Need do it all .357 Lightweight revolver

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by guiri, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    Guys, I'm getting ready to buy my first gun before Osama puts a stop to this but I need advice.

    I wanted to buy a gun for protection but not only at home but also outside. I plan on getting a dirt bike and go riding and at some point even buy some property up north so for protection against animals so...

    1. Can I get a light weight revolver that will stand up for very hot loads?

    2. Can I whack a bear with a hot loaded .357? I mean, if I shoot him just anywhere as in an emergency type situation. What if I have to shoot him in the head?

    3. I'm not dead set on the caliber but thought 357 would be good so I could buy cheaper ammo for practice (38). However, this is NOT entirely necessary so if you think it's wise, maybe a more powerful caliber.
    Hell, I looked at the .460 Smith till I actually saw one. That thing is huge and weighs more than my damn truck :(

    4. I would like one without an exposed hammer so it won't catch on clothes or a bag when trying to pull it out.

    5. I want lightweight.

    I am NOT worried about recoil.

    6. I would like either something that comes with a longer grip (I have short fingers and wide hands and I have problems with thick grips) OR something I can put a longer grip on.

    7. I like the idea of the smith with the built in laser sight but not sure if that's a good idea or reliable. I USED to be a good shot.

    8. Also, I would like NOT to have to pay $1000 for something like their Scandium revolvers..

    9. One more thing. Do they make them with something like a 3-4" barrel and do I need it for accuracy or not? Will the laser sight help with that?

    Used would be ok.

    I would appreciate links and rough prices with your replies if possible.

    Thank you

    George
     
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  2. M1Garand_Tanner

    M1Garand_Tanner New Member

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    1st thing is 1st : By the sound of the Osama comment, you are a republican, and you and I are on the same level about the terrorist running the country. I also plan on stocking up on weapons before a ban.

    2nd, most .357 Mag's are around $1000-$1100. You could always get a used one or an auctioned one.
     

  3. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    :)

    Thanks

    Will the 8 shot capacity not make it pretty big and heavy? I do like the looks of it though. Never did like snub nose guns but again, small and light to carry. I'm not sure how much difference there is in weight (actual weight and not just on paper because bottom line, things feel different in real life) between the Taurus and this one "Smith M&P 340 CT"

    George
     
  4. guiri

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  5. M1Garand_Tanner

    M1Garand_Tanner New Member

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    Someone I know has a .357 Mag just like that one, 8 round and all, its not that bad, its not too light and not too heavy, but the barrel is 3" or so, not short like this one.

    That site with the Taurus has some nice revolvers, browsing around for a few days will surely find what you need.

    I oughta do the same, knowing that the Liberals will get rid of them. It really bugs me that its possible to entirely outlaw some guns. I need a collection of them, for all duty.

    .44 Mags and .38 specials are pretty nice, but like you said, about the .38, Snubbys arent the greatest, so out of the 3 the .44 would be the best, if you dont want a snub. I'm not too sure if it could whack a bear, but a higher grain will do anything.
     
  6. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    The Taurus would be more my style. I plan on going to a local gun show in a few weeks. Hopefully I'll have money then but in any case, I prolly won't buy there, they tend to be expensive.

    Thanks

    George
     
  7. M1Garand_Tanner

    M1Garand_Tanner New Member

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    I agree with the gunshow, sure they are expensive but usually you get the gun direct, no shipping fees or the likeliness of the shippers screwing it up :p
     
  8. fxstchewy

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  9. freefall

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    I re-iterate, the Ruger Security Six 4" barrel seems to me to be the best combination of power, size, and affordability that anyone's ever produced in this country. If I lived anywhere but Alaska I'd be totally content with it for a sidearm for any purpose. Are bears a legitimate concern where you live? I like the looks and feel of the Taurus Trackers in .41 or .44 mag, but comments about reliability on this site have given me pause.
     
  10. 741512th

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    Take your time picking out the gun that's right for you. You have plenty.

    1. Obama (Oh, I see. It rhymes with Osama. Clever.) has bigger fish to fry right now trying to fix the mess the last eight years of complete incompetence and mismanagement has landed us all in. He's not likely to waste time or political capital on what is, effectively, a dormant issue.

    2. There are about 30 to 40 Democrats in the House of Representatives who will try to defend their seats in what are traditionally republican leaning or conservative Democratic districts. They're not likely to rock the boat at this time.

    3. The Senate won't pass a gun restriction bill right now or for some time. Besides the fact that the Democrats don't have a super majority, there are about 15 to 20 Democrats who just won't support the idea.

