New revolver

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by ZachRome, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. ZachRome

    ZachRome New Member

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    I've never owned a revolver and dont really know a lot about them but I would really like to pick one up for my next purchase. What would be a good choice for my first revolver. Mostly for plinking and target practice (don't want a 22)
     
  2. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    Ruger gp100 .357 magnum. Only revolver anyone should own. :rollseyes: lol. Seriously. I own a 4" and love it
     

  3. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    For what you want to do I would probably go with at least a 4 inch barrel, probably in a .38 Special. For plinking and target the 4 inch barrel will give you a longer sight radius and a little more accuracy at longer distances. This is compared to a typical snubbie used for concealed carry. A 6" will improve things even more.

    As far as recommending a specific firearm, that ain't gonna happen unless you provide a lot more information. You haven't even told us what kind of targets you'll be using or whether you want single or double action.
     
  4. steadyshot

    steadyshot New Member

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    I think the .357 revolver is the way to go as well. I own three. :)
     
  5. Barney1023

    Barney1023 New Member

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    +1 on the gp 100 4 or 6 inch barrel. Also u can pick up the blackhawks in 357 for a little less if u wanna go single action. Me personally I like the blackhawks.
     
  6. Mercator

    Mercator New Member

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    Hold, aim, and dry fire one before making a decision. One man's perfect grip angle and balance can be another man's POS.
     
  7. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Do you reload? If not 38/357 is the cheapest way to go. If you reload, ammo prices are all about the same. If you are a reloader I would be thinking 44 mag. As a reloader you could make ammo into anything you want. 38/357 can be loaded light or heavy too. But 44 can be loaded to shoot like a 22. It can also be loaded to shoot heavy bullets at speeds that would make you cry. However, if you don't reload 44 mag is incredibly expensive ammo.

    I believe that anyone that shoots more than once every couple months could benefit from reloading.
     
  8. JW357

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    I agree with Rick about reloading.

    For me, I would steer you towards a .357 Magnum instead of a .38 Special. The .357 is more versatile because it can shoot both loads, which isn't true of the .38.

    My preference is S&W, but just look around at LGS' and see what kinda good deals you can find. If you find a nice one that you fall in love with, I wouldn't worry too much if the grips aren't exactly right. You can replace grips on a revolver as easy as pie.
     
  9. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco New Member

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    .357 would be my choice. Like everyone said you can go with light or heavy loads and also shoot .38. Think about a single action cowboy gun with a cross draw holster. The "fun factor" can't be overlooked.
     
  10. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    If you have never owned a handgun a .22 rim fire is practical. Mastering a handgun is the more challenging of firearms. The .22 allows a new hand-gunner a reduced cost to shoot hundreds of rounds. It takes many hours and hundreds of rounds to become familiar with hand guns use. :)
     
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    If you don't have a 22, you need a 22.

    But... the 357 is the most versatile chambering you can buy. Ruger... Smith... Take your pick.
     
  12. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    I've got both S&W and Ruger revolvers. Fine products, couldn't put one over the other. If you don't intend to CC, a Ruger GP100 or S&W 686 with a 6" barrel would fit your needs.
     
  13. DP03

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    I have owned the Ruger GP100 and agree it would make a fine choice. I also am really enjoying my Judge, as you can shoot 410 shotgun as well as the stout 45 Colt.
     
  14. Mercator

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    A few things to consider between a GP100 and a 686. BTW a 586 is the same just blued. Note the barrel length and the underlug. A 6" barrel with a full length u/l will make the gun feel muzzle heavy compared to a 4"+ half u/l. Not getting into the details, there are pros and cons to every possible combination. The Ruger is easier to disassemble and clean inside, but you don't have to do that often. The Ruger front sight is secured with a spring loaded detente, and can be swapped for a fiber optic or another unit with no tools.
     
  15. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    Here's a good aid for judging the suitability and safety of a revolver.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMOGVWB-QHw&feature=player_detailpage[/ame]
     
  16. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    ZachRome Check the ruger single action convertible. You can shoot 357 or 38sp, change cylinders and shoot 9mm too. Good solid design been around for decades. The 6.5" barrel would make a better plinker /target gun. The 9mm is not as accurate do to a 1th's or 2 small bullet but still a good plinker and better than many pistol can shoot.
    http://www.ruger.com/products/newModelBlackhawkConvertible/models.html
     
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  17. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Wow, talk about your open question. Revolvers are a big diverse world.
    DA or SA? I prefer DA's myself, but I understand the appeal of a well done SA.
    Caliber? As mentioned, .38/357 is probably your best option for informal plinking and such. At least from the value/versatility standpoint, if .22 is to not be considered. Reloading does broaden one's options a lot more, however.

    New or used?
    The used market has some truly excellent out-of-production options as well as some excellent values. Since revolvers have generally been relegated to second fiddle with the emergence of semi-autos taking over the world, there are a lot of low mileage treasures floating around out there.
    Used K-frame S&Ws are relatively common and there are still good prices to be had. They have earned a reputation for exceptionally smooth DA triggers. They were pretty much the standard by which all others are judged. N-frames- Older S&W 27s were never especially cheap, they were a premium model set to compete directly against the Colt Python. While used prices were cheaper than the Colt they have been climbing recently. The Model 28 aka, Highway Patrolman is the 27's less highly polished brother. All the N-frame goodness but at a price that LE agencies good justify at that time. N-frame S&Ws are extremely strong (the N frame was initially used for big bore cartridges, (e.g. .45 Colt , .44 special/mag.) and still quite refined. L-frame (586, 686 and others) - Designed to to be more durable than the K-frame but still be lighter than the N-frame. Came out in the early 80s (IIRC), while very good revolvers, they never really seem to get the level same respect as the older designs. IMHO, somewhat unfair, but since the purists aren't terribly interested in them, they are a good used value.
    Ruger Security Six - Overlooked for a long time, but built like a tank and IMHO, attractive...in a more old school way.
    Dan Wesson - Not as overlooked as they used to be, but diligent searching might still turn up a deal. As accurate & durable a revolver as you will ever find. Popular in the 80s for Metallic Silhouette competition.
    Colts - Pythons are nice, but stupidly overpriced anymore. Hunt down a first generation Colt Trooper .357. Affectionately referred to by some as the "poor man's Python." Same lockwork/frame, without the pretty barrel or the high polish. Still can be found at something resembling reasonable pricing. The later Troopers are excellent as well, though they have the newer design internals. Common wisdom is they give up a bit of refinement for better durability. Though, all Colts typically have nice actions as a general rule.

    No-brainer new options:
    The aforementioned Ruger GP-100.
    Smith & Wesson 686.
    Both very good options.

    FWIW, I own a a Colt Python and a Dan Wesson 15-2. Both are lovely However, my favorite revolver is my S&W 627 PC. Yes, more than the 686, but sweet. Well worth the extra $.
    Like I said, so many options. And tons of opinions. Enjoy the hunt.
     
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  18. ZachRome

    ZachRome New Member

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    I have 3.....
     
  19. trouter3

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    My recommendation would be to get a taurus judge 3" mag... Fun sidearm to shoot, 45 colt and a variety of .410 ammunition ...

    Paul,
     
  20. MOshooter

    MOshooter New Member

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    Since you have 22 revolvers covered I would look into a nice 357 mag revolver in a 4 or 6 inch barrel,that way you can shoot 38's and 357 mag cartridges from the same pistol.

    38/357 ammo would also be the most economical if you don't reload.