I guess I like 3" Wheel guns

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by mesinge2, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Active Member

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    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    Every time I go to the gun store I wind up looking at the 3" wheel guns.
    I already had a 3" model 19-4, a 3" model 64, and a relatively new 3" model 629.
    I just now bought a Ruger SP101 in 357 magnum with the 3.06" barrel.
    It was just sitting there in the used case for $389.00 I fired 80 .357 magnum
    Hornady loads and 100 Magtech .38 SPL loads. Not a problem!

    No SN 15   My .357 Ruger SP101 3.06'' Barrel.JPG

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKEKrJMAQV8

    And I am amazingly more accurate with it than my 1.875" model 638; even
    with full house 357 Mag loads.

    This is a 15 yard group with 158 grain Hornady XTP loads:

    Grouping 25     .357 Magnum SP101 3'' Barrel.jpg
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2010
  2. gunguy25

    gunguy25 New Member

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    Dec 25, 2009
    TN
    Nice looking gun and good shooting as well.
     

  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I like that one! Very nice SP101! Good shooting, too.
     
  4. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Very nice. Try some Hogue grips on it. Much easier on your hand.
     
  5. GunsForSale.com

    GunsForSale.com New Member

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    Jul 5, 2010
    3" wheel guns have always been a sweet spot for me. Congrats on the new Ruger. That is a nice gun, and a nice shooter if it is anything like the ones I have shot in the past.
     
  6. grampawmike

    grampawmike New Member

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    May 23, 2010
    Mojave Desert, CA
     
  7. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Active Member

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    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    Beautiful 44 grampawmike, No body does a deep rich blue of a wheel gun like Smith.
     
  8. chris0959

    chris0959 New Member

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    Feb 23, 2010
    Yup. Couldn't agree more. I knew I wanted a .357, and recognized the Dan Wesson name as quality. Didn't know they made a 3", and turns out it's a less-common fixed barrel gun. The DW FB715 has turned out to be the perfect combination of size/weight and accuracy. Superb trigger, shoots better than I do, and the recoil from magnum loads feel like 9mm.
     

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  9. Idaho Mike

    Idaho Mike New Member

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    Sep 29, 2010
    I seem to have aquired a number of 3" to 3 1/2" guns lately. Started with a 3" Ruger sp101. I have added a fiber optic front site. Then came a S&W model 36, and just inherited a 3 1/2 inch S&W model 27-2, and a 3" "and Wesson". The last gun started life as a 6" K-38. Someone blew up the barrel, and had it cut to 3", recrowned, and front sight moved. Nice gun.
     
  10. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    BEAUTY....Where did you find it?:D
     
  11. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    I prefer 4" to 4.5" barrels on the 357 mag. I never could shoot very well with the snubbies....

    mike
    gn
     
  12. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I just looked in on this thread again and thought of the old Ruger Security Six in .357 for some reason. I would really like to get my hands on another one of those, if I could find one at a good price.
     
  13. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Active Member

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    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    You mean like this:

    My .357 Ruger Security-Six 4.jpg
     
  14. K75RT

    K75RT Member

    Me too! I love the 3" revolvers! Here is my S&W M65 3". It has extensive work done to it. It has the hammer bobbed yet retains the single-action capability of the arm. It is ported the trigger had the surface smoothed... perfect size!
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  15. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Active Member

    609
    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    Nice 65, K75RT.

    I think the 3" barrel is the best balancing act between shootability and concealability.
     
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