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    Looking for a .357 magnum...

    Preferably with a 4" barrel. I want to spend about $500, $800 at the most. I don't want a piece of junk and I don't want a used firearm. This will not be for carrying. Please give me your suggestions.

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    Check out the S&W686
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    If you are willing to go around the $800 mark, I can't find anything wrong with Smith and Wesson. Nothing wrong with used though, saves a few bucks and still can find great quality. Best of luck in your search.
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    2 suggestions are going to be obvious: S&W 686 and Ruger GP100.




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    Shame you won't go used, the Model 27's are my favorite .357 ever produced. If you change your mind check them out, they're built like a tank and will take the wings off a gnat.

    Otherwise I'll have to sound like a broken record and suggest the 686.

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    Go used, and search dilligently for a Colt Python. Smooth action, great trigger, adjustable sights fully weighted barrel. Very little snap and comes back on target cleanly especially if it has combat grips. I own one and wouldn't part with it for twice what it's worth on the open market.

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    Yes a Python is also a very nice wheel gun.

    I know people are a bit hesitant when buying a semi-auto, there's a lot that could go wrong. But as long as the barrel is true and the timing is solid there's virtually nothing you need to worry about with revolvers.

    Still I do understand the desire for a new gun, go to a range and try out the 686 it's a pretty popular gun, shouldn't be to hard to find a range with one.

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    If you are "firm" $$$ wise then the Ruger GP-100 or step down to the Taurus 66

    If you can "expand" the $$$ then the S&W 686.

    Note I am BIASED. I have carried S&W .357 mag.s for over 50 years ( Mil, LE & civilian ) Mdle 19s ( still own ) & currently CC a 4" 66. Use a 686 for Range & Field ( 4" & 6") Always very accurate, smooth & reliable. ( even the old 30 & 40 yr. 19s.)

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    model 19 s&w is the way to go.
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    An other vote for the GP100, Ruger did well with that one!
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    4" .357 in the $500-800 range. I'd definitely go with the Ruger GP100. Ruger revolvers are built like tanks. They'll take everything you can throw at it and ask for more.
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    +1 for the GP100. Wonderful gun. Built like a tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    4" .357 in the $500-800 range. I'd definitely go with the Ruger GP100. Ruger revolvers are built like tanks. They'll take everything you can throw at it and ask for more.
    You can't go wrong with the GP100, I have the 4 inch and the 3 inch, the 3 inch is more balanced in my view, but either one is excellent.

    Ruger and S&Ws are both a little to proud of their guns in my view, but they are excellent guns.
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    GP100.....built like a tank, if you plan to carry it...carries like a tank also!

    Look into finding a S&W 66, K frame revo...I have one in 2 1/2" barrel that has the smoothest trigger of any revolver I have ever handled.....can be had for $500 - 600....AND if you choose to carry, it is the right size for all day comfort.
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    I agree with the Used S&W model 19

    Or my favorite,
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    A Dan Wesson 15-2
    I have one exactly as pictured with te 6 in. heavy vent.
    I bought it in 1983 for $200 and I was questioning my own intelligence,,,Until I shot it.
    They can be had in an array of finishes,Heavy and or vented barrels, and in the pistol pack my brother just saw on G broker, was had for $750 I believe, with 4 barrels, and IMHO are the best shooters out of the box, for revolvers

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/SearchResults.aspx

    Here is a link to G broker DW page
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