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Old 12-04-2012, 06:29 PM   #21
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It's really hard to give you an answer without knowing the game laws in your home state and what you will be hunting. For big game some states require that a pistol has at least a 6" barrel. if you are hunting small game a Ruger 22/45 is real hard to beat. So until the OP narrows it down from everything It's hard to do more than guess.

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Look for a vintage (read: used) S&W Wheel gun. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

I got this Combat Magnum on gunbroker for <$400.

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Yep, it doesn't get much better than this! The old snake is smiling!

Certainly not the first 357 I've shot.....but the first I've owned. Why did I take so long????????

There is something about a vintage Smith wheel gun in the N or K frame that sends piss-quivers up my spine. (That's far more manly than a Chris Mathews tingle up his leg.) Like a vintage M1911A1, the history seems to morph from the ageless stocks and provide the shooter with a glimpse of brilliance from the giants who's shoulders we walk on. (Elmer Keith, Jack Weaver, Col. Charles "Boots" Askins, Thell Reed, Jerry Miculek to name a few.)

Here she is, a Smith & Wesson model 19-3, P&R. Manufactured in 1970, this gun is older than many members here yet the barrel is clean and shiny and it shoots like......well you decide below;







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For a versatile gun, although kinda heavy, look into a Dan Wesson revolver. They have interchangeable barrels. I.E., you just unscrew a lug at the muzzle, slide off the shroud, unscrew the barrel (by hand), then screw in the barrel of your choice using a supplied feeler guage to set the cylinder gap, slide on the appropriate shroud and tighten the lug at the muzzle. They come with 2 1/2", 4", 6", 8", and 10" barrels. Heavy and pricey, but you can have a single gun to use for multiple purposes. I think the Dan Wesson stuff is owned by Kahr now, but you should be able to find 'em on the internet.
Just an FYI, CZ owns Dan Wesson.
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If you want THE all-round general purpose revolver, then get a 357. It is by far the most versatile of all revolver chamberings. My 357 is a Ruger SP101. It is a somewhat compact, 5 shot revolver. Ok... it's more compact than a GP100 or a Smith model 27. The 357 is great for plinking, for target shooting. It is spectacular for home and self defense. Short of carrying a shotgun, it is one of the best designed defense guns made.

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Just an FYI, CZ owns Dan Wesson.
OK, thanks.
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Yeah, I agree with Cane, if you're gonna get a wheelgun get a classic. How about this guy.


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Yeah, I agree with Cane, if you're gonna get a wheelgun get a classic. How about this guy.


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If you're looking for the best all-around revolver, look no further than the S&W Performance Center 627.

Pros:
- 5" barrel balances like a 4" and isn't as muzzle-heavy as a 6". It's the "just right" size
- Built on the famous N frame that .44 mags are built on. Tougher in the long run than any GP100 for use with hot loads
- 8 shot revolver! Enough said there.
- custom tuned trigger from the Performance Center gunsmiths that is likely the best trigger on a production revolver
- extra smooth action
- already drilled and tapped for optics if necessary

Cons:
- about $1000 price



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I totally agree with the masses that the .357 is the most versatile firearm on the market. You can even use 38+P amo if you want a little more punch.

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