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Old November 22, 2013, 07:29 PM   #51
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I agree.

The 7.5" Redhawk 357 Magnum is really just that good.

Any Pre-War S&W N Frame also comes under that classification.
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Old November 22, 2013, 08:03 PM   #52
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This has been an interesting thread...

Mostly, because it shows the diversity of opinions on the subject. I own a pretty fair collection of revolvers, and almost none of what many see as "must haves". The simple answer is that the "must haves" are whatever tickles your fancy.

A few examples of how my tastes differ from many that have posted here.

I own only one Smith and Wesson revolver, a 625 45ACP, 4". This also happens to be my only double action revolver at this point in time. There are one or two others that I would like to own, but there are many other items above them on the list.

I have zero interest in owning a .357 magnum revolver of any configuration, or a small frame gun such as the J frame. Neither of these suits my tastes or needs.

My only .22 is a Ruger Single Six with a 5 1/2" barrel. All of my other revolvers are .44 caliber or larger, but some smaller caliber additions are on the short list.

My idea of must haves consists of a list of custom built single actions from names such as Hamilton Bowen, John Linebaugh, and Dave Clements, just to name a few. Throw a freedom Arms into the mix (mine is a 6" mod 83 in .454) just because the are arguably the finest revolver ever built.

But, after it's all said and done, these are just my preferences and choices. Everyone will make their choices based on their tastes and needs. The good news is that there are lots of choices. The bad news is, that there are LOTS of choices.

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Old November 22, 2013, 09:35 PM   #53
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Blackhawk, Redhawk, Single Six, K-frame SW, and M57 SW if you like .41 Mag.
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Old November 22, 2013, 11:40 PM   #54
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Any of the S&W .22's. Mine is a Model 18-7 and I think I have been to the range only once without it. Eventually I would love a 4" 617 to go with it.
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Old November 23, 2013, 10:18 AM   #55
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Ruger Security Six.
Smith and Wesson Model 10 & 64
Ruger Single Six
Ruger Blackhawk
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Old November 24, 2013, 01:29 PM   #56
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Smith 686+ .. I love the 4-inch barrel, 7 rds of .357 goodness ...
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Old November 24, 2013, 01:44 PM   #57
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Here are my ideas for a need to own list:

640
17/617
10/64 or a 15 Round Butt 2"
66-2 with 3" barrel
686-4 SIX Shooter in a 3" if possible or a 4" to hold you over
625 in a 4"
Ruger Super RedHawk in 480R for a hunting handgun

You still have lots of room to fill in the spaces between them.

I do not own a 686-4 Six Shooter with 3" barrel, but I would like to.

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Old November 24, 2013, 06:12 PM   #58
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NAA Mini Revolver with .22 WMR and .22 LR cylinders.
ANY quality SNUB-NOSED .357 Magnum/.38 Special (mine is a S&W .386Sc/S)
ANY quality .44 magnum - Mine currently is a Model 29, but I have owned an Anaconda and a Super Redhawk.
ANY quality target revolver - Mine is a Colt New Service Target, .45 Colt.
Charter Arms .44 Special Bulldog. Best price/value gun on the market today.
ANY quality SA, Colt or clone. Pick your caliber.
Webley MK. VI. For obvious reasons.
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Old November 24, 2013, 08:42 PM   #59
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Some of mine that will never leave...

SW Model 65 3 inch
SW Model 28 Highway Patrolman
Ruger GP 100 5 inch
SW K22 5 screw
Ruger Bisley Flat Top 44 Special
SW Model 21 44 Special nickel...lock model but that thing SHOOTS
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Old November 24, 2013, 08:44 PM   #60
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Another neat one is a SW Model 43 Airweight Kit Gun in 22
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Old November 24, 2013, 09:48 PM   #61
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Ruger Single Action
Ruger Security Six
S&W J Frame
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Old November 24, 2013, 11:51 PM   #62
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I will add this to my post along with the smith .22. I have a super Blackhawk .44 mag and a blued black hawk .357 and love them both.
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Old November 25, 2013, 02:56 PM   #63
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For me it has been an unsolvable problem. Of the dozen or so revolvers that I currently have, in calibers from .22 through .44 mag and from makers named Charter Arms, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Ruger it seems I have not yet found the perfect revolver. Maybe it was that 4" Python I foolishly let go of years ago. I don't kinow. So I guess for now I must keep accumulating...

