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Old September 30, 2013, 05:03 PM   #26
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Cor-Bon, Ruger, S&W....

I've posted in the past on a few forums how the major ammunition firm Cor-Bon in SD reportedly uses the Ruger GP100 6" revolver to T&E .357magnum ammunition. If that company who shoots 1,000s of rounds every year trusts the Ruger GP100 line, then it's good enough for a regular consumer.
I've owned both GP revolvers & a snub DA only SP101.
If you want a single action then go with the Ruger Blackhawk. But a GP100 3-6" DA wheel gun could be good.
The S&W model 686+ 7rd revolver is good too but they have the dumb "lawyer" lock.
The odd looking Rhino line has merit too but Id start with a Ruger revolver.
The small frame LCR is a good pick for CCW use or as a 2nd gun/back up.

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That's really the only (2) Brands I would suggest to someone and it really doesn't matter which one.
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Old September 30, 2013, 06:45 PM   #28
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Smith, Ruger (again )
Hold both, test trigger on both, and stare at both, then decide which you like more . I found the Ruger heavy, the grip odd, and the trigger staged funkily. Others say nearly the same about Smiths and adore their Rugers. Totally personal preference.

If daily carry is the purpose, a Smith is a bit smaller and for sure lighter. If you are a clumsy motorcyclist or hand-loader, the Ruger won't be further uglified by scratches and can better handle (too) hot loads. Yeah, I'm biased, but that's basically how they stack up (oh, yeah, and the Ruger is a lot cheaper )

If you can find a used Taurus thoroughly proven out through many rounds by someone you know well (and who won't leave you twisting in the wind) they are reportedly fine for general use. But the extremely spotty production quality makes a new or unfamiliar gun a bit of a crap shoot.

"The odd looking Rhino line has merit too but Id start with a Ruger revolver."
The Rhino has the distinction of burning none other than Jerry Miculek on camera . In his/the gun's defense, Jerry's revolver habits are probably a bit more ingrained and harder to shake than most folks' . I really wanted to love the Rhino, but its stupid-high price refuses to drop one iota, and the guns simply aren't as nice as a similarly priced Smith

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Old October 3, 2013, 09:15 AM   #29
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The Smith will be smoother operating, and a finer piece, but when used for deer hunting, the Rugers will happily digest top magnum loads that I wouldn't consider shooting in the Smith, and will take twice the abuse. I suggest 6" barrel minimum for hunting.
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Old October 3, 2013, 05:47 PM   #30
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I prefer Smith & Wesson and my brother prefers Ruger....both of us shoot hot magnum and mild practice loads through our revolvers ! It a personal choice.....nothing else !
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Old October 4, 2013, 12:17 AM   #31
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Ruger GP100 or 686-4 if money is an issue. If money is no issue then a bright stainless Python. It also depends on what you want to do with it. If bears are a concern start with the 629. You really need to give more info on your needs and intent.
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Old October 6, 2013, 08:14 PM   #32
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.357 choice

I shoot a 15-2 model Dan Wesson 6". It has great balance and I've shot hundreds of rounds with it. Taken 3 deer and several hogs. Great gun. Good luck.
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Old October 8, 2013, 08:21 PM   #33
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For double action, you can't go wrong with either a Ruger GP100 or a Smith and Wesson 686. I ending up going with the S&W 4" bbl 686+, I liked the idea of the extra shot. My brother on the other hand bought the 4" bbl Ruger GP100. They seem to both shoot about the same with the biggest difference being the Smith has the extra shot. If you put them side by side the GP100 seems a little more beefy but what's funny is the 686+ only weighs 1/10 oz. less than the GP100.
Of course both of these revolvers are quite heavy so if you wanted to go lighter you could get either an Ruger SP101 or a S&W Model 60. Bear in mind you will feel more of the recoil in these lighter guns.
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Old October 8, 2013, 09:19 PM   #34
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Get a Smith is pretty means more to you than durability with stiff loads.
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Old October 9, 2013, 08:14 AM   #35
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I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on what brand of 357 they would recommend. I like the idea of the Ruger Blackhawk single action because I like Ruger guns and have had very good luck with the ones that I have. I am also not apposed to getting a double action. I would like to use it to shot for fun and also possibly deer hunt a little with.
Looks to me like you've already got your answer. The Ruger Blackhawk is without a doubt the most bang for your buck.

Take a look at the new Mid Frame Flat Top 357 Blackhawk for a slightly more compact powerhouse.

The BLackhawk ,357 can be had in mid size, and large frame. Be sure you know which one you are looking at.
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Old October 11, 2013, 12:01 AM   #36
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I have the Ruger GP100 with the 4" barrel. Got it in 1994 and it has been a trusty road companion. Built like a tank, it will outlast me and all my descendents.

I also treasure the S&W 686P, 2.5" barrel. Even though it comes in at about 40 oz. loaded, with my Kramer IWB holster and a tough belt, CC is easy and discreet with a loose fitting shirt.

I MagnaPorted the barrel, did a action job and switched to Pachmayr grips.The best trigger on any revolver I own. Like butter.

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Old October 11, 2013, 07:07 AM   #37
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FWIW- I love my 686+ S&W 5". If it was my first handgun I probably wouldnt have bought any SAs
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Old October 13, 2013, 01:13 AM   #38
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What are you going to use it for?
I would go with a GP100 or a 686-4. For protect i would want a double action
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Old October 15, 2013, 03:25 AM   #39
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Whatever you do is good as long as it's a Ruger
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Old October 15, 2013, 06:59 AM   #40
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since nobody suggested it, i will, if money was no object i would say a .357 Ruger Redhawk(if you can find one), unlike a Python, you wouldn't be afraid to shoot it.
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Old October 18, 2013, 12:19 AM   #41
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I have three 686's; and I'm probably not done. I like 'em that much.
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Old October 18, 2013, 08:58 AM   #42
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The Ruger GP100 and the Smith 686 are both so good that there are endless threads about which is "better." Our family owns two GP100s, two S&W 686+s, a Smith 327PC (8-shooter) and a venerable 1980s version Dan Wesson .357. As you can see, we like .357 revolvers.

My thoughts:

1. Forget all this internet chatter about the Smith lock. It is irrelevant. No one uses the darned thing and it does no harm.

2. Ruger really got everything right with the GP100. Now and then a company does this and really puts out a great product. That is the GP100.

3. The 686+ is just a great revolver; just what you would expect from S&W. The SA trigger feel on the 686 is beyond compare.

4. The Ruger and the Smith have "different" DA pulls. Which is better? It depends what you like. I will say that I had a trigger job done on my GP100 and it now has the best DA trigger of any revolver I've ever shot. My 686+ trigger was stiff out of the box but like most or all Smith triggers it is mellowing nicely with use.

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Old October 18, 2013, 10:06 AM   #43
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GP100, Mines a dream, but, seriously hunting a Ruger vaquero in .357 as soon as I have the money.
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