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This is a discussion on Beginner Revolver within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by Laxer So i think i have decided- a 6" gp-100! So to keep it all under 500 im gonna look for one ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laxer View Post
    So i think i have decided- a 6" gp-100!

    So to keep it all under 500 im gonna look for one used and then use the rest to get a holster and some ammo. Is this a good idea and what to on the price expect for a used one?
    It depends a lot on the demand in your area. I'm just outside of Detroit nad picked up mine in late December for $400.00. It was very gently used, and well cared for, what I would call a 90+ % gun, and well worth the price.
    I hope you find a "new friend" soon, they are great guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laxer View Post
    I am new to revolver shooting and am looking for a recommendation for a quality wheelgun. I would prefer for it to be about in the $500 range and would not mind buying used. I am looking for something in 357 mag. It will be used mainly for my woods/range gun.

    Thanks

    I grew up with S&W Revolvers, but have become a fan of Ruger in the past three or so years.

    I find the Ruger GP100 to be built "hell for stout" and one that I would expect to be the most durable of all the common brands out there. The reason that I went to Ruger was because of the "Hillary Hole" but I certainly wouldn't turn down a Used "Pre-Lock" L or N Frame either. The reason I would choose the L or N Frame over the more common K Frame is for durability reasons if you intend to do a lot of shooting with .357 Magnum loads.

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    Taurus model 85 UL works for me.

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    I too would recommend a Ruger also, the SP101 for carry or the GP100 for general use.
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    s&w model 65 mine is a 65-2 with a 4" barrel!! picked it up in great condition for $350!!
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    The Ruger SP101 good revolver and Smith & Wesson Model 686 4" barrell .357 mag, model 619 and 620 are also chambered for the .357 mag. I love S&W revolvers. As a beginner you want to stay away from snubbies. The recoil on those can be uncomfortable for the beginner. I have one and it is not my favorite to shoot on a regular basis. As a pocket SD gun it is great but not as a target/home defense gun that you would want to shoot often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimH58 View Post
    The Ruger SP101 good revolver and Smith & Wesson Model 686 4" barrell .357 mag, model 619 and 620 are also chambered for the .357 mag. I love S&W revolvers. As a beginner you want to stay away from snubbies. The recoil on those can be uncomfortable for the beginner. I have one and it is not my favorite to shoot on a regular basis. As a pocket SD gun it is great but not as a target/home defense gun that you would want to shoot often.
    For some, yes, for others?
    I love my model 36 snubbie and can actually shot it more accuratly than my Kimber Pro Carry II .
    I don't find the recoil of the snubbie or the GP100 uncomfortable at all. I have developed a bad habit with the Kimber, of anticipating recoil and pulling my shots low and right, no so with the snubbie.
    I started shooting at the ripe old of 12 and my model 36 is the first revolver I ever fired, back in the days that Dad owned it.
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    My two favorite .357's are a Sp101 and a Model 66 2.5" barrel Smith and Wesson. Can't go wrong w/either one. Both could be had for under 500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Smith and Wesson 686!!
    That would be my first choice, Ruger GP-100 a very close second.
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    Get yourself a nice 4" barrel model 19, or pre lock model 66. It doesn't get any better than those in a revolver, IMHO of course. Regards 18DAI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Smith and Wesson 686!!

    Agreed, was my first revo. Solid gun, quite accurate.


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    I'd recommend a Colt Trooper MkIII or newer or a S&W 686. Both are quality revolvers that you will not outgrow. They will always be capable of more accuracy than the operator. I used a lightly modified Trooper back in the 70's for police combat shoots and it never left me wanting more.Hard to argue with 248 to 250 out of a possible 250 score time after time.

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    I think you're going to have a hard time finding a good quality used revolver period. IF you do, I think you're going to be surprised at the price. Right now, demand for quality used guns (especially the good popular models) is at an all time high. You may find a better deal (comparatively speaking) just buying new.

    I think the GP100's and S&W 686's are simply outstanding lifetime revolvers. For concealed carry (if you ever go that route) the Ruger SP101 and any of the S&W J Frames are great.

    I too think the Rossi is an undervalued lower end offering that would make a fine woods/range gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laxer View Post
    I am looking for something in 357 mag. It will be used mainly for my woods/range gun.

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    A single action revolver, such as the Ruger Blackhawk in .357 Magnum, is a good choice for this application. Used models are not hard to find and are reasonably priced.


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    i would look for a smith and wesson first. then ruger, then charter arms, then so on.
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