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Rekrab
08-11-2009, 11:23 AM
Hey folks,

I want a wheel gun. I've been shooting the GP100 that my range has. They've also got a S&W and a Taurus.

I like the heft and feel of the GP100, but I'm curious if there are similarly priced/performing wheel guns I may want to look at. I also prefer .357 since it's a fun to shoot round and I can load it up with .38 special if I take a newbie shooting.

Thanks

flatovercrest
08-11-2009, 11:29 AM
I like the heft and feel of the GP100, but I'm curious if there are similarly priced/performing wheel guns I may want to look at. Thanks

A pre-lock 586 or 686 S&W. Preferably a late model (mid 90s) as the earlier one had a recall at some point.

Z ME FLY
08-11-2009, 11:36 AM
I don't think too many revolvers have the weight of the GP100. That is what it is known for. S&W probably the 686 or 586 mentioned above.

Rekrab
08-11-2009, 11:38 AM
Good to know.

I've been keeping my eyes peeled for a Blued GP100 but they seem rarer then hen's teeth these days.

Z ME FLY
08-11-2009, 11:40 AM
I've seen them pop up here on calguns from time to time. I always see the ss at the stores.

Rekrab
08-11-2009, 11:41 AM
Yeah, there have been a few.

I'm being patient for now because I don't want to pay a huge Cali markup on them. Found a couple on Gunbroker, one of them was being sold by a rat bastard that wouldn't ship to California, another was overpriced.

/Le Sigh.

gotgunz
08-11-2009, 11:42 AM
Stainless Security Six?

Rekrab
08-11-2009, 11:45 AM
A Security Six is certainly a possibility, gotta find one though >.<

JTROKS
08-11-2009, 12:02 PM
I have a 686+ with a 6" barrel and it's about the same as my 6" Ruger GP100. Nothing can beat the GP100 in durability, but if you want a revolver that is smooth and about the same accuracy level the 686 is hard to beat. If you're in the bay area and shoot at Richmond R&GC I'll let you try both, just supply your own ammo - preferably factory.

Rekrab
08-11-2009, 12:07 PM
Thanks for the offer, but I'm all the way down in Orange County.

I'll just have to keep my eye out for a 686. They sound like great guns!

Z ME FLY
08-11-2009, 12:27 PM
Or maybe keep an eye out for a Dan Wesson

CHS
08-11-2009, 1:21 PM
I've got a 6" stainless GP100 with an action job that's just a dream to shoot.

I highly recommend just sticking with a GP100, you really can't go wrong. You'll be able to shoot the lightest mouse-fart .38 loads up to the heaviest hitting .357 loads without it batting an eyelash.

Rekrab
08-11-2009, 1:32 PM
From everything I'm reading, I probably will.

I just want to make sure I'm not missing out on anything.

gotgunz
08-11-2009, 6:01 PM
A Security Six is certainly a possibility, gotta find one though >.<


:whistling:

If serious, pm me.

Rekrab
08-11-2009, 6:40 PM
Having never shot a Security Six I'm not sure I'd want one yet.

My range is supposed to be getting one for their rental line-up though... So maybe?

Right off the top, I can say I'm not so sure about the grip. I've been interested in single action revolvers for a while, but the grips on them are a deal breaker. I realize the SS isn't a SA but it has Bisley(?) grips.

Z ME FLY
08-11-2009, 6:42 PM
Only bad thing about the SS is if you don't like the grips, depending on the year it might be really hard to find any.

Rekrab
08-11-2009, 6:48 PM
That's the thing, until I get one in my hands I wouldn't consider it a viable option. After handling some single Actions I already know I may not like those grips.

gotgunz
08-11-2009, 8:45 PM
Security Six is Double action/Single action and mine is a later version; grips are easy to get.

Where are you located? If nearby you're welcome to shoot it.

Rekrab
08-11-2009, 8:46 PM
I'm in Orange county, I typically shoot at OC Indoor Range.

hard_drive
08-11-2009, 11:41 PM
Keep an eye out for used S&W 27's and Colt King Cobras as well ($$).

An alternative to a new store bought revolver I would also suggest a S&W 620 (half-lug counter part to the 686).

