Need a .357 Magnum

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by 1canvas, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. MinervaDoe

    MinervaDoe

    Messages:
    18,580
    Likes Received:
    12,371
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2009
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    I chose the Ruger Redhawk in 357 to allow me to continue training while I rehabilitated a hand injury. The unexpected benefit to me was how much I enjoy shooting this gun. It is heavy, which is both a burden and a blessing. It takes a little muscle to hold it steady, but the recoil is very manageable. I am capable of holding tight groups with my left hand. But initially, managing guns with a lot of recoil is not something that I could do well while shooting southpaw.
    [​IMG]
    TOP: Ruger Redhawk chambered in .44 Magnum (six round capacity). BOTTOM: Ruger Redhawk chambered in .357 Magnum (eight round capacity). The .357 can utilize moon clips and ejects rounds with or without moon clips (clip pictured leaning near the trigger guard).

    [​IMG]
    On a number of occasions, I fired a friend's GP100 on range outings and noticed its superb tack driving potential. Later, when I had the opportunity to purchase Ruger's factory tuned GP100 Match Champion, I was not disappointed in this revolvers accuracy and smooth single and double action pulls. Ruger revolvers are well known for their strength and durability and the GP100 one ups this reputation by proving to be superbly accurate.
    [​IMG]
    Seven yards, twenty five rounds fired double action from a Ruger GP100 Match Champion .357 Magnum
    http://chronosscifi.com/ruger357GridJS.html
     
  2. 1canvas

    1canvas

    Messages:
    5,035
    Likes Received:
    1,560
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Location:
    The Great State of Ohio
    Things have changed since my revolver days. The 730 was GP100, I haven’t priced a 686.
     

  3. 1canvas

    1canvas

    Messages:
    5,035
    Likes Received:
    1,560
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Location:
    The Great State of Ohio
    I didn’t know they made a Redhawk in .357 magnum.
     
  4. Aceman

    Aceman

    Messages:
    7,205
    Likes Received:
    240
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2008
    Location:
    Tampa
    Man - we need some more information!

    Looks like price IS a factor. And all you said was for "fun" and we have no idea what that means. Might you cry it? Will you hunt? Or just at the range?

    I was in your position, and realized that it was mostly a fun gun. So I went Ruger Blackhawk. Now I can get my inner cowboy out!

    But...

    #1 Ruger GP 100 in 4 or 6 inch is the Ford F150 of .357. 4" probably the best all-around
    #2 S&W 686 is never the wrong, although expensive, answer. 686+ if you want just one more round before reload!
    # DO NOT HATE TAURUS! The Taurus 66 or the 627 are both decent, and less expensive

    Me...Loving the Single Action life!!!
     
  5. 1canvas

    1canvas

    Messages:
    5,035
    Likes Received:
    1,560
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Location:
    The Great State of Ohio
    Fun means range time with mostly some of the 2000 rounds .38 ammo that I have and some .357 ammo.
    Outside fun shooting long range into a hillside.
    I’ve had Blackhawks before but I’m not a single action revolver guy.
    And yes price is a factor, I not sure about spending nearly 750.00 + tax for a GP100.
     
  6. jame

    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

    Messages:
    8,531
    Likes Received:
    7,495
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2002
    Location:
    Central Iowa
    62AC3844-B8AE-4633-B8AD-0D319F5C8619.jpeg

    I have the same model. I added the small Ruger rubber/wood grips, changed out springs, did a little smoothing, and added a quality holster.

    If there’s one gun that I put absolute full faith into, this is it. With the Kramer holster and a thick belt, it carries and conceals very, very well.
     
    Current Resident likes this.
  7. rds95991

    rds95991 NRA Benefactor

    Messages:
    5,251
    Likes Received:
    3,246
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2011
    I was in the same boat. The only 357 I had was the Python I use for my avatar. I purchased a 627 4" 8 shot and 686 5" 7 shot both Pro Series.

    627_686.JPG
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2020
    Bus007 likes this.
  8. CBennett

    CBennett

    Messages:
    15,007
    Likes Received:
    3,241
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Location:
    PA/Covered by LEOSA
    Lots of good ones out there I have Dan Wesson 15-2 6" model, I have also used/carried/had S&W model 27/28, Ruger GP100,and Colt Python and Cobra I can recommend them all
     
  9. 0311INF

    0311INF

    Messages:
    1,815
    Likes Received:
    1,953
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2014
    The Security Six and GP100 are much more modern designs than any S&W, which still adheres to the early ejector model configuration. But comparatively they suffer from somewhat loose production tolerances. This lends to the Rugers' reputation for crudeness and poor triggers.

    If you get a good one, the Ruger DA is going to be a fine option. I've slicked up several triggers with some stoning and spring changes, which can result in a very pleasant DA pull, and a superb SA break.

    A GP100 4.2 inch is about the only .357 revolver one would ever need. If you want something to gawk at and attention at the range, go for a S&W.
     
