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Posted: 9/20/2005 10:41:26 AM EDT
do i need one?

well i had holster and belt given to me and well...it fits a .38spl plus i got to speed loaders for the damn thing and i dont have a gun....

so i want pics prices on .38 spls

i really dont know anything about revers
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 12:16:36 PM EDT
Most any revolver that's available in .38 Special is also available in .357 Magnum.

As example, the S&W "K" frame revolvers in .38 Special, are the same size guns as the S&W "K" framed .357 Mag guns.

So, if you want to just buy a gun to fit a holster figure out what gun the holster fits, and buy a Magnum version of that gun.

Of course, the .38 Special has a LOT going for it, and truth be told, most people shoot .38 Special's in their Magnum guns anyway so you could just buy a .38.

(You know of course, that this is a gun version of a woman buying an entire wardrobe just because she has a new purse)?
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 12:38:32 PM EDT
yea but i'm far from a woman
and i love guns!
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 1:08:24 PM EDT
i think you need a .357 mag.  you can shoot 38's in it all day long and if you have to take a deer use hot 38's or .357.  the guns are great for teaching folks how to shoot.  simple.  light 38's are like a pop gun.  then there is rat/snake shot.  if you can stalk within a few yards of a rabit you can pop him with the snake shot.   buy the gun to match the speed loaders and holster.  i hope they are the same.  
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 7:47:59 PM EDT
Smith and Wesson Model 642 Airweight (about $380 OTD) loaded with Speer Gold Dot 135gr. +P GDHP
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 7:01:46 AM EDT
There are tons 38/357 Smiths and Rugers that have been Police trade ins. You can pickup at reasonable prices.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 7:41:40 PM EDT
I picked up a model 637 Smith and Wesson snubbie J frame new for around $315......
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 7:45:38 PM EDT

do i need one?

That and a 10/22 are all you will ever need.
I love my SW 642
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 7:49:57 PM EDT

do i need one?

Sure! I love mine.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 7:58:17 PM EDT
Ruger SP101  Target Gray Stainless

Link Posted: 10/11/2005 1:08:08 AM EDT
Find a S&W model 10, 4 inch. They can be had used in excellent condition between $150.00 - $200.00.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 1:20:27 AM EDT
Damm I thought everone had at least one or two .38 spl's/.357mag revolvers. if you don't you don't know what your missing. just think you can shoot real fast and you won't have to chase the brass!!!!
The .38 spl is a natural for accuracy in good revolver. it's cheap to shoot and is low recoil. A .38 revolver is my go along anywhere fishing, hiking, camping gun. it's a ton more fun than a .22lr anyday. IMHO
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 2:13:38 AM EDT
     Snubbies are good carry guns,I favor the airweight. In an airweight snubby I perfer the 38 over the .357 as it has reasonable recoil and the 38's are way more reasonable priced both new and used.
      For general plinking and target use a .38 is hard to beat, and a used one is a great value, I love most any of the S&W guns, again the 38's tend to be a better value than the 357 guns. The older blued guns in top shape are becomeing collectors pieces (which are a dream to shoot) but police trade ins and used guns with holster wear are dirt cheep.
      For serious self protection use or any hunting type use you should pass on the 38 and step up to the .357.  If you choose to buy a new gun you should go .357 as there really isn't any price difference.
      I have actually considered buying a gun just because I wound up with a couple of boxes of ammo!
      A good revolver is a type of gun that everyone really needs at least one . The process of finding out what is the perfect revolver for you should not involve buying more than 6 or 8 guns!
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:24:34 AM EDT
It's nice to have an excuse for a new purchase!  A friend gave me about 1000 rds of 45 ammo and that was my excuse to go ahead with the 1911 purchase I had been planning.
On topic......I picked up a very nice used stainless Ruger GP100 for about $300.  It is just about my favorite handgun to shoot, and I have several others.  I enjoy it almost as much as the 1911 and it was less than half the cost.
I will agree with some of the others on this and say get a .357.  You can shoot it all day long with .38's but load it with the .357's when you like.
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 1:47:16 AM EDT

Smith and Wesson Model 642 Airweight (about $380 OTD) loaded with Speer Gold Dot 135gr. +P GDHP

+ 1 or a 638 w/same loads.  Got one on my lap right now!
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 1:49:20 AM EDT

Ruger SP101  Target Gray Stainless


those are pretty
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