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Old 08-01-2013, 04:29 AM   #1
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Whats the best .38 or .357 for the money? Do you prefer .38 or .357 for everday hiking use?
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:33 AM   #2
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I prefer the 357 over 38 for hiking, because of some of the animals I encounter. 38s are good for urban critters.
I prefer the triggers of Smiths over Rugers, and that is the price I will gladly pay.
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I prefer the 357 over 38 for hiking, because of some of the animals I encounter. 38s are good for urban critters.
I prefer the triggers of Smiths over Rugers, and that is the price I will gladly pay.
Whats a price on a 357 from s&w. im willing to spend a little more if its worth it
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Rugers make fine 357s for about 500 or so. Smiths are around almost 700. You probably could get a Ruger and get a trigger action job on it and not be into it as much as the smith, but then the looks of a Ruger are almost as deadly as the caliber itself! Just plain ugly to me.


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I like the Smith & Wesson 686, the Ruger GP100 and the Ruger SP101, in that order.
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Rugers make fine 357s for about 500 or so. Smiths are around almost 700. You probably could get a Ruger and get a trigger action job on it and not be into it as much as the smith, but then the looks of a Ruger are almost as deadly as the caliber itself! Just plain ugly to me.


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i have owned several S&W 357 revolvers over the years and like them quite a bit, but i'd buy a Ruger revolver in a minute as well. Ruger makes fine pistols. IMO, the S&W pistols are a little nicer looking, but either one would be a good choice.
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My favorite is the S&W 686p in either a 3" or 4" bbl. But I don't own one yet. :Confused:

My brand preference in order is S&W, Ruger, Colt.

Colt is only last because they're so durn expensive.

Definitely get a .357. They give you more versatility. You can shoot a .38 out of it but you can't shoot a .357 out of a .38.

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S&W 686 was my pick for right around $700. A GP100 I have seen for as low as $550. I would say don't forget to look at Taurus but their M66 is within $20 of getting the GP100.

I don't know that I would want a SA only revolver for hiking amongst potentially dangerous animals. If you think that wouldn't be an issue it opens up a whole bunch of Rugers in the $500 or a little lower range.
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I've got an old ruger security six that i picked up a while back at a pawn shop. Great gun. If u look they occasionally crop up at pawn shops in the 3 to 4 range
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A lot depends on how much weight you are willing to carry and how dangerous are the critters you may encounter. If yo are only worried about snakes, a 16 oz 38spl with snake shot is a great choice. If you are worried about a badger or mountain lion then a 28 oz SP101 in 357 is a good choice. If you dont care about weight then the 4" barreled 40+ oz S&W or Ruger revolvers are good to go. When you get into 40 oz you are getting close to the weight of a 44 mag. Personally I like to stay on the light side.
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