Charter or Ruger .357 ?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Tyrsgodi, May 28, 2020.

  1. Tyrsgodi

    Tyrsgodi Active Member

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    I have a stimulus check, and want to stimulate my LGS a bit. Looking for a good EDC in .38/ .357 , probably 3 " barrel. Used id ok. Right now, I'm thinking Ruger GP100 or a Charter Arms. Open for advice and cautions, as .357 will be new to me. I have .44s, though.
     
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  2. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Ruger all the way. I have a 3" GP100, superb trigger in both DA & SA. I've owned a Charter way back when. I didn't own it for long. The trigger wasn't very good and the fit and finish was just decent. Rumor has it Charters don't hold up, you'll never hear that about a Ruger.
     

  3. freefall

    freefall Well-Known Member

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    Ruger any and every time.
    Unless you go for a Smith.
    Damm this obstreporous box! Had to retipe this about six times to get it to say what I wanted!
     
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  4. Ghost1958

    Ghost1958 Well-Known Member

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    Ruger hands down.
    But for an edc I'd go with the ruger sp101 in 357 mag if I still carried revolvers. You lose a round but easier to carry and conceal if thats an issue, though it's on the heavy side as well.
     
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  5. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Steel Ruger for shootin'.

    Alloy Charter for totin'.

    Ruger LCR in .357 or 9mm should be a consideration.
     
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  7. boatme98

    boatme98 Well-Known Member

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    Definitely Ruger. Personally, I'd shop for a Security-six with 2 3/4" barrel. Used about $400-450.
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  8. microadventure

    microadventure Well-Known Member

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    that's like asking, Chevy or Yugo? Ruger, S&W or Colt for me, thank you.
     
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  9. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Ruger SP101, 2 1/4 or 3 inch. :cool:
     
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  10. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Hands down RUGER!
    The full blown 357 Magnum rounds are rough on a gun if shot much!
    I would have a question if the Charter in 357 Magnum would handle being shot a lot.
    Not saying the Charters are bad guns! Because over the years I have had two model 85s on two separate occasions. I did not shoot them very much and they were also in 38 Special caliber and easy to conceal. I would probably still have at least one, but gave them to family members who needed their first pistol for home defense.
    But RUGER is the way to go!

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  11. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    The RUger GP100 in 3 inch but with the full size grips is one of the nicest Revolvers I own. I do not own any charters so cannot say good or bad about them. But Rugers are well liked..

    I often argue for affordability as a prime requirement in firearms but Rugers while more $$ than Charter are such a well liked gun and they are less than the Smiths and Colts.
    Which Ruger are u looking at ?
    SP101, Security Six, GP100?
     
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  12. Tyrsgodi

    Tyrsgodi Active Member

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    Yeah, that SP has been an interest of mine for years. Hard to find, used, though.
     
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  13. Tyrsgodi

    Tyrsgodi Active Member

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    Aye, and there's the rub! Decades of carpentry and labor have left Arthur-itis living in my joints. I'm after a rugged .38 that will occasionally pop some .357. For heavy work I have my .44 Mags.
     
  14. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Did you try Gunbroker.com???:)
     
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  15. Tyrsgodi

    Tyrsgodi Active Member

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    Not yet, Jim. I try to keep my cash local, especially gun money, so I'll give my LGS first try. And local pawns.
     
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  16. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have the SP101 in 3" and it is a nice little revolver. Comes in at just under 30 oz loaded. 3" is the minimum for 357 mag. It takes a severe drop with less barrel. If you run into a good Security Six grab it. Also have the SP101 2 1/8 DAO but carry 38+P in it.
     
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  17. Viking

    Viking Well-Known Member

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    I owned a Ruger Security Six with 6" barrel, many years ago, extremely well made but I favor bigger bore firearms, I own a Charter Arms .44 Bulldog, it's for emergency only, my main go to firearm outside of CCW is a 7 1/2" .44 mag Redhawk, anyway, if I ever bought another .357, it would more than likely be a Ruger.
     
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  18. donthav1

    donthav1 Well-Known Member

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    Not to side-track the thread, but if losing a round is an issue he could look at the SP101 in 32 H&R mag or 327 Federal mag. 32 H&R is comparable in power to 38 special & 327 is comparable in power to the 357. And in a SP101 you get 6 rounds of it instead of 5.
     
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  19. oO_Rogue_Oo

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    Speed / security six's or GP100's tend to have better triggers than the SP101's; just FYI.
    Also more tunable should you ever decide to have trigger work done in my experience.
     
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  20. Tyrsgodi

    Tyrsgodi Active Member

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    But I have the dies for .38/.357, so I'm avoiding another small fortune!