What kind of .357 should i invest in?

What kind of .357 should i invest in?

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    What kind of .357 should i invest in?

    Hi Guys-

    I really wanted a smith and wesson 500. Due to the 25.50 for 20 rounds, figured that I would not be able to shoot it as much as I want to, so it would just turn into a expensive dust collecter. One of my good friends told me that I should look into .357's, so my question is... In your opinion, what are some of the poplular .357's out there on the market?


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    S&W and Ruger now do you want it for concealed carry or backcountry/hunting carry?
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    S&W and Ruger are the two brands to consider. I'll assume you want a full size gun because you mentioned you were originally looking at a S&W 500. The S&W model would be the 686 for a 357. There are a ton of model variations S&W offers. You can't go wrong with any, but I'd probably choose the base 686.
    Then there is the Ruger GP100. Its built like a tank, but not as refined as the 686. No worries though, as its very easy to smooth out and make every bit as nice as the 686 if not nicer for less money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    S&W and Ruger are the two brands to consider. I'll assume you want a full size gun because you mentioned you were originally looking at a S&W 500. The S&W model would be the 686 for a 357. There are a ton of model variations S&W offers. You can't go wrong with any, but I'd probably choose the base 686.
    Then there is the Ruger GP100. Its built like a tank, but not as refined as the 686. No worries though, as its very easy to smooth out and make every bit as nice as the 686 if not nicer for less money.
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    I agree on the GP100. Great gun for the money. I have the 4" version. 3" would be more packable. There is also the Ruger SP101. Lighter, smaller than the GP100.
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    love my 4" stainless gp100. I hope my grandson likes it equally as much.
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    GP100 is a great choice. Of course sometimes you can find a nice Security Six at a good price. They literally seem to keep shooting forever. Then again there is the S&W Mod. 66............

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    I have my sights set on a S&W 686+ combat magnum with either a 3 or 4 inch barrel. That is one of my dream guns
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    Have you considered reloading for the 500? You might be able to save a bunch of money, that way.

    I've been eyeing the SP101, but that's just me
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    I've got a 686 6" and just picked up a SP101 2 1/4" .It's going to take some work to get the Ruger to be as sweet as the the Smith-but I think it's worth the effort.

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    Ruger and S & W are the two to consider.

    You can buy the 20 self defense .357 round box for self defense and practice with .38 special and +P, both retailing for under $20 for 50 rounds.

    My wife uses Winchester Box of 50 for $20 in .38 Spl. +P personal protection rounds in her .357 and is happy with them. Maybe not quite as powerful as .357 rounds but they will sure blow a gallon jug of water up in a spectacular manner.
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    I have the 686-4 with Pachmyar Grips and it's tough as nails, smooth as glass and easily maintained.
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    Yup, first think id want to know also to tell ya what to get is what do you purpose to use it for..

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    Smith & Wesson 686 w/ 5" barrel. I invested in it....but my wife carrys it....go figure.

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    As others have mentioned, the Ruger is a tad less "finished" than the S&W, but any competent gunsmith can fix that in a jiffy (you could also do it yourself if you're handy like that). I've shot both (GP100 vs 686) on a number of occasions with various grip styles and barrel lengths. I've found the Ruger to be a little more to my liking but I wouldn't turn down a free Smith.
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