Originally Posted by TwelveGageTaylor
Im looking to get a new revolver. Ive had a 4in taurus .357 before but i didnt really like it. Whats a good gun for the 6-800 price. Ruger, Smith & Wesson, etc...
I have a 2" Taurus, I don't like it either.
Ruger or S&W are both fairly idiot proof. Either will be just fine. In your price range, Either brand will serve you well. GP100 or S&W 686 can be found in your range and either will make you happy.
Used? Holy cow, it's a big market.
Colt. If you stay away from the overpriced snakes (Diamondback, Python & Anaconda,) there is value to be had. The original Colt Troopers are overlooked and there there is a lot of old school Colt goodness there. FWIW, they share the exact same lock work as the Python, without the full lug barrel. Later Troopers went with a newer design action, but are still excellent quality revolvers by any standard. Plus...well, they're Colts.
Dan Wesson - As noted, a robust and extremely accurate revolver. The interchangable barrel factor sounds really cool until you actually realize that you will very likely find the length you like and leave it be. Mine has had the same barrel installed for the last 30 years. The others just sit there in the case. Last I looked prices were starting to climb, but if you find a nice one at a good price, you should probably grab it. I heard at one point that CZ USA (the current owner of the brand) was going to start supporting them. There was also talk for a while of restarting production as well, though I suspect that has been delayed indefinitely with the way the economy and political environment has been for the last few years.
Ruger. The old "Six" series seem to be value priced when I've seen them for sale. Considering that not much short of deliberate abuse can hurt them, they deserve consideration if you come across one. The common story out there is that they were replaced not because there was anything wrong with them, but rather because they were expensive to produce and the newer designs are much less expensive to build. I doubt that's the whole story, but I suspect there is more than a bit of truth to it. The newer models are quite good as well, though I have less experience with them.
S&W. So many choices. Most of them good. If you plan to shoot lots & lots of full strength 125 gr .357 loads, stick to the L or N frames as the K frames have some issues there. If you plan on plinking with .38s most days, don't worry about it. There are a lot of sweet K frames in the world and it'd would be a shame not have fair shot at them.
If you come across a used Performance Center gun in your price range, take a long hard look before moving on. Probably not terribly common, but certainly worth consideration if the opportunity comes up.
Enjoy the hunt.