $. Ruger is value but heavy. I've got a picture of the Taurus at http://www.gunthorp.com/firearm-p.htm
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    I know in the past a poll was taken regarding how many carried a revolver as their primary ccw. Does anyone remenber a ball park figure on the response.

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    I love my GP100 4" stainless. Its on tough handgun. I like Smiths, too.

    It is my prime carry for work. Although I do load it with .38spl non jacket, for legal reasons. When I punch out of work. I replace the .38's, with .357 Cor-Bon.

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    As I recall, in round numbers, over 80% of the poll responded that they carried autos, mostly 45acp and 40 s&w. They also indicated they use IWB holsters by a large margin. Here's my spin on this. I believe that most of those who knew enough to visit packing.org in the first place, and then took the time to vote, were likely our more proficient and knowing gunners. It is comforting to note that a majority of them carry more than casually. While we recommend that newbees get a revolver, who won't practice, carry, or clean, they're not the ones who were voting in the polls. When the student advances to the pistol, and it doesn't take long, the revolver is still a valuable resource as a back up or for home defense in the spouse's hands. The .38 Special cartridge in a short titanium .357 has the most versatility without blowing out your ears in a confined space. At the other end of the spectrum, see the 180 grain Federal Premium Cast Core .357 for braining anything on both continents.
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    ruger gp100 . they have a 3" fixed sighted version to. with smaller grips stock. I highley recommend this peice. I also have a dao 2" sp101 and a 6 " gp100. the trigger pulls on these guns are very good contrary to some internet complaints by other's. for full sized go gp for small frame go sp.

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