s&w 4" 627


September 8, 2008, 11:40 AM
Anyone have any experience, good or bad, with this particular gun?


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September 8, 2008, 11:44 AM
No direct experience with that one (I have the 327 TRR8, and I love it), but I'd consider spending a bit more for the Pro series 627. It isn't much more but comes pre-cut for moon clips and with a few other tweaks. And at that MSRP of $940 you aren't terribly far from the Performance Center 627 either, so I might cross-shop those before plunking down cash.

September 9, 2008, 03:46 AM
One cool looking gun. I'd buy it just because of that bad-a looking heavy barrel.

If I didn't have a 327 R8, and a 627 V-Comp. I'd buy it, but I don't really need another .357. I'm working on stocking ammo for now.

September 9, 2008, 05:43 AM
I bought a 627 Pro, the tapered lug version of the 4" 627, a few months back for $719 + s/t - great bargain. It's MSRP is just a few bucks more than the base 627 referenced, yet gains some, at least to me, significant improvements. I like the partial lug best - tapered next - then full lugs, so that's a plus. The cylinder coming dished for moonclips and having eased charge holes are a plus, as is the spring-loaded front sight. My JM PC627 V-Comp, as nice as it's trigger is, has an odd, not even supported by S&W's PC Shop, front sight - that's aggravating.

Here is the 627 Pro along with my previous 'best buy' from S&W, a 625JM from over 3.5 yr back. Both have excellent triggers, similar HiViz front sights, and 'fast grab' grips, although the 627 Pro now sports JM's grip, similar to that on the 625, just no 'JM' logo.


I put a reduced (13#) trigger return, but full strength Wolff hammer leaf in the 627 Pro. The trigger is great, yet, like my PC 627, it will 100% pop Win primed ammo as well as my usual Federals. It is a delightful gun to shoot. The 625 spoils you for moonclips, so I generally feed my 627s manually. None of my .357Ms have ever had a 'real' commercial, or homebrew, for that matter, round. I reload .357M cases mainly with .38 Special to +P levels - they are 'just plinkers' to me, ie, for fun. I have other self/home defense firearms, and .44 Magnums & .45 Colts, when I need 'emphasis'. That 627 Pro is a deal!


September 10, 2008, 03:48 AM
Are you sure the M627 Pro is cut for moonclips? I also thought so but the Product Data Sheet (http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson/upload/other/ps/178014.pdf) S&W put out doesn't mention it at all. It only mentions the Chamfered Charge Holes...

September 10, 2008, 06:17 AM
Believe me - my 627 Pro came pre-dished, just like my older JM PC627 V-Comp, for moonclips. When I called S&W to tell them that there were no moonclips in the blue box, they apologized - insisted there should be, and sent me a pack of three. I have another dozen from my older 627 - they fit identically. The regular production-looking partial lug 4" 627, SKU #163357, at $48 less MSRP, isn't dished for moonclips. The Pro's spring loaded front sight is worth the difference - to me. My experience with my older 627 and it's black/black sights, the front being an odd dovetail they don't support - even the PC Shop, makes the Pro's easily changed sight appreciated.


September 10, 2008, 06:27 PM
Thanks Stainz, that's good to know especially because it's first hand information...

September 10, 2008, 09:28 PM
When the Pro series came out, the announcements from S&W did say they were cut for moonclips. I'm not sure why their product literature no longer says that. It could be possible that they are eliminating that feature- before ordering one and buying sight unseen it might be worth calling S&W and asking somebody about it.

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