I'm interested in getting a real "woods gun." I don't own any revolvers and don't know much about them. I'm mostly interested in 6" .357 mag, I like the idea of being able to reload in 38 special for range fun/plinking and may someday entertain the thought of hunting with it.
Before I get the "buy a S&W" response I refuse to purchase a firearm that has a keyed lock mechanism, so unless I stumble upon a used 686 Smith is out for me. I typically prefer to buy new.
I'm open to other brands but if you recommend them please tell me why I should choose it over Ruger. My max price is $1K +/- a few but I'm not afraid to stretch the budget if it's a quality firearm.