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1968 4" python that i bought new!!

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For me, it’s a toss-up between these two S&W 27-2s, one with a 5-inch barrel and the other 3-1/2-inches.




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My favorite to shoot is a S&W 686 either in 4” or 3” varieties.


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I love S&W .357s and I consider them (especially older ones) works of art. But for boringly consistent performance, durability and accuracy, you cant beat the GP100. Its construction is, even now, innovative and lends itself to better durability and ease of maintenance.


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I used to have a 4” 581 no dash that was my favorite to shoot. Shoulda kept that one…
 
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GP100 for me, but I carried one for many years for work and feel comfortable with it
 
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I own a few. I have a 640 Pro, a 66-4 4", an Old Model Blackhawk 4 5/8", a Speed-Six 2 3/4", an SP101 3", and a GP-100 4". While some of these outperform others in certain areas, my favorite to just take to the range and shoot is the GP100.

The trigger is superp...long, smooth, and not overly heavy in DA, light and crisp in SA. The gun has excellent balance, and the weight and excellent factory robber grips make shooting even the hottest .357 loads a non-event. And it's built beefy enough that there's no concern whatsoever that you're going to crack a forcing cone or otherwise wear the gun out. It's also stupid accurate, and easy to detail strip for cleaning with it's modular trigger assembly (no side plate screws to strip out!).

I'd wanted a .357 K-Frame for years, and recently acquired the model 66 listed above. It's a really, really nice gun....but I still have to admit that my GP100 is better. It may not be the best carry option of my list, or the easiest to conceal...and if I could only own one it might not be the one I'd pick...but as just a general shooter it can't be beat.
 
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My favorite is my Wiley Clapp edition of the GP100. 3 inch barrel and I changed out some springs and put the compact grip on which is perfect in this “snubbie”.

My 627 Pro is my second favorite. 8 shots, moon clips, it’s a sweet gun. Knocked out the Hilary hole and pluggeg it so it’s almost perfect.
 
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Favorite to shoot is a tough choice for me, I own many 357 Magnum revolvers and I enjoy most of them. As a hand loader I find the 357 Magnum cartridge quite versitile.

One of my favorites is my 5" Smith & Wesson Model 327 TRR8



This is an 8 shot revolver that is built on a Scandium alloy frame. This big N-frame revolver weighs in about the same as a snub nosed Model 18 or 66. It just handles beautifully

The revolver uses the same kind of tensioned barrel system that made Dan Wesson famous for accuracy during the Metallic Silhouette days.

The Model 327 TRR8 and it brother the Model 327 M&P R8 are the most accurate Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum revolvers that I have ever fired


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6” S&W 686
 
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My overall favorite was a older friends 6" Python that I shot as a teenager.

Of my current .357 guns this one is my favorite to shoot (B&W photo since its an old school wheelgun). Uberti 1873 with birdshead grip. This thing is so much fun to shoot.




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I have a Smith 27 with 6"bbl. Suits me fine, never lets me down.



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For me, it’s a toss-up between these two S&W 27-2s, one with a 5-inch barrel and the other 3-1/2-inches.




That one, that 27-2 3.5"

The Jelly Bryce gun, in my mind.

That is the meanest looking motherfucking .357 Roscoe there ever was.

Thanks for posting that picture TheFrontRange. That gun, with factory wood grips is the first gun that occurred to me in response to the OP.
 
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Favorite to shoot? That's easy--S&W 686-5 seven-shooter with a five-inch half-lug Barrel--Believe it was a "Stocking Dealer Special" at one time. Mine has a KILLER Action Job by Randy Lee at Apex Tactical, SDM Fiber Optic Front Sight and an old Millett Adjustable Rear Sight with the Rear Notch opened about fifteen thousandth or so--Its so easy to shoot, it makes ME look good--LOL!
 
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What is your favorite .357 revolver to shoot. Not to carry or anything just to shoot.
Never owned a .357 but shot a number of them most of them Smiths but I could not tell you what models they were.
Though I can tell you my favorite was a 6” Python (original) not the new creations.
I want a shooter and don’t want anything less than a 4” barrel but doubt I want a 6”.
There is a 4.25” Python and a Target King Cobra locally with the Cobra being about $500 cheaper.
Not sure the difference but have also heard not the greatest things about current production guns.

Though this may not be the greatest idea as I will likely want a lever gun in .357 as well.


I bought a 6" new production Python a few months ago, my first centerfire revolver, and find it to be an exceptional handgun. So much so that I bought a 4 1/4 barreled version as soon as it became locally available. Although there certainly were some issues with some very early production models, Colt tackled them quickly and they have been resolved.

There is a gunsmith that participates over at the Colt forum I follow. His professional opinion is that in many ways the new Pythons are superior revolvers vs the older models in many ways, particularly in the more robust trigger/lockwork. I find the double action to be exceptionally smooth if a little heavy for my tastes, and the single action very nice.

I don't think you will be disappointed in the new Python.
 
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That one, that 27-2 3.5"

The Jelly Bryce gun, in my mind.

That is the meanest looking motherfucking .357 Roscoe there ever was.

Thanks for posting that picture TheFrontRange. That gun, with factory wood grips is the first gun that occurred to me in response to the OP.



Hey, thank you! That 3.5 has grown on me even more than I thought it would - I find myself shooting it almost every range session and now carrying it at times.

I had some Eagle Secret Service Grips on this one once upon a time and may give those another try. The Pachmayrs aren’t very aesthetic but they do feel good while shooting and haven’t posed an issue for carry. All in all, I missed-out on grabbing some Skelton-style grips from Blu Magnum with the passing last year of Tedd Adamovich.

Now the original factory grips and maybe a Tyler T-Grip - I believe I could go for that, too! Smile



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Toss up between S&W Nickel 586 4" and Colt Trooper .357 also 4" barrel. Both are very easy to shoot. The best looker is my 2-1/2" Python.







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686 6” followed by an early DW715
 
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A 6" 686 is pretty hard to beat, I have owned a few. Currently the only one I own is a beat up 681 4" and it's a sweet shooter too


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My 5" 8 shot Performance Center 627. This was made back in 1997 when the Performance Center turned out great pistols.



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