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How's that for a conroversial title?

In my opinion, the best 357 Magnum revolvers ever made are the Smith and Wesson Model 686 Distinguished Combat Magnum, and the Ruger GP-100.

My favorite of the two is the 686, and this is my newest, a 686-4 with a square butt and four inch barrel.

N frames are great, but they are more gun than needed for the cartridge. Pythons are fantastic, but my opinions are about fighting handguns that can take a lot of punishment and keep on shooting. Concealment is not the issue, although I can EASILY conceal this gun.

This one is from the last run of the square butt S&W's and has the firing pin on the hammer, and no MIM parts. Sweet double action pull and immaculate SA break. Bigass wood Target grips. ( I love these grips on this gun, they just feel "right")







My intention is not to start any arguments, but to stimulate a little discussion on your favorite 357. and why you like it.

We've all got our opinions and our reasons....let's hear yours!
 

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I only have had one, and I really like it, 8" Dan Wesson 357, great trigger and very accurate. I would buy a Ruger if I were to get a new 357, I got the Wesson at a pawn shop and really was surprised at how good it was.
 

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HAVE TO AGREE WITH PONCAGUY ON THIS ONE. I HAD A 686 AND IT WAS A FINE REVOLVER, BUT IT DIDN'T HOLD A CANDLE TO MY MODEL 15 DAN WESSON. THE TRIGGER IS SO SWEET RIGHT FROM THE FACTORY, IT DOESN'T NEED A TRIGGER JOB.
 

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These older 686's have great triggers. This one is as good any Smith I own, and that's quite a few. The double action pull is not overly heavy, and very smooth and consistent all the way to the break. The SA is the proverbial glass rod .....
 

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What? No pictures of a GP100?

Hopefully I can get one ordered through my dealer this week.

6 inch or 4 inch? Tough decisions! I wish they made the GP100 in 5 inch.
 

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I don't have one at the moment.

I prefer the non full lugged six incher and the full lugged four.
 

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My 686-4 was built into an action pistol rig. There are a few different 686-4 variants I believe but I may be mistaken. The extractor on the one I have has little pins mounted to the cylinder that keeps the star in line when lowering the star after extraction. Ron Power feels this version is the absolute best 686 ever made. I believe I agree.

Take Care,
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How many ways can you say S&W model 27? 27-1, 27-2, 27-3........ :agree:
 

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:grin: From the topic title, I wasn't sure if I got to vote on two in one post or not. :)

Actually the best 357 revolver by far was the Korth but it's rediculous price tag puts it in the "Novelty" selection for my part, a play-toy for the wealthy.

The Colt Python, albeit overpriced as well, is none the less an Excellent pistol and as much as I hate to admit it, probably just a bit better than the 27 Smith.

If your looking for the most quality bang for the buck, an old Model 28 S&W, it equates to a 27 on casual Friday.
 

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pythons are overrated. i aquired a nice one, and was really excited. then i made the mistake of comparing it side by side to my 586 smith with 4" barrel.

single action on both pistols was excellent. as was the blueing. double action pull, the smith was ten times as smooth as the python. the python had stiff spot in the pull. the smith was/is as smooth as glass the entire pull until it breaks.

the one area the python beat the smith was balance. the gun was balanced about perfect, it had a 6" barrel but felt like it had none. it was amazing. that being said, i do prefer a bit of weight forward, to counter act recoil. sometimes i am an oddity. :lol:

i still have the smith, cashed out the overrated python. name dont mean $#** to me. funtion is where it is at. if it doesnt perform, it doesnt stay with me. i am sure the new owner will be tickled pink with the python, so long as he doesnt do a side by side with a smith 586. :wink:

btw, 586's can be had really cheap on gunbroker.
 

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Woo hoo my first post! I am going to buy a 686 in the future and those pics< drool.. I love those genuine S&W target grips but they are a no go on a round butt new model 686? when did the change over occur? I think I will be seeking out a square butt model. cheers, John.
 

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I had a S&W 66 2 1/2 in. that I just loved b-4 getting a 686 4 in. If I run across another and it is in the condition mine was in when I let it go to a friend, it will come home with me, thats it I just figured it out my favorite guns would still be here if I didnt have soo many friends from now on no more friends. :grin: :D JIM
 

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I have a 6-inch and a 4-inch model 19. Love them both....best triggers I ever pulled. Sweet and accurate and can tote them all day.
 

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Hey RedRyder21 - I'm pretty sure Ruger did make the GP100 in a 5 incher. I think it was a special run for Davidson's. Check out Ruger's site or Davidson's (galleryofguns.com) for them. reakin
 

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:cb2: My favorite is my Colt Grizzly. It's kinda the best of both snakes—6" Python barrel, and a King Cobra frame. Strong, accurate, and it really looks great with Hogue cocobolo grips. Not as smooth as a Python, but still mighty fine. I just don't shoot it enough.
 
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