Older blue redhawk 7.5'' (price ok?) or new GP 100 6'' ?
Hi, I'm starting to really enjoying going to the range a lot more. My only pistol is a Glock 27 which I purchased for concealed carry.
The few times I shot a revolver I just really enjoyed it a lot so I want to purchase one.
After doing my research on what I wanted, I decided a Ruger 357 GP100 with a 6'' barrel would be a good choice... however the local gun dealer also has a used 44mag Redhawk (Blue) 7.5'' in stock. He just dropped the price (so he says) to $475 for it. I'm not a gun expert by any stretch so hard for me to tell if anything was wrong with it. It appeared ok to me.
I'll probably never go hunting with it (and it's primary use would be at the range) but in a SHTF scenario I can't imagine having a 44 magnum would be a bad thing - so from a survival standpoint it also seems like a good choice. I was thinking "IF" I purchased it, I'd just use 44 specials through it at the range. So a few questions:
1) Is that price fair for that gun?
2) One of the biggest drawbacks I see to the Redhawk over the 357, is the cost of ammo. I'm looking online for 44 special and it seems sort of pricey - especially compared to the 33 Special round I could shoot through the 357.
3) Is the older Redhawk just as durable as a new one? I heard the Rugers are strong guns, but not sure when they stopped making the blue version of the Redhawk, so it could be a pretty old gun? Is it anything to concern myself with?
I can't afford both, and will need to decide soon or else that Redhawk could be sold. Any advice or things to consider that I haven't thought of? My biggest hesitation seems to be a) the cost of ammo (when I go to the range I seem end up shooting at least 100 rounds, but that's with my glock, so I might be slower with the reolver) and b) I'm weary of being an old gun.
Interested in any opinions. Thanks.