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Spartacus100
05-23-2012, 06:21
i will be buying a revolver soon but do not know which one to get. i do want a .357 but dont know about brands. i want to keep the cost around $400 or lower so that probably rules out Colt and S&W but what about Taurus or Charter Arms? Are those brands ok? Can i get a Ruger for that price? i dont mind a pre-owned one. so basically, i am asking for advice on brands...thanks

jbotstein1
05-23-2012, 06:31
I just got a brand new Ruger GP100. I paid ~$550 (was a gift). Well worth it. You may be able to find a used one for your price though. Very solid great shooting gun. I recommend it.

Spartacus100
05-23-2012, 06:33
thats what i want as i love the feel of the gun but price may be an issue..

CajunBass
05-23-2012, 06:35
Most people will be shocked to find out I'm a Smith & Wesson fan, but I have owned others. The one Taurus .357 and two 38's, I've owned impressed me. I've looked at a number of others, and I have always thought if I didn't already have a couple of revolvers, and I just wanted "a gun" they would do nicely.

I don't remember how long it's been since I've seen a S&W, Colt, or Ruger .357 for less than $400.00.

One thing you might consider, since money is an object, skip the .357 unless you absoslutly need the extra power, and just look for a nice 38 revolver. The guns are less expensive, generally, as is the ammo. Get started there, and you can expand to a .357 later.

bac1023
05-23-2012, 06:39
Get a used Ruger GP100. Nuff' said.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=287266343

Spartacus100
05-23-2012, 06:41
good point CajunBass. i guess the .357 sounds cooler but all i really need it for is to qualify with it for my CHL Instructor license. My everyday carry is a G19 so i dont think it will get alot of use but i need one for the course and dont know anyone i can borrow from.

byf43
05-23-2012, 06:43
Get a used Ruger GP100. Nuff' said.

I'm generally not a Ruger fan, but a 'gently used' Ruger Speed-Six (or Security-Six) will serve you well.

I owned a Speed-Six for a while (2-3/4" barrel) and it was built like an Abrams tank!

Smoker
05-23-2012, 06:49
Get what you like, what you can shoot well, what you can afford, don't let the brand whores talk you into something you don't like or can't afford. There are people that can find something wrong with every brand. Enjoy what you get shoot often, shoot well.

HexHead
05-23-2012, 07:09
good point CajunBass. i guess the .357 sounds cooler but all i really need it for is to qualify with it for my CHL Instructor license. My everyday carry is a G19 so i dont think it will get alot of use but i need one for the course and dont know anyone i can borrow from.

budsgunshop.com has used S&W Model 10s for $269. Your choice of round or square butt.

Breadman03
05-23-2012, 07:23
A quick search on Armslist.com got me this result from Dallas.

GP 100 in Dallas (http://www.armslist.com/posts/409477/dallas-texas-handguns-for-sale--ruger-ss-gp100---357---4inch--never-fired)

Arizona Security Six (http://www.armslist.com/posts/409257/arizona-handguns-for-sale--ruger-security-six-stainless)

New Mexico GP100 (http://www.armslist.com/posts/408985/albuquerque-new-mexico-handguns-for-sale--ruger-gp100--357-magnum)

You should be able to find a Ruger near your price range. I saw a few Taurus (Tauri?) around $350. Smiths seem to be about $600+, unless you want a snubbie.

A $400 budget should certainly be doable, especially if you don't mind a wheelie with a few miles on it.

Rick305
05-23-2012, 07:42
I had an LCR .357 -- awesome gun , no issues .

If you can get a used one/new for $400 you can't go wrong. LCR .357 + Speer SB Gold Dot .357 = Rock n Roll

Zombie Steve
05-23-2012, 07:58
Rossi makes a .357 mag revolver in your price range.

http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/images/ssi/80038.jpg


It's been the better part of 20 years, but I had one that was pretty darn accurate. Never saw anything but full power loads. I sold it to fund another purchase, but I don't have a bad word to say about the Rossi I had. Are they the same today? I don't know, but food for thought.

bac1023
05-23-2012, 08:00
I'm generally not a Ruger foran, but a 'gently used' Ruger Speed-Six (or Security-Six) will serve you well.

I owned a Speed-Six for a while (2-3/4" barrel) and it was built like an Abrams tank!

Yes, they're very strong revolvers. I have a Security Six as well.

I actually like them better than the GP.

JBnTX
05-23-2012, 08:08
Buy a Ruger GP100, and you'll never have to say you're sorry.

Ruger revolvers are built strong and can handle even the hottest loads.
They're very accurate and reliable.

..

Spartacus100
05-23-2012, 08:19
looks like I am leaning towards the suggestions of the Ruger GP100 or Security Six...ill shop around and once i get one, i will post pics...thanks for the feedback and id still like to hear more thoughts/ideas

ithaca_deerslayer
05-23-2012, 08:37
i guess the .357 sounds cooler but all i really need it for is to qualify with it for my CHL Instructor license. My everyday carry is a G19 so i dont think it will get alot of use but i need one for the course and dont know anyone i can borrow from.

You have a semi-auto, but they are making you qualify with a revolver?

Any revolver? What are the shooting requirements? Can you use a single-action .22 ?

If a .22, you can find a lot of uses for it, and single-action are a lot less expensive than double-action.

If you can have any revolver, then get something with a longer sight radius, perhaps 4" to 6".

