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Old January 26, 2013, 10:43 PM   #1
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If only one revolver, which one?

I own about 10 pistols of different calibers but not one revolver. I want to fix that. Now if I wanted a must have in your collection for a revolver which one should it be? Ruger GP100?

Use? range and to enjoy looking at. Either .38 or .45 stainless. Barrel length? not that important as is staying home or going out for range only.

Oh yeah, not crazy expensive, could be used. Figure about 500/600 tops.

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Old January 26, 2013, 11:03 PM   #2
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Stainless Speed Six 2 3/4 inch .357 with Secret Service stocks and an action job.

Yea that is what I'd get.

Oh, and that is what I have.

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Old January 26, 2013, 11:11 PM   #3
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I only have one revolver out of my collection. Mine is a 6" Stainless Steel Ruger GP 100 which is in .357 Mag. I originally bought it as a hunting backup but mostly use it as a range toy. The 6 inch barrel adds some extra weight which may or may not be a good thing depending on how you look at it. If you are going to lugging it around, it is heavier and you need a larger holster to carry it. If you intend on carrying it, I suggest you go with the 4 inch model. The extra barrel length and weight does help to tame recoil some. The extra sight radius also helps improve aim if you wanted to use it as a hunting gun. I would go with stainless if you are going to carry it since it will hold up much better to sweat and humidity.

The S&W 686 is also a very popular choice, but I like the beefiness of the GP 100.



This is the stock photo from Ruger's website. My grips have the wood insert in them and I like that look a lot better.
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Old January 26, 2013, 11:23 PM   #4
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That looks good. I catch myself smiling whenever I think of how many Rugers I own already. They seem to have a favorite in every caliber for me.
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Old January 26, 2013, 11:42 PM   #5
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Ruger or S&W 4" .357
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Old January 26, 2013, 11:44 PM   #6
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Used 686 plus or new Ruger GP100 or a Ruger New Vaquero or a Taylors Smokewagon DE. I should receive my Smokewagon early next week. I already have a 6" 686, it was my first handgun and the last one that I would sell. I also just bought a 4" 686 plus from a friend needing money. I don't know yet if it shoots as good as my 6", but it sure looks nice and I like that it holds 7 rounds and doesn't look any bigger than my six shot 686. I got the Smokewagon in .45 with a 5 1/2" barrel. I will post pictures when I get it.
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Old January 26, 2013, 11:49 PM   #7
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4" GP100 with adjustable sights.
Love mine.
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Old January 27, 2013, 12:00 AM   #8
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No contest... .45 Colt BH 5 1/2" barrel. Your choice of stainless (the unfinished look) or nicely blued ... better yet in case coloring (custom) .
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Old January 27, 2013, 12:03 AM   #9
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Out of all my DA revolvers these two would be the last to go. And if I had to make a choice between the two? I think I would keep the 4" Security Six (top).




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Old January 27, 2013, 12:11 AM   #10
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Mine is a 6" Stainless Steel Ruger GP 100 which is in .357 Mag.
Yep... same here. But a half-lug. I'd keep it over any of my other guns.... short or long.
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Old January 27, 2013, 12:23 AM   #11
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If I were buying brand new, it'd easily be a GP100. If I were going the used route, a pre-lock 686 would be in the running along with the GP100.
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Old January 27, 2013, 12:31 AM   #12
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4" S&W 686 (+ or not either way) is what I'd get and what I will be looking to get come income tax time.

Just an all around good looking firearm.
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Old January 27, 2013, 12:33 AM   #13
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It would be something in 44spec...either SA or DA.
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Old January 27, 2013, 12:58 AM   #14
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Don't forget cost of ammo. .44 Special is more expensive than .357 mag and even more so than .38 special. .44 Mag is even more expensive. As scarce as ammo is getting, I have always been able to find .38 special or .357 mag. I saw some guys looking for .44 special and Bass Pro today and they didn't have any. There was .44 mag though.
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Old January 27, 2013, 01:01 AM   #15
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Don't forget cost of ammo. .44 Special is more expensive than .357 mag and even more so than .38 special. .44 Mag is even more expensive. As scarce as ammo is getting, I have always been able to find .38 special or .357 mag. I saw some guys looking for .44 special and Bass Pro today and they didn't have any. There was .44 mag though.
That is the reason that I cast and reload...makes 'em all cost about the same...CHEAP
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Old January 27, 2013, 01:04 AM   #16
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if only one revo i keep my 6" gp100 same as pictured above.
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Old January 27, 2013, 01:53 AM   #17
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Its a toss up between my 4" GP100 or my 3" SP101 .357
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Old January 27, 2013, 01:55 AM   #18
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80's DW 357, and like it better than my 80's SW 586.
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Old January 27, 2013, 02:41 AM   #19
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Ruger 357 Mag. 50th Anniversary Blackhawk. My next choice would be a Ruger Single Six 6 1/2" barrel.
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Old January 27, 2013, 03:00 AM   #20
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I'd look for a good used S&W Model 19.
.357 is the best all around chambering for revolvers.
Easy to handload and you can use .38 Special if need be.
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Old January 27, 2013, 04:39 AM   #21
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I'm choosing a ruger super redhawk alaskan 44 stainless. if I can only have one revolver I have to upgrade from my usual 357


I might also upgrade from a snubby to a 6" stainless model 629 44 magnum which would mean I would upgrade(or change) the way I CCW
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:43 AM   #22
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s&w k 38 6"
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Old January 27, 2013, 09:02 AM   #23
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Available, reliable and comes in many different configurations. S&W customer service is top notch also. Accessories like speed loaders and holsters are easy to find. Hard combination to beat.
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Old January 27, 2013, 09:18 AM   #24
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Another vote for Ruger's GP-100, in whatever barrel length you prefer.

They are accurate, rugged, simple and fairly affordable.

There are very few things they can't do and they seem to last forever.

Had mine since 1988 through who knows how many thousands of rounds. It's the one revolver in my home that I will not consider parting with.
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Old January 27, 2013, 09:26 AM   #25
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"If only one" I'd say an eclectic one... 3 inches and capable of firing different cartridges (since "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." ) :
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