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Old January 29, 2013, 08:18 PM   #51
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My 3" 686+ is really sweet. That's the one I'd choose.
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Old January 29, 2013, 08:43 PM   #52
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My 4" S&W 27! Long Live the King!
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Old January 29, 2013, 08:44 PM   #53
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Old January 29, 2013, 08:50 PM   #54
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smith in 45 acp--mod. 25/625 4-6in barrel
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Old January 29, 2013, 08:52 PM   #55
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Mine would be my Security Six.
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Old January 29, 2013, 09:03 PM   #56
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Smith Wesson 625 in .45 Colt. Unfortunately neither Smith & Wesson or Ruger make many DA .45 Colt revolvers, absolutely blows my mind.
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Old January 29, 2013, 11:05 PM   #57
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My 4" bbl S&W 686+!
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Old January 29, 2013, 11:16 PM   #58
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People are going to think I am off my rocker but my choice would be my S&W Model 57 Mountain Gun. Yes I know the .41 Mag is not all that popular but it is my favorite revolver round and if I could only have one it would be this one. A close second would be my S&W Model 64. It is the stainless version of the model 10. 4 in heavy barrel .38 Special K-Frame.
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Old January 30, 2013, 03:07 PM   #59
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Smith & Wesson Model 10:



You can find decent ones from sub-$300 on up. But they can grow on you. You may start out with a police trade-in Model 10-10, then you'll want a standard-barrel one, then one that has a pinned barrel, and maybe a snubbie version or a 3" barreled one for CCW.

Then maybe an earlier M&P or a Victory model, or or.... shazam, you're now a S&W collector!
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Old January 30, 2013, 03:11 PM   #60
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Then maybe an earlier M&P or a Victory model, or or.... shazam, you're now a S&W collector!
I did it bass-ackwards. My first "Model 10" was a Model 1905 M&P Fourth Change, belonged to my Grandfather. He bought it in West Virginia 1923 according to him...and Roy Jinks confirmed that it was originally shipped to Huntington, WV in 1921.

I didn't get a modern Model 10 until 2009.
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Old January 30, 2013, 03:15 PM   #61
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That one is a "no-dash" Model 10. I imagine that somebody traded out the original stocks for those slightly later PC Magna stocks.

I just bought a BK Grips adapter for it, makes it more fun to shoot.
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Old January 30, 2013, 03:23 PM   #62
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The one I bought in 2009 is a dash-6, 1983 build. Nickeled, pencil barrel 4-inch. Came with the same stocks your picture shows, and a Tyler T-grip.

I put on the ugly old set of Pachmayr SK-G. What can I possibly say here... I grew up in the 1980s. Those grips were such a standard of the day, new Colt revolvers CAME with them. I bought a set for my 686-3...a week before I got the revolver.

Truth: they look horrendous on my 4-inch pencil barrel Model 10. But they feel "right" and I shoot well with them, so I haven't taken them off.

A picture would be sacrilegious, and I'd be flogged for it... deservedly so.
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Old January 30, 2013, 03:31 PM   #63
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I would say,out of my collection at that price, it would be either my Colt Lawman,or my S&W Model 66 Combat Magnum 2 1/2" barrel.
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Old January 30, 2013, 03:59 PM   #64
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38 Special is too weak using today's loadings and 357 Magnum just shoots a wimpy little bullet just a bit faster. Search up THE LOAD to see some hotter 38 Special loads. Ignore all the whining, sniveling and hand-wringing.

You may as well go with heavy bullets if the gun only holds six rounds. I really like 44 Special. You can duplicate 45 ACP or get some hotter loads that top what 45 ACP can do. I recommend a Ruger Alaskan, S&W Model 624, S&W Model 24, S&W Model 29 or S&W Model 629. You can shoot 44 Special out of all of them and you can move up to 44 Magnum in those guns chambered for it. I find the 44 Special defensive loads to be pleasant to shoot. Factory 44 Magnum is not so much fun, but it can be downloaded.




