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Old 01-02-2009, 03:57 AM   #11
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I've never noticed Colt revolvers as being more accurate than the other 2 brands unless perhaps you're talking about the king of .357s-the Colt Python.
Even then perhaps not but pretty much of an non-issue as I don't see many 1st time .357 buyers springing for that kind of cash.





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Rugers are very strong and decent revolvers. So are the old S&W Model 65s and their Model 19s. Colt Pythons are also very good revolvers. I've shot all of them over the years. For accuracy, you can't beat any of them with a 6 inch barrel. Colts though are a tab bit more accurate than the other two. The thing to remember is that a good 4 inch revolver was the basic backbone of many law enforcement agencies for many, many years. Avoid the snub nosed revolvers because they kick harder than the longer barreled models. Also remember that you can load .38 special target loads and use them in a .357 magnum revolver to your advantage.
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I've owned a Taurus 605 which is a 2" barrel. Loved the gun, great CCW sidearm.

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You need to take your wife to a gun range that RENTS handguns. Let her try out whatever .357's they have available. Personally, I use a Colt King Cobra and a S&W 686. My wife MUCH prefers the Colt...
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S&W model 327
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=11101&storeId=10001&produ ctId=67969&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=50802&isFirearm=Y

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Default ruger security six gun

I tend to aggree with FREEFALL on the security six I personally carried that gun for over 25 yrs & it has never failed or malfunction once it was made just as good or even better than a lot of S & W at the time no brag just fact

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I am considering buying a .357 mag revolver to be used by my wife & myself for home protection. We both have experience shooting semi-auto's but like the reliability of the revolver. My hands are meduim size & my wifes are small(but she is fairly strong). My concerns or questions are
(1) how is the felt recoil
(2) what model .357 mag handgun would you
recommend?
(3) what barrel lenght would you suggest using
on your recommended .357 mag handgun?
(4) any other suggestions you have on the .357
mag handgun


P.S. A shooter at our local range suggested my wife & I look at the Ruger SP- 101-.357mag revolver--any thoughts you have on this handgun/

Thank-You for your time & attention to my thread
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(1) Recoil with full power loads can be a little snappy. For home defense, consider the slightly reduced power loads. They won't light up a dark room like a magnesium flare.

(2) The most cost effective suitable gun is probably the Ruger GP-100. Built like a tank. They usually require a little action smoothing and perhaps reduced power springs to maximize their performance.

(3) Four inches is probably the optimum barrel length for an all around gun to be used for home defense.

(4) The SP-101 is very similar to the GP-100, but it is smaller, has fixed sights and only 5 shots. It is a little more specialized then the GP-100. The GP-100 is just a little bigger, 6 shots, adjustable sights.

If you decide money isn't a problem, then you might consider the S&W 686 series. My 686SSR is a terrific revo, but more expensive then a GP-100. If you want to consider a larger revo, the 627PC is even better. It is an 8 shot, 5" barreled N frame Smith. It is my best revo.
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I'm PRETTY SURE you can get a great shooting .357 revolver for less than 1,000$, which will shoot just as good too. I would shy away from light weight, alloy framed revolvers to begin with as the recoil is more pronounced with them.





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That's one of the reasons I am so impressed with the S&W model 327. The recoil feels like a heavier gun. Very nice on the hand. At least it felt good to me. Plus - an eight round cylinder and a rounded butt which may be better for the wife's hand. Also, the dealers in my area usually sell them for less than the website's listed MSRP.

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I'm PRETTY SURE you can get a great shooting .357 revolver for less than 1,000$, which will shoot just as good too. I would shy away from light weight, alloy framed revolvers to begin with as the recoil is more pronounced with them.
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When I was much younger, I checked out a number of local shooting teams. This was back in the early 1970s. The overwhelming majority of the shots on the teams were all master shooters. Just about every one of the master shooters had a 6 inch Colt Python revolver. When I could get an individual master shooter alone I would ask them about their choice of Colt Python over another brand of revolver like a 6 inch Smith & Wesson or Ruger. All of the shooters impressed me with the amount of research that they had done before getting their Pythons. All but one of them told me that the Python was made to slightly tighter tolerances than any other revolver. I would have talked to a total of about 18 people given 6 per team and at least 16 of the shooters were using Pythons. Since those days and the invention of the internet, I keep finding out that Pythons were, or maybe still are, made with slightly tighter tolerances. Understand that tighter tolerances can work for and against you. In the majority of the cases, not most of the shooting distances any of us would do, the tighter tolerances can enhance some people's shooting just a tad bit more but not enough to really matter. So, the tighter tolerances thing is okay but its more of a psychological boost than anything except when you have a bad load of some kind. In the case of a tighter tolerance meeting a badly loaded cartridge an explosion can occur which could ruin a guy's day. So you've got to look at things carefully and think out what you want to do with your guns.

Oh and also notice where the cylinder rotation notch is situated on a Colt compared to a Smith. The Smith has the rotation notch over the cylinder itself. With a Colt, the notch is offset and not above the actual cylinder. It's over a thicker metal wall area which makes the Colt slightly more stronger than other revolvers.

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When I was much younger, I checked out a number of local shooting teams. This was back in the early 1970s. The overwhelming majority of the shots on the teams were all master shooters. Just about every one of the master shooters had a 6 inch Colt Python revolver. When I could get an individual master shooter alone I would ask them about their choice of Colt Python over another brand of revolver like a 6 inch Smith & Wesson or Ruger. All of the shooters impressed me with the amount of research that they had done before getting their Pythons. All but one of them told me that the Python was made to slightly tighter tolerances than any other revolver. I would have talked to a total of about 18 people given 6 per team and at least 16 of the shooters were using Pythons. Since those days and the invention of the internet, I keep finding out that Pythons were, or maybe still are, made with slightly tighter tolerances. Understand that tighter tolerances can work for and against you. In the majority of the cases, not most of the shooting distances any of us would do, the tighter tolerances can enhance some people's shooting just a tad bit more but not enough to really matter. So, the tighter tolerances thing is okay but its more of a psychological boost than anything except when you have a bad load of some kind. In the case of a tighter tolerance meeting a badly loaded cartridge an explosion can occur which could ruin a guy's day. So you've got to look at things carefully and think out what you want to do with your guns.

Oh and also notice where the cylinder rotation notch is situated on a Colt compared to a Smith. The Smith has the rotation notch over the cylinder itself. With a Colt, the notch is offset and not above the actual cylinder. It's over a thicker metal wall area which makes the Colt slightly more stronger than other revolvers.
In the 70's a Python was more accurate than comparable Smiths. This is no longer the 70's. A 586/686 is every bit the equal of the Colt in the Accuracy department.

The cylinder of a Python is definately NOT stronger than a Smith. Smith and Wesson uses FAR BETTER steel on their blued guns than the Python. Python frames are very prone to stretching when frd a steady diet of Mags. The Python was made to be shot w/spls and caried with mags.

There is no doubt the Python is the sexiest revolver ever made. I would never trust my life on one if I had a Smith available.
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