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Posted: 5/20/2005 12:30:36 AM EDT
I've been looking at buying at .357 lately, preferably one well suited for the outdoors with good accuracy and reliability, and probably a 5-6 inch barrel. As I'm getting ready to move soon, I don't want to invest too much money into a new firearm right now, preferably not more than $400-450, less if possible. Unfortunately, I don't know a lot about the reputations of some of the more economically priced pistols and their manufacturers (so any help you can give in this area will be greatly appreciated ).

I noticed the Rossi and Taurus models were very economical. I've shot Taurus' revolvers on several occassions and have never had any complaints. However, I don't have any experience with Rossi's revolvers. What's your experience been with them? What manufacturers and models would you reccomend? Which ones would you not reccomend?
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:37:22 AM EDT

an old Security Six or Gp100..... money to spare
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 3:29:23 AM EDT

Link Posted: 5/20/2005 3:53:02 AM EDT
Ruger GP100, unbeatable for the going prices at funshows.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 5:10:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 5:24:53 AM EDT
You can get a very good used Smith for under what you want to spend.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 5:42:55 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:50:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 7:51:14 PM EDT by NYprolitariat]
For that kind of money you could get a used S&W .357,A case of ammo,speed loaders,holster,and grips!!! Use the ammo to become real good with your weapon and carry it everywhere you go with confidence!
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:58:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NYprolitariat:
For that kind of money you could get a used S&W .357,A case of ammo,speed loaders,holster,and grips!!! Use the ammo to become real good with your weapon and carry it everywhere you go with confidence!

+1. Love the Smiths. Pick up a copy of the Shotgun News and browse the ads for LE trade ins. You can get some great deals.
Link Posted: 5/21/2005 1:23:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/21/2005 2:26:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/21/2005 2:28:06 PM EDT by Laserlips]
One of my first 357mag revolvers was (and is) a Ruger Security 6, 6" w/adj. sights. It has been an excellent revolver and it built like a tank. I see them on www.GunsAmerica.com and other sites for sale and they are quite reasonable.

It's just my opinion of course, but I think the Ruger Security 6 is just what you're looking for. Try and find one with low "mileage" and you'll be set to go. I certainly think the Ruger is better quality than the Rossi.

I have no problems with Taurus. At least with Taurus you get a lifetime warranty. But, I love my Ruger, it resides in the nightstand by the bed on the off chance that uninvited guests stop by at night.

Best Wishes.

Link Posted: 5/27/2005 7:27:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NYprolitariat:
For that kind of money you could get a used S&W .357,A case of ammo,speed loaders,holster,and grips!!! Use the ammo to become real good with your weapon and carry it everywhere you go with confidence!


Hit your local gunshops. Seems like ours always have a few used .357's setting around. My local one had a nice used S&W 686 stainless, 7 shot , 4" barrel for $425 last weekend.
Link Posted: 6/2/2005 8:33:34 AM EDT
Here ya go.


Link Posted: 6/2/2005 8:36:58 AM EDT
I would reather go with a used S&W then anything else
Link Posted: 6/2/2005 8:50:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By chaos4570:

an old Security Six or Gp100..... money to spare

+1 on Security Six my dad owns one and it shots great
Link Posted: 6/2/2005 4:19:41 PM EDT

an old Security Six or Gp100..... money to spare

My dad has a security six that has seen 15,000 plus rounds down the barrel without a single problem and half were full load .357. Its an amazingly accurate revolver and is so easy to take apart and clean.

Personally I think the Gp100s look better but have never fired one so wont say to much about it. The Gp100s I belive are also just as easy to take apart and clean.

I had a Taurus 627 7-shot .357 revolver with ported barrel and liked it a lot. Plenty accurate and only had a few very minor issues.
Link Posted: 6/2/2005 5:38:36 PM EDT
I like my KGP141 (stainless GP100 4"). It is a fine looking revolver. The full shroud under the barrel looks nice. It fits in the hand well, and even with hot .357 loads, it's not hard to handle. I kept the factory grips, as they look pretty good, and the rubber helps absorb shock. It is pretty accurate, and I have not seen any noticable difference between .38 and .357 loads. I do need to take a dremel to the trigger, as it's a little sharp on the edges, and it chafes my finger a little bit.

