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Old 04-29-2011, 06:34 AM   #1
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Looking to buy my first Magnum Revolver

I have a fair collection of semi automatics. But no revolvers. I have been looking up .357 and .44's

Mostly want it for just some good old plinking/target shooting but for home defense as well.

I love the look of some of the smith & wesson makes.

Any suggestions? thanks.
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:48 AM   #2
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I have a Ruger SP101. Seems like a solid gun. JMO

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Old 04-29-2011, 07:59 AM   #3
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I, too, am a S&W lover. Obviously, the .44 magnum is going to have more knockdown power and leave a bigger hole. It will have a bit more recoil and make a bit more noise than the .357 magnum. A lot of people opt for .357 magnum because it's easier to handle and it can usually accept a .38 special. It ultimately boils down to preference.

I've considered buying a Taurus Raging Bull .44 magnum or a S&W Model 629 .44 magnum (both gorgeous guns, in my opinion), but that's just because I like .44 magnum. I'm a relatively scrawny guy, but I had no trouble handling it when I did shoot one.

As far as plinking goes, you're looking at some expensive plinking either way.
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Glockman that is one gorgeous gun. That's the finish and grip I like. How much did that one cost you?

And yea expensive plinking indeed. That's why I would probably shoot 6 rounds then put it away and leave the rest of the day at the range for 9mm and .22. I'm just looking for a revolver to add to my collection overall. Thanks for all the input with .357 vs .44



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.44 Mag - S&W 629
.357 - S&W 686 (6 round) or 686P (7 round)

Both are a joy to shoot (father and father in law have each). I don't particularly care for Taurus revolvers and Ruger is fine if you are keeping budget in mind. For a gun like this, you'll have it and be able to pass it down, so I'd spend the extra money for S&W. Best ergonomics, triggers, function, and tolerances out of the box.

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Perfect gun. I would love the same one with a 4 inch barrel. What was the price?

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Perfect gun. I would love the same one with a 4 inch barrel. What was the price?

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Well, lucky you, it comes in a 4"

Price is $698 on Budsgunshop....that's about right. I see them go for $650-750.

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Ouch yea there a little spendy. But they look great. I'll look into them. Thanks
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I want a Ruger Vaquero in .357 Mag.

http://www.ruger.com/products/vaquero/index.html
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Vaqueros are cool in a totally different way. Love them. If I were to ever get into cowboy action shooting, I'd grab a pair.
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I imagine if you do frequent magnum shooting. It would be smart to learn how to make hand loads. I never payed attention to the ammunition cost on .357 it's pretty ridiculous I bet.

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Glockman that is one gorgeous gun. That's the finish and grip I like. How much did that one cost you?

And yea expensive plinking indeed. That's why I would probably shoot 6 rounds then put it away and leave the rest of the day at the range for 9mm and .22. I'm just looking for a revolver to add to my collection overall. Thanks for all the input with .357 vs .44



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That pic is from the net, but it looks like mine.

I think it was around $500 if I remember correctly.

I talked to a lot of wheel guys and they recommended it over S&W for that size. One feature is the cylinder stem or whatever you call it.

I have an S&W also (638) so I am not against them.
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S&W 686 is an excellent way to go. I highly recommend that you look into the .357 Magnum. It's manageable, the recoil isn't overwhelming, and ammunition is plentiful. Additionally, if you want to just do some plinking, you can shoot .38 Special out of a .357 (but not vise-versa). In contrast, the .44 Mag is a much better hunting round, but it recoils pretty heavily and ammunition is more expensive.
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I ended up getting the Ruger gp100 .357 was able to fire a few rounds through it and I love the grip it melted right into my hands, It's perfect and the price was more in my range



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Can't go wrong with Ruger, S&W or even Taurus for revolvers IMO.

It is a heavy gun, so it should feel pretty good.

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