Dan Wesson 715 Durability


January 18, 2003, 07:17 AM
I've got a DW model 715 which is the .357 in stainless. I have had the revolver for 30+years when I bought it new. Can you tell me if it is designed for a steady diet of .357 rounds or should be used with .38's and the occasional magnum. Also have a 10"barrel for it that has only seen 6 rounds through it. Any idea what the barrel is worth if I sell it?

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Swamp Yankee
January 18, 2003, 11:13 AM
Model 715 is indeed designed to handle a steady diet of .357 Magnum loads. The frame is roughly the same size as a S&W "L" frame. That fact, plus Dan Wesson's belief in over engineering produced in my opinion one of the finest and most accurate .357 Magnum revolvers ever made. In short shoot it to your heart's content, it will stand up.

As to the value of a used spare barrel and shroud assembly, I would estimate around $50, $75 on the high side if it's a full underlug shroud. If it was a 4 inch you might get a bit more as they're the most popular and have a higher demand.

Take Care

January 18, 2003, 11:33 AM
Dan Wesson's are really tough. You can damage it with overloads, but I think it will hold up fine to factory magnum ammo. Rifled tubes are cheap, so if yours becomed eroded or worn, replacement is easy. The shrouds cost far more than the rifled tubes. I had a model 15-2 years ago, sorry I ever let it go.

January 19, 2003, 04:43 AM
stans/Swamp Yankee:Thanks for the information. About a year and a half ago moved to Arizona from the Chicago area. Found myself shooting a whole lot more than I had been and started becoming concerned about some of the handguns that may not be designed for a steady diet of the heavier stuff. (ie. Smith 66). I have a 6" bbl and a 10" bbl for the DW and have the thought of selling or trading the 10" for a 6", so the comment by Swamp Yankee was especially interesting. Thanks again for your time guys.

January 19, 2003, 04:45 AM
Oops, meant to say buy/trade for a 4"bbl.

January 19, 2003, 08:17 AM
Around here, a Dan Wesson barrel and shroud in any caliber/finish will run you at least a hundred bucks.

My 15-2 came originally with a 8"vent rib (non-underlugged), and since then I have picked up a 6"VH and a 4"VH. That 8" is plenty long for me and my needs, but I'll have to say that the 6" is more portable with little loss in accuracy due to sight radius. The 4" makes it much more holster-friendly, but any DW is kinda big and heavy to be packing on the hip for too long.

Here in Ohio, the minimum caliber for handgun hunting of whitetails is .357 and it must have at least a 6" barrel. I have worked up a pet hunting load of a 158gr cast lead SWC that runs 1550fps out of the 8" tube. That is right at SAAMI maximums according to my books, and the DW takes it in stride.

January 21, 2003, 06:56 AM
Cougar, appreciate the come-back. I'll keep in mind your recommendation on the pricing, I don't want to give it away either, the thing's like new. If the price was too low, I'd probably just keep it. I'll have to try your load, but I do like the 44 Mag/45 Colt for hunting and have a few of those. Got any good ideas on a source for the 4" barrel/shroud assembly? Thanks again for the help.

August 6, 2003, 03:07 PM
I recently bought an 8" barrel and shroud on eBay. Other places I've found them is Gunbroker.com and Auctionarms.com.

If I could only have one gun (besides a .22 rifle), I'd keep my Dan Wesson and sell my S&W's and Rugers.

Big Mike
August 7, 2003, 04:42 AM
The more I read/research these revolvers the more they intrique me, especially the .45 ACP/.45 Super/.460 Rowland.


August 9, 2003, 08:25 PM
capt/Mike: Thanks guys, appreciate the input. Kind of put the DW on the back burner, but see myself getting rid of the 10" in the near future and going with a 4". Too many other toys to be concerned with to focus on one thing.

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