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8-shot .357 revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Darth_guy101, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Darth_guy101

    Darth_guy101 Member

    I am looking at an 8-shot .357 (with 4" barrel) for recreational use, not competition or anything special. I have done some shopping and found the S&W 627 and the Taurus 608. Has anyone owned either of these revolvers? If so, please help...
  2. Action_Can_Do

    Action_Can_Do Well-Known Member

    I own the 608. It's wicked accurate and one of my favorite guns to shoot. It's held up pretty well (thousand rounds +) so far.
  3. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    I can also attest to the 608.
  4. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I can tell you one thing, during the 2010 National Revolver Championship there were over 230 participants. (this is fact now) All but one was shooting a S&W revolver and the majority were S&W M627 PC revolvers. The only single none S&W revolver was a Ruger. (sorry, they didn't say which) When asked why they were all shooting S&W's they all said because they hold up and no other revolver will. (of course they shoot much more than we ever will) BTW, Jerry Miculek won again.
  5. Buck Snort

    Buck Snort Well-Known Member

    My PC 627 has a really great trigger in DA and SA modes. :)
  6. Dr.Who

    Dr.Who Well-Known Member

    I can attest to the 627 PC as well as the 625 PC. Both Great Guns
  7. Chuck Perry

    Chuck Perry Well-Known Member

    I have a 627 Pro Series and couldn't be happier with it.
  8. Bill B.

    Bill B. Well-Known Member


    My 627 PC is one of the finest 357's I have ever had in my hand and there have been more than a few!
  9. Stainz

    Stainz Well-Known Member

    My current 627 family:


    The two PC627 UDR's came with marginally better triggers than did the 627 Pro. Of course, the only 4" 627 now available, as the PC627's available now are <3" or 5", is the 627 Pro. It is a bargain. The moonclip ready cylinder/eased ejector star entries are great - as-is the spring-loaded front sight, changed without tools. Mine had been on an 'accelerated wear' test since it's purchase new 5/08. The first UDR - 4/10 - and it's sibling - 10/10 - have slowed it's use somewhat. Oddly, they all have great balance - especially with 'real' grips in place of the UDR's OEM Eagle boots and the usual rubber Hogues from the 627 Pro. Both models load moonclipped ammo rapidly - as well as the 5 Star speedloader fed rounds. The latter doesn't 'care' about the case choices - just over all length (.38's or .357M's - not mixed!). Great revolvers - they will spoil you.

  10. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

  11. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    always wanted one of these. for backpacking, hiking or plinking an 8 shot 357 sounds grand idea.
  12. Darth_guy101

    Darth_guy101 Member

    Is the Taurus worth saving a couple hundred bucks? Or should I keep saving for the Smith?
  13. Bill B.

    Bill B. Well-Known Member

    I know nothing about the Taurus but the S&W 627 is worth saving for and I would not let the $200 keep me from one IMO.
  14. dashootist

    dashootist Well-Known Member

    There was an Gun Mag article from a few years ago in which the 608 was compared against the 627. They said the 608 had a fatal failure after a few thousand rounds of hard use in IPSC competition because of a weakly designed cran/yoke. The bottom line is because of the yoke, the 608 ain't durable. This may not be an issue for 99.5% of the owners, because most people don't shoot their revolver that much.

    I'm tempted by the 608 6" with compensator at Buds for $450. The equivalent 627PC gun is over a grand at Buds. That is huge difference in price. It buys a bud load of ammo.

    Besides, Taurus don't use MIM or stupid lock. Only hand fitted parts!
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010
  15. Action_Can_Do

    Action_Can_Do Well-Known Member

    The price difference is huge. You could buy two 608s and have money left over for the price of the PC 627. I wouldn't buy the PC 627 just because I think it's incredibly ugly. :barf: Realistically, you'll probably like either gun.
  16. Steve_NEPhila

    Steve_NEPhila Well-Known Member

    The 627 Pro Series is a nice revolver. For just a little more you can go Performance Center. Here is a picture of my 327 M&P R8 in .347 Magnum with mounted eotech. This revolver is an absolute tack driver that can easily shoot magnums all day long. It weighs a bit less then the 627 because of the Scandium frame, but it is not light by any means... it runs about 34 ounces.


  17. Darth_guy101

    Darth_guy101 Member

    I have found the Taurus 608 for about $450 and the S&W 627 for about $775. Both with four inch barrels.
  18. dallascj

    dallascj Well-Known Member

    I own a 608 and it is an excellent gun. Super stout, very accurate and well-built. IMO, listen to those who actually OWN the guns you are considering; opinions based on conjecture are worthless. For the record, Taurus does have a lock, and they do use MIM parts; their foundry provides a lot of the MIM parts used by other manufacturers.
  19. Darth_guy101

    Darth_guy101 Member

    That's the hard part, getting someone that has owned and fired both guns and can present an objective opinion on both guns.
  20. dashootist

    dashootist Well-Known Member

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