I want a good single action revolver in .357 magnum

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by saviorslegacy, May 31, 2010.

  1. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    Hey everyone, I was wanting some ideas on a good singl action in .357. I like the old look of the peace maker, but I do not want something that shoots 45LC. I also remember something about Ruger making a revolver that actually is safe to leave all chambers loaded. Is this bull or legit?
     
  2. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    So I take it you are really green to wheelies? Nothing to be ashamed of. IN MY OPINION ANY revolver is safe to carry, handle and store with all chambers loaded. I've kept my revolvers this way for 20 years, beginning with my beloved single-six.

    The Ruger Blackhawk is an excellent choice for a SA revolver in .357. It has adjustable sights and can handle any load you feed it.

    However, if this is your first revolver and .357 you may consider a Ruger GP100. It is comparable in price and can be used in single action or double action.

    Smith and Wesson also makes several models of SA/DA revolvers that would make you giggle like a school girl every time you brought it outta the safe.

    Happy hunting!
     

  3. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    Maybe not realllllllly green, but I am green.

    It will be my second wheel gun and I do not plan on buying for a while. I am just trying to learn about some single action revolvers that I do not know about. That way I can get a good undertanding of what each gun is going for. It helps to know as much as possible before going to a gun show.

    GP100 is double action and thus the cylinder swings out. I prefer everything that a single action offers, including how you load and unload it. I also prefer the look of 1800's style revolvers. The GP100 is to..... modern looking.
    The Blackhawk is pretty much what I want, but there is no garuntee that I will run across a Blackhawk.

    Thank you for your reply though. I know almost nothing about Smith & Wesson. So if you wouldn't mind telling me your opinion on their good .357 single actions I would appreciate it.
     
  4. RadioActiV

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    You could pick a colt SAA .357 ca.1960's to 1980's up for around 1500 to 2000 maybe a little more or less. IMHO those are the ones to have next to a Ruger.
     
  5. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Well if you're really dead set on a single action, then forget a Smith. They have made superb DA/SA revolvers for the last century and they are simply beautiful, but as far a a new single action only revolver, the Ruger Blackhawk or Vaquero is the way to go. Blackhawk has adjustable sights, while Vaquero is fixed.

    Are you interested in cowboy action shooting? Just wondering why you're dead set on a SA revolver.
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    The Ruger Blackhawk is a very fairly priced single action revolver and as stout as a bank vault. The Blackhawk has adjustable sights. If you want even more of an old time Western look, check out the Ruger Vaquero.

    The Vaquero is essentially a Blackhawk, but with fixed sights.

    I have owned both and can attest to their strength, durability and reliability. They are also great fun to shoot. :cool:
     
  7. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    I am set on SA because that is my prefrence. I also like the rugedness of a SA. TLC and they shouldn't ever break on you.
    I probably will attempt some of the famous cowboy trick shots though.
     
  8. stalkingbear

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    Between the 2 (Blackhawk & Vaquero), I'd recommend the Blackhawk because of it's fully adjustable rear sight. I have the utmost confidence in Blackhawks. If you can afford it however, the Freedom Arms are the ultimate in SA revolvers.
     
  9. ninjatoth

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    YES-you can load the cylinder all the way up without accidental discharge on newer single action revolvers like Rugers.The new single action's are made just like a double action now days.There is something called a transfer bar that raises up between the hammer and firing pin when the trigger is pulled fully to the rear so the hammer hits the transfer bar and then the transfer bar hits the firing pin,and without the transfer bar up,there is no way the hammer can contact the firing pin because the gap is too big without the transfer bar,so essentially the only way the gun can be set off is by having the trigger fully pulled back-it shouldn't go off by just dropping it.The older single action revolvers had no transfer bar-they simply used a direct hammer to firing pin design,so dropping the gun could knock the hammer into the firing pin and then you had a bad day.
     
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  10. diggsbakes

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    If you do decide on a new Blackhawk (which I'd recommend) or New Vaquero, I have a set of custom made Walnut w/ bone cap, over-sized grips that I'll give you a smokin' deal on.