    JBL13 and TexFarm like this.
  10. gamecocks

    gamecocks

    Messages:
    1,317
    Likes Received:
    978
    Joined:
    May 3, 2013
    Location:
    South Carolina
    They make an 8 shot .357 Redhawk!

    [​IMG]
     
    Bus007 and Current Resident like this.
  11. dbuck47

    dbuck47

    Messages:
    923
    Likes Received:
    753
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2015
    My favorite would be a pre lock, p&r M19/66 Smith UNLESS you plan to shoot a steady magnum diet. I know, old record, and according to your narrative, you have probably heard it before.

    For more magnum use, I would want a prelock 586/686 or a GP100 of whatever flavor suits you. Nothing wrong with the prelock 27 or 28- I would love a 4 inch 28 - but generally for all around use, I would prefer the medium frame L or GP100 for holster carry.

    If I walked out the door right now to get a .357, I would likely look first at Rugers.
     
  12. Current Resident

    Current Resident

    Messages:
    5,822
    Likes Received:
    5,729
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2012
    Location:
    Motor City
    I bought a 686 6 inch barrel back in 85 and it has a lot of rounds through it. Sold it to my kid. It's always been an excellent gun. Shot three deer with it.
     
    lilPerut and CanyonMan like this.
  13. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Messages:
    7,071
    Likes Received:
    4,047
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2002
    Like the Ruger SP101 357mag for a belly gun (some times).
    Like the Smith 357mag 4" for the smooth trigger and excellent accuracy.

    Both, very durable guns.


    IMG_2008.JPG




    IMG_2582.JPG





    CM
    :horse:
     
    Bus007 and Current Resident like this.
  14. Blackshirt

    Blackshirt

    Messages:
    1,393
    Likes Received:
    1,580
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2006
    Location:
    Waldheim, LA
    I used a 6” S&W M586 in PPC matches back in the 80s and 90s. It had a Patridge front sight and a superb trigger. It was a pleasure to shoot.

    Also, there are some fantastic single action revolvers out there. I have a beautiful Uberti ‘73 SAA that is chambered in .357 that’s a great range and woods gun.
     
  15. mrt949

    mrt949

    Messages:
    1,177
    Likes Received:
    70
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2009
    My first 357 was a Hause SA. In 1976 security six ,TC CONTENDERS, RED HAWKS 7.5 ,5.5 SW 66 3" SW 19 2.5" SP101 4.4, 2.4
    357 is my go to .
     
    CanyonMan and Current Resident like this.
  16. ithaca_deerslayer

    ithaca_deerslayer

    Messages:
    32,753
    Likes Received:
    29,741
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2000
    Location:
    Upstate NY, USA
    I like S&W better, but I have a 6" Ruger GP-100 that is absolutely fabulous.

    If you really want to blast something, that's a pretty good choice :)
     
    Current Resident likes this.
  17. Current Resident

    Current Resident

    Messages:
    5,822
    Likes Received:
    5,729
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2012
    Location:
    Motor City
    You are the only one, I know of, who has and posts pics of your 686 snub nose. Last year's I was on Gunbroker trying to bid on one, ended up losing the bid.

    That's on the short list for me.
     
    ithaca_deerslayer likes this.
  18. Borg Warner

    Borg Warner

    Messages:
    16,741
    Likes Received:
    37,899
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2017
    Location:
    Northeastern Washington
    Don't buy a new gun. An older one in good condition will last you a lifetime. Fora compact carry gun, get a Ruger speed six ore service six with a 2 3/4" barrel, Bob the hammer on it, and do a Trigger job.

    For a target/range gun, get a pre-lock smith and Wesson model 27 or a less expensive model 28 with a 6 inch barrel. The big N-frame soaks up the recoil of even the hottest heavy bullet "Bear" loads and shooting 38 special wadcutters is like shooting a .22. The factory target grips are adequate for teh hottest loads And rubbre grips ar an abomination on a classic S&W.

    Anoteh gun to consider for a target/range gun is the pre-lock 586 or 686 with a six inch barrel.
    My brother has one of these (586, Blued, six inch) and it's more accurate than my friend's Python.

    And for a combination carry/range gun, Get a pre-lock 4 inch 686 or 686 Plus with the 7 shot cylinder.
     
    Current Resident likes this.
  19. hogship

    hogship A republic, if you can keep it! Silver Member

    Messages:
    17,130
    Likes Received:
    14,672
    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2004
    Location:
    In my shop
    My personal favorite is a Smith 28-2, 4" P&R.......I've had quite a few 357's over the years, but this one is just a great range gun. Heavy, built with great mechanics. I'd buy it again, if I didn't already have it......
    [​IMG]
    Also had a 6" version that was equally as good a shooter......gifted to my son a few years ago......
    [​IMG]
    Last time I checked, 28-2's are still readily available on the used market......about $5-600 for a really nice one......
     
    Borg Warner and Gray Dood like this.
  20. Wojo88

    Wojo88

    Messages:
    897
    Likes Received:
    1,403
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2020
    Location:
    Michigan
    Bought my GP100 in 1986, has been and still is one of the most accurate revolvers I have. Well built and can take heavy loads with ease.