However, I have noticed the last couple of years that the one that makes the most trips to the range is a 1968 S&W M 10-5 with a 5 inch barrel. It is the only 5" barrel revolver I have but there is just something about it that makes it a joy to shoot and I believe it is the balance of that 5" barrel. Or maybe it's just the romance of days gone by that an ol' pencil barrel evokes....

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Old November 28, 2013, 07:21 PM   #64
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Any Colt revolver, S&W M 19 and a S&W M 29 or 629.
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Old November 28, 2013, 07:41 PM   #65
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I'll throw in my list of revolvers I'd hate be without.

S&W 19
S&W 27
S&W M1917 (or preferably a civie target version thereof in blued steel, as I have a 625)
S&W 29 (with 8 3/8" bbl)

Please note that I like my S&W revolvers pinned & recessed

Also a good Ruger single action in 45 Colt

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Old November 29, 2013, 01:05 AM   #66
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There are so many desirable revolvers but the ones I've bought are the S&W Models 19 (6") and 66 (2.5") then recently a used Cimarron SAA clone, 45 Colt with a 4.75" barrel.

I would love to have more but I'm happy with those!
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Old December 2, 2013, 01:11 AM   #67
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Nobody mentioned the big 10 inch.... Ruger Super Black Hawk 10.5 44 mag

I like to hunt ,so for me, it takes priority over many of the others mentioned.
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Old December 2, 2013, 08:03 PM   #68
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Re: What revolvers are must have because they are so good?

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Ruger Single Action
Ruger Security Six
S&W J Frame
I'll toss my hat with most of this except.....

I have little time for traditional .SA revolvers in .22.lr. I could however go with the already mentioned K-22 but even then prefer my .22lr's in semi-autos like the Ruger MK series. THAT is the only time I prefer semi's.

On the J frame front I'm in active pursuit of a 3" - .38sp.
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Old December 2, 2013, 09:34 PM   #69
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Looking at the OPs original criteria of 400 to 700

I think the best bang for the buck to reach that "Pythonesqe" quality (yes I made a new word) is a mid 60's Colt Officer Model Match.
The deep Colt Royal Blue, silky action an accuracy that took many National Titles..
For me that would be one of my first acquisitions before they are priced beyond the mentioned budget.

YMMV of course
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Old December 7, 2013, 08:55 PM   #70
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One so good

I had to get this nickel 19-3, 4 inch, 357Mag.
One of those so good I had to have it.
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Old December 7, 2013, 09:31 PM   #71
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Viper99 -op - what guns do you currently have?

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Old December 7, 2013, 09:42 PM   #72
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Steelchickenshooter,
That is one beautiful revolver. I would love to have one of those in that condition.
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Old December 7, 2013, 09:45 PM   #73
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Wood vs. rubber

I could not resist trying some old wood grip panels.
I like rubber finger grooves and the Hogue grip is very good, but I also like the looks of wood on this revolver. The wood is a little uneven and has some minor gaps whereas the Hogue has a better fit. I get a full grab with the Hogue but the wood looks better in the belt holster.

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Old December 9, 2013, 03:51 PM   #74
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Viper99 -op - what guns do you currently have?

Sadly, I only own 1 revolver. A model 19-7 4"barrel and a bunch of pistols. In-patiently searching for for M27, 686 but after seeing the stainless 19 that Steelchickenshooter has, I want one. I thought the model 66 was the stainless version of the model 19.

I only recently caught the revolver fever.
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Old December 9, 2013, 07:38 PM   #75
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Lots of them fit this bill for me. This was a pic I took this weekend deer hunting.



I will be getting a SS Blackhawk 4 5/8 barrel to go along with this soon. Both of course in 45 Colt to go with the others.
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