    4. The recent Supreme Court decision makes passage of a sweeping, restrictive bill less likely.

    5. S&W Model 327 Nightguard (though it has a hammer and its a bit pricey, so it may not fully meet your requirements).
     
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  11. 741512th

    741512th New Member

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    You're right. Something has to be done about the many christian terrorists in this country like Timothy McVeigh, James Kopp, and Eric Rudolph. There are still many more running around out there. :D
     
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  12. Dr. Marneaus

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    I'm looking to pick up a .357 snubby to carry daily, because at the moment, my 1911 GI is a bit too large...

    I've heard nothing but praise for the Ruger SP101, in all configurations. Super good revolver. They are a little big for my intentions, and a little out of my price range, but they have the longer grip that you are looking for, and are available with a shaved hammer.

    Check em out!

    ALSO They are available with the laser grip. Sounds like exactly what you're looking for, without the super high S&W prices.

    Ruger SP101® Double Action Revolvers

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  13. freefall

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    Enjoying your political commentary 7145etc. Congrats on having Al Franken to represent you in the senate, I'm sure you'll be very happy together.
     
  14. Clem

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    Need do it all .357 Lightweight revolver
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    1. Can I get a light weight revolver that will stand up for very hot loads? Yes, if 40 oz. is light enough. The Ruger GP-100 is as tough as they come.

    2. Can I whack a bear with a hot loaded .357? I mean, if I shoot him just anywhere as in an emergency type situation. What if I have to shoot him in the head? If you want to go after black bears, a good 160 to 180 gr. hard cast lead wide flat point loaded to 1100 fps or more.

    3. I'm not dead set on the caliber but thought 357 would be good so I could buy cheaper ammo for practice (38). However, this is NOT entirely necessary so if you think it's wise, maybe a more powerful caliber. A .357 should do for a first revo very nicely. You can think about bigger stuff later.

    4. I would like one without an exposed hammer so it won't catch on clothes or a bag when trying to pull it out. No exposed hammer is getting pretty specialized. Things like a S&W 640 come to mind, but it has a 2” barrel and small, fixed sights.

    5. I want lightweight. How light is light? The 4” GP-100 is about 40 oz. The S&W 640 is 23 oz., and a 340SC Scandium .357 is 12 oz., but it has pretty brutal recoil with anything approaching full power loads.

    I am NOT worried about recoil. Your orthopedist will love you. You will end up making the payments on his new BMW.

    6. I would like either something that comes with a longer grip (I have short fingers and wide hands and I have problems with thick grips) OR something I can put a longer grip on. I like Pacymayr Decelerator grips on my S&W J frame revos. They are longer than standard and soak up recoil.

    7. I like the idea of the smith with the built in laser sight but not sure if that's a good idea or reliable. I USED to be a good shot. Lasers are available.

    8. Also, I would like NOT to have to pay $1000 for something like their Scandium revolvers. Scandium are really pretty specialized. Nice to carry, not so nice to shoot.

    9. One more thing. Do they make them with something like a 3-4" barrel and do I need it for accuracy or not? Will the laser sight help with that? The S&W 360 Kit Gun had a 3” barrel with adjustable sights. Great gun. No longer in the catalog.

    A Ruger 4” GP-100 or 3” SP-101 are recommended.
     
  15. dnthmn2004

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    I agree completely. They are never going to completely take away our right to own guns. Theres no rush to buy a revolver. Take your time and find something you really feel comfortable with.

    You can't go wrong with either a S&W M&P 340, or a Ruger SP101. Both are very reliable and will last you a lifetime if you maintain them properly.


    Please don't buy a Taurus. Brazilian made junk with very poor customer service. Support our own economy.
     
  16. Scrapper

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    Just to (politely) counterpoint the previous poster:

    I recommend the Taurus 605. It is a 5-shot, snub-nosed .357. I have close to 4000 rounds through mine, and the only problem it has ever had was shooting 30-year-old ammo. It is a fantastic little gun, inexpensive, and surprisingly consistent. It weighs 23 oz., and feels like being slapped in the palm with re-bar if you use 158-grain .357 in it!

    I have dealt with Taurus customer service for my other .357 (M66) and found them to be fast and courteous.

    Everybody's experience will be different, though.
     
  17. fxstchewy

    fxstchewy New Member

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    That may be my favorite revolver, can handle more .357's than me and also concealable. :)
     
  18. txbell

    txbell New Member

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    I've got a 357 Colt Lawman MK III nickle-plated 2" snub nose dual-action, it's a great gun!