I still know of places to get a Ruger Super Redhawk in 44 mag for less than $500.00. That's the best for the money in my opinion. I had a S&W 629 Classic Stainless in 44 mag and it cost me more than $500 and wasn't as good as my super redhawk, which is why I sold it and got the SRH instead. Really though, it depends on what you're gonna do with it. But the SRH has a proven track record and the fit and finish are superb. The strength of the gun is also outstanding.
In 357 I've owned a Dan Wesson and a GP 100 and both are outstanding firearms for under $500.00. A Colt Python is also an excellent weapon, although you won't find a decent one for less than $500.00.
After that, you can take your pick right down to some basic 22s.
For all around general stuff, I'd get a GP 100 with adjustable rear sights and 4" barrel. Works for self defense, plinking, and limited big game hunting.
i prefer the superblackhawk in 44 mag-good strong gun and affordable. the superblackhawk hunter is even better but rugers gone crazy with pricing because of the demand for it. just glad i got mine the first time they made them-much cheaper then.
I'd echo BenP. I have a super redhawk that I like better than the smith or colt i've tried. However in .357 i used to have a colt king cobra that shot really well, looked really cool, and only cost me $275 used in exc cond (police buy back in MD, prob belonged to some crack dealer who just waved it around for show) Actually the grip is now my stickshift knob. looks cool with the little colt horsey on it!
Get a S&W model 27 or 28.They are the N frame guns and are strong enough to handle any sane load.I have 3 27's right now and the most expensive one was 350.00 U.S. I have never seen a N frame S&W 357 that would'nt shoot 2in. or under groups from sandbags @ 30yds. with a variety of factory loads.
And they are soooooo sexy lookin!Later, yer cuzzin Mitch.
When in doubt, shoot to kill and ask questions later.
John D. I saw some S&W's , i think they were 29's, kicking around for between 200 and 350 at SIR in winnipeg the other weekend, they all looked in good condition. they had quite a few there (6 or 7). As far as the CZ-75 goes, i've heard only good things, but have myself only seen one example of them up here and it was fairly rough looking. I did talk to a friend of mine that owns a gun shop and he says he did have a shipment , but went through it fairly quickly and by the time i came around, they were gone and he wasn't sure if he could get more. Other than that, i don't really know what to tell you, except keep looking, there's always something good out there for you. Aren't these handgun law's up here a bitch? don't mind me, i'm just pissed off.
John, I think its kinda hard to go wrong with Ruger or Smith. For the money in single action Ruger is it. I have a Bisley (not vaquero) its built on the super blackhawk frame w adjustable sights. Some people dont like the looks of the bisley but once youve held one, you will feel the advantage that the bisley grip frame offers over the standard black hawk grip frame. I believe they are only available in 7.5" bbl lengths. I had mine shortened to 5.25". The bisley vaqueros come in more bbl lengths though. Ive also had few S&W DA revolvers. All very high quality and very accurate. I have had no experience with Ruger DA revolvers but, I think when it comes down to it, its kind of a Ford vs. Chevy thing. The quality is there, Buy what you like and feels good and shoot the hell out of it.
sadiehn-I was looking for maby a 357/38 or maby somthing with a big hole in it like 45LongColt.
Jeremy-Yes the laws up here are a bitch but I would not like If every body could get guns have guns like they do in the USA. I agree with a national program that would keep the FAC or PAL but do away with regestering every gun. If we could carry and hunt with handguns that would be even better. I live on a farm in the saskatchewan prarie and it would be nice to have a .357 mag for varmin like coyotes on a person all the time. Maby our liberal gov. will fall and the canadian alliance will change the laws. The realy serious criminals get there hands on gun easly anyway in canada by the USA and black market and theft.
Joe B.-7.5" barrel does not matter to me as long as it looks good and shoots where you point it and will not fall apart.
I like the Taurus model 44 in 44mag. Depending on what loads are used, it works well for big game and varmints, and it should also work well (haven't needed to try it, thankfully) on varmints of the two-legged variety if needed.
What do the CZ-75B's cost in canada? And where can a person get one. The S&W and such are way to much money for me to get a new revolver. I am interested in a CZ but may end up getting a ruger revolver if I get anything new because of Rugers Reputation.
as far as CZ-75 cost i'm not quite sure what they were going for new, around $350, which considering what kind of gun it is, is quite good, the one i saw at the gun show was used and abused and they were asking about the same so i kept on walking. there a gun show coming up in the near future in winnipeg(don't know how far away you are) maybe something could come up there, who knows. Those revolvers at SIR ( who are mailorder by the way, if you didn't know) were used, they also have some other used stuff, a P-38 and maybe something else i can't remember, they also can get new stuff if you want, i guess it all depends on how much you want to spend. If you want i could ask my friend what he has around, last time i was there he had quite a few revolvers around, let me know. he is usually fair in his prices i have found, i bought my first pistol off him for a fair price and he owe's my dad a few favors.