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Revolver advice

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Spartacus100, May 23, 2012.

  1. Spartacus100

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    i will be buying a revolver soon but do not know which one to get. i do want a .357 but dont know about brands. i want to keep the cost around $400 or lower so that probably rules out Colt and S&W but what about Taurus or Charter Arms? Are those brands ok? Can i get a Ruger for that price? i dont mind a pre-owned one. so basically, i am asking for advice on brands...thanks
     
  2. I just got a brand new Ruger GP100. I paid ~$550 (was a gift). Well worth it. You may be able to find a used one for your price though. Very solid great shooting gun. I recommend it.
     


  3. Spartacus100

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    thats what i want as i love the feel of the gun but price may be an issue..
     
  4. Most people will be shocked to find out I'm a Smith & Wesson fan, but I have owned others. The one Taurus .357 and two 38's, I've owned impressed me. I've looked at a number of others, and I have always thought if I didn't already have a couple of revolvers, and I just wanted "a gun" they would do nicely.

    I don't remember how long it's been since I've seen a S&W, Colt, or Ruger .357 for less than $400.00.

    One thing you might consider, since money is an object, skip the .357 unless you absoslutly need the extra power, and just look for a nice 38 revolver. The guns are less expensive, generally, as is the ammo. Get started there, and you can expand to a .357 later.
     
  5. Spartacus100

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    good point CajunBass. i guess the .357 sounds cooler but all i really need it for is to qualify with it for my CHL Instructor license. My everyday carry is a G19 so i dont think it will get alot of use but i need one for the course and dont know anyone i can borrow from.
     
  6. byf43

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    I'm generally not a Ruger fan, but a 'gently used' Ruger Speed-Six (or Security-Six) will serve you well.

    I owned a Speed-Six for a while (2-3/4" barrel) and it was built like an Abrams tank!
     
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  7. Smoker

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    Get what you like, what you can shoot well, what you can afford, don't let the brand whores talk you into something you don't like or can't afford. There are people that can find something wrong with every brand. Enjoy what you get shoot often, shoot well.
     
  8. HexHead

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    budsgunshop.com has used S&W Model 10s for $269. Your choice of round or square butt.
     
  9. A quick search on Armslist.com got me this result from Dallas.

    GP 100 in Dallas

    Arizona Security Six

    New Mexico GP100

    You should be able to find a Ruger near your price range. I saw a few Taurus (Tauri?) around $350. Smiths seem to be about $600+, unless you want a snubbie.

    A $400 budget should certainly be doable, especially if you don't mind a wheelie with a few miles on it.
     
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  10. Rick305

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    I had an LCR .357 -- awesome gun , no issues .

    If you can get a used one/new for $400 you can't go wrong. LCR .357 + Speer SB Gold Dot .357 = Rock n Roll
     
  11. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Rossi makes a .357 mag revolver in your price range.

    [​IMG]


    It's been the better part of 20 years, but I had one that was pretty darn accurate. Never saw anything but full power loads. I sold it to fund another purchase, but I don't have a bad word to say about the Rossi I had. Are they the same today? I don't know, but food for thought.
     
  12. bac1023

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    Yes, they're very strong revolvers. I have a Security Six as well.

    I actually like them better than the GP.
     
  13. JBnTX

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    Buy a Ruger GP100, and you'll never have to say you're sorry.

    Ruger revolvers are built strong and can handle even the hottest loads.
    They're very accurate and reliable.

    ..
     
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  14. Spartacus100

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    looks like I am leaning towards the suggestions of the Ruger GP100 or Security Six...ill shop around and once i get one, i will post pics...thanks for the feedback and id still like to hear more thoughts/ideas
     
  15. You have a semi-auto, but they are making you qualify with a revolver?

    Any revolver? What are the shooting requirements? Can you use a single-action .22 ?

    If a .22, you can find a lot of uses for it, and single-action are a lot less expensive than double-action.

    If you can have any revolver, then get something with a longer sight radius, perhaps 4" to 6".

    If you go .357 mag and double-action and new and quality names like S&W or Ruger, then you are spending a lot of money.
     
  16. countrygun

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    The wife and I have quite a collection of S&W .357s, with some Colts and Rugers as well but we haven't had a bit of trouble with the Taurus she packs in the hills and my Charter bulldog .44 is in my EDC rotation and actuall gets a good amount of carry. it has been flawless. (or I wouldn't carry it
     
  17. Spartacus100

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    yep, Texas CHL instructor course requires you to qualify with both a Semi and a Revolver presumably because you may have students who qual with a revolver. anyways, i need one for the course. as far as caliber, they dont allow anything smaller than a .35 for a revolver and .380 is acceptable for a semi....
     
  18. JBnTX

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    If you buy a Stainless steel Ruger GP100 4 inch barrel, I absolutely guarantee that you'll love it and never sell it.
     
  19. Spartacus100

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    JB-that is what i really want, its just finding one preferably pre-owend for the lower cost. Ive held one and it felt great in my hand.