If you go .357 mag and double-action and new and quality names like S&W or Ruger, then you are spending a lot of money.

countrygun
05-23-2012, 09:48
The wife and I have quite a collection of S&W .357s, with some Colts and Rugers as well but we haven't had a bit of trouble with the Taurus she packs in the hills and my Charter bulldog .44 is in my EDC rotation and actuall gets a good amount of carry. it has been flawless. (or I wouldn't carry it

Spartacus100
05-23-2012, 10:39
yep, Texas CHL instructor course requires you to qualify with both a Semi and a Revolver presumably because you may have students who qual with a revolver. anyways, i need one for the course. as far as caliber, they dont allow anything smaller than a .35 for a revolver and .380 is acceptable for a semi....

JBnTX
05-23-2012, 10:40
looks like I am leaning towards the suggestions of the Ruger GP100...

If you buy a Stainless steel Ruger GP100 4 inch barrel, I absolutely guarantee that you'll love it and never sell it.

Spartacus100
05-23-2012, 10:42
JB-that is what i really want, its just finding one preferably pre-owend for the lower cost. Ive held one and it felt great in my hand.

fnfalman
05-23-2012, 10:49
Get an old Taurus 669 or 689. Don't get any Taurus made much after 2000.

ithaca_deerslayer
05-23-2012, 10:49
yep, Texas CHL instructor course requires you to qualify with both a Semi and a Revolver presumably because you may have students who qual with a revolver. anyways, i need one for the course. as far as caliber, they dont allow anything smaller than a .35 for a revolver and .380 is acceptable for a semi....

Ah, I see.

When teaching, I like to have students go from a .22 to the Ruger GP100 with .38 wadcutters for their first centerfire shots. Really soft shooting :)

Spartacus100
05-23-2012, 11:03
thats what i would qual with..... .38's...cheaper and easier to shoot for the distances required

IndianaMatt
05-23-2012, 13:21
For under $400?

http://media.gunup.s3.amazonaws.com/handgun_images/images/163565/163565_1.jpg

bac1023
05-23-2012, 13:49
looks like I am leaning towards the suggestions of the Ruger GP100 or Security Six...ill shop around and once i get one, i will post pics...thanks for the feedback and id still like to hear more thoughts/ideas

You can't go wrong with either.

86brick
05-23-2012, 14:48
Do you plan on carrying it at all? If so, you might want to consider the Ruger SP101 instead of the GP100.

thisaway
05-23-2012, 15:08
If you look long and hard enough, you might find a good used S&W .357 in the $400-$450 range.

Nestor
05-23-2012, 16:12
budsgunshop.com has used S&W Model 10s for $269. Your choice of round or square butt.

Excellent advice.You simply don't need .357 if the gun would be used for training and qualifications only. 38 is much cheaper and model 10 is the best of the bunch. Go for it.

bac1023
05-23-2012, 17:56
Do you plan on carrying it at all? If so, you might want to consider the Ruger SP101 instead of the GP100.

That's a good point.

Bruce M
05-23-2012, 19:00
I would say the S&W model 10 for 269 is a very good deal and should work well for the qualification.

easyg
05-24-2012, 07:16
I just got a brand new Ruger GP100. I paid ~$550 (was a gift). Well worth it. You may be able to find a used one for your price though. Very solid great shooting gun. I recommend it.

I agree 100%.
The Ruger GP100 is fantastic!

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n165/allenXdog/HPIM7181.jpg

CBennett
05-24-2012, 15:47
Look for a used Ruger GP 100. That said if you cant find one how about a Blackhawk? I found a few of those right at the $400 mark but its single action but is a .357. I also DO NOT MIND the Taurus Revolvers(id take a Taurus over a Rossi) I almost got one I think it was a nice Tracker .357 model(guy still has it decided not to sell it when i didnt get it and its still running great). Also if you want to search a bit look for a Dan Wesson in .357 magnum a 15-2 or a 14 series maybe?

I was in your EXACT same boat 2 years ago..I wanted a Revolver and wanted it $400 or under I know that didnt leave a lot of room.... I could NOT find a GP 100 at the $400 price range they started about $50 more at $450 give or take..I found 2 nice Blackhawks for $400 and a Taurus Tracker .357 for $400 also...I was about to get the Tracker locally when I went into the gun store I dont normally frequent too much cause the owner(or the FORMER owner I came to find out as the business had been sold recently at the time) was kinda a PITA and well to put it mildly rude when wheeling and dealing...well luckily he was the FORMER owner and when I walked in a new face at the counter and a new store name greeted me...I also saw a Dan Wesson 15-2 in decent shape in the display..I was figuring way out of my range as I remembered them as being quite accurate and more of a "competition" type gun. Well when I saw the $325 price tag I almost fainted...then I actually got him down to $270 out the door after a bit of wheeling and dealing and noticing it didnt include the wrenches and gapper thats needed for barrel swaps and such... So i ended up with a Dan Wesson 15-2...probably bette or at least as good as all the ones I was looking at

CBennett
05-24-2012, 15:49
Do you plan on carrying it at all? If so, you might want to consider the Ruger SP101 instead of the GP100.

True enough for carry...actually for carry(meaning CC not just walking in the woods type carry) this may be the best option...for other id take the GP but CC use the SP.

countrygun
05-24-2012, 16:07
With all the talk of used revolvers, don't pass up a chance to jump on a Ruger Security Six, Service Six, or Speed Six.

fnfalman
05-24-2012, 16:16
With all the talk of used revolvers, don't pass up a chance to jump on a Ruger Security Six, Service Six, or Speed Six.

Also great finds, though lately I've seen these guns listed for high $400. One shop even listed a Security Six for $580 because it's a "collectible".:wow:

countrygun
05-24-2012, 16:29
Also great finds, though lately I've seen these guns listed for high $400. One shop even listed a Security Six for $580 because it's a "collectible".:wow:

Yikes we only paid $265 for this last fall,

http://i1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee518/CountryG/002-5.jpg