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#6536252 - 11/09/16 05:44 PM Ruger 357 opinion poll
Colt W. Knight Offline
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My father has done a lot for me this year, and I want to do something nice for him. My dad loves revolvers, and is a fan of the 357 magnum cartridge.

I would love to buy him a SW 27, but that is out of the budget. Looks like the Ruger 357s are coming in between $5-600. I would want a vaquero, but I know my dad would want something with nice sights. The Blackhawk is a nice gun, but I don't have any experience with the new Ruger double action revolvers. I am going to start shopping around next week to get a feel for the firearms, and I was just curious what everyones' opinion is on which model they like best.
Which Ruger 357
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#6536295 - 11/09/16 06:10 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
Cow_doc.308 Offline
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SP101 if he would want to CC. I want one for that purpose but haven't taken the plunge yet.

GP 100 is a nice gun too.
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#6536309 - 11/09/16 06:20 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
okstatefan Offline
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My GP100 is one of those guns I would never get rid of. I never get tired of shooting and it goes with my on every trip to the woods or the range. It's the perfect companion to my Rossi M92 357 Trapper.

I had an SP101. It was alright, but I sold it just a couple of days after finding a Security Six.

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#6536311 - 11/09/16 06:20 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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Good point Cow-doc

My dad would not be carrying this pistol. He would mostly just take it plinking, and I could forsee him shooting a doe or two with it.

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#6536315 - 11/09/16 06:22 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
roughneck266 Offline
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For those purposes I would go with the GP100. THe SP101 is an awesome revolver, I bought one for my wife, who is a committed Python snob. She is happy with it, and it serves its purpose well.

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#6536322 - 11/09/16 06:25 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: roughneck266]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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I would love to have a Python. I have a custom shop SAA with a 7.5" barrel that is absolutely amazing that my parents bought me as a graduation gift when I finished my doctorate.


Edited by Colt W. Knight (11/09/16 06:26 PM)

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#6536346 - 11/09/16 06:38 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
Tactical Cowboy Offline
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Either a gp or Blackhawk, depending if you wanted to buy a double or single action.

The Blackhawk is available with a 9mm cylinder, too, if desired.
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#6536356 - 11/09/16 06:46 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
janie Offline
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Ruger revolvers are awesome. Does your Dad prefer S/A or D/A? If he has no preference my vote goes for the GP100.
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#6536382 - 11/09/16 07:04 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
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My 6" gp100 is the cats meow! Accurate, reliable, and down right sexy.
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#6536428 - 11/09/16 07:23 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
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Is this for carry or hunting? If hunting go with the Blackhawk with a minimum of 5.5 barrel, I prefer 7.5. Poor boy trigger job (Release the spring on one side or the other )and your good to go. For carry or a house or vehicle pistol go with the 4 inch GP.
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#6536470 - 11/09/16 07:34 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
7x57 Offline
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I've only ever owned vaqueros, but they both shoot very well. Really one of the funnest handguns I've ever shot and they're relatively easy to shoot due to the design that lets the gun move upward instead of into your hand when shooting heavier loads.

Can't go wrong with a blackhawk, though if it was for hunting you might want to go bigger than the .357. I own my share of them, but there is a big gap between the .357 and .44 magnum in terms of killing power. That's not to say that either of them are inadequate, just personal opinion, I shot a buck last year with my R92 in .357 and it did well.

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#6536482 - 11/09/16 07:41 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
cblackall Offline
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Registered: 05/12/16
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
Blackhawk, but that's just because I like a single action and you already ruled out the Vaquero due to lack of sights. The others listed are fine revolvers as well, and I don't think you'll go wrong with any in the bunch.

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#6536638 - 11/09/16 08:50 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: cblackall]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Originally Posted By: cblackall
Blackhawk, but that's just because I like a single action and you already ruled out the Vaquero due to lack of sights. The others listed are fine revolvers as well, and I don't think you'll go wrong with any in the bunch.


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#6536659 - 11/09/16 08:59 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
jorge Offline
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I just got a gp 100 4" 357, man it's ridiculous how accurate and good it feels.
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#6536744 - 11/09/16 09:51 PM Re: Ruger 357 opinion poll [Re: Colt W. Knight]
KC Offline
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The .357 Blackhawk is an absolute joy to shoot. It's heavy, well balanced, capable of a perfect trigger, and can be dressed up to match any bbq gun. That being said, some revolver guys prefer a double action trigger, and if that's the case a 6" GP100 with the old style grip is hard to beat.
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