Haha, I know...makes me want to rip my hair out.
Well, since you put it that way...
used $300 max (I know, I'm asking for a lot)
The Taurus model 82 fits that pretty neatly. I would buy it right now online (they're going for $189-$250 at the moment) but there is a gun show next weekend so I figured I should at least wait until then. I've wanted a revolver for some time now..
I've read online that the Model 82 is all steel and is a solid buy for money minus the finish.