.357 Magnum Brand?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by WhaleNoises, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. WhaleNoises

    WhaleNoises New Member

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    I'm looking to get a .357 magnum that I will mostly shoot .38 special out of. I want it in black, snub nose, and with a hammer. Any suggestions on a brand?
     
  2. DankSinatra

    DankSinatra New Member

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    Smith & Wesson bro
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    While there are others that may seem to meet the criteria, I have to agree on Smith & Wesson.
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have to agree with the others, if your budget is high enough or can find a good used Smith & Wesson go with that, if your budget is a little tighter, check out the Taurus revolvers.
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Agree S&W. Or Ruger. If you don't have the cash for one of these just wait until you do.
     
  6. yogiboobooranger

    yogiboobooranger New Member

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    Why get a .357?

    Just wondering why you want a .357 to shoot .38spl..you will have a carbon ring in the cylinder that must be kept clean or .357 cartridges will not go into the cylinder properly. My advice to you is to get a .38 spl revolver such as a S&W model 36 or the like if you only plan on shooting .38's. Besides, you can shoot +P ammo which is plenty powerful enough for personal protection needs. I know my next statement will elicit many noteworthy replies but...a .357 cartridge in a short barrel weapon is redundant..recoil is horendous, muzzle flash is a flame thrower, and recovery for follow up shots is much harder. And the barrel is so short that the supposed added muzzle velocity is minimal at best over the .38 Spl. As a final note, if you wish to shoot .357, get a barrel length minimum of three inches, and prefer 4 inches or longer. The added length allows for nearly complete powder burn and the propulsion necessary to make the .357 perform as it was intended, and to aid in recoil recovery..JMHO of course.
     
  7. pmeisel

    pmeisel New Member

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    Check out the used market for best value. Smiths will be the most common, followed by Rugers. Colts will be rarer and more expensive.

    Buy the one you like the feel of, that has a price that is OK with you.

    FWIW I have a Smith Model 19, and a Python, both of which I bought "right" due to patience and luck. I love both. But a Smith 13 or 586 would be fine too, or a Security Six. I don't particularly like the Ruger GP100, but that's my personal "looks" thing, your taste may vary.
     
  8. UrbanNinja

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    Agreed.. If your looking for a "cheap" alternative but not something that you want to use as a ccw, Taurus makes a decent revolver IMO. I have a Rossi (Taurus) .357 mag, which is only used for target shooting... hasn't failed me yet. I wouldn't bet my life on it though.
     
  9. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Smith and Wesson model 60.
     
  10. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Roll with a S&W j frame in .38. There's a model 36 in a nearby pawn shop I'm pining after right now.

    The Taurus/Rossi .357 magnum was mentioned also. I had one of these and sold it only because I needed the money. I had no problems at all out of it, it was a great little gun. But I let my wife shoot it once and it scared her so bad she threw it into the woods and I had to go find it. She said it sounded like the hinges of the world breaking loose. It was a little snubbie.
     
  11. WhaleNoises

    WhaleNoises New Member

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    The reason I want 357 and am planning on shooting .38 special is the .38 specials kick isn't bad and is fun to shoot. I also want the ability to shoot manum ammo without woring about the gun being worn down. The snub nose thing is just looks, I don't plan on using it for protection just target shooting, I have other guns for that. The cleaning thing, I'm ocd about cleaning my guns, so I think it would be fine. One other note is that every time I've shot .38 special it always happens to be out of a 357 mag. My father in law has had his 357 for like 15 yrs and mostly shoots .38 special and the gun still seams fine to me.
     
  12. yogiboobooranger

    yogiboobooranger New Member

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    .357 Magnum

    Hey Whalenoises, my opinion is just that, an opinion. If you are wanting a range gun only, I would opt for a longer barrel if it were me. And you are absolutely right, recoil is less and cheaper to shoot .38Spl. So good luck with whatever you decide to purchase! And, me being a Ruger Blackhawk nut, would suggest you purchase a 4 5/8 inch barrel Blackhawk in .357. Great for plinking, range use, and even handgun hunting. I assumed you wanted a snubbie for CCW use..that is what I get for assuming..LOL.
     
  13. ninjatoth

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    S&W for sure,I would get a Ruger if I had to.The thing is that S&W .357's cost a good deal more than their .38's,and hitting anything with a .357 on the range with a snub is next to impossible so i'd also just get a .38,a .38 seems to just be more accurate and controllable out of a snub than a .357.Personally I'd only ever get a snubbie if it was a .38 or .22
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    if you are looking for a range or target gun, get at least a 4" barrel or a 6". that is if you are not planning on carrying it. if you are planning on using mainly 38 sp ammo in a 357, then remember to clean the cylinder chambers as well. would be a good round to reload for.
     
  15. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    There are so many different great target loads for the .38 and .357. I would recommend a 4-6" bbl too for target shooting. It's funny too, the way some of these target loads look, you wonder when looking at them how they could possibly be accurate.

    https://www.targetbarn.com/newstore2.asp?CAT=BULLETS&SubCat=HARDCAST

    The .38 SWC

    Chapter 12 - The Keith Semiwadcutter (SWC) Cast Bullet Guide for Handgunners - Glen E. Fryxell

    Some pretty wild looking bullet shapes. Of course someone smarter than me has checked these out and designed them, and most are supposed to be pretty accurate.
     
  16. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    S&W or Ruger, although I don't think Ruger makes a black .357 other than the LCR (which is hammerless).
     
  17. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    Yeah Ruger makes the GP100 in blued. Go handle both Ruger GP100 & S&W 586 and see which feels best in your hand. I chose the GP100.
     
  18. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Ok... what he said. :eek:
     
  19. fmj

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    S&W For sure IMHO

    Remember if you have a .357 and your shooting .38s the .38s will hit high when compared to .357.

    I am not understanding your thought process tho...a snubbie for mostly range work is counter intuitive IMHO...as mentioned above go with the 4", then you can hunt/range time with it.

    Snubbie is best suited for in close/carry work.

    But hell, its your gun, your money, so its your call.

    Thats just my $2 for whatever thats worth with Obummernomics in action.
     
  20. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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