S&W revolver recommendations?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by BeanStationBluegrasser, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. BeanStationBluegrasser

    BeanStationBluegrasser New Member

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    I'm considering buying a Smith & Wesson revolver. I'm eyeing the model 360 in the .357 but I'm far from making my mind up. Amy personal suggestions?
     
  2. hotrod1016

    hotrod1016 New Member

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    What are you going to be using the gun for? My father has a 686 and I have 638.
     

  3. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    65-2 with a bobbed hammer, smoothed/radiused trigger, complete action job.



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  4. BeanStationBluegrasser

    BeanStationBluegrasser New Member

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    I would like to use it as a concealed carry. I don't want a super long barrel. Something comfortable but in the .357 caliber. I already have a snub nose Taurus .38 special. I'm looking for the power of the .357.
     
  5. BeanStationBluegrasser

    BeanStationBluegrasser New Member

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    & that is a really nice looking revolver. Beautiful.
     
  6. hotrod1016

    hotrod1016 New Member

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    My dads 686 is a 2in. Snub With upgraded sights and a hogue grip.
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A model 66 can be had reasonably as a police trade in. I like the model 65 as it has no adjustable sights to snag. I have a 3" with the DAO hammer. The 686 is the current medium frame rendition.

    If your tastes run more to the sub compact variety, the 640 is rock solid and snag free. If your wallet allows, the 340 PD is the cat's meow. Featherweight powerhouse.
     
  8. rugernut

    rugernut New Member

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    I would get a 686 because that's one that I shot it's real accurate and very nice
     
  9. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    The 2.5" K-frame is the ideal carry revolver in my opinion. Go with either a Model 19 or Model 66 (same gun, but the 66 is the stainless version). I have two 66s. One I keep with nice comfy combat grips for range shooting. The other I keep with small, thin magna grips with a T-grip for better concealment.

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  10. vincent

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    Talking concealed carry, the smallest possible package in .357 That S+W offers would be the M+P. (I think..) Don't own one, but have some experience with it and would recommend it. Depending on your likes and needs, that might do the job for ya...:cool:
     
  11. Hookeye

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    I like the 60, think the 3" bbl and adj sights make it a fair trail rig.

    But for magnum capability in a small package............I'd go scandium J.

    Nasty with Corbon .357s, but you can get used to it. Not bad really, 'cept for the finger knuckle bonk of the trigger guard now and then. .38 +P it's no big deal.
     
  12. Clem

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    You might want to consider the Model 60s. I have a 60Pro, which has a 3” barrel and adjustable sights. It might be too big for your needs. The 60 also comes with a 2” barrel. I would not recommend an aluminum frame gun as your only one. The recoil in anything like full power ammo in .357 is pretty vicious. The long term durability is also suspect in my mind. I have a 340Ti. Great little carry gun, in .357, but I have a 640 stainless gun for practice.
     
  13. BlackWidow

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    The super light J-frames are not fun to shoot with Magnums, and I question their effectiveness if you ever have to use one. Muzzle flash is rather blinding, report is deafening, and the stiff recoil makes follow-ups more difficult. Most carry .38 +P in them.
     
  14. RhettButler

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    I think you might have what you need. Take the Taurus carry gun in .38 spc, Learn to control it. Buy another weapon that's easier to shoot for practice. Make the second gun a sometime replacement piece. Or, something fun to shoot.

    Don't want to start an argument with the board: but, if most of us can't fix a problem with good bullets from a short .38, we ain't gonna do it with .357's from the same type piece with the extra recoil.

    Good luck..
     
  15. Hookeye

    Hookeye Active Member

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    Whip and blast with the scandium J's in .357 is nasty.
    But then a .357 hot in any short bbl rig is gonna have flash and blast.
    Indoors it sucks to practice with such stuff..............outdoors way more pleasant.
    Low light scenerio, flash might be a problem. But recoil and blast won't be............maybe just aware of the gun having gone high and it taking a while to get back down for the next shot (like when hunting- such gun movement gets kind of annoying).
    If you are driven to succeed, and focused to practice, the light J's can be mastered.
    For the casual shooter looking for some sidearm, probably not the best choice.
    With the emasculation of most in today's society, the average consumer should steer well away from such a beast.
    You want power in a light package, it has a cost.
    You have to decide what compromises you will make in your quest for a gun, sporting, target or defensive. There is no perfect rig.
    Love the idea of buying more than one gun Rhett :)
    But not a friggin' Taurus.
     
  16. Hookeye

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    BTW, my buddy has a scandium J (probably said before). His coworker just got a like new used one, for $680.
    They seem to have quite a bit of depreciation :)
    The new Scandium J shooter tried some heavier bullet mags in it. Tore him up.
    He's just new to handguns, but is determined to get familar and good with the rig. He's going to run .38+P in it for a while and then stay with the 125gr and lighter mags.
    Sucks 'cause I'd give him 500 for that gun right now :)
     
  17. Clem

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    I tend to feel the best way to think of the scandium .357 J frame guns is an extra strong .38, nice and light and strong, but still useful for no more than .38, but if you somehow screw up, you won’t blow it up with .357 or their equivalent. They really aren’t particularly useful for most people as a .357. I have found the best adaptation for me is Pachmayr Decelerator or Gripper grips. They make things controllable, but still not particularly pleasant. I still don’t practice much with any of my aluminum guns. Even with less than full power loads, long term durability is still suspect in my mind.
     
  18. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I strongly suggest you google ballistics info out of various barrel lengths. To get all the power out of .357's, you really need 4 inches. Otherwise you're getting the same muzzle energy out of 38 +P.
     
  19. LONGHAIR

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    Snub-Nose .38 Air-weight is all you need...That with my .380 LCP is all I carry ...I havn't been Big-Game Hunting in downtown St.Louis Lately,so I don't feel the need for anything any bigger..........