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357 mag recommendations???

Postby deakon » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:43 pm

Looking for help on a 357 mag like a ruger sp 101. I for sure want a revolver. Does anyone have any good recommendations to buy? Looking to spend $500-$800. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby erp10 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:46 pm

You looking for a concealed carry gun hunting gun or range gun. The ruger is a fine gun but alittle heavy to conceal. They are built solid.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby MichaelT » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:07 pm

I'm a big S&W fan and love my 686(middle) but its a little bulky/heavy to carry so I tote the model 60 daily(bottom). I've got my eye on the 627 but its a bit on the expensive side. Get a S&W and never look back!
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby ajmorell » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:04 am

Depends what you want to use it for. I love my GP100 but there's no way I could conceal carry it. Rugers are built like a tank and super easy to break down.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby deakon » Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:11 pm

Awesome! Thank you guys! Looking for self protection at home and just a fun range gun! I do not need a conceal/carry gun. I like the fixed rear sight on them but are the accurate or if you want to sight them in is it possible or not? Keep the replies coming! This is great!
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby ajmorell » Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:07 pm

If I had to do it again I'd buy a 4" barreled GP100 (I have a 6"). I like having the adjustable rear sight, I added a hi-viz front sight and it's pretty accurate. From a good rest I can keep a group about the size of a pie plate, maybe a little less at 50 yds.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby Sagebrush » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:15 pm

Ruger and S&W are top of the line revolver in 357 mag.

A 686 is minimal weight for heavy magnum loads for all day use in a snub nose with the heavy recoil.

A 4" is a do it all while a 6" or longer is usually a target or hunting gun...........

Most that have a light snub 357 for carry shoot the 38 spl +P so the advantage of the bigger bullet is lost and
even a 9mm auto hides better than most 357 mags.

A S&W mod 14 or 15 38spl is the best for carry and +P ammo then there is the mod 60 steel frames in .357 but
you will have major recoil in the snub nose revolvers.

Good luck.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby erp10 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:34 pm

You will like the extra weight of the Ruger if its a home defense/ Range gun.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby WildernessWill » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:07 pm

This is the one gun I recommend getting used or consignment. I got my S&W .357 686 with 4 inch barrel and Houge grips for $430.00 from a consignment shop. Maybe had 500 rounds through it. Still looks and works like new.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby TomKat » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:38 pm

The Smith 686 is the standard all others are judged from...
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby toolmaker » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:27 pm

I have Dan Wessons, and I really like them.....sure they dont come from the factory like Colt Python, but they are certainly accurate, and can be smoothed up and the trigger made crisp.....

I have never shot a Ruger .357..., but also think the S&W 686 is a nice gun too

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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby daffy... » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:35 pm

Ruger security six or ruger gp. Smith and Wesson but pricy. Taurus has come long way, wouldnt put trust into it as a home defense but there def making a come back, I had great customer service recently etc.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby Sagebrush » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:00 pm

Note;
If just for SD ,with the new ammo out there for shooters a 38 +P 135gr gold dot or 9mm +P is all you really need.............

The 357 magnum is a good light deer hunting gun ..........................and a HEAVY SD gun, if you can handle the recoil,muzzle flash and noise, if fired INSIDE the home.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby daffy... » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:59 am

Sagebrush wrote:Note;
If just for SD ,with the new ammo out there for shooters a 38 +P 135gr gold dot or 9mm +P is all you really need.............

The 357 magnum is a good light deer hunting gun ..........................and a HEAVY SD gun, if you can handle the recoil,muzzle flash and noise, if fired INSIDE the home.



That's debaitable. Ill take the .357
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby TomKat » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:59 am

daffy... wrote:
Sagebrush wrote:Note;
If just for SD ,with the new ammo out there for shooters a 38 +P 135gr gold dot or 9mm +P is all you really need.............

The 357 magnum is a good light deer hunting gun ..........................and a HEAVY SD gun, if you can handle the recoil,muzzle flash and noise, if fired INSIDE the home.



That's debaitable. Ill take the .357


I DID take the .357 magnum. If you come creeping into my house at night, I will meet you with a Ruger SP101 with .357 mag
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby RustyGunz1960 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:23 am

I'm a .357 fan but there is little bad to say about a .38, especially in the right loading. The caliber served millions of police officers just fine for a long time. The nationwide switch to semi-autos was due to the magazine capacity of the new guns, not to inadequacies of the .38 caliber. I can't remember the last time I shot .357s through my 686.
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Postby TomKat » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:30 pm

RustyGunz1960 wrote:I'm a .357 fan but there is little bad to say about a .38, especially in the right loading. The caliber served millions of police officers just fine for a long time. The nationwide switch to semi-autos was due to the magazine capacity of the new guns, not to inadequacies of the .38 caliber. I can't remember the last time I shot .357s through my 686.


I have shot thousands of both.
I only use the .357 for home defense.

I will tell you that the .357 is inadequate for wild hog hunting. I have a Ruger Superblackhawk and a date with destiny to even the score.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby daffy... » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:56 pm

RustyGunz1960 wrote: The nationwide switch to semi-autos was due to the magazine capacity of the new guns, not to inadequacies of the .38 caliber.


thats also debatable
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby Sagebrush » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:48 pm

So what bullet weight, style and velosity did you decide on for the .357 magnum load for your load for in the house
and what company makes it ?

Just curious what you selected. Lots to choose from, but ammo is going fast at this time.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby toolmaker » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:59 pm

Sagebrush wrote:So what bullet weight, style and velosity did you decide on for the .357 magnum load for your load for in the house
and what company makes it ?

Just curious what you selected. Lots to choose from, but ammo is going fast at this time.

magsafe.......or similar type round.... you dont need to sight it in or anything....point and shoot..the ammo is expensive, but 10 rounds is all you need to have on hand...

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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby daffy... » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:25 pm

ive been using hornady critical defense in all my handguns
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby Sagebrush » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:26 pm

Just wanted to make sure you did not grab a box of Federal Hyda- Sucks"...........

allthough they do put out a high quality bullet and load for the 9mm Luger in 124 and 147gr.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby RustyGunz1960 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:21 pm

daffy... wrote:
RustyGunz1960 wrote: The nationwide switch to semi-autos was due to the magazine capacity of the new guns, not to inadequacies of the .38 caliber.


thats also debatable


Of course it is. Almost everything is debatable. While I could have better worded my statement such that magazine capacity played a major role in the switch rather the THE reason it is just a matter of semantics. While not able to speak for every agency, I do have vivid memmories of the two high profile shootings of state police troopers in my state (NJ) who emptied their revolvers while their assailants fired at them with higher capacity semi-automatics. In the first incident the trooper was killed and in the second was just wounded. The NJSP switched to H&Ks shortly afterward. Even though I'm a wheelgun fan, once semi automatics came into much more widespread use, there is no question it was a bad idea for most LE officers to stick with sixguns.
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby adustydawg2 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:58 am

You may want to go with the Hornady TAP ammo. Great expansion and less pass thru. A little expensive but it is what I carry in my off duty weapon, a 586 snubbie and in 38 cal in a Colt Agent house gun. You will not be undergunned with these loads. :thumbsup:
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Re: 357 mag recommendations???

Postby Sagebrush » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:04 am

" ...and less PASS THROUGH..."

Passing all the way through a person is not a good thing !!
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