Best 357 Magnum?

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Best 357 Magnum?

Post by DoctorRain » Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:28 pm

I am looking to buy a 357 Magnum, mostly stainless steel for a reasonable price. I am looking for a gun dealer, non pawn shop if possible who can sell me a used one in the Tampa area or new if the price is good. I may go with a Ruger 357, then maybe a Smith and Wesson but Ruger might be more like it I don't know. I feel no matter what name brand I buy, I wont lose and will find the right deal with guidance.

So my question is, what do you all think the best name brand for the right price, 357 Magnum is?

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Post by Cardboard_killer » Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:44 pm

Really depends on what you want the gun to perform--e.g. is it a concealed carry piece that has to weight less than 30oz; is it a range gun; is home defense weapon; is it a a competition gun?

Generally, I think In the market of new guns, Ruger's double actions are the best for the price in most of the above cases. I say that despite not owning one Ruger at the current time, as I like S&Ws.Indeed, the only good Rugers I've ever owned have been their revolvers; everything other type has been snakebit for me. But the prices of new S&Ws are such that I recommend new Rugers instead.

Now, if you don't mind a used gun, then I'd suggest a S&W. Alternatively, you might try a new Taurus/Rossi, which lack the quality (of steel and fitting) of even the new S&Ws, but use the same basic design. I've had Rossis before that have performed acceptably, and they are really easy on the wallet.

EDIT: here are some simple tests for buying a revolver (remember, a revolver is actually a more complicated machine than most automatics):
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Post by tector » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:09 pm

Ruget GP100 or one of their old Security Six.
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Post by Cardboard_killer » Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:04 am

They are fun to conceal carry. By fun, I mean painful.
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Post by Doyle » Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:51 am

Like Cardboard Killer asked - what is the purpose of this revolver. There is a HUGE spectrum of .357s - all the way from tiny little airweight S&Ws all the way up to the massive Ruger Redhawk.

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Post by Rentprop1 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:03 am

Please enlighten us why a used gun from a dealer is better than one from a pawn shop ??
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Post by IslandTimes » Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:26 am

I don't know how much luck you would have finding one, but I'm a big fan of the Dan Wesson .357 mags. I have a pair of blued model 15's that are very well made and very accurate. Most of the Dan Wessons were made so you can switch out different lengths of barrel assemblies, potentially having a gun you could could conceal carry with a 2.5" barrel while also being able to target shoot after swapping in a 6"+ length barrel assembly. If that interests you, the stainless version is called a model 715.

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Post by Skeezix » Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:09 pm

tector wrote:Ruget GP100 or one of their old Security Six.
Or the Speed Six and Service Six. :ber

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Post by tector » Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:25 pm

Skeezix wrote:
tector wrote:Ruget GP100 or one of their old Security Six.
Or the Speed Six and Service Six. :ber
Yep.
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Post by cubanstang50 » Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:33 pm

I will never own a taurus! If you do buy one you will remember this post! If you need a part for it there is a very good change that they wont have it in stock. Then when you ask how the hell, they will answer you with, we get a shipment by the first friday of every month and hopefully that part with come in. Yea it comes from Brazil :ham'r. That was my experience with them and I sold the revolver a week later. I bought a 4" 686 7 shot and love it. Heavy trigger but i am deadly accurate with it.
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Post by skltr » Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:54 pm

tector wrote:
Skeezix wrote:
tector wrote:Ruget GP100 or one of their old Security Six.
Or the Speed Six and Service Six. :ber
Yep.

Can't go wrong here, for the money!
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Post by Vinnie357 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:20 pm

GP100 nice for the night table. SP101 nice for carry. Also SP and S&W snubby (both 5 shot) both can use the same speed loader which is nice if you happen to also have the smith.

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Post by Racist Infidel » Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:37 pm

I have a Ruger Security Six in 357 with a 4" barrel and it is an amazing firearm. I have a shoulder rig and CC is not bad.

Don't know if I could do it today but it has made wheel rims hung off chain dance at 200 yards. [smilie=011.gif]

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Post by Cardboard_killer » Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:39 pm

It's a shame the days of $300 S&W Model 28s are passed by. Nothing better than an N-frame 357, although I haven't fired a Korth, and my Manurhin still sits in my safe waiting to be taken to the range.
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Re: Best 357 Magnum?

Post by cal45 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:04 pm

As others have posted here, there are many different flavors and sizes to choose from depending on what you will use it for.

If CCW is a primary use - look at the Ruger LCR in .357mag

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Post by skltr » Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:18 pm

cal45 wrote:As others have posted here, there are many different flavors and sizes to choose from depending on what you will use it for.

If CCW is a primary use - look at the Ruger LCR in .357mag
Agree, if it's years of range time, look elsewhere.
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Post by Dry Swamp » Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:59 pm

Just picked this beauty up a few months ago and lovin it! The action is smooth as silk and single action breaks like glass.

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Post by skltr » Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:49 am

Dry Swamp wrote:Just picked this beauty up a few months ago and lovin it! The action is smooth as silk and single action breaks like glass.

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Very nice!
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Post by 305tillimoved » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:55 pm

4" 686. Perfect balance between concealability and weight/ weight distribution. Thats assuming youre trying to conceal...
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Post by Cardboard_killer » Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:39 pm

305tillimoved wrote:4" 686. Perfect balance between concealability and weight/ weight distribution. Thats assuming youre trying to conceal...
I'm partial to K-frames for concealed carry, and blued steel over stainless, for the lowered weight. A model 13, fixed sights for snag free draw.
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