Rekrab
08-11-2009, 11:43 PM
I probably should have mentioned, price should be equivalent as well >.>

ORNGXTC
08-12-2009, 9:25 PM
I have shot both quite a bit over the years and each (686 and GP100) have a slightly different feel but both are quality guns. Where I feel the 686 takes the advantage is in the trigger pull. Both of mine (686 and 629) have great
factory triggers in double and single action. The rugers just don't seam to be as smooth in double mode and have alittle more travel in single mode. Also from what I understand Smiths are a little easier to tune in the way of actions than a Ruger. I still have my Stainless GP but I sold my blued one a number of years ago. Don't discount the stainless models they are rust resistant, easier to clean, and do not have the problem of showing finish wear.
Just my 2 cents.
John

Rekrab
08-12-2009, 10:03 PM
Thanks for the info, the preference towards Blued is pure aesthetics. I just like the way it looks more!

PutTogether
08-12-2009, 10:09 PM
My security six doesn't feel like a single action revolver in my hand. It feels like a lean GP100.

I would rank the security six as one of the best damn guns of all time. Its pretty, its powerful, its cheap, and its indestructible.

bombadillo
08-12-2009, 10:15 PM
How bout one thats already on the board: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=138686&highlight=.357+redhawk

Really nice gun there ^^^

Or maybe a blackhawk convertible. Its a .357mag/9mm combo gun: http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firearms/FAProdResults?function=famid&famid=19&variation=.357%20/%209mm%20Convertible&bct=Yes&type=Revolver

I'd love to own the .45LC/.45acp combo gun. That thing would be the best of both worlds to me. Cheap (by comparison) range practice, and stopping power of .45lc.

Rekrab
08-12-2009, 10:24 PM
Heh, I've been lusting after that Redhawk for a while. But it's about $200 more than I really want to pay for a wheel gun. And it's up in Northern California.

The blackhawk is certainly tempting, but again, more than I want to pay and the 9mm convertible isn't that interesting to me.

The more I hear about the Security Six, the more I want to shoot it.

Z ME FLY
08-12-2009, 10:39 PM
Heh, I've been lusting after that Redhawk for a while. But it's about $200 more than I really want to pay for a wheel gun. And it's up in Northern California.

The blackhawk is certainly tempting, but again, more than I want to pay and the 9mm convertible isn't that interesting to me.

The more I hear about the Security Six, the more I want to shoot it.

I don't think you can find a SS at the range. The ones I have been to don't have one. You can find blackhawks in 38/357 for 400. You can even find the .44mag for around the same price. The SS is well made and built like a tank.

jeffrice6
08-12-2009, 11:06 PM
Having owned both a 686 & a GP100 I can say this: The 686 is more refined and slicker.....But after numerous hot loads had to be sent back to smith for correction. My GP, while not as slick (although pretty damn good after a tune-up from 1911whore) is much more stout!!! I think the only reason I got rid of the 686 was because of its 6" barrel. Its what fits you best. To go back in time I would do a 4" 686 and only shoot mild factory rounds. But a pistol to leave the great great grand kids would be the GP all the way!

Rekrab
08-12-2009, 11:09 PM
I've been getting the feeling that the Smiths are like Old Jags that you garage and only drive on sunny days, whereas the Ruger is the old camaro that you can beat to hell and back and still have it chug on out the driveway. :)

RAMCHARGER
08-13-2009, 1:51 PM
GP100. Accept no substitutes!

I bought one of the early ones just after they just came out. Has the 6" half underlug barrel and It's fed only full max, fire breathing loads since day one. The GP100 has been eating up ALL the HOT loads I can feed it.

JTROKS
08-13-2009, 1:59 PM
Keep an eye out for used S&W 27's and Colt King Cobras as well ($$).

An alternative to a new store bought revolver I would also suggest a S&W 620 (half-lug counter part to the 686).

Like this one:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh257/joshuatroy/DSC02077.jpg

They are about the same in ruggedness compared to a GP100. I think the latest 686 are very durable, but they did have some problems with their no dash version.

Z ME FLY
08-13-2009, 9:39 PM
Your wish just came true... here is a blue gp100 4"

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=212081

Good luck

Rekrab
08-13-2009, 9:54 PM
Heh, yeah but waaaaay up in NorCal. Believe me, I've had my eye on the Private Sales forum all day every day. :) Thanks though!

Z ME FLY
08-13-2009, 10:29 PM
Haha oh you are in soCal? Just take a trip!

Rekrab
08-13-2009, 11:03 PM
Haha oh you are in soCal? Just take a trip!

Tempting! But I've seen them cheaper and I can get them cheaper new at shops.