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Old 10-30-2012, 06:48 PM   #11
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S&W or Ruger .357. 4 inch barrel, or even better 6 inch. Load it with Federal 125 GR JHP ammo. If you can find a good used Ruger Security Six, it will serve you for several lifetimes, and can be had usually for under $400. May need a $50 trigger vjob to be as smooth as a S&W, but it's still a bargain.

Of course, if money is no concern, a S&W 686 is the ultimate in today's production.

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I have a SA right now but I want to pick up a revolver. What are some good recommendations?. My chl instructor told me the Taurus .357 magnum with a 3 inch barrel was a sweet gun. What do you think.?
I have no first hand experience with Taurus revolvers but there is a lot of Internet buzz about their poor QC.

Personally I would look at either Ruger or S&W. the Ruger GP100 or S&W 686 (w/4 or 6 inch barrels) are great guns for HD or open carry. If you are more interested in CC you might look at the Ruger SP101 or S&W 60 (both available w/3inch barrels). Personally I would avoid alloy or polymer frame guns in 357. I just think the 357 recoil is too much on such light guns. YMMV.
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I have no first hand experience with Taurus revolvers but there is a lot of Internet buzz about their poor QC.

Personally I would look at either Ruger or S&W. the Ruger GP100 or S&W 686 (w/4 or 6 inch barrels) are great guns for HD or open carry. If you are more interested in CC you might look at the Ruger SP101 or S&W 60 (both available w/3inch barrels). Personally I would avoid alloy or polymer frame guns in 357. I just think the 357 recoil is too much on such light guns. YMMV.
Unless you're "nerve dead" an alloy frame model 60 with full power .357 will not be uncomfortable, it will HURT!
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357 is the most flexible revolver caliber. Good choice.

I would stick with Rugers or S&Ws. If you want it for carry, then 3" or less is a good length. If you want it for more of a range gun, I would go with at least 4".

You may want to consider a .22 if you are not concerned about a protection gun. Everyone needs a .22, and it is by far the most economical way to shoot. Ruger has a couple very nice .22 revolvers. I have a Smith Model 17, but it is one of the more expensive .22 solutions out there.

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Unless you're "nerve dead" an alloy frame model 60 with full power .357 will not be uncomfortable, it will HURT!
From personal experience with my alloy-framed Chiappa Rhino, full power .357 loads was not uncomfortable to shoot in this particular revolver. Shooting .38 specials has a similar recoil signature of a .22LR.

If you want a lightweight revolver to carry, but doesn't have the mule kick like other magnum revolvers, consider the Rhino in 4" or 6" barrel lengths.
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From personal experience with my alloy-framed Chiappa Rhino, full power .357 loads was not uncomfortable to shoot in this particular revolver. Shooting .38 specials has a similar recoil signature of a .22LR.
I'd have to see that to believe it.
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Smith and Wessons probably have the best triggers for out of the box guns.
^ +1 The venerable S&W might not look modern-cool, but it's hard to beat the triggers. ... tick...bang

Single Action is even better!
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I'd have to see that to believe it.
If you happen to be in Dallas, Texas, I'd be happy to offer you the chance to shoot it to believe it.

To me, .357 magnums out of the Rhino feels something like a 9mm +P.
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I like a single action now and then, but if I am ever out in the woods up here and being slung about like a rag doll by a large bear, I see it a little difficult in working the hammer, then firing. Where as on a double action all I have to do is aim and squeeze. Nothing to think about there, just inherent muscle memory.
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