    The stock grips for the Blackhawk are terribly uncomfortable and after market over-sized and finger grooved hasn't quite caught up to consumers yet. However, there are a few smaller makers that produce great work in over-sized and even finger-grooved. The finger-grooved will run you more, but are great to shoot with.
     
  11. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    I am actually curious to what they look like.
     
  12. DrumJunkie

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    The Blackhawk was the best SA wheel gun I've had.
     
  13. freefall

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    Putting in a plug for the Ruger Bisley. Very comfortable grip, even with stout .44 mag loads.
     
  14. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    I'll gladly send you pics. The finger-grooved are all mine! (sorry :)) but the over-sized Walnut w/ bone cap will provide a comfortable (longer/fuller) grip in similar contour to the originals. Way more comfortable though!

    Lemme know!
     
  15. crossfire

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    99 out of 100 responses will say Ruger, but if you are looking for the look and feel of a Colt, only the New Vaquero applies. The Blackhawk neither looks nor feels anything like a Colt. Depending on how much you want to spend, you have Beretta/Uberti, Taylors, Cimarron, USFA and a couple of others.
    Personally, I'd recommend the EAA Bounty Hunter. Why? Because the Bounty Hunter has the Colt dimension grip frame (Colt stocks fit it), it responds to the same tuning tricks as a Colt (ask Bob Munden if you doubt that), it also has a transfer bar ignition so the cylinder can be kept fully loaded (like the Ruger and unlike some of the ones I mentioned), there is no internal lock (the Vaquero has one) and you can get one new for less than $350. Blue, color-case or nickel finishes in 4.5" or 7.5" barrel lengths.
    There is one important difference; the cylinder. The Bounty Hunter cylinder is 1.76" long with recessed rims and nearly the same diameter as a S&W N-frame. That means it will handle the .357 Magnum loaded as it was originally intended, with the long-nosed 173gr SWC over a stout charge of 2400 (or whatever powder you prefer). It will also accept the Hornady 180gr XTP seated to its lower crimp groove. Neither of these will fit in the majority of any .357 Magnum revolvers, much less a Colt-clone. If you really want to get froggy, the Bounty Hunter will accept the .360 Dan Wesson by lengthening the chambers .125" (although caution should be used here as some .360 loads will push the revolver past its limits).
    If you pop over to the SASS site, you'll see a lot of shootists that own several Bounty Hunters and will tell you how good they are. Paco Kelly and John Taffin speak highly of them and Taffin has visited the factory in Germany.
    The Days of Wine and Roses: EAA's Bounty Hunter .357 Magnum Sixgun
     
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  16. ninjatoth

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    The one thing I haven't heard mentioned yet as a plus for the Ruger Blackhawk is the fact that they offer a convertible .357.It comes with an extra cylinder for 9mm,so you can shoot .38s,.357s,and 9mm's out of the same gun.I have seen packs of 50 rounds of 9mm at Walmart for 10 bucks,so you could shoot alot more and have more options with the Blackhawk convertible.
     
  17. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    That's the first I've heard of that, but if it's for real that sounds like loads of fun!
     
  18. Brigadeir

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    You can't go wrong with a Ruger Blackhawk

    I have one now and wouldn't be without one. It can handle the heavy hunting loads I use on deer and for cheap practice, I use .38 special. I also have or have had Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44mag. S&W model 19 in .357mag (also a terrific sidearm, but not as rugged as the blackhawk) S&W model 29 and model 629 in .44mag as well as several (ok, my wife says over a dozen) in other calibers and makes. My #1 choice would be the Blackhawk (or Super Blackhawk). BTW, 158gr JHP in .357mag and 240gr JHP in .44mag both are deadly on whitetails (lung shot) inside 75 yards. As a bonus, the 9mm convertible can provide lots of cheap plinking.

    Brig
     
  19. Bluey

    Bluey New Member

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    Check out this site . They have a ton of info on single actions. I did a lot of reading there before I bought my Vaquero.

    Single-Actions - Home