Getting the itch for another gun - help (revolver question)
My 2 pistols are Sig's, which I love: 225 and 250, 9 and .40 respectively. One is in the bedroom, the other the basement. But we have a 'main floor' and I'm going to want a gun there too, hidden but quicker to get to than running up or down the stairs.
I'd kind of like to get a snub-nosed revolver, for honest to god never-fail reliability. Dud? No worries, just pull again. I'm worried that my wife will be to flustered in a firefight to deal with a dud, or a jam, with either of my Sig's.
So.....I want my next gun to be beautiful, shiny, new, cool, maybe a wood handle, maybe not. Maybe .357...but worry bout the wife, she complains that it feels like she's shooting a canon. Don't much care how it feels after shooting though, she can come complain to me when the intruder is twitching on the floor
Who is generally known to have the most reliable revolvers in general? Any particular models?
Note: I'm newish to guns in general, so I may be focusing on naive things - forgive...
Brands are not so much the issue. I feel that you would be better served with a medium frame revolver with at least a 4" barrel. First of all J frames are a gun one has to work with often in order to be effective under stress. The short sight radius, rudimentary sights and heavier recoil all make it, in my opinion and that of many other experienced shooters, a gun for an experienced shooter. J frames are often (erroneously) recommended to women 'cause all he-mans know that them there lil' wimmens cain't figger out them com-ple-cated auto-loadin' guns!
Posh! If she is familiar with your Sigs and can shoot them well, get another one. If you want a revolver the 4" K frame is easier to shoot accurately and holds 6 rounds instead of 5. And if you go to an L frame you can even get one of them fancy 7 shot six-shooters! How about them apples!
You didn't mention concealed carry, but did mention home defense. If this is the case, then don't get a snub-nosed revo. There is no reason at all to get a snubby if you aren't going to carry it. Snubbys have more muzzle flash, less weight to absorb recoil, smaller sights and less sight radius that leads to decreased accuracy, and less cartridge capacity. They can also be harder to reload, as the shorter ejection stoke will not fully clear the empty cases on many snubby revolvers. It takes a lot of practice and good technique to get the empties to always clear, and defense situations are not always conducive to near-perfect technique*.
I think a revo is a good idea for home defense, especially if a female is involved. My wife qualified for her CHL with a semi-auto, but carries a revo so that she does not ever have to deal with clearing a jam.
The cannon effect is a legitimate concern, but you can load a .357 with .38's if you like. As for reliability, stick with the major manufacturers and you will be fine. Look at Colt, S&W, and Ruger. I have revo's from all three, and they are all great handguns. An all steel 4" revo would be quite suitable, and the weight would make shooting even full-house .357's very easy after some initial training. You could get a 6" revo if you want to do some serious target shooting or hunting.
Some models to consider: Colt MKIII Trooper, or Python if you want a highly collectible classic. S&W K or L-frames such as the 28 or 19 or 686. Don't get their J-frames in .357 unless you are going to carry concealed, and you didn't mention that. If you do want a small .357, you could look at the steel J's such as a 60 Pro Series (beautiful gun btw). Ruger GP's are also nice.
BTW, there is no generally accepted one most reliable revolver brand.
*The defintion of an optimist: A J-frame owner with a speedloader....