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Old 06-29-2009, 06:07 AM   #1
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I've been researching some different 357 revolvers and reading some reviews. I've liked what I read about the Taurus 6" model 66. Also, the S&W 586/686.
Now, I'm not looking to spend more than $1,000. So what I'd like to know are any other 357 revolvers that you'd used and would recommend. I'm not picky on company, I just want to purchase one that doesnt have a history of problems. I'd prefer if the model had a good sized barrel.

Any recommendations are welcomed.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:35 AM   #2
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I've been extremely, extremely happy with my Taurus 65 stainless steel. I wasn't REAL big on the grips though, but that's just due to my hand size, so I switched it out for a Hogue and I'm good to go.

Shoots straight, smooth and simple, and it's downright inexpensive.

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I've got medium sized hands, maybe. They aren't tiny, but not really that big. I can hold a 12 gauge comfortably, if that says anything.
Thanks for your input.

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Ruger GP100 or SP101. Ruger revolvers are built like tanks.

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Thanks Stealie. I'll check those out.

EDIT: I've been seeing revolvers blowing up and/or barrel blowing off. What causes this?

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+1 For the rugers.

I like taurus, but I'm not taking my chances with whatever they make them out of and their less than poor customer service.

I would also like to get the smith and wesson .41mag/.40S&w they now have.

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Well, is the intended use of the revolver concealed carry for defense, target, or shooting small armored vehicles?

I have a few- am partial to S&W- especially my Mdl 66 with a 6" bbl. Accuate, reliable, fits my hand, great finish. However, I also have a Dan Wesson Mdl 15 that I bought back about 1977. Swap barrels (30 seconds) and you have a 2 inch for carry, a 4 inch for the range, or a 10 inch for hunting. The trigger pull on that one is as crisp as a fresh Pringle, and double action is smoother than a used car salesman. There HAVE been reports of varying quality over the years, but the one I have has won several matches, and taken 2 whitetail deer. For less than a grand, you should have your choice of several different makes. Shop carefully in the used market, and you could have 2-3 revolvers.

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Well my main purpose would be an extra gun for HD and to target shoot.
I suppose if I could get a CCW, I'd use it there.

I appreciate your response, c3shooter.

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For HD and target shooting, I'd highly recommend the ruger GP-100. It is probably the strongest built .357 out there. One of the traditional knocks on this revolver, especially compared to S&W, is that it had a gritty trigger pull. I must say after handling a bunch of new ones, that their trigger is now very nice. On par with S&W, imo. This gun is cheaper and stronger than a S&W. It is a bit more expensive than a taurus, but will last much longer. Go get a GP-100, you won't regret it. And if you ever decide to CC, then pick up a Ruger SP-101 or LCR while you're at it too.

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The Ruger GP-100 is a super gun, particularly for the money. If money is no object, then consider the S&W 627. It is a stainless N frame Smith. The Pro has a 4" barrel and the PC has a 5" barrel. I really like 5" N frame Smiths. Mine is a super shooter.

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