Best .38 or .357?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by DTOM97, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. DTOM97

    DTOM97 New Member

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    Whats the best .38 or .357 for the money? Do you prefer .38 or .357 for everday hiking use?
     
  2. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    I prefer the 357 over 38 for hiking, because of some of the animals I encounter. 38s are good for urban critters.
    I prefer the triggers of Smiths over Rugers, and that is the price I will gladly pay.
     

  3. DTOM97

    DTOM97 New Member

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    Whats a price on a 357 from s&w. im willing to spend a little more if its worth it
     
  4. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Rugers make fine 357s for about 500 or so. Smiths are around almost 700. You probably could get a Ruger and get a trigger action job on it and not be into it as much as the smith, but then the looks of a Ruger are almost as deadly as the caliber itself! Just plain ugly to me.


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  5. sputnik1988

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    I like the Smith & Wesson 686, the Ruger GP100 and the Ruger SP101, in that order.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have owned several S&W 357 revolvers over the years and like them quite a bit, but i'd buy a Ruger revolver in a minute as well. Ruger makes fine pistols. IMO, the S&W pistols are a little nicer looking, but either one would be a good choice.
     
  7. JW357

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    My favorite is the S&W 686p in either a 3" or 4" bbl. But I don't own one yet. :Confused:

    My brand preference in order is S&W, Ruger, Colt.

    Colt is only last because they're so durn expensive.

    Definitely get a .357. They give you more versatility. You can shoot a .38 out of it but you can't shoot a .357 out of a .38.

    Good luck in your hunt!
     
  8. aandabooks

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    S&W 686 was my pick for right around $700. A GP100 I have seen for as low as $550. I would say don't forget to look at Taurus but their M66 is within $20 of getting the GP100.

    I don't know that I would want a SA only revolver for hiking amongst potentially dangerous animals. If you think that wouldn't be an issue it opens up a whole bunch of Rugers in the $500 or a little lower range.
     
  9. kiabe1

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    I've got an old ruger security six that i picked up a while back at a pawn shop. Great gun. If u look they occasionally crop up at pawn shops in the 3 to 4 range
     
  10. JTJ

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    A lot depends on how much weight you are willing to carry and how dangerous are the critters you may encounter. If yo are only worried about snakes, a 16 oz 38spl with snake shot is a great choice. If you are worried about a badger or mountain lion then a 28 oz SP101 in 357 is a good choice. If you dont care about weight then the 4" barreled 40+ oz S&W or Ruger revolvers are good to go. When you get into 40 oz you are getting close to the weight of a 44 mag. Personally I like to stay on the light side.
     
  11. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Anna; you would probably like the looks of the Security Six better than the GP100.
     
  12. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Look at the used market for a S&W M66 or if blued will work a M19. If not look at the Taurus, they give you good 'bang' for your buck.:D
    I would go for a 357 as you can shoot the lighter loads (38) in the 357, but the reverse is not true.
    My hiking/horse back gun is the Ruger SP101 357 Mag, another good choice.
     
  13. JW357

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    I have a S&W 66-2, 2.5" bbl. love it! Easily my favorite shooter.
     
  14. Gizord1

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    While expensive, I have a S&W 686 in 4in.
    I'd say it's worth it. The quality is great.
    The only thing I don't like about it, is how dirty the cylinder, backstrap, and cylinder gap gets. This happens in pretty much all revolvers, but it just annoys me. I shoot for 10 minutes, and have to spend 30 minutes scrubbing the black burn marks off the sides of the cylinder and the backstrap.
     
  15. armsmaster270

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    I like the S&W 586 or Taurus 44Mag for the boonies. Sig 226 357 Sig for in town.

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  16. unclebear

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    I have a taurus model 66 in 357 mag, for in town and range trips I shoot 38 special around here it's just cheaper then full powered 357 mags, and at one point in time I could get a box of 100 38's for $40 I still have a box or two left so thats what I shoot at the range. But for camping and hiking I carry 357 mags loaded up just because they have more stopping power. I usually don't run into anything big and dangerous but I have had to put down a crippled deer and over in daniel boone national forest I have run into a few black bear and a couger.
     
  17. TheSadPanda

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    Are you me?
     
  18. Cheeseman

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    I have a Smith 586 6in, Rugers Blackhawk Bisley and Vaquero Stainless. As a companion a Marlin 1894 in .357. Nice about .38/.357 is the flexibility. Even with the carbine I can plink with cowboy .38 loads, then load up my own wacko W296 .357's I wouldn't think of putting in a Smith. Never saw a .357 wheelgun I didn't like
     

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