Help me choose a revolver.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by texaswoodworker, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I've been looking for a good revolver, and I think I found a few good options within my budget. I wanted to get a few opinions on them though.

    Taurus Tracker (Gen 1) - .41 Magnum in really good condition - $400

    Ruger Security Six (6" barrel) - .357 Magnum in good condition. A little finish wear. - $429

    Taurus Model 65 (5" barrel? Adjustable sights) - .357 Magnum in good condition with a little wear. - $329

    Smith and Wesson 19-5 (4" barrel) - .357 Magnum in good condition, but with a lot of holster wear. - $375

    Ruger Speed Six (2.75" barrel) - .357 Magnum in really good condition. - $375

    Here's what I'm wanting. I'm wanting a gun that is accurate, can handle reasonably hot rounds, and it will be mostly a range gun. Ammo cost and availability doesn't matter since I plan to reload anyways, and weight doesn't matter much either. (unless it's too light for the round, and makes the gun uncomfortable to shoot)

    I'm kind of leaning towards either the Ruger Service Six, or the Taurus Model 65.
     
  2. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    For me out of those choices I'd go with the Smith. I like the M19 and own one but have had some of the others. I have shot them all at one time or another. While they all are pretty good guns I just love the feel of a Smith and Wesson. Out all of the revos I own all but one is a Smith. I just believe they make some of the best out there.
     

  3. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Either of the Ruger's or the Smith will probably be better made but get the one that you think has the most useful application to you or the one you think will bring the most joy.
     
  4. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    S&W 19-5 followed by the Security Six. The Speed Six isn't a bad gun, but if memory serves me correctly it has fixed sights.
     
  5. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    This one has adjustable sights. The only gun listed that has fixed sights is the Ruger Speed Six.
     
  6. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    Isn't that what I said?
     
  7. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Pics. :D

    Taurus Tracker (Gen 1) - .41 Magnum in really good condition - $400

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    Ruger Security Six (6" barrel) - .357 Magnum in good condition. A little finish wear. - $429

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    Taurus Model 65 (5" barrel? Adjustable sights) - .357 Magnum in good condition with a little wear. - $329

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    Smith and Wesson 19-5 (4" barrel) - .357 Magnum in good condition, but with a lot of holster wear. - $375

    BTW, it says it's a police trade in. Not sure if that makes a difference.

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    Ruger Speed Six (2.75" barrel) - .357 Magnum in really good condition. - $375

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  8. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Opps, my bad. I misread speed as security. (it's been a long day) :eek:
     
  9. akms47nagont

    akms47nagont New Member

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    I would go with a 357 magnum you can shoot 38 38 special out of that
     
  10. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    I've got a soft spot for all things Ruger...

    My vote is for the Security Six...

    The 6" bbl will give you a lot more enjoyment at longer ranges...

    My GP 100 has the 6" bbl and I can ding the gong at 100 yds at will...(warm fuzzies ;) )

    Taurus left a bad taste in my mouth a few years back but that was a poly semi auto...but still. I know they make good wheelguns and have quite the following among their owners, but I'm biased towards the Rugers...:)

    That being said, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the choices, just tossin' my .02 out there...:cool:
     
  11. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    Wow.. dont know what to say .. they are all interesting deals.
    The Taurus tracker is the most gun , a modern design too boot and has an interesting cartridge. of course the latter limits it a bit ammo wise but even so...

    The Smith in 4 inch has the most pedigree and the best all around barrel lenght in my mind..tho its also one of the most used of the guns.

    if concealed carry is a consideration then the Speed six with the short barrel may be your strongest candidate.

    I wish I had this selection in my state :)
     
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  12. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    A Ruger Security Six has been on my list of guns to get for awhile, but those other choices are making that decision hard. I think if I can talk them down some (I will have to pay shipping and a transfer fee ($40-$50 extra), so a little more off would be great), I'd probably go with the Ruger. The S&W is neck and neck with it though.

    You see exactly why I'm havign trouble choosing then. :D

    Conceal carry is not a consideration so the gun can be as big, powerful, and heavy as it needs to be. It will be a range gun.
     
  13. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    s&w .500?
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  14. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Find me one for about $400 and I'll buy it. :D :p
     
  15. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Come on Tex get A Medusa.... Im tired of being the only one with one..... :)
     
  16. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    The correct answer to your question is: Buy the Smith and never look back.

    I have nothing against Ruger wheel guns, but I haven't shot one and I own a Smith 66, which is the SS brother of the 19. I absolutely love that gun. Seriously, if yours shoots like mine does, you will absolutely love it. Mine has a 2.5" bbl and I can achieve excellent accuracy with it. As an example...:

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    I didn't put the gun in that picture, but take my word it was my 66. I am better with it than I am with my semi-autos. I believe it was about ten yards or so, shooting double action. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe S&W will reblue it under their warranty.

    EDIT: Ok I apologize for the picture of my daughter and the dog being in here. I accidentally clicked it and can't get rid of it.
     

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  17. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I'd have better luck finding leprechaun than I would that revolver. Beside, I probably couldn't afford it if I did manage to find one. :(
     
  18. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    That's some nice shooting!

    I looked, and I think they charge you for rebluing. I'd have to call to make sure though. If I get it, I may just use some Oxphoblue to touch it up, or just leave it be. I like my guns to look nice, but in the end it's meant to be a shooter. ;)

    Awwwww. That's cute. :D
     
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  19. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    I'd go with the Ruger Security Six first followed by the S&W. That is a good price on either. The Taurus .41 would be tempting but I'd have the added expense of setting up to reload that round. I always consider that a $100 add on to a new caliber.
     
  20. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Thanks!

    Even if you don't get it re-blued, you won't regret having it if its mechanically in as good of condition as my 66. And if its just a range gun, the blueing doesn't matter that much.

    By the way, in my biased opinion, Smiths probably hold their value better over long term than Rugers (Taurus isn't even in the same ballpark).