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Old 04-28-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Target Revolver?

So, I have been thinking about getting a revolver that is good for target shooting. I don't want to spend over 500 and I want to be able to shoot it without going broke on ammo. I don't want a .22 however, as they just don't do it for me in a revolver. Any suggestions?
 
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:07 PM   #2
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taurus .38?
 
Old 04-28-2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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Personaly, I would keep it smal and hard. With a .22 magnuim. These beasts carry a savage impact, with a low carbon discharge rate. They are not as cheap as a standa4rd .22 LR, but they carry the added advantage of a better velocity and impact force penetration over a standard .22.
 
Old 04-28-2011, 10:42 PM   #4
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The 22 mag has always been the poachers rifle of choice..My Warden friend tells me that they confiscate more 22 mag Rifles at night from poachers than any othe caliber and if you know where to hit a deer, the 22 mag will drop it on the spot..I dislike poachers so I am not endorsing them..All I am saying is the 22 mag is no joke as a good caliber for pistol or rifle....
 
Old 04-29-2011, 07:20 AM   #5
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I've got a 6" barrel Ruger Security Six that I love shooting. It's far more accurate than I am, and the gun that I'm the most accurate with. It'll eat .38spcl or .357 mag, and if you're going with factory ammo, .38spcl's not too expensive. Personally I 'roll my own', so .38 vs .357 price wise, there isn't much difference.

I found my Security Six for a bit over $300 back east a few years ago. I doubt they're going for much more than that now, and definitely available for under $500.


I've got the exact opposite opinion of .22. I love .22 revolvers, but .22 semi autos? Meh.
If you ever get a chance to get your hands on an S&W Model 17 (also known as a K-22 masterpiece), it's the most fun .22 revolver I've ever shot. And super accurate.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 05:27 PM   #6
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On second thought, maybe I will try a .22. The only reason I said that they don't do it for me is because I am getting bored of my other .22 semi-autos. I forgot that revolvers have a little more kick to them. Although with a .22 it would be a very slight kick anyway. I hate cleaning all that crud out also, but I guess that won't be so bad with a revolver. I think I will try to get out this weekend and check some out. Thanks for the input everyone.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 06:50 PM   #7
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Here are a couple.

Davidson's Gun Specs.



Your Price 459.00 at todays price, I think they may raise them tomorrow

Davidson's Gun Specs.



Your Price 525.00 at todays price, I think the may raise them tomorrow.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 08:29 PM   #8
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How bout this little guy? Taurus M990 with a 6" barrel. It looks pretty good and the price is under 400. Anybody have one or shot one?

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Old 05-02-2011, 10:48 PM   #9
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Keep an eye open for a good used .357.. I've had a few over the last 30+ years.. most accurate and fun... shootin 38spl is like a hopped up 22 but more punch... I found a S & W 66-1 6" in the paper recently for $450... won't loose value if you take care of it...
 
Old 05-03-2011, 11:58 AM   #10
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I've got a 6" barrel Ruger Security Six that I love shooting. It's far more accurate than I am, and the gun that I'm the most accurate with. It'll eat .38spcl or .357 mag, and if you're going with factory ammo, .38spcl's not too expensive. Personally I 'roll my own', so .38 vs .357 price wise, there isn't much difference.

I found my Security Six for a bit over $300 back east a few years ago. I doubt they're going for much more than that now, and definitely available for under $500.


I've got the exact opposite opinion of .22. I love .22 revolvers, but .22 semi autos? Meh.
If you ever get a chance to get your hands on an S&W Model 17 (also known as a K-22 masterpiece), it's the most fun .22 revolver I've ever shot. And super accurate.
My friend has 2 K22's a '47 with custom gold inlay grips..and a '51.. sweet!!
 
Old 05-03-2011, 11:41 PM   #11
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My favorite is the Smith and Wesson K frame. There are more models than I can name off the top of my head, but I have a pre 15, model 15, if that makes sense to you. Also the model 19 in 357 magnum works great with 38 wadcutters. Another common S&W is the model 14, and of course the pre model 14's. There's several million of them out there, keep your eyes peeled for one with a target hammer, target trigger and most have adjustable rear sights and some have the nice wood target grips. Expect to pay from $250 to $500 depending on condition and seller motivation. 4" barrels work fine, but 5", 5 1/2" and 6" are a bit better for target shooting. Don't buy the 8 3/8" barrel as it's not legal if you happen to get motivated and want to shoot in a sanctioned revolver match
 
Old 05-23-2011, 10:04 PM   #12
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Got my revolver!

In the end, I decided not to get a .22. I found out from my brother that he has about 5k bullets lying around waiting to be loaded up for .38 and .357 loads. He has had them for years and I didn't even know it, lol. Anyway, I picked up this little gem from our fellow member RMRichar. I had to snag it quick, cause I knew one of you guys would have it soon if I didn't Anyway, thanks for everyone who suggested different revolvers. I will try this baby out real soon!

 
Old 05-23-2011, 10:49 PM   #13
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Thats nice, Congrats!!
 
Old 05-23-2011, 11:48 PM   #14
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wow thats nice. I need me a wheel gun.
 
Old 05-24-2011, 12:58 PM   #15
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.38 specials/ 357 isnt bad, if you look into the old wheel guns they come in really cool styles, I have a old .38/.357 that i use as a brush gun when hunting and I love target shooting with it also. Single action can be a pain in the ass but it is fun
 
Old 05-27-2011, 10:52 PM   #16
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Just got back from the range.

Wow what a great gun! I don't see myself getting rid of this one anytime soon. It is very accurate and very easy on the wrist to shoot. I could shoot .38s in it all day long it seems with no fatigue. I haven't tried .357 mag loads yet. I will have to wait for a trip to the woods for that, as my gun club is an indoor range and doesn't allow magnum ammunition to be fired It would be nice to get some speed loaders for it also. If anyone has some used ones for a good price, let me know.
 
Old 06-01-2011, 01:38 PM   #17
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I shoot the Taurus 357,its great and doesn't break ya' for ammo.........
 
Old 07-29-2011, 12:17 PM   #18
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I shoot a s&w 686-6 wheel gun, great for target shooting w/ .38 spc. or .357. (other than ammo price dif.) I don't think I could ever get rid of it, I've had it for years and never had any issues what so ever. Seems with the wheel gun, trips out plinking last a bit longer, not like the xd-m, that eats the ammo if there is a lack in self control, lol.

Congrats on your purchase!
 
Old 07-29-2011, 03:20 PM   #19
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I think one of the best deals in "cheap" target revolvers at the moment is a used Dan Wesson. They were available with interchangable barells, and many of their design features mad them very accurate pistols. You could pick up a good one for right arround $500. Reloading .357 is well documented and fairly easy.
 
Old 07-30-2011, 08:39 AM   #20
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I shoot a s&w 686-6 wheel gun, great for target shooting w/ .38 spc. or .357. (other than ammo price dif.) I don't think I could ever get rid of it, I've had it for years and never had any issues what so ever. Seems with the wheel gun, trips out plinking last a bit longer, not like the xd-m, that eats the ammo if there is a lack in self control, lol.

Congrats on your purchase!
Your post brought tears to my eyes. I had a beautiful 686 (no dash) in 6" that I bought way back in the early 80's. Was a fantastic gun and as accurate as any pistol I've ever owned/shot.

The sad thing is that I sold it about 5 years ago in a fit of stupidity. Didn't think I'd ever want a revolver again and changed all my "shooters" to semi-auto's.

Darn, I miss that pistol. It shot so nice with 125gr Hornady JHP's with a maximum Magnum Load. Groups at 100 yards that would make some rifle shooters proud.

 
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