What is the best 357 Magnum Revolver with 6" barrel?


August 8, 2003, 12:47 AM

What is the best 357 Magnum Revolver with 6" barrel that money can buy?

Is it Colt Python?

Is it a Ruger?

Is it a Smith and Wesson?



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August 8, 2003, 12:50 AM
There is NO "Best". It all comes down to what works best for you. Give all three a try if you can and buy which you like best.

I personally like the Ruger GP 100, with the 6" short shroud barrel--great balance and also good sight radius.

I also like the S&W 686/686 Plus.

For ME, I prefer the Ruger a little more......I shoot heavy .357 magnum loads and I suspect that the Ruger is a tad more durable.

August 8, 2003, 01:02 AM
Im not saying that it's the "Best" but I owna Rossi 971 stainless steel revolver with a 6in ported barrel, click adjustable rear sights, that has one of the smoothest single action mode triggers that I have ever laid my hands on. And its Accurate too.;)

August 8, 2003, 01:28 AM
Smith & Wesson 586 made in the early-mid eighties.

August 8, 2003, 02:00 AM
I only own a 4" Python...So...I can't judge by it. But, I do have a really nice old S&W Mod. 27 6" that I feel is about as perfect as a 6" revolver can get...It was also my first centerfire handgun, so, I'm a little partial to it.

Robert inOregon
August 8, 2003, 03:38 AM
There is NO "Best".

Oh yes there is! :D


August 8, 2003, 06:24 AM
What is that PC model? Nice! :what:

Except for that pic, I'd say the model 27 would be perfect.


August 8, 2003, 10:36 AM
It is a toss-up between a Colt Python (1950-60s) and S&W model #27. Quantrill

Jim March
August 8, 2003, 10:45 AM
Freedom Arms model 97 with a 5.5" tube. In an accuracy contest between that and any other 357 wheelgun, I'd bet on the FA. (Except for another FA: the model 383 based on the '83 frame, which is a grossly oversize five-shot on a frame built for the 454. Even then, the '97s seem to be as accurate or even moreso, and they're smaller than a Vaquero and handle better.)

The 22LR version of the '97 has been proven a reliably MOA gun :eek:. The 357 '97 isn't quite at THAT point, but it's damned close.

Robert inOregon
August 8, 2003, 02:43 PM
What is that PC model? Nice!

It's the rarest of the 627 Performance Center guns (product code 170102). Not many were made to start with and most found there way into the race scene where they received custom accents like bobbed hammers, mega ports (top drill! :( ) and custom barrels. Very few survived the desecration.

Freedom Arms

Slow Action. I find more excitement in playing with a garden hose. :neener:

August 8, 2003, 03:06 PM
I prefer the DA revolvers from S&W. Even you have a trigger you're not 100% happy w/, it can be improved upon w/ help from the right smith ;)

August 8, 2003, 06:09 PM
I really like model 19's.

K frame, nice and light, fast handling.

Not something you want to put a whole lot of .357's through though...

Jason Demond
August 8, 2003, 06:20 PM
I vote for the S&W model 27.

Old Fuff
August 8, 2003, 07:44 PM
The best? Really, the VERY best?

O.K. - Go buy one of the original Smith & Wesson .357 Magnums, the so-called "Registered Model" that was made between 1935 to 1939. A mint one will set you back several grand, but it's only money. No? Well then, pick out which ever of the other ones you like.

But what ever it is it won't be the very best ......

August 8, 2003, 08:24 PM
I think we need your input on this question!:)

Standing Wolf
August 8, 2003, 09:15 PM
My favorite .357 magnum revolver is the Colt Python.

August 8, 2003, 09:27 PM
Not too big? .......... a Model 19. Bit bigger? ...... a 686 or GP 100 ......

Not big enough? .... then a nice Model 27 will be great.

I'll take any or all of those any day.:)

August 8, 2003, 09:31 PM
Old Fuff...

I actually have one of those...a Registered .357. But, its a 4" so I didn't think it counted. (And yes, its a pretty neat old gun)

Posted simply to inspire jealousy....Sorry

August 8, 2003, 09:46 PM
I like my 6" 686 - good accuracy , crisp creep-free single action - would probably take something like the Freedom Arms mentioned above to outshoot it. For the $379 I paid I feel I received a quality revolver. The pic shows a 6 and 12 shot group fired when I had a 4X Redfield mounted for benchrest accuracy testing.

August 8, 2003, 09:52 PM
I you want the best EVER, that would have to be the Smith & Wesson Registered .357 Magnum.

For the best currently made one I would say for DA it would be the Colt Python. For SA it would be the Freedom Arms.

Old Fuff
August 8, 2003, 10:15 PM

>> Posted simply to inspire jealousy. <<

You did ...... It is indeed "a fine old gun." With the kind of workmanship we aren't likely to see again.

