I can't understand that at all. You've eliminated 99% of the finest revolvers ever made because why?So I'm looking for something input here. I'm wanting to get a full size revolver in 38 just to have and to go to the range with. And I'm only looking in the new category. What's my best bet ?
I think that the EAA Windicator just might be the ticket! I have the snubby version and am strongly considering the 4" .357Mag. The blued finish on my snubby is excellent (way nicer than the black matte finish that you'll get on the Taurus 82). The fit and finish are what you'd expect with German manufacturing i.e. very high quality. The EAA is available in the .38 SPL mode but as others will say, go with the .357Mag.I really like my EAA Windicator, and have been interested in the Armscor/Rock Island M200, but do not own one yet. I do own a M82, but it is a surplus gun, 30+ years old and may not be a good representative of what they are selling now, but it is a good reliable revolver.
If they would bring back the Security Six I would probably buy a couple. Had to sell mine due to divorce about 12 years ago, really miss that gun. Anybody sees a nice Service, or Security six should buy that gun on the spot.Something I should have mentioned is that Bud's must have gotten a special deal from Rugers. Some of the standard GP100s are $100 cheaper than anyone else. The 4" Blue model is $509 with the price match request that should knock off another $10 from the cash price where they will do a money transfer from your bank account. Stainless is only $553 cash price.
I bought my wife a lightly used Armscor M200 a number of years ago. It's an excellent shooter and has very good lock-up.I really like my EAA Windicator, and have been interested in the Armscor/Rock Island M200, but do not own one yet. I do own a M82, but it is a surplus gun, 30+ years old and may not be a good representative of what they are selling now, but it is a good reliable revolver.
As far as comparing .38 Sp and .357 Magnum, there used to be more opinions on that when I started out and was more pro for buying a .38 Sp for loads in that caliber. There were frequent comments about 2 different rings inside the cylinder when you fired both from a .357 Magnum, and of course, they have longer cylinders. But, in practical application, where I am not a competitor in Bullseye competition, good handloads make all the difference. I haven't been much concerned about that for a good many years, and I clean my firearms between every range session and have never had any issue in using loads in .38 Sp, or loads I have made in .38 Sp length cases made from trimmed-down .357 Magnum cases that I won't get into on public forums. They have had no effect in my use of .357 Magnum rounds.It's great to see folks interested in revolvers in this day when slide guns seem to rule!
My advice, for whatever it's worth is do not dismiss previously owned firearms. Some of our best firearms were bought used. All manufacturers suffer from "they don't make them like they used to" syndrom! An older Ruger Security Six or Speed Six is a joy to shoot! We love old S&W model tens so much we have several of them. I really like my Taurus model 82 (maybe 6 or 7 years old), but I wish that I could find an even older one! I shoot mostly 38's so I don't care too much either way for 38 or 357.