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Posted: 8/27/2010 3:12:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 3:13:24 PM EDT by eesparza]
as the title says, i am looking for a good under $400 357 magnum revolver, sa/da or dao only is fine.
i have pretty big hands and dont find smaller auto pistols like a hi power comfortable due to hammer bite and slide bit depending on the pistol.
i am looking for a 4 inch, something i can conceal carry but still take to the range and shoot at a decent distance
just looking for some options for when i start looking.

thanks in advance guys
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 3:50:26 PM EDT
Any used Ruger should work perfect. Service Six, GP100, SP101. I don't know how many Smiths will be in that range but I'm sure some one will follow with the models if there are any.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 4:37:02 PM EDT
thanks, i have also seen taurus revolvers in that range, i am looking for something that will last me awhile along with being a a good carry gun but also a decent range gun also, and i figure 357 would be good, powerful round, can also use 38 special to save money when plinking, all good things
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 4:42:26 PM EDT
Charter Arms
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 4:52:45 PM EDT
Look into S&W - negotiate at your local shop on one of the revolvers S&W is offering a mail in rebate on right now. Think the special is just running to the end of Oct though (memory not perfect, may be end of the year).
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 5:54:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 5:54:54 PM EDT by 22LR]
look for some trade in S&W M66s.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 8:21:38 PM EDT
or a 686...
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 4:42:01 AM EDT
used smiths go for a decent price on gunbroker, as do used rugers, so seem to be my best choices, since taurus i hear is horrrid, and charter arms looks ok but the barrels are abit short for me!
i am thinking a nice 4 inch barrel would work for range shooting and still be short enough to conceal,
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 5:03:29 AM EDT
Used Smith or Ruger. Doubt you'll find anything new at your price point.
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 9:36:49 AM EDT
Used Smith 38's with 4" barrels seem to be more common as they are used security guard guns. The problem is most I've seen have been modified for DAO.

You can still probably find the older Ruger Security Six, Speed Six type guns for less than $400. The 2.5" barrels seem to be more popular, hence you may have to pay more. I found a 2.5" Security Six for my Dad a while back for $350. It's a good shooting gun, I wish I had bought it. I did buy a 3" GP100 a couple of months ago for $400, but it was notched up a little and I had to clean it up, (green scotchbrite pad FTW) but functionally it's tight and a good shooter.
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 11:57:16 AM EDT
I got a blued 4 inch GP 100 for $200.00 at a gun show. Bluing was pretty worn however mechanically it was like new.
Link Posted: 8/29/2010 9:32:48 AM EDT
Originally Posted By quijanos:
Charter Arms


+1
Link Posted: 8/29/2010 9:42:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By WantsAnRRA:
or a 686...


Yep. I carried a loved my M66 early in my LE career. If we hadn't switched over to auto-pistols a 686 was on my list. I consider them to be the pinaacle of revolver development.

That said, I still love my old M13,65 and 66.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:54:11 PM EDT
gently used Dan Wesson can be found in that price range a lot
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:14:18 AM EDT
Just bought a Colt Trooper MK III for $400. Really like it.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 12:55:10 PM EDT
used smith k frame should be found easily in your price range
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 1:03:11 PM EDT
picked up a used model 66 in 4 inches for under $400 and a used ruger security six for under $300
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 1:23:44 PM EDT
Dan Wesson 15-2 should generally be available in you price range, and gives you the option for barrel length tailored to your needs, snubby for CCW, longer barrel for the range.
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 2:30:08 PM EDT
Back "in the day" I never found one of those stout Dan Wesson revolvers with a decent double action trigger. Yep, they are coming on the market used now from all over . . . but I'd recommend looking for a nice S&W K-frame (Model 19 or 66) or L-frame (Model 586/686). They have the very best triggers, both single and double action, and they are wonderful handguns in every way.

The Ruger is a good "workman's" gun too. Not as gorgeous to look at as a S&W K-frame but good, solid investment of your money.

However, I'd make mine a S&W.

Good luck finding the right handgun for YOU!!!
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