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Old 11-25-2012, 07:56 PM
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As most of you know, i've been looking for a good, inexpensive .357 revolver for SHTF and as a glovebox/nightstand gun. My requirements are: It needs to be durable and strong (as most revolvers are), have a decent trigger pull, have reasonable accuracy up to around 10-15 yards, maybe 20, and go bang every time I fire it. It doesn't need to be pretty. It doesn't need to be refined. It doesn't need to be as good as a S&W, Colt, or Ruger. It just needs to fit my requirements, and be able to hold up to a total of 2,500-3,000 rounds, .357 and .38 special which is pretty much all i'll be shooting it in it's whole lifetime.

I've been told over and over to find a used Ruger or S&W, and I just haven't been able to find one for the right price, and i'm getting kinda tired of being told the same thing. My absolute limit is 350 dollars.

If I "get" one (it'll probably be a Christmas gift) i'm going to get a 4 inch model.


Would the Windicator fit my bill?
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As most of you know, i've been looking for a good, inexpensive .357 revolver for SHTF and as a glovebox/nightstand gun. My requirements are: It needs to be durable and strong (as most revolvers are), have a decent trigger pull, have reasonable accuracy up to around 10-15 yards, maybe 20, and go bang every time I fire it. It doesn't need to be pretty. It doesn't need to be refined. It doesn't need to be as good as a S&W, Colt, or Ruger. It just needs to fit my requirements, and be able to hold up to a total of 2,500-3,000 rounds, .357 and .38 special which is pretty much all i'll be shooting it in it's whole lifetime.

I've been told over and over to find a used Ruger or S&W, and I just haven't been able to find one for the right price, and i'm getting kinda tired of being told the same thing. My absolute limit is 350 dollars.

If I "get" one (it'll probably be a Christmas gift) i'm going to get a 4 inch model.


Would the Windicator fit my bill?
Why not get a Taurus?
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Why not get a Taurus?
why not get a ruger?
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why not get a ruger?
He said his limit was $350. Even used security-six's go for a little more than that.
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Even taurus model 65's and 66's go for more than that.
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Did you check out the Armscor 200 in the other thread I replied to? It really is a solid revolver for $200, patterned off of a Colt action.

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There are some Rossi's for around $300 or less

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=317929641
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He said his limit was $350. Even used security-six's go for a little more than that.
i just figured if it was going to be "why not get",why not step up instead of just another cheap knock off that cost a little more.
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arclite610: My .357 vs .38 special thread convinced me to get a .357, and even if I did want a .38, I'd atleast get one +p rated.
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If I happen to find one within my price range (sadly this one has been sold) would this be a better choice? http://www.gunauction.com/search/dis...emnum=10142340
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a good .357 will run you way over budget.

get a cheap taurus if you have to.

id save up the extra 100$ for a good one tho.
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So I have to pay way over 300 dollars for a "good" .357? I'm sorry but me and my family are very short on money and I'm a bit tiny bit offended. I'll explain "me and my family" now: Though most of you have already heard this, I'm 13 years old and I'm the only prepper in the family. The said revolver will be mainly for me but also for my dad to keep in his truck or under his bed for self defense, and maybe to pack with him while bowhunting (there's a good deal of Black Bear around here).
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So I have to pay way over 300 dollars for a "good" .357? I'm sorry but me and my family are very short on money and I'm a bit tiny bit offended. I'll explain "me and my family" now: Though most of you have already heard this, I'm 13 years old and I'm the only prepper in the family. The said revolver will be mainly for me but also for my dad to keep in his truck or under his bed for self defense, and maybe to pack with him while bowhunting (there's a good deal of Black Bear around here).
Honestly. If I were limited to that budget, I'd be skipping the revolvers and looking at an auto. Some good choices:

Makarov
CZ83
Third Gen S&W
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I say get the Windicator in .357.

It will serve you well, and is priced within your budget.

Yes. It fits the bill.

The only other suggestion I'd have for a 4" revolver would be the Armscor for about 200 bucks. (Bud's just raised their price on them again, and Centerfire is sold out of them.)

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...s_id/411539731
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arclight610: I truly feel that a revolver is a better choice for shtf, for me atleast. Simpler to use, easier to maintain, no magazines to lose, fewer problems....in those respects its similar to the SKS, and the SKS is my MBR because it's what I truly like. I honestly don't think I would like an AR any more. Revolvers just...appeal to me way more than semi autos when it comes to handguns.
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I have heard some absolutely wonderful things about the EAA Bounty Hunter .357 (example: www.gunblast.com/Paco_WineRoses.htm), I have nothing against a single action, and it well exceeds my bill, so if I can find one within my price range, would that be any better?
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I like the windicator in 357.
I have had one for years.
It has done a good job for me
the hogs don't like it.
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I have heard some absolutely wonderful things about the EAA Bounty Hunter .357 (example: www.gunblast.com/Paco_WineRoses.htm), I have nothing against a single action, and it well exceeds my bill, so if I can find one within my price range, would that be any better?
Only bad thing about a SA is the reload is as slow as dirt
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Arclite610 That's true, but it's pretty much the most rugged and simple revolver design. You have even fewer things to worry about.
No crane to break. And surely with practice I'd be able to keep up a decent ROF. But I've yet to find one in my price range. I guess I'll end up with the windicator. Anyone know of any replacement wooden grips with finger grooves? I prefer the feel of wood.
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I have a windicator im picking up in a few weeks, ill give you a range report.
Looked pretty good comparing the reviews..
Cant beat the price. Never owned a revolver, so if i don't care for them, im not out a stack of money
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Pay attention to the cylinder` release, it's kind of cheap

I had to send mine back after 100 rounds to get the release and cylinder axle replaced.

They are warrantied to the original owner for 1 year IIRC

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