Looking to pick up a new quality revolver for around $300 dollars. Since I am not familiar with revolvers and I usually go with the sage advice that I receive here, what would be your recommendations? Preferable something in .38 special.
My only advise would be to not buy on-line. You need to get your hands wrapped around the short list of possibles you might find on-line, then take that list to your local gunshop and get hands on with them. Shoot the model(s) if they have a on-site range & rental gun(s) in that model. Keep your fingers behind the front of the cylinder to avoid serious burn injury.
The terms "Quality" "Revolver" and "low price" generally don't go together. Simply put, revolvers are far more complex than autos and prices reflect that - for both new and used. For $300, you are going to have to sacrifice something. Personally, I'd look to pony up a little more and buy a good used revolver.
You're probably going to have to go to Rossi or Taurus to stay near your price range in a new gun; if you shop around a bit you might find a good S&W 4" Mod. 10 or a well-used (on the outside) Mod. 15 with a good bore that hasn't been shot that much in that price range. Look especially hard at police trade-in guns...they often are carried a lot and shot very little.
At your price point, I would recommend a Taurus .357 - that way you have the option to shoot .38 special or .357 mag. Swann's on Old Canton Road in Jackson has a nice SS one (7 shot) for $349 (as of last Friday) - might/might not be able to quibble with him on the tax.
One other thing: When you do go shopping, take a set of feeler gauges with you and check the cylinder to barrel gap with the hammer cocked and the cylinder pushed all the way back. .002 - .003 is good, and anything over .004 should be rejected.
The gaps on both my Rugers (Blackhawk & LCR) is a loose .002" .