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Old 08-21-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Snub Nose Revolvers...

So ive been looking for a nice snub nose .38+P/ .357 MAG and im having trouble finding the right one. Didnt know if anyone here has or had one they could recommend. At the moment im leaning towards a Ruger LCR, ive held and dry fired both the 38 spc and .357 models, I love the weight of the .357 and the trigger pull is smooth, also I like the standard hogue grips. Any others I should look at? FYI regardless of what caliber its chambered in im probably going to shoot .38+P out of it, I just like .357 because its ussually a heavier gun.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:18 PM   #2
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Ruger SP101 if the extra weight is attractive. Those ounces will also absorb some of the recoil when shooting full house magnums. When you run out of ammo, you can still use it to bludgen someone pretty good!
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When choosing a .357 in a small revolver, consider the recoil vs. the weight of the firearm. Especially if your looking at carrying a +P round. I use to have a Model 19 with a 2.5 inch barrel. When firing +P rounds, the firearm would have the recoil close to that of a .44 mag.

I would look at some of the S&Ws or Rugers that are a bit heavier than a Ruger LCR.
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Ruger SP101 if the extra weight is attractive. Those ounces will also absorb some of the recoil when shooting full house magnums. When you run out of ammo, you can still use it to bludgen someone pretty good!
+1 But if you are going to pocket carry it, invest in suspenders.

S&W 640 is a good choice if you are wanting a 5 shot J frame sized weapon.
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I agree on the smith and Wesson J frame
Can't go wrong with a 5 shot snubbie
I've got a model 60 that I occasionally carry
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:22 PM   #6
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Here's mine

nickel plated, cross draw carry in a Winthrop holster. S&W Model 36.
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So ive been looking for a nice snub nose .38+P/ .357 MAG and im having trouble finding the right one. Didnt know if anyone here has or had one they could recommend. At the moment im leaning towards a Ruger LCR, ive held and dry fired both the 38 spc and .357 models, I love the weight of the .357 and the trigger pull is smooth, also I like the standard hogue grips. Any others I should look at? FYI regardless of what caliber its chambered in im probably going to shoot .38+P out of it, I just like .357 because its ussually a heavier gun.
I run .38 Spcl +Ps through exactly this gun. The only bummer was giving up the factory grip, which is very comfy. I went with Crimson Trace grips.
It's a nice wheelgun for the money, IMO.
I've fired it from 7 yards on nice sunny days using the iron sights, no problem with with putting 'em in the middle.
Also fired it under some crappy range lighting using just the laser...again, no problem.
It's not going to be a gun you want to shoot targets with all day, but a 50-round box of wadcutters for practice won't tear you up, either. It's a nice enough small wheelgun. I don't regret my purchase of the LCR or the CT grips at all.
Attractive? Not really. Does the job? Yep, just fine.
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Ruger SP101 if the extra weight is attractive. Those ounces will also absorb some of the recoil when shooting full house magnums. When you run out of ammo, you can still use it to bludgen someone pretty good!
This. The SP101 is a stout snubbie that can easily handle thousands of magnum loads.
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I like the Ruger SP101 with the 3 inch barrel, but they also have a snubby...
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The SP 101 is a very nice gun. But as someone pointed out...invest in suspenders. It is a beefy bad boy. Had one myself once upon a time. Rolling through smoothly and waiting for that trigger to break actually helped my 1911 shooting.

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I assume you are looking to carry it? Lots of good info here. I just wanted to throw some pics out to further confuse you Revolvers do have a good feel to them.

Ive two med K and L frame S&W in "snubbie" attire:

Model 66 2.5 inch barrel.



Model 686 Plus, 3 inch barrel.



And several small or J frames.

Model 640 but sports new grips.



Model 442 Airweight with lock removed.

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I run .38 Spcl +Ps through ... this gun.

...The only bummer was giving up the factory grip, which is very comfy.

...7 yards ... using the iron sights, no problem with with putting 'em in the middle.

... a 50-round box of wadcutters for practice won't tear you up,Does the job? Yep, just fine.
+1 x S&W 642 Airweight. Love the 642 - no complications.

Folks I know mostly say they only shoot .38 SPL +P after their first (and last) dance with a .357mag and a snubbie. Recoil aside, .357mag flash and muzzle-flip will complicate reacquisition for followup shots. YMMV.
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s & w,j frame,model 60
only 22.7 oz. loaded
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.357 v 38

If you want a snub nose, forget the idea of a .357. The .357 round wont reach full muzzle velocity with that short a barrel, and it will have a heck of a kick. I'd recomment at least a 3 inch barrel for a 357. If you must have the snub nose stick with a .38.
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Muzzle velocity doesn't matter with the .357 magnum round. There's a lot more powder behind the slug than a .38. Look at the ballistics in the same length barrel between the 2 rounds and there is no comparison.

As to the weight of the SP: I sometimes pocket carry mine. No suspenders needed.
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