I got mine new for $400 or so. Used can go for $300 or less.
Link Posted: 6/2/2005 5:50:06 PM EDT
Rossi, Taurus, Ruger.
Link Posted: 6/5/2005 9:18:13 PM EDT
S&W used, or ruger, try locol gun shops sure they would have one, or even a pawn shop...

Link Posted: 6/11/2005 11:18:45 AM EDT
AFAIK Rossi's revolvers are made by Taurus these days, so their quality should be pretty much even.
Link Posted: 6/15/2005 5:39:22 PM EDT
Ruger Security Six or GP100
Link Posted: 6/22/2005 12:16:37 PM EDT
Paid $460 for my new S&W 686+ .357 with 6 inch barrel. (I'd get the 4 inch if I was doing it all over again).

My Ruger SP101 with 2 1/2 in barrel was $360.00, (new). Added laser grips for $180.00 and it will shot great groups with .357 ammo if you can hold on.
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 6:45:43 AM EDT
+1 on the used Smith. IMHO, the older S&W revolvers are markedly superior in quality to anything now in current production. Find a 66 or 686 and make it your own.
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 7:19:45 AM EDT
Many people like the Rossi and Taurus,I do not think they are a great value.
A S&W or a Ruger will hold their value much better and aftermarket stuff such as grips,speeedloaders,spring kits are available.
If you want dirt cheep buya Used Ruger single action.If you want a double action save up a while longer and get a S&W,I favor the 686 model-decent used one should be $275-$325ish.
The ruger double action guns are overbuilt like a brick shithouse and some like them for that but to me they are so heavy they are almost brick like and although they are accurate they are a stinker to shoot well because of the beastly triggers.
The S&W 686 has a pretty good trigger (mostly) from the factory and a $17 wolf spring kit will give you a great trigger. Great triggers are where it's at when shooting a revolver.A .357 is a great choice as you have such a wide variety of avalible ammo to fit so many uses.
A used Ruger or S&W is usually priced on cosmetic appeal more than mechanical condition as they are carried more than they are shot.A S&W 686 that is all scraped up because somebody carried it under the seat of a pickup banging around with a bunch of tools could be your best buy.
Link Posted: 7/3/2005 6:40:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TLEII:

+1 on the Taurus
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:13:25 PM EDT
The first gun I ever bought online was my 6" S&W model 28-2 Highway Patrolman.

No, box, instructions, but it was mint/unfired and already had a nice set of Pachmyr grips on it.

After shipping and the FFL transfer fee, total cost was $420.00

Looks great. shoots great. It's my nightstand gun. I really like S&W's when it comes to revolvers.


Link Posted: 7/13/2005 11:03:34 AM EDT
I was just in a gun show here that had the following used (and great condition) guns in your price range with lots of cash to spare:

4 inch barrel GP-100 (Stainless, bull barrel)
Smith 19 times 4 or 5 (from snub to 6 inch barrels)
Smith 66 times 3
Colt Trooper (not quite as good condition)
And I believe there was a Model 27

If you were looking at .38's they had a TON of:
Model 10's and 64's
Model 60's
Model 15's
Model 36's

I would say you have a LOT of options.

Personally, I love my old GP100. I would have bought one of the older Smith's (frmo back when they had better bluing and better triggers) I was just looking at if the wife wouldn't notice.

Link Posted: 7/18/2005 8:47:47 AM EDT
I bought a Smith 686P (7 shot) for about $485 brand new. I am very pleased with it. I prefer Smithies over any other revolver.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 7:01:38 PM EDT
I'll give another kick for S&W revolvers. I've seen a few S&W 28's turn up at gun stores around me for around $300 and I picked up a used 586 for $250 over the weekend. Its definitly worth looking around for a S&W as they turn up frequenlty, normally if you try a few you can find one with a sweet trigger and L and N frames will eat almost any mangum load you can throw at them. Hope it helps and best of luck in your search. Let us know what you get!

Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:10:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 53vortec:
LE trade ins. You can get some great deals.

That's the ticket!! You can get a used S&W 66 for <$300 easy. Maybe a little more for 686.

Regardless of brand, think hard now about what you will really use it for so you can choose your barrel length/underlug wisely... weight vs. accuracy vs. recoil.
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