.357 - Most Holy Magnum


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rc135
December 21, 2006, 03:00 PM
All you Revolvermen and Revolverwomen remember: this Saturday, December 23d is the day of the Most Holy Revolver the 357th day of the year. On this occasion we remember these thoughts, collected over the past coupla years on this and other fora:

"I can handload from lead shot for shooting birds, to 200-grain super hardcast SWCs for shooting trains."

"To not buy a .357 would in effect be an attempt to disregard the physical laws that govern the universe."

"What the hell? Of course. It's a staple, like a .22, bread and toilet paper. If I had my way, .357s would be issued with voter registration cards and sent in the mail with samples of Tide. December 23rd should be a national holiday, being the .357th day of the year."

"REASONS WHY A .22 IS BETTER THAN A .357:
Low muzzle flash.
Quiet report.
Low recoil.
Cheap ammo.
Easy to find ammo.
Easy to carry.
Overpenetration not a problem.
Can be shot without hearing protection (not advised).
Fast follow-up shots.

REASONS A .357 IS BETTER THAN A .22:
Power. Power. Power.
Ultra-fast stopper of most things that breathe.
Excellent penetration.
Excellent expansion.
Scares the living crap out of everything that hears it go off.
You can run, but it is hard to hide from a .357 (concrete and steel advised. Thick)."

"I can go urban or go to the woods with the .357 Maggie without breakin' the bank. Ya gotta love the three-five-seven."

"Thy .357 Magnum and thy hollow points shall comfort me."

"Let me introduce you to Dr. .357. Now, this is going to hurt you a whole lot more than it's going to hurt me."

"I don't dial 911; I dial .357."

"Guys with 45's know they are right. Guys with 9mm's know they are right. Some guy with a 40 Smith will tell them why both of them are wrong. And that old guy in the corner, with the old revolver with no finish, he just shakes his head and grins as he puts another six rounds through the ten ring."

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tellner
December 21, 2006, 03:16 PM
When I was growing up in Eastern Washington there were three things that every Mexican-American man bought when he became a US citizen:

1) A GM truck
2) A pair of Tony Lama boots
3) A nickel-plated .357 revolver

f4t9r
December 21, 2006, 03:17 PM
thanks for pointing that out. I would have never thought about it and probably will forget by Sat.

hexidismal
December 21, 2006, 03:35 PM
Nice observation, I hadn't considered that myself. In honor of the 357, I'll be sure to carry the M66 instead of my usual on Saturday.

MCgunner
December 21, 2006, 04:00 PM
I think I'll take my collection of .357s to the range Saturday.:D

But, hey, the .22LR is NOTHIN' since you can't reload it!

I agree that the .357 magnum is king, but the .38 is special. ;) :cool:

Vern Humphrey
December 21, 2006, 04:54 PM
I carried a .357 my first tour in Viet Nam -- and have kept it ever since. A great gun.

Pat Cannon
December 21, 2006, 05:11 PM
MCgunner:
I agree that the .357 magnum is king, but the .38 is special.
Yeah, as in 'special education'. :)

ronto
December 21, 2006, 09:49 PM
Long live the 357...I just never want to be at the wrong end of one.

jad0110
December 21, 2006, 10:34 PM
Long live the 357...I just never want to be at the wrong end of one.

Like this :D ....


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Model%20686%20Plus%20357%20Magnum/686_12-1.jpg

S&W 686 Plus

dispatch
December 23, 2006, 12:10 AM
When I was growing up in West Texas there were five things that every man wanted:
1) A GM, Ford, or Dodge truck
2) A pair of Tony Lama boots and a pair Justin Ropers.
3) A nickel-plated .357 revolver
4) A Cowgirl
5) A Cold beer

Not necessarily in that order. Depended on what your mood was at the time.

enfield
December 23, 2006, 04:26 PM
I carried my M66 today -- even took it out and bought it a new holster.

Dr.Rob
December 23, 2006, 04:34 PM
"Guys with 45's know they are right. Guys with 9mm's know they are right. Some guy with a 40 Smith will tell them why both of them are wrong. And that old guy in the corner, with the old revolver with no finish, he just shakes his head and grins as he puts another six rounds through the ten ring."

Thanks for quoting me. I Think I said a .38 SW Model 10 with no finish...

Does that make the .357 Maximum "Holier Than Thou?" ;)

Seriously, the 4 inch .357 is one of the most versatile handguns in existance.

Cosmoline
December 23, 2006, 05:14 PM
I've tried to purge the .357 from my life more than once, but it always comes back. It's simply an essential round. To keep this High Road, it may not be the sine quo non or the ne plus ultra, but it IS the aureas mediocritas of handgun cartridges.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b52/Gussick/SixPimp2.jpg

calzoom
December 23, 2006, 05:30 PM
357 WOW!!! And two outta three aint bad.

I'm American-American
I have the boots
I have the 357
I have the Chebby-Truck
I don't count so good.:p

Vern Humphrey
December 23, 2006, 05:36 PM
1) A GM, Ford, or Dodge truck
2) A pair of Tony Lama boots and a pair Justin Ropers.
3) A nickel-plated .357 revolver
4) A Cowgirl
5) A Cold beer

What, no:

6. Stetson
7. Wranglers
8. Quarter horse
9. Crockett spurs and bits

?????

cslinger
December 23, 2006, 05:38 PM
I went out for a little top down driving this afternoon and some last minute shopping all the while carrying my Ruger GP100 3inch loaded up with .357 Magnum. I feel I have given praise and hope the gun gods smile upon me. :D

DouglasW
December 23, 2006, 09:50 PM
I hadn't even seen this thread when I happened across a sweet 3-inch K-frame in .357, on this, the 357th day of the year!

