Need a .357 Magnum

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  1. 1canvas

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    In my younger days for many years I was a revolver guy (S&W and Ruger) then in the 90s a 1911 guy, in 2008 I started with Glocks.
    Now that in older I’m thinking revolvers again, mostly for fun. So I am starting to collect information and thought this is as good as place as any to start.
    What I’m looking for is a 4-6” barrel in .357 in either a S&W or Ruger. My last 10 years with S&W were not good, mostly due to timing and gap issues with N frame .44 Magnums.
    So I’m leaning towards a Ruger, but I’m looking for suggestions about what people are happy with and what to stay away from.
    The Ruger Champion looks good.
     
  2. amd65

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    GP100...great wheelgun.
     
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  3. Need4Speed

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    I think you can get a Redhawk in an 8 shot. Can’t go wrong with a GP100. Not a fan of the 101, frame seemed to small. Tended to be a knuckle knocker.
     
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    I'm in the market for a .357 as well. Probably not the right time to be buying, tho. Mostly for amusement purposes, I'm going to hit the gun show tomorrow, but if I find something at a reasonable price, I'll pick it up. A GP100 would be perfect.
     
  5. Colt38SuperDude

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    GP100 Match Champion looks good and shoots well. The Hogue wooden grip is nicely shaped BUT not kind to small hands. I switched it out for the original Ruger GP100 rubber/wood insert grip (compact version) and am now a lot happier with it.
     
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    Love my GP100 Match Champion. Like the sights ok, wood grips feel pretty nice. Trigger was so-so out the box, but a little stoning and spring swap and it is smooth as butter. I'm not sure the Match Champion is worth the extra money, but I liked the grips & the fact that they worked the action a bit, before I knew I'd want to mess with it myself anyway...seemed like a good idea at the time, but doing it over I might just get the standard model. I think either a GP or S&W 686 would be a great purchase if you were to have one revolver, and/or one .357
     
  7. Gray Dood

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    P&R Smith and Wesson for me please.

    Model 28, Model 27, Model 66.

    Or non P&R a la Model 686.

    Nothing with a hole in the side of it.

    Nothing wrong with the GP100, I've just always preferred the smoother double action pull of S&W. And I've never had a timing issue with any except years ago with a 1917 Brazilian DA .45.

    Those who choose the Ruger leave more vintage Smith's for me. :)

    Just my $.02.
     
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    Look around and find one of the Ruger "6" series. I believe I have over 15 .357 revolvers and the Ruger Security Six is my favorite.
     
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  9. El Pistolero

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    You can’t go wrong with a Ruger Security Six .357 2.75 inch revolver. They are no longer made, but they occasionally turn up on the used market. I bought mine in the 70s for use as an off duty gun. They are built like a tank and very accurate. The original grips were pretty beat up so I replaced them with one of the extra sets I have in my parts bin. I occasionally use it as my EDC.
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  10. CDR_Glock

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    I own a few revolvers. I have owned others like the Python (1960s and 1970s), also. I have somewhere over two dozen of various brands. My updated pic hasn’t been taken. It’s a lot of work to get them out of the safe, up the elevator, in a place where I can take a family pic.

    The older S&W revolvers are smoother than the newer ones, even in Performance Center variety.

    I have a few Taurus revolvers in 357 Magnum, such as a Taurus Model 66 357 Magnum 7 shot, Taurus 605 5 Shot 357 Magnum, 1994 Custom Shop and Taurus 605 5 Shot 357 Magnum. Their triggers are better than a Ruger in my opinion. I never had issues with them. Maybe I’m the exception.

    I love my S&W Performance Center 627 2.5” 8 Shot 357 Magnum and S&W Performance Center 586 L-Comp 7 Shot 357 Magnum, though. They’re heavy and thick but recoil is minimal.

    I love my Chiappa Rhino 60DS 6 Shot 357 Magnum a lot but top and bottom rails make leather holsters impractical due to abrasion by the rails. Great action and trigger. It’s unconventional but the recoil is minimal compared to a regular wheel gun.

    The Ruger has no lock. That is a big plus, though I don’t mess with them on my S&W. The GP100 and a Redhawk are viable options. The triggers aren’t great but after shooting them, they break in well. I only have a Ruger GP 100 Match Champion 10 mm 6 shot, and got rid of my 357 Magnum varieties. The biggest advantage of a Ruger is that they’re overbuilt. Many can handle the heaviest ammunition/cartridges such as Buffalo Bore, Underwood, etc, in the Redhawk and Super Redhawk variety. If I were to get a Ruger now, I’d get a 7 shot Redhawk since capacity is excellent, and it’s built to handle the heaviest loads.





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    I never had a problem smoothing out the action in a Ruger. Back in the day it was a given to do a trigger job on one, looking at the prices they seem kind of high, is it the sign of the times?
     
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    I suggest a nice pre-lock P&R model 19 or 66.
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    This is actually a 19 that I had hardchromed. Professionally bobbed hammer, DOA.
     
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    I want a S&W 686 3-5-7:
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    I missed one on a local forum about two weeks ago. :(
     
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    I agree that I have no interest in NEW S&W revolvers, but I avoid buying any guns new, when possible, and that goes double for revolvers and triple for S&W products.

    If I needed a revolver, I'd go buy a pre-lock Smith & Wesson L frame.
     
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  16. Gray Dood

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    Alright dammit, I can't seem to not post pics. Y'all are going to be (or already are) tired of seeing these I'm sure.

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    But I like P&R Smith's. Guess I need to take new pictures.
     
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    That is a sweet gun, any chance you have some better/bigger pics? Not sure I've seen a hard chromed 19 before.
     
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    Sorry, no. Regretfully I let this one go. Here is a “before” picture. The blued finish was really worn, looks much better in the picture than up close and personal.
     
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    S&W 686 with 3 inch barrel. Great gun.
     
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    This. I have a stainless 4" with aftermarket Altamont grips, and I absolutely love it. Those hot 125gr. loads kick something fierce though.
     
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