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

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by BigRedMaverick, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. BigRedMaverick

    BigRedMaverick New Member


    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?


  2. Shane

    Shane Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. coldshot03/04

    coldshot03/04 member

    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.;)
  4. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    Smith & Wesson 586 made in the early-mid eighties.
  5. sgt127

    sgt127 Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Robert inOregon

    Robert inOregon Well-Known Member

    Oh yes there is! :D

  7. valnar

    valnar Well-Known Member

    What is that PC model? Nice! :what:

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

  8. Quantrill

    Quantrill Well-Known Member

    It is a toss-up between a Colt Python (1950-60s) and S&W model #27. Quantrill
  9. Jim March

    Jim March Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. Robert inOregon

    Robert inOregon Well-Known Member

    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.

    Slow Action. I find more excitement in playing with a garden hose. :neener:
  11. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    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 ;)
  12. WonderNine

    WonderNine member

    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...
  13. Jason Demond

    Jason Demond Well-Known Member

    I vote for the S&W model 27.
  14. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    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 ......
  15. MLH

    MLH Well-Known Member


    I think we need your input on this question!:)
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2003
  16. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    My favorite .357 magnum revolver is the Colt Python.
  17. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    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.:)
  18. sgt127

    sgt127 Well-Known Member

    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
  19. YodaVader

    YodaVader Well-Known Member

    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.

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  20. Cactus

    Cactus Well-Known Member

    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.

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