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Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Halfwatt, Jan 22, 2013.
I am in the market for a revolver. Nothing too spendy. But for the money. Reliable. In the. 357 cal.
It really depends? Do you want a traditional single action revolver? That would be without modern safety features. The older SAA did not have a transfer bar allowing for only 5 loaded chambers during carry.
The modern Ruger revolvers have transfer bars allowing all 6 chambers to be loaded while carrying. The Ruger has high heat treated cylinders which will allow a steady diet of +P level loads.
Sounds like you need a Ruger Vaquero.
+1 Can't go wrong with a Ruger.
The correct one word answer is - -Ruger
Since you asked:
Seems Ruger is the favorite here. What about the Uberti or pietta in the 1873 style?
I have a Ruger old Vaquero in stainless with 'ivory' grips, you can't go wrong with the vaquero.
Ive been eying those uberti's myself though. Looking at a brass/case colored 4 3/4 inch, beautiful.
Another one for Ruger. If I am not mistaken, the older 3 screw Rugers can be upgraded to the modern safety system, no? This is done by them for free.
I own a Ruger Blackhawk 357 with a 9mm conversion barrel, and a Uberti Stallion chambered in 38. They are totally different guns. As said earlier in this post, it depends on what you're looking for. If you want traditional, the Uberti is the way to go. If you want power and strength and a gun built like a sherman tank, the ruger will be your best friend. I enjoy shooting both.
Rugers are nice. But they ain't got the 4 clicks.
Here is a Uberti.
The Colt SAA has 4 clicks. It says C- O- L -T when you pull the hammer back.
That's why I never bought the Ruger. I need those four clicks, but it still feels different in the hand. I only own 1st and 2nd generation Colts, but did break down 10 years ago and bought a Cimmaron Bisley Flat Top Target 44-40 with 7 1/2"barrel. I love that revolver. The Italians did their homework well.
Didn't the 3 screw Rugers have 3 clicks?
There is a strange thing at work here. There have been thousands of Colt Army SA copies made over the years. But no one has every got it right. There is a feel to a Colt grip like shaking hands with an old friend.
Ruger does ofer this service, and for free. BUT.......
If you want the transfer bar safety, buy a New Model Blackhawk. Those converted are turned into revolvers with stiff, gritty trigger pulls and clackety-clack actions. If you don't want, or are scared of a traditional single action, sell it or trade it. I've had one Super Blackhawk so converted and bought two already converted. They are all now back in their original condition.
Here is a converted three-screw .357 Magnum I bought several years ago:
The same gun, now a .44 Special and back to original configuration:
All nice pieces. Anyone dealt with any Pietta? I have been reading how they have improved their QC.
Actually the USFA are exact copies. They're pricey, but you do get what you pay for and I'd trust them over the recently manufactured Colts and they're a bit cheaper. For a number of reasons Colt has declined in my opinion, which saddens me a lot. Even the USFA Manfacturing Co. may be heading in the same direction unfortunately. This is their new business, but their timing stinks considering the outcry regarding so called aw's. www.usfazipfactory.com
They should've stuck with what they did best!
Check out The Evil Roy by Cimarron. I have heard good things.
The Evil Roy 6 guns that were shipped to our LGS. Have been there for months. They are not that great.
I like this Lipsey Ruger .45 Colt/.45 ACP