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Old 07-24-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default best "cheap" .357 mag snub nose revolver

So I've pretty much decided to buy a .357 mag snub nose revolver but a S&W is out of the question. I've looked at both the 5 shot Taurus and the 6 shot Rossi (made by Taurus) but I thought I'd ask and see if any of you had either or any suggestions. It will definitely be a concealable 2" barrel and I want the versatility of the .357 instead of a .38 only. Any thoughts?

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Old 07-24-2009, 11:49 PM   #2
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The 5 shot Taurus is better for concealable carry. Take a look at the 3 inch model, you don't give up much in the CC department and get a longer and easier to use sight radius. I know they run more but look at a Ruger SP101 also.

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Old 07-25-2009, 12:07 AM   #3
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i bought a Taurus 605 for $329 off gun broker, NIB just last month. price seems to be constant.

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Old 07-25-2009, 12:08 AM   #4
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go with the Taurus 605 2 in snub or the C.I.A. (carry it anywhere ) model in .357 .. I have the 605ss 2 in with concealed carry hammer .. I have not had any issues and it's just right to carry most any position or condition .
My brother-in-law got his C.I.A. model at the same time and loves it .. Same basic gun as the 605 just rounded over the back end of the gun and everything with the triger is internal .

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Old 07-25-2009, 12:36 AM   #5
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Default Re: best "cheap" .357 mag snub nose revolver

Well, actually Taurus is the parent company of Rossi but the guns are still all Rossi with the Braztech name added. When I researched what to get S&W was first on my list and then sticker shock set in. I also noticed that Taurus has had to many warranty issues. I got the .38 five shot J frame Rossi and love it. All steel and I'm shooting 4" groups at 12 yards. I've heard great stuff over on the Rossi/Taurus forum from other Rossi owners. X

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Old 07-25-2009, 12:58 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice. My local range/gun store has a 605 blue in stock, asking $369 which I thought was pretty steep but he said we could haggle some. I'll probably go by tomorrow and shoot some and take a look at it.

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Old 07-25-2009, 01:30 AM   #7
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neither. charter arms is better than both IMHO. also a sister company tp HP by the way.

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Old 07-25-2009, 03:15 AM   #8
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i like charter also, i have a bulldog .44 special. I was just speaking on what i have for a .357 and that is the taurus. i'm really considering getting the Ruger LCP in .38, man that thing is lighter than air, you wouldn't even know you were carrying it, the holster would prolly weigh more. it is around 350 here.

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i cant find 380 to save my life to feed my beretta M70.

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Old 07-25-2009, 02:29 PM   #10
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neither. charter arms is better than both IMHO. also a sister company tp HP by the way.

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My father-in-law has the Charter Arms Off Duty in .38 Special, and it is a great carry piece.
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