August 8, 2003, 10:44 PM

Ala Dan
August 9, 2003, 03:26 AM
All of these work well for me:


19, 27, 28*, 586, 686 *= favorite


Security-Six*, GP100 series (KGP-161)


Trooper MK-III, Python*

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

August 9, 2003, 03:41 AM
Well, the Colt Python is a classic. A Korth will set you back a bunch. Colt doesn't make the King Cobra (sadly) anymore. That leaves...a S&W 686. I own one and it is a fine example of the breed, IMHO. The Ruger offering would be next on my list with some fluff and buff performed on it.

August 9, 2003, 03:43 AM
You guys and Gals ever shot the Rossi Cyclops? Whew!!!!
Scary Accurate.;)

August 9, 2003, 06:21 AM
Smith model 19:


Though I like it better in a 4" barrel:


August 9, 2003, 12:00 PM
My choice is the S&W 686 in any barrel size. :D

August 9, 2003, 12:03 PM
A 6" Registered Magnum, of course. :)

August 9, 2003, 10:56 PM
The best looking is still the Python, hands down. Very likely the most accurate, too. The FA model 97 likely matches it.

The nicest handling is the Model 19/66.

Most efficient a PC 627

Best all around a M686.

For casual knocking around in the woods, a Ruger Old Model Blackhawk, or a Dan Wesson

Most collectable a mint late 50's Python, or a Registered S&W.

Sleeper collectables Colt Trooper, New Service, or ".357" models

The best for Elmer Keith Commemorative (i.e. original power) handloads, a M27.:D

August 10, 2003, 09:33 PM

August 11, 2003, 12:06 AM
Another vote for the old S&W Model 27 or 28 (if you're not looking for looks). They shoot great right out of the box, and can be tuned to unbelievable accuracy.

August 11, 2003, 11:13 AM
IMO, the best overall would be the 19/66.
I love the 586/686 but prefer the handling characteristics of the K-frame a little better.
I've owned two 28's in 4" & 6", and found them wonderful to shoot, but a little heavy for extended carry.

August 11, 2003, 05:54 PM
I was going to say the best .357 is the one in my hands before I need it :neener:

But I'd alsolike a 6" Coonan :banghead:

Otherwise, the best 6" for me would be 686. I could swap to a 4" barrel and not feel guilty about it ;)..

August 11, 2003, 06:11 PM
Taurus 66

I've had one 17 years and fired 7k even mix .38 and .357]

The finish is still near perfect, accuracy is superb and lockup is tight.

I know taurus isn't the most popular but it's been good to me.

I've seen them used for $189.00

Gary A
August 11, 2003, 10:40 PM
My favorite is the stainless Ruger GP100 with the half-lug barrel. Close to being my favorite handgun.

August 11, 2003, 11:14 PM
My favorite? Mod 27 of course. Especially this one 'cause it's MINE!

Thanks Tamara for infecting me with this DISEASE!

August 12, 2003, 02:29 AM
I really love this one.
Have one more 686 without any customizing, but this is my "beautie"


August 12, 2003, 02:49 AM
Lotzinger, thats a beautiful gun! What finish is on it?

August 12, 2003, 02:56 AM
its something with chrome-nitrate
my gunsmith mentioned, that this would be a good option. and looks great :cool:

August 12, 2003, 08:13 AM
Chrome Nitrate? :what:

Where did you get that done?


August 12, 2003, 01:43 PM
@ valnar:
I donĀ“t know anything about it - my gunsmith offered me the complete bundle, what means:
- new gun out of the box (686)
- bull-barrel
- grip
- customizing
- full chrome-nitrite-coating (not chrome-nitrate)

sorry for the mistake ...


August 12, 2003, 03:35 PM
my vote goes for the gp-100. mine shoots 5 shots just over 1.50" at 25 yards with the factory sites and 158 cast handloades. bought the gun recently and have not had time to shoot at longer ranges with various loads.

August 12, 2003, 08:15 PM
Hey Oneshot, nice .357 there. I thought of the M27 at first, but really prefer a 4" barrel, or the 3 1/2"er M27, and didn't want to even think about changing such a fentastic revolver.

And yup, Tamara has posted some great pics :):):):).

August 14, 2003, 08:32 AM
No doubt about it. A nickle plated Colt Python .357Mag with a six inch barrel. Best gun I ever or probably ever will have owned. I kick myself in the buttinski everytime I think about it. BUT when your an E-6 with five head of younguns back in the 1960's military and someone offers you $1000.00 for your prize gun your pappy gave to you, it doesn't take long to make up your mind to sell.
My Dad was a LEO generations ago and he left me some fine old guns, a .38Spl Police Positive which my sisters husband and her kids ruined and a Colt .38Spl Nickle plated Dick Special which looks brand new and I will never part with it. But I sure do miss that Python, dam------------------- John

August 15, 2003, 06:56 PM
For me: Ruger GP100 stainless w/ full underlug. Somehow the right feel for me to shoot well.

For versatility -- Dan Wesson Pistol Pack - snubby to a tuned, long-barreled hunter in a few seconds.

Best that $$ can buy? Probably an old S&W with some history behind it.

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