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deebix
08-14-2009, 1:43 AM
I'm getting my self a Rossi lever action in this caliber and might as well get a handgun to go along with it. I've only come across the s&w 600 series as being any good but am extremely open to any other options out there (granted a 4"-6" barrel). Please list off what you know is tried and true! Thanks

ivanimal
08-14-2009, 1:48 AM
Cant go wrong with a Ruger. See if you can find a Speed six.

B Strong
08-14-2009, 5:51 AM
I'm getting my self a Rossi lever action in this caliber and might as well get a handgun to go along with it. I've only come across the s&w 600 series as being any good but am extremely open to any other options out there (granted a 4"-6" barrel). Please list off what you know is tried and true! Thanks

With a lever action, you have to go with like kind, so try a Ruger Vaquero.

cj.siege
08-14-2009, 6:44 AM
With a lever action, you have to go with like kind, so try a Ruger Vaquero.

Yeah baby!

:gunsmilie:

JTROKS
08-14-2009, 7:07 AM
Definitely a Ruger single action revolver the toughest of them all, unless you drop the Freedom Arms name.

SCMA-1
08-14-2009, 9:13 AM
Rugers are bomb proof. Smiths are refined. Get one of each!:thumbsup:

gregorylucas
08-14-2009, 9:35 AM
I like my Ruger GP100. I've got big hands so the stock grips fit my hand very well and it's probably the most accurate handgun out of the 5 I own.

Greg

deebix
08-14-2009, 9:59 AM
Im liking the looks of the GP100. What barrel length would you guys say I get? Is 6 better than 4? This is for HD purposes and perhaps some spouting off .38 when I'm bored.

SCMA-1
08-14-2009, 10:03 AM
Preference really. I like 357's with 4" tubes, 44's with 6" tubes.


SCMA-1

Greg-Dawg
08-14-2009, 11:06 AM
Ruger GP100.

AdiosKali
08-14-2009, 11:32 AM
Another vote for the GP100.

Z ME FLY
08-14-2009, 11:54 AM
Ruger SAA
Ruger GP100
Ruger SP101
Ruger SS
Dan Wesson

Black Majik
08-14-2009, 11:56 AM
I can't get myself to buy a current production Smith, so I would concur with others... Ruger GP100.

JayDeeSacramento
08-14-2009, 12:08 PM
I love my Dan Wesson Model 15. I used to only keep the six inch barrel on it but now I really like the four inch.

Stamatos
08-14-2009, 12:13 PM
I'd go the cowboy route and get a SAA. I love my Uberti Cattleman in .357.

Can'thavenuthingood
08-14-2009, 12:24 PM
I have to go with the Ruger GP (http://www.ruger.com/Firearms/FAProdResults?function=famid&famid=8&variation=Satin%20Stainless&bct=Yes&type=Revolver) 100 in a six inch.

My wife has it in stainless and loves it.

The Vaquero (http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firearms/FAFamily?type=Revolver&subtype=Single%20Action&famlst=57)is a sweet gun I lust for but I'd get a double action first just from a preparedness standpoint.

Another fine revolver is the Blackhawk Convertible (http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firearms/FAFamily?type=Revolver&subtype=Single%20Action&famlst=19) in .357, comes with a 9mm cylinder and works well.

Vick

barrym66
08-14-2009, 1:21 PM
Gotta add my $.02 for the Vaquero, sweet handling and shooting gun, esp. with .38Sp., I have two that are matched to a Marlin 1894C and Henry Big Boy.

Not the best self/home defense gun unless you have some cowboy shooting skills! GP100 would be my choice for a DA revolver.

deebix
08-14-2009, 2:21 PM
Well shoot guys, this GP100 really has my attention. I just cant decide over a damn 4 inch or 6. I like the looks of the 6, but the 4 appears more "comfortable" if that even makes sense. Does the longer barrel significantly increase the speed/accuracy?

big jon
08-14-2009, 2:47 PM
Well shoot guys, this GP100 really has my attention. I just cant decide over a damn 4 inch or 6. I like the looks of the 6, but the 4 appears more "comfortable" if that even makes sense. Does the longer barrel significantly increase the speed/accuracy?