My brand new to me Model 65-3:

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/118803155-L.jpg

Must be cosmic forces at work :neener:



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SoCalShooter
December 23, 2006, 09:56 PM
Those who are one with the force own a .357magnum.

lawboy
December 24, 2006, 02:01 AM
Well, I had not realized the significance of the day, but it sure explains my behavior today. Late last night, some strange calling, sent me out into the garage to inventory my 357 ammo, and to handload an additional 100 rounds of a new concoction for testing. Then that same urge sent me back into the house to check over my 357 revolvers: a 19-3 2.5-inch, a Dan Wesson 15-2 with 2,4,6,8-inch barrels, and a GP100 with 6-inch barrel. I screwed the 8-inch tube onto the DW while I was at it. Then, Saturday afternoon, I took all three of the guns out to the range. Nothing else, just those three guns. Lo and behold, I met up with a buddy out there. Turns out the only handgun he'd brought today was a GP100 6-inch also. We've both brought steel plate targets of various sizes and were just planning to shoot our 357 wheel guns at a leizurely place at the 50- and 100-yard lines. So, we did just that for a couple hours. The loads I had were 180-grain Sierra flatpoints over 12.0 of 296, 168-grain LSWCGC over 14.0 of 2400, and the same 168-grain bullet over 10.5grs. of AA#7. All shot well enough to consistent hit a 4-inch square steel plate at 50-yards offhand, and easily hit a 12-inch round steel plate at 100 yards. I had a blast. The odd thing is, I rarely shoot my 357s on steel plates at those ranges, perferring to use them at the 25 yard line and the 7 yard line when practicing fast sight acquisition and firing out of the k frame. I almost always use my 44 and 45 rugers for the longer ranges, loaded up heavy with 310- 320-grain cast lead bullets. But today ... something just made me do it. Now I know what it was!

sloppyjoec
December 24, 2006, 04:10 PM
does that make this the right end of a .357? (4"gp100)

49810

By the way note the front sight is in focus and they are lined up properly, that was more difficult than i would have though

CSA 357
December 24, 2006, 04:58 PM
well the 357 is one of my favorites, i have 5 all s&w 3 mod 27s , 66-1 and a 19-5 357 is just hard to beat! *csa*

Nematocyst
February 17, 2007, 04:21 AM
While cruising threads about ammo for the upcoming 357 (686+)
(almost certainly, probably tomorrow) to replace the 9mm,
i ran across this thread.

Those who are one with the force own a .357magnum.

Seriously, the 4 inch .357 is one of the most versatile handguns in existence.

Scares the living crap out of everything that hears it go off.

"Thy .357 Magnum and thy hollow points shall comfort me."OK, I'm in.

Bigga bada boom.

superpelly
February 17, 2007, 10:04 AM
3 years ago I was bow hunting up at my cabin located in northwest Wisconsin, as the norm I hunted till dark. While walking my 1/4 mile walk back to the cabin I heard this like moaning noise coming directly in front of me, I shinned by streamlight flashlight to the noise in front of me and caught the eye's of a black bear and 2 cubs, 30 yards from me. I dropped my bow and grabbed my S&W .357 model 66 and started to yell, but the sow stood up and then dropped on all fours and started to come towards me. I then shot a warning shot directly above her head (20 yards away), the sow stopped and did a 180 turn and simply ran away. I did the same, the only difference is that I had to change my shorts!!!:o Nice to have Smith and Wesson as friends in a dark woods.

kjeff50cal
February 17, 2007, 10:18 PM
My birthday is coming up..... it's 03-05-07 :D :D :D

Nematocyst
February 17, 2007, 10:39 PM
My birthday is coming up..... it's 03-05-07Well, that's just too cool. :cool:

I recommend that you treat yourself to a nice present. :)

While cruising threads about ammo for the upcoming 357 (686+)
(almost certainly, probably tomorrow)...That was yesterday.

Today, I walked out of Sportsman's Warehouse
with a SW 686+ (NIB) for a mere
<drum roll> $522.50. :what:
(5% off sale)

:D :D :D

Right after din din, I'm going to clean the new most holy magnum. :evil:

tasco 74
February 17, 2007, 11:13 PM
yep i waited a few years to get my favorite of all .357 magnum handguns..... THE .357 magnum ..... a blued smith&wesson model 27 1968 vintage.. 6"barrel,patrage front sight,finely checkered topstrap,serated back strap,smooth target stocks,and plain rear sight blade........ i love the old girl but i did get her a bianchi ballistic nylon belt and holster a few years ago instead of leather... i got some crap over that but being it was so close to the 21st century i just couldn't see carrying my gun in animal skin........

Sistema1927
February 18, 2007, 07:13 PM
A 4" 686 is handgun perfection.

KINGMAX
February 18, 2007, 07:23 PM
The best built .357 model ever made, ( JOMHO ) = a Smith & Wesson 686-1 w/ a four inch barrel. I have one from the first run of the 686's. (686-1), I love it, wouldn't take anything for it. It is one that has been around so long it has become 'FAMILY' status.

Nematocyst
February 18, 2007, 11:13 PM
A 4" 686 is handgun perfection.That's t-shirt and bumper sticker text.

For the t-shirt, add an image.

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