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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-31-2020, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Since I had originally intended on buying one of the new Colt Pythons for $1500 and seeing how they seem to have a few bugs that need to be worked out and people charging more than MSRP I decided to wait it out. In the mean time I had my mind made up that I was going to get a new gun and I couldn’t just let that money sit there. So I figured I should seek out one of the guns I have wanted for a long time. I had my eye on a Colt New Frontier .357 Magnum but I was too slow and it sold. Next on the list was this little gem A 4 inch barreled S&W 16-4 .32 H&R Magnum I am seriously considering having Hamilton Bowen lengthen the chambers to .327 Federal Magnum
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I love the partridge style front sight over the ramp any day. The dash 4s and early 5s are the cream of the crop in K and L frame guns in my opinion. That's a nice find!
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I have always thought that the K Frame with a full lug 4 inch barrel is the most proportionally appealing of all the S&Ws.
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ahhh there's just SOMETHING about Smith revolvers....... beautiful! Fun caliber to shoot too.

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I had a 6Ē one but itís a little heavy and bulky so I fineally sold it and made about a $600 profit. Then bought a ruger SP 101 in 327 federal with the profit.

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On a lot of forums guys are either Ruger fans or Smith & Wesson fans. Some act like it is sacrilegious to own one if you own the the other. My loyalties have never run that deep. I like them both. You too, apparently. I will take a Ruger or a Smith over a Colt Python any day. Back in the day the gang that hung out at Roses Gun Shop shot lots of ammo through our 357s. The Smiths had to have the screws staked or at least some thread locker applied but the 3 Pythons in the group all had issue as the round count got up around 20,000. Timing/cylinder lock up etc.. I just never could look at them the same after that experience.

My 686 no dash got sent back to S&W after I shot out the forcing cone and first 3/4 inches of rifling. I don't know the exact load count but Butch and I each molded, lube sized/w gas checks a 5 gallon bucket of bullets each during the winter months and then shot them all up over the course of the summer. We did that for at least 5 years straight and then it tapered off after I bought a house and started having kids. I plan to shoot a lot more after my fast approaching retirement. I wonder if my right hand can stand up to the kind of shooting that I used to do. I am not the man I once was and I don't think that reverses itself. That 32HR/327 thinking probably has good merit to it.
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I passed on a j frame in 32 special once for 400 bucks (about 15 years ago) One of my stupidest gun decisions. That's a cool gun there. Personaly id leave it alone. If you want a 327 buy a cheap ruger and keep that one as is. 20 years from now you will kick yourself in but for modifying it.

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How is your hearing now after all that shooting with our 357.
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The pictured gun is beautiful lucky find. I traded off an I frame 32 years ago . The 327 is ok I have the SP101 and it was nice when 22s dried up.i could order boxes of 500 bullets even then and load 32 spl for fun shooting.
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In mid 1990s, a friend stopped by the house one night with 2 new 32 H&R S&Ws
Said he just bought them both from a dealer going out of business and he could not take both home. One was a j frame and the other was a 16-4. New in box, 6in, 3Ts, combat grips. Said I had to buy one of them. Price was $150 dollars. I took the 16-4. Fast forward 20 years. I took new wife to the gun range. She could not miss the bullseye with it and quickly claimed it as her own. I still sneak it out sometimes... The best handgun I own!
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