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    My vote goes for a 3" 36 if you can find one. In my area they are cheaper than snubbie 36's.
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    I have a 36-6 3 inch adj sights, love it. They are really scarce around here, and like the M696, too nice for me to wade fish with. I would love to run across a fixed sight 3 inch M36, that would then be my creek gun! I may have to head down to mid , wanna share your good fortune ?
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    I kinda like this for general woods bumbing/hiking/fishing. 3" S&W 60, 38 special. You can substitute the 357 mag version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tatume View Post
    For ordinary day-to-day woods carry I like the S&W Model 317 Kit Gun. This little 22 long rifle revolver has a 3" barrel, and weighs only 12 ounces. Mine is very accurate, and fun to shoot.
    I have a thing for these little 22's as well,I handled one some time ago and keep thinking about it. Quality work in my opinion.

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    This topic comes up frequently.

    Here's another thread where it was discussed at length.

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...-Gun-revisited


    And I think a 4" K-frame in 38 Special is hard to beat. Something weather resistant would be desirable.

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    To overcome the rust issue I opted for a Robar NP3 finish on a tapered barrel 10-5

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    Quote Originally Posted by rking22 View Post
    I have a 36-6 3 inch adj sights, love it. They are really scarce around here, and like the M696, too nice for me to wade fish with. I would love to run across a fixed sight 3 inch M36, that would then be my creek gun! I may have to head down to mid , wanna share your good fortune ?
    There is a gun show promoter around here called CASC which is the Collectors And Shooters Club. Their shows bring out more of the blue collar guns and prices or at least that is what I have found over the last few years. That venue is where I bought my Model 33 in 99% cond for $300. I probably shouldn't use the word"cheap" because those days are over, but by today's standards, they seem to be more reasonable. As usual, cash does the talking. If you decide to come to the shows, they are in Hoover, Al and the parking is free.
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    Now that’s the makings of a road trip. Thanks for the info. I do use my 36-6 for woods wandering and goofing off. I like 3 inch small frames, there is a Rossi 32SWL 3 inch in the safe. 32 is just a bit lite on shot for no-legs.
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    Classic Firearms has cheap model 10 S&Ws. They have 10-7s rated good for $219.99, Google it..........
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    I’m quite fond of theRuger GP100. Mine is a 4” but if I where to buy another it would be a 3”. Here in Colorado be do have bears so my usual load is a 170 grain hard cast Keith on top of a healthy dose of 2400 powder. When bears aren’t an issue I carry it with 158 grain LSWC’s over five of Unique loaded in .38 special cases.

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    I have a Ruger LCRx 38 Sp +P with 3" barrel.

    It is pretty close to perfect for your application.

    Even with a 3" barrel, it is very light and a lot easier on the wallet than most of your other choices for a new gun. With the 3" barrel and the adjustable sights, it is a fun to shoot gun at the range, especially double action.

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    For hiking/fishing I will usually take along either a nickle plated 2" S&W Model 10, or my Single Six 22LR. Neither weighs too much, and both are comfortable for me to carry all day. Shot loads can be carried in either as well.

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    I find myself strapping on my S&W Model 66-6 357 Mag w/2 3/8 " bbl. It's very sweet and carries well. When I know I'm going out into the hollers I am sure to carry my Ruger Blackhawk 41 mag w/240 gr hardcast freedom pellets as we have wild hawgs runnin around out here.My wife favors her Smith 38 nightguard for gp hiking or 629 Mountain gun for the hawgs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddixie884 View Post
    Classic Firearms has cheap model 10 S&Ws. They have 10-7s rated good for $219.99, Google it..........
    I would JUMP ALL OVER THAT if I was in the market for a model 10.

    Seriously ! this looks like a good deal

    https://www.classicfirearms.com/smit...-bbl-revolver/
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    I'd have to agree with 35 Whelen's suggestion. If you think it's going to receive less than tender loving care, a police turn in Model 10 would be just the ticket. Probably been carried more than shot, dirt cheap at 200.00 and with wadcutters or 358429 your going to be pretty well set for anything Texas has to offer.
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    Can't argue with a model 10 at that price.
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    If I were starting from scratch on the OP's quest, I would look long and hard at the Model 63 S&W with four inch barrel. If I felt the need for more power, I would go with the Model 60-4 which retains the stainless adjustable J-frame platform only in 38 Special. If money were not a consideration I'd pay the freight for a Model 631 and have an adjustable sighted stainless J-frame in 32 H&R, but they are rare and expen$ive.

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    Depends on where I lived. When we lived in NW Wyoming I carried a Mod. 97 Freedom Arms in 45 Colt that was loaded with 300 gr. hard cast at 1100 fps. Not a plinking round and thankfully I never had to learn if the revolver or I would have been up to the task of taking on a grizzer bear.

    Back here in Missouri it's one of two. A 696 S&W in 44 Spl. or an old Colt Army Special in 32-20. The 696 goes fishing with me because it's stainless. Depending on my mood, there's a half dozen others that might get the call, all revolvers.
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    I like the small frame alloy .38 S&W. They are light, work every time, don't rust and pretty cheap. Ruger and S&W both make them.. I got one of the 5 shot alloy S&Ws for my wife. I carry more than she does. It's nice and light for hikes. I also carry one of the little .22 Berettas from time to time. I have a 3" model 36 but never carry it anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrol & Powder View Post
    I would JUMP ALL OVER THAT if I was in the market for a model 10.

    Seriously ! this looks like a good deal

    https://www.classicfirearms.com/smit...-bbl-revolver/
    At the bottom of their page they had heavy barrel 10's for $249 but they are only in fair cond. Either one of those 10's is a great deal on a great shooting Smith&Wesson.
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