Best Snubby

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    Best Snubby

    Guys, I finally added a wheel gun to my small collection. Bought a S&W 686P 6 inch barrel 357 magnum. Great shooter. It got me thinking about getting a high quality snubby but not an aluminum framed gun, something more fun to shoot at the range plus good at concealed carry. I have big hands. What do you recommend? I prefer high quality.
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    For a lot of Range Shooting, CCW on or in the belt, I would go with the Ruger SP101. If your hands are real big you may need to change grips. The SP is the heavyset built 5 shot 357 and has the best factory grips to handle recoil.

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    Same gun with a 2-inch barrel.

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    +1 on the 686 snubbie.

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    best one in my book is the s&w j-frame. you pick which model you like.
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    I'm partial to j-frames, but...since you already own a 686, I say +1 for the 2" 686. Advantage - all the same ammo works, same speedloaders work, similiar fit.

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    Either would work. Being relatively new to the gun world, i am wondering if there is a world class snubby, a price-is-no-problem, top of class, something to aspire to snub nose?
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    The very best would be a stainless Colt Python snubbie, in my estimation. Not cheap, but as good as it gets.

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    Pretty hard to beat a JFrame. Price not being an issue has nothing to do with this choice...just a great platform and has proven itself as an unbeatable weapon. Small, light, Uber reliable, affordable.... Just plain hard to beat. I have big hands as well but find the JFrame a joy to shoot (plus I can fit the thing in any pocket...and it WILL fire when I pull the trigger).
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    Quote Originally Posted by keboostman View Post
    The very best would be a stainless Colt Python snubbie, in my estimation. Not cheap, but as good as it gets.
    +1 on the Python.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keboostman View Post
    The very best would be a stainless Colt Python snubbie, in my estimation. Not cheap, but as good as it gets.
    +1
    I had a Python as a on duty carry weapon almost 30 years ago. Could not believe people would spend so much money on a gun -- until I shot one. Bought mine the next week. Carried every day for a while, sold and made a good profit. Wish I had it back -- just can't seem to come up with what they are going for now. Maybe sometime. . .

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    For a range gun getting a lot of use, the Ruger SP101, is a small gun , but very solid & strong and therefore heavy.

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    IMO opinion either a 3" S&W "K" frame or Ruger. I'm partial to Smiths myself but to each his own. The 3" barrel will give you:
    *Better sight alignment = better hits
    *Higher velocities
    *Will positively eject spent cases. A 2.5 barreled gun is iffy on that. Especially with hot loads. My 3" 66 pops em out every time

    The S&W 19 or 66 are great guns that come with a kick butt DA trigger. Better IMO than the Rugers which I have shot plenty of.
    The cylinders on a "K" frame Smith is smaller in diameter making it lighter, easier to pack and conceal either IWB or OWB than the larger "L" frame 686. Have owned both. The 66 is still here, the 686 took a walk.

    Watch out. These Smiths are more addicting than crack.

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    Smith Model 60 or 640
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    Thanks for all the feedback, friends. I will study these suggestions carefully and update you if/when I get a snubby.
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