.357 Mag Snub Recommendations

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Kamarathin, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Kamarathin

    Kamarathin New Member

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    I am looking for recommendations for a .357 snub for the wife. She has a thing for revolvers and .357's and she is fond of the shorter barrels.
     
  2. HOSSFLY

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    Lightweight or "heavy" frame?
    I'm a big fan of any J framed S&W - Wife carried a 442 with CT grips before she went "auto" :cool:
     

  3. Kamarathin

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    I'll have to ask her to be sure. If I say Lightweight, she'll want a Heavy and vice versa.

    I've heard the letter designations for revolvers and I have absolutely no idea what they mean, so any input on that would be beneficial as well.
     
  4. wjnfirearms

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    I have a Taurus 605 myself and it's a great small .357. Very controllable and reliable. Price point is good, also. The 651 is another good choice. I've sold a few of them and have had no complaints.

    The letter designations refer to the size of the frame. The two Taurus pistols I mentioned are J Frame models, which are the smaller framed revolvers which are the size of the small 5 shot (6 if it was a Colt) detective revolvers you used to see them carry before semis got popular with the police. The higher the letter designation, the bigger the gun.
     
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  5. HOSSFLY

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    J frame is the smallest of the Smith frames - N is the largest - K&L in the middle
     
  6. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a Ruger SP101 snub in 357. It weighs 28 oz loaded with 5 rounds of 158 grn mags. There is only about 50 fps difference between the 158's and 125's in the snub barrel. I would not want to shoot a mag load in a lighter gun. They are also available with a 3" and 4" barrel.
     
  7. Kamarathin

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    Ok, got some more detail from her.

    K or L frame
    3-4" barrel
    .357 mag
     
  8. JTJ

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  9. HOSSFLY

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  10. JTJ

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    686=6 rnds 686+=7rnds. I looked it up. Only about a $20 difference for the extra round.
     
  11. levelcross

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    The SP-101 with 5 rounds, should be a little thinner width than the S&W 686+ with 7 rounds. Both are fine choices, I was on the fence between the two for a while, ended up with the SP-101.
     
  12. vincent

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    Gotta throw a GP100 into the mix here...
     
  13. JTJ

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    SP101-2.25"=26 oz / 3"=27oz / 4"=29.5oz 5 rounds
    GP100-3"=36oz / 4"=40oz 6 rounds
    686+ -2.5"=34oz /3"=37oz / 4"=39oz 7 rounds
    This will give you some idea of weight. The 3" 686+ is a Talo model. How much weight does she want to carry? Keep in mind that heavier is easier to control. It appears that the K frame is no longer available in 357.
     
  14. Kamarathin

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    Thanks for the info. She doesn't know just yet. We'll be heading to a gun show in the middle of April and I plan getting her to hold as many guns as possible. If we can get a spare minute, we may just head to an LGS and get her hands on something as well.
     
  15. JTJ

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    If at all possible, shoot before you buy.
     
  16. sweeper22

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    The two that would interest me per your perameters would be Ruger's SP101 and S&W's Model 60. (YMMV)

    And just for the heck it, you might give the LCR a look over simply because it's such a different beast.
     
  17. Kamarathin

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    Absolutely agree, but having trouble finding a rental range that has more than a single revolver.
     
  18. Kamarathin

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    The SP101 keeps coming up
     
  19. brewcitygymratt

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    I have to also recommend the sp101. I've conceal carried compact semi auto 40, 45 and the sp101. The j frame ruger just feels great in your hand and looks great too. I have the CT grips which are very comfortable.
    Weight does play a big role if you are carrying daily. Daily carrying a 30 oz + gun can be a pain after awhile especially if you are a smaller framed individual. Just my .02
     
  20. Doc3402

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    Following those parameters there are only two ways to go. S&W Mod 19 or Mod 66. Both are out of production, but should be available used. The 686 is okay, but it's not in the same class.

    Since this is for your wife, and based on your comment about the SP 101 coming up so often I feel I should pass this on. If your wife is a small woman with tiny hands you need to let her find one to test fire before you buy it. On rapid fire my daughter's SP 101 ate the tip of her index finger for lunch. It kept getting caught between the tip of the trigger and the trigger guard. I'm not talking pinched, I'm saying it drew blood.

    Going outside the stated parameters I would suggest a S&W Model 60 still available from Smith. It is a J frame 5 shot, but can be found with either a two or three inch barrel. The three inch comes with much better sights.