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Old 07-21-2012, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default New revolver, but which one?

So I have decided I need a revolver in my collection. Im thinking about the Taurus 905 9mm, since I already have an XD9 I wouldnt have another caliber to buy. Also there is a slim chance I would use this for a ccw, and the 905 is small enough for that. I have shot a J frame in 38sp, it was a really nice gun. I have shot a .357 snubby, but I really wasnt crazy about that caliber in such a small gun. Then the other day I shot a 686 .357, and loved it. So now I am torn between wheel guns. If you were in my situation, what would you do?
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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Personally, I'd go with the 686, or the j frame 38 special.
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Yeah, the 357 is gonna have more power. I think staying with 9mm would be less costly.
I vote 9mm revolver.
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I vote 9 mm, I'm thinking of getting one too
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Your first revolver should be a .357. Add a 9mm later. I would highly recommend a S&W Model 19 or 66. You're not going to want to shoot hot .357s all day, but for defense loads it's leaps above a 9mm. Shoot .38s for fun.
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From the ones you mentioned i'd grab the S&W 686 without a second thought
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I'm not 100% sure on the 9mm revolvers but I know the .45 acp and .40 S&W revolvers require you to use moon clips and they are far more of a pain than they are worth in my opinion.

I would go with the .357 magnum. I have a Taurus Ultralite .357 snubby and I agree with you that a .357 is a lot of power for such a small gun so I mostly shoot .38's out of it but it's nice to know you have that added power available if need be. A lot of people will say a .38 Special isn't powerful enough but my answer is the .38 was the main gun used for all law enforcement for about 100 years and it worked just fine. I also have a Ruger GP100 in stainless with a 4" barrel which is my favorite handgun I own. I have said many times that if I had to give up all my guns but one I would keep the GP100. It is just a good all around, multi purpose gun to me.

As far as which .357 is the best, you've opened up a big "Ford vs Chevy" battle here. There is no one "Best Revolver" out there. My personal opinion is Ruger is the best revolver. All one piece, solid steal and tough as nails but that is my opinion. Others will say S&W, Colt, Charter Arms, Taurus and many others. I am also a big fan of Taurus. A lot of gun for little money. But again, that is my opinion. Try to shoot as many revolvers as you can and choose based on your experience.
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What's the intended use?
Is it for CC or simply just range use?
The Taurus 905 & S&W J-frames? I bought a small Taurus once. I wish I'd simply spent the extra $80-$100 on a S&W. The Taurus works, but it's just not the same. It's like the difference between Craftsman tools and the one's you get from Harbor Freight. Sure, the cheap stuff works most of the time, but there is something that's just not the same.
There's more to life than cheap ammo. Besides, .38 special isn't that expensive.
If it's for range use, get the 686.
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I vote S&W 686 for the range, maybe a Ruger SP101 for carry.
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GET THE 357!

I don't see any significant benefit of getting a revolver chambered for a semi-auto round. Besides, the 357 is the most flexible chambering of practically any handgun. A 686 with a 4" barrel would be perfect.

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