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A good .357 revolver. About to buy Ruger SP101

Discussion in 'Weapons and Tactics' started by chem31, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. chem31

    chem31 Purple Belt

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    Is it the best choice for the price? It's about 450.
     
  2. chem31

    chem31 Purple Belt

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    Any good revolver recommends welcome, no matter the caliber. Price can't be to high please.
     
  3. Lord of Lies

    Lord of Lies Brown Belt

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    For revolvers, Ruger's are my favorite. The SP101 and GP100 are both great.
     
  4. Byron Pechorin

    Byron Pechorin Top Level Human

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    Can't go wrong with either one. Both built like tanks.
     
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    Agreed with above. The SP101 is a great gun. I doubt you'll be disappointed.
     
  6. Cannon_6

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    Check out the S&W 686 -- best revolver I've ever shot. You may be able to find a used one in your price range.
     
  7. 00 Buck

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    When it comes to revolvers, I prefer ruger's double actions. Like all Ruger DA's, the little SP101 is a very strong lil snubby, though I haven't shot mine in ages and ages...
     
  8. Dao Jones

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    S&W 686 is still the best .357 I've owned.
     
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    They're really good guns, but they are $150-200 more than a Ruger and they come with annoying locks on them.
     
  10. JasonDecker****

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    If you're looking to possibly carry one for self defense I'd recommend something small because that way you'd be more inclined to keep it on you 24/7 as opposed to leaving a bigger handgun behind. This is why I love pocket carry. I'd recommend a J-frame size Smith and Wesson such as a 442 of 642. Coupled with a pocket holster this is about as comfortable as carrying a cell phone in your pocket. The convenience can't be beat. This revolver Smith and Wesson 642 Airweight 38SP+P, 1 7/8 Inch, Fixed Sights, Glass Bead, Rubber Grips, 5rd plus this holster(round cut version)http://www.frontiernet.net/~akim/pocket.htm= winning combination.
     
  11. Cannon_6

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    Ahh... I just went to the S&W site and saw what you're talking about. Mine didn't have that.

    I still recommend a used 686. Cheaper than new, and maybe the TS can find one without that lock.
     
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    I have a SP101 (.357 with 2" barrel). I put the Hogue grips on it and carry it with me often. It is heavy but feels rock solid and if you run out of ammo you can beat someone to death with the thing. :icon_lol:
     
  13. chem31

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    I use a small 38 ACP for pocket carry. A Ruger LCP to be specific. The sp101 is a holster gun.
     
  14. chem31

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    SP101 already here. Feels great in the hands. I've shot the 686 before, will post which one I like better once I shoot the Ruger, it's still stuck at FLL atm.
     
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    I own a 686 myself and it is a fine gun. Rugers are fine guns also and you can't go wrong with either.
     
  16. Symbiose**

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    Ruger GP100 and S&W 686 are almost the same gun. The S&W has better finish, is more expensive and has that annoying ass safety lock.

    If it's not for CCW, get the GP100 with the 4" barrel. Not too big, not too small. This gun will last for generations.
     
  17. SignalZero

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    If I may, carry a Mod.340PD as a back-up in an ankle holster. I've been wearing it for a while and sometimes I have to check and make sure it's still there. Gonna set you back 6 bills though
     
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    I agree. Unless you will be concealed carrying I wouldn't go less than a 4 inch barrel. Once you get shorter than 4 inches you start losing those great .357 ballistics.
     
  19. msictx

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    I have never shot the newer Ruger revolvers but the first gun I ever bought (or my dad bought for me with me money since I wasnt old enough) was a Security Six. Absolutely no complaints , 100% reliable. If you want to save some money find a used one, I don't think you could wear one out if you tried.
     
  20. oFUNGUSo

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    yeah im sold on ruger as well. not shot one in a .357, but i LOVED the .41 magnum ruger blackhawk i shoot sometimes. me want.
     

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