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Older Smith .357

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Hotshot10, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Hotshot10

    Hotshot10 Well-Known Member

    If you could purchase (or maybe already have) an older Smith .357 without the MIM parts, which model would you choose (or did you choose)? Why? Carry is not a consideration.

    A friend of mine and I were discussing this earlier. His vote was for a Model 27, and I'm inclined to agree with him.
  2. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    27, 19, 65 are my besties
  3. 357 Terms

    357 Terms Well-Known Member


    Registered Magnum.
  4. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    I put more rounds down range with the Model 19 than any other handgun. Mostly my home cast semi wad cutter 160 grain slugs in 38 Spl. loading using Unique powder.

    I generaly prefered the K or the L fame guns. Models 19 , 66 , and the 686
    were my guns of choice .
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2012
  5. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    model 28's for me, I have a 4" and a 6". You used to be able to get them quite a bit cheaper than the 27s but that not the case any more.

    Last gun show I went to (2 weeks ago) there was a really nice 27 in a box for $780.00 and a like new looking 28 beside it for $650.00. I should have bought the 27.

    Last year I bought a 28-2 that was in almost un-fired condition or may have been unfired, for $498, and I thought I overpaid for it. But they keep going up.
  6. Sealevel

    Sealevel Active Member

    Favorite .357

    My preference is the S&W "K" frame guns. My favorite shooter is a model 13, followed by my 19, then 66, then a 65 and lastly a "L" frame 686. To me the "N's" are a bit large. The smaller revolvers point better for me and I'm not recoil adverse. I shoot mostly .38 at the range but end each session with a couple of cylinders of 158 gr. .357 rounds. The 19 is a 6" barrel, the 65 is a 3" and the others 4".

    To me models 19 & 66 win the best looking award as well.
  7. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Well-Known Member

    For the best combination of durability, affordability, accuracy, and easy of carry. Then I'd go with a 586 (no dash) like mine below. I love K frames but the L frame is a tougher gun and for a 357 its perfect.

  8. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Early 70s Model 66 & late 60s Model 28 are what I have.

    mesinge2's choice is a good one, although I would go with the -1 for better reliability.
  9. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    Easy. A Model 27-2 in your choice of barrel length and finish.

    Yes, the Registered Magnum is the granddaddy and the "Holy Grail" to many collectors, but that's the problem... too pricey.

    The 19 is a great gun but the 27 is far more deluxe and sturdier.

    The 28 is just as strong as the 27 but not nearly as nice or pretty and for some reason the prices on these have risen to very near 27 levels and that's nuts in my book. Spend another C note and get the far superior 27.

    The L frames are OK, but that's it... only OK. The 27 is better. Period.

    The M27 and the 27-1 were not made for long and collectors have driven the prices up. The 27-2 was made 1962-1981 in great numbers making it the best value among 27 variants. The 3.5" barrel version is very sexy and highly sought after. The 4" was only made for 3 years and is also popular. IMO the 5" is the best looking and best balanced version. The 6" is the most common and will be cheaper than the others. The 8" is the least popular but they are shooting machines and you get full benefit of the 357 Magnum performance.

    A blue 27-2 with the 3.5" barrel:


    A nickel 27-2 with a 5" barrel:


    A nickel 27-2 with the 8&3/8" barrel:

  10. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Model 27, 28, 66, 65.





    In that order. They all shoot great. Just pick the one you like the best.

    Yea, Yea...I know the 65-5 has MIM parts and isn't P&Red. It's still a nice gun.
  11. Driftwood Johnson

    Driftwood Johnson Well-Known Member


    I'm not much of a fan of the new MIM guns. Almost all of my Smiths predate the MIM guns. There are plenty of used S&W 357s out there, I run into them all the time. Ya just have to be prepared to pay for them.

    For shooting full power 357s all day I prefer the N frame. For just the occasional full power 357 but mostly for 38s I prefer the K frame.

    Here is the difference. Don't be confused by the size of the grips, the N frame Model 27 at the top is a larger gun than the K frame Model 19 at the bottom.


    Here is the difference where it really counts. Notice how much more metal there is around the Model 27's chambers than there is around the Model 19's chambers.


    My Model 27 is a bit of a safe queen, I don't take it out to shoot it too much, it is just too pretty and I don't want to scratch up the finish.


    Probably my favorite 357 is this 6 inch Model 28. I like the heft of it and I like the smaller Magna grips. With the heavy N frame I can control the recoil of a 357 just fine with these smaller grips.


    I have a 4" Model 28 too, but I don't seem to have a photo of it handy.
  12. ironhead7544

    ironhead7544 Well-Known Member

    1950ties N frame with 8 and 3/8 inch barrel. Easy to hit with and is fun for long range. With a 200 gr bullet will throw up enough dust to show where you hit at a distance. Also one of the cheapest to load for as you can use 38 Spl brass.
  13. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    My favorite would be a 5" Model 27. To me this is the perferct barrel length for balance and handling in an N frame.
  14. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Well-Known Member

    Not cheap but here is my new favorite. My one singular point of contention is that stupid lock.

    5" barrel 8-shot S&W model 627 PC:

  15. Tony_the_tiger

    Tony_the_tiger Well-Known Member

    Easy question. The triple lock .44 hand ejector "new century"!


    Anyways, just noticed you said .357.

    Not sure if its all MIM, but I'd go with the "bloodwork" UDR revolver 8 shot .357 short barrel for that (pre-lock). The model is 627pc.

    Last edited: Sep 9, 2012
  16. Hotshot10

    Hotshot10 Well-Known Member

    Wow. Collectively, those guns are stunning. I'm jealous. Nice pics.
  17. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    While my meager collection is nothing compared to many here (especially SaxonPig's) I would look to guns that I would shoot and are unlike what I have.

    38-44 would be great
    Model 29 from the 50's
    m-frame .22 would be amazing...but an I-frame would be a close second

    Model 27...great gun. The flagship. But it is pretty heavy. Would I be seduced by it's luxury? Probably :evil:
  18. Starter52

    Starter52 Well-Known Member

    N-frame is the way to go. Model 27 or Model 28, your choice. My favorite is the 6" Model 28.
  19. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    Currently if a Model 27 came along in a 5 or 6 inch barrel I would be all over it, assuming a fair price and very good to excellent condition. I would have to run with the Model 27 as I want one to replace one I had years ago.

  20. Driftwood Johnson

    Driftwood Johnson Well-Known Member

    Howdy Again

    Just so you know, here is what you get with the Model 27 that you don't get with any other S&W revolver. The checkering on the top strap, rear sight, and barrel rib. No other Smith has these features. The top strap and barrel rib of my model 19 have a dull bead blasted type finish where they are not grooved. Both have that great old S&W deep blue mirror finish.


    The Model 28, which was originally known as the Highway Patrol Model, then the Highway Patrolman, then finally became the Model 28, has a more utilitarian matte finish. They can actually vary from gun to gun, some are almost as highly polished as any other S&W. Dollar for dollar, the Model 28 is usually a better value, unless you find a Model 27 going for the same or almost the same dollars.

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