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Old 10-07-2013, 03:51 AM   #11
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If you don't have a 22, you need a 22.

But... the 357 is the most versatile chambering you can buy. Ruger... Smith... Take your pick.

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I've got both S&W and Ruger revolvers. Fine products, couldn't put one over the other. If you don't intend to CC, a Ruger GP100 or S&W 686 with a 6" barrel would fit your needs.
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I have owned the Ruger GP100 and agree it would make a fine choice. I also am really enjoying my Judge, as you can shoot 410 shotgun as well as the stout 45 Colt.

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A few things to consider between a GP100 and a 686. BTW a 586 is the same just blued. Note the barrel length and the underlug. A 6" barrel with a full length u/l will make the gun feel muzzle heavy compared to a 4"+ half u/l. Not getting into the details, there are pros and cons to every possible combination. The Ruger is easier to disassemble and clean inside, but you don't have to do that often. The Ruger front sight is secured with a spring loaded detente, and can be swapped for a fiber optic or another unit with no tools.

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Here's a good aid for judging the suitability and safety of a revolver.

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ZachRome Check the ruger single action convertible. You can shoot 357 or 38sp, change cylinders and shoot 9mm too. Good solid design been around for decades. The 6.5" barrel would make a better plinker /target gun. The 9mm is not as accurate do to a 1th's or 2 small bullet but still a good plinker and better than many pistol can shoot.
http://www.ruger.com/products/newModelBlackhawkConvertible/models.html

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I've never owned a revolver and dont really know a lot about them but I would really like to pick one up for my next purchase. What would be a good choice for my first revolver. Mostly for plinking and target practice (don't want a 22)
Wow, talk about your open question. Revolvers are a big diverse world.
DA or SA? I prefer DA's myself, but I understand the appeal of a well done SA.
Caliber? As mentioned, .38/357 is probably your best option for informal plinking and such. At least from the value/versatility standpoint, if .22 is to not be considered. Reloading does broaden one's options a lot more, however.

New or used?
The used market has some truly excellent out-of-production options as well as some excellent values. Since revolvers have generally been relegated to second fiddle with the emergence of semi-autos taking over the world, there are a lot of low mileage treasures floating around out there.
Used K-frame S&Ws are relatively common and there are still good prices to be had. They have earned a reputation for exceptionally smooth DA triggers. They were pretty much the standard by which all others are judged. N-frames- Older S&W 27s were never especially cheap, they were a premium model set to compete directly against the Colt Python. While used prices were cheaper than the Colt they have been climbing recently. The Model 28 aka, Highway Patrolman is the 27's less highly polished brother. All the N-frame goodness but at a price that LE agencies good justify at that time. N-frame S&Ws are extremely strong (the N frame was initially used for big bore cartridges, (e.g. .45 Colt , .44 special/mag.) and still quite refined. L-frame (586, 686 and others) - Designed to to be more durable than the K-frame but still be lighter than the N-frame. Came out in the early 80s (IIRC), while very good revolvers, they never really seem to get the level same respect as the older designs. IMHO, somewhat unfair, but since the purists aren't terribly interested in them, they are a good used value.
Ruger Security Six - Overlooked for a long time, but built like a tank and IMHO, attractive...in a more old school way.
Dan Wesson - Not as overlooked as they used to be, but diligent searching might still turn up a deal. As accurate & durable a revolver as you will ever find. Popular in the 80s for Metallic Silhouette competition.
Colts - Pythons are nice, but stupidly overpriced anymore. Hunt down a first generation Colt Trooper .357. Affectionately referred to by some as the "poor man's Python." Same lockwork/frame, without the pretty barrel or the high polish. Still can be found at something resembling reasonable pricing. The later Troopers are excellent as well, though they have the newer design internals. Common wisdom is they give up a bit of refinement for better durability. Though, all Colts typically have nice actions as a general rule.

No-brainer new options:
The aforementioned Ruger GP-100.
Smith & Wesson 686.
Both very good options.

FWIW, I own a a Colt Python and a Dan Wesson 15-2. Both are lovely However, my favorite revolver is my S&W 627 PC. Yes, more than the 686, but sweet. Well worth the extra $.
Like I said, so many options. And tons of opinions. Enjoy the hunt.
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If you have never owned a handgun a .22 rim fire is practical. Mastering a handgun is the more challenging of firearms. The .22 allows a new hand-gunner a reduced cost to shoot hundreds of rounds. It takes many hours and hundreds of rounds to become familiar with hand guns use.
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My recommendation would be to get a taurus judge 3" mag... Fun sidearm to shoot, 45 colt and a variety of .410 ammunition ...

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Since you have 22 revolvers covered I would look into a nice 357 mag revolver in a 4 or 6 inch barrel,that way you can shoot 38's and 357 mag cartridges from the same pistol.

38/357 ammo would also be the most economical if you don't reload.
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