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Old January 30, 2013, 04:57 PM   #65
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Something to your liking with a 4" barrel chambered in .357 MAG. It will shoot .38 spl too so it's all gravy.
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Old January 30, 2013, 05:04 PM   #66
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You should spend some time holding different revolvers,,,

In these threads everyone (including me) touts their personal favorite as the "best" gun to buy,,,
But in truth the one that makes your smile the broadest is the one you should buy.

Pick some up and hold them,,,
Forget what's "best" and buy what feels good.

Personally I like K-frame S&W revolvers,,,
Depending on the grips they feel good in my hand.

For a range shooter I think a Model 15 is very hard to beat,,,
I have one as well as a Model 67 (stainless) that I will never get rid of.

But hey,,,
You might like the way Rugers feel.

Just find one that makes you smile,,,
That's the revolver to buy.

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Old January 30, 2013, 05:19 PM   #67
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Ruger makes a good gun with their GP100, Redhawk and Super Redhawk lines. I prefer the look and feel of prelock S&W revolvers.

Note that the K-Frame guns are no longer made. You'll have to get an L-Frame gun if you want current factory support. They may be able to support an older gun, but do not count on it. S&W did not have some parts for my S&W K17. This is something to consider as you buy that used S&W Model 15, 19 or 66.

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Old January 30, 2013, 07:33 PM   #68
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"Smith Wesson 625 in .45 Colt. Unfortunately neither Smith & Wesson or Ruger make many DA .45 Colt revolvers, absolutely blows my mind. " BUT WAIT< doesn't Ruger make the Redhawk in a 4" .45 Colt? http://www.gunblast.com/Ruger-Redhawk45.htm
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Old January 30, 2013, 08:15 PM   #69
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Google around. You'll find some S&W N-Frames chambered in 45 Colt.
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Old January 30, 2013, 08:43 PM   #70
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A different angle:
The 4" GP100 is probably the best all around handgun manufactured(686 is right in there too). You can do almost anything with it. Some stated you need to go to 6" to hunt and it isn't suitable for polar bear or Grizzly, but you could probably get away with almost anything else.

It wouldn't be my choice if I had ten semi-auto handguns that I shot a lot. I would get a revolver in 45 ACP or maybe 9mm depending on which round I preferred. The 45 ACP revolvers have a decent reputation and the round will also accomplish almost everything I might do.

The other possibility would be a Ruger single six if I just wanted to have a revolver to have one and wasn't planning to use it for anything besides having fun at the range.
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Old January 30, 2013, 08:50 PM   #71
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Well I am in the same boat as you with plenty of hand guns but no revolver. I put a down payment on a Ruger GP100 357 8 in barrel about a week ago. (stainless) If you want to stay in the 500 to 600 range then thats the way to go. Cause $600 is the price I paid for it. Now Im just waiting for my permit paper work to come back so I can go pick it up.
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Old January 31, 2013, 03:48 AM   #72
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One of these.
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Old January 31, 2013, 06:49 AM   #73
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I've got THE answer. It ain't sexy and it won't be popular, but it's the REAL answer.

You've got 10 semi-autos, you've got no revolvers, and you think you'll pick one and you'll have the right one...or the best one... or most versatile one... best lookin' one... most enjoyable to shoot... accurate... durable...

Forget it, it's not happening.

You are better off not getting any revolver.
You'll never get it done with "ONE" revolver, and I can't imagine even wanting to try.

The easy way out is to not buy one.
Get one, you'll want more. You'll -GET- more.

How'd you get 10 semi-auto's?!
Tell me I'm wrong.

I'd have to agree with Sevens, except for the part about wanting more.
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Old January 31, 2013, 01:23 PM   #74
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4" security six or sp101 .IT'S ALL I HAVE LEFT .
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Old January 31, 2013, 02:40 PM   #75
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It sounds to me like you want a havin' fun range gun. You ought to look at a SAA Clone, .357 is as good as any and cheaper to shoot than most. It's a bit of history or a close copy, and they are fun to shoot. They are also easy to work on and modify to your tastes.
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