I DID SOME TESTING WITH A 2IN MOD36 VS A 6IN MOD19 AND MOST 38 LOADS WERE AROUND 100 TO 125FPS SLOWER OUT OF THE 2IN. i WAS VERY SURPRISED I THOUGHT FOR SURE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE. GOOD WAY TO LOOK AT IT FROM A OLD GUY PERSPECTIAVE, LIGHTER GUN CARRY MORE AMMO ;) ENJOY, BIG JON

barrym66
08-14-2009, 2:48 PM
IMHO for home defense use the 4" would be best, quicker to point and easier to carry, and the extra velocity/accuracy of a 6" barrel would not help at ranges of 20' or less (i.e. in/at home).

jpopfan
08-14-2009, 3:14 PM
Another vote for the GP100, I've got a 4" blued finish, and it's affordable, controllable, and built like a tank.

KCM222
08-14-2009, 3:59 PM
+1 for the GP 100 in 4"

I love mine.

See if you can hold a 6" and a 4". I felt the 4" was more balanced and better suited for HD.

Can'thavenuthingood
08-14-2009, 5:13 PM
I think the GP 100 is a fairly common gun at most indoor shooting ranges. You might be able to locate one to run a box of rounds through.

Vick

deebix
08-14-2009, 5:25 PM
as far as how long it "lasts", is it safe to say several generations worth?

SCMA-1
08-14-2009, 6:36 PM
Can't go wrong with a 4" S&W 681 or 686. This is my 4" 681; it has a DAO combat trigger job by Don Williams (Action Works). DA Pull is a smooth and light 4 1/4 lbs. I'm no Jerry Miculek, but I can make this puppy smoke even with 357 Mag 125gr JHP defensive loads:

http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/webbiz1/Cameras/IMG_1192.jpg

BigDogatPlay
08-15-2009, 7:55 AM
A four inch barrel is always going to be preferable in an "all around" gun. Compact enough for defensive work but long enough to get a good amount of accuracy out of.

My first choice would be to find a pre-lock / pre-MIM S&W K or L frame stainless with a four inch barrel. They are around, you pay something of a premium for them, but they are well worth it. An example like the 681 above is all you need in a defensive handgun and nothing you don't need.

Failing that, the second choice would be a GP100 four inch in stainless.

Z ME FLY
08-15-2009, 10:32 AM
as far as how long it "lasts", is it safe to say several generations worth?

It depends on how well you take care of it. It would say it should outlast you easily.

vinny_land
08-15-2009, 10:22 PM
A four inch barrel is always going to be preferable in an "all around" gun. Compact enough for defensive work but long enough to get a good amount of accuracy out of.

My first choice would be to find a pre-lock / pre-MIM S&W K or L frame stainless with a four inch barrel. They are around, you pay something of a premium for them, but they are well worth it. An example like the 681 above is all you need in a defensive handgun and nothing you don't need.

Failing that, the second choice would be a GP100 four inch in stainless.

Not trying to hijack but is there a certain cutoff year for pre-lock/pre-MIM S&W wheelguns?

Z ME FLY
08-15-2009, 10:29 PM
Not trying to hijack but is there a certain cutoff year for pre-lock/pre-MIM S&W wheelguns?

Can't answer the question exactly but s&w started to make their revolvers without the lock this year

A4nsky
08-15-2009, 10:29 PM
as far as how long it "lasts", is it safe to say several generations worth?

I own a S&W 19-4 from 1958 and it works great and the guy I got it from shot it all the time.

Calgunz420
08-16-2009, 8:37 AM
i just bought a smith and wesson 28-2 .357 mag and that piece is accurate for something made in the 60's

scobun
08-16-2009, 9:15 AM
Get a Smith 28 with an S-prefix. Much nicer than anything coming out of the Performance Center today.

ALCO HK
08-16-2009, 9:17 AM
With a lever action, you have to go with like kind, so try a Ruger Vaquero.

damn right!

Charles4400
08-16-2009, 1:14 PM
I was in this dilema not too long ago and I narrowed it down to the S&W 686 and Ruger GP100 both 4".

Tried both at the firing range and the 686 won me over. The trigger pull on the S&W just felt much smoother & it was super accurate firing .357.

Also you can get the 686 with 7 shots (don't know if the ruger has that option).

Recemmend trying both of these at the range...but my vote is for the S&W though it is more expensive.

ivanimal
08-16-2009, 2:18 PM
Speed Six pron to help the decision.:43:
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