Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by DPris, Feb 17, 2019.
Every other .357 caliber gun came later.
I really like my 28 but I' not getting rid of my Python.
I'll agree with some others that the S&W M586/M686 revolvers are some awesome 357 Magnum revolvers and I would rather carry a 4" L frame over a 4" N frame. But for longer range work, you cannot fault the longer barrel Model 27's.
Someday, when my ship comes in, I'll own a 38-44 S&W N frame. There is something special about shooting 38 Special in a revolver chambered for 38 Special.
No exception. Pythons, like most Colts, are overrated and way overpriced. I'll take a prelock L or N frame over a Python every time.
My answer would be one of the following................
Blank stare accompanied by "I don't even understand that question."
"If you asked me that via social media, I'd block you immediately."
"Paint chips huh?"
Cable Ties look much better on a Python than they do on a model 27.
functional features you don't "need" in order to lower costs and increase profits. We've found ways to accomplish a lot of the same things with a piece of plastic, a MIM part, or some other shortcut. The Registered Magnums stand as an unsurpassed example of when a manufacturer took no shortcuts.
5 inch 1969 one , quick cell phone shot from out of safe. It is as new, I don't carry or shoot it, I keep it oiled with ballistol and eventually when price reaches the right point , Ill sell it. It meanwhile is faithfully waiting just in case. A Mechanical Jewel, only the Registered Magnums excell it in workmanship
Very true DM~.
I have a model 69 in 44 mag now, it's my woods gun so it gets carried more the shot. Back when I had a real nice 29-2 44 special ammo was hard to find and expensive, sometime more expensive than 44 magnum.
I do hand load for bottleneck rifle cartridges only, I just don't do enough handgun shooting to where I feel inclined to hand load for them.
Maybe I should re-think my position, I do love the 29-2.
If you are already loading for rifle, adding dies and a shell holder to load a handgun cartridge is not very expensive when compared to the cost of factory ammunition.
Loading a box or two of 44 Special here and there does not take very long and will allow you to have good, economic ammunition for your 29-2.
Granted, I treat hand loading as a hobby unto itself, but when I buy a new-to-me cartridge gun, the next purchase is a set of dies and some components regardless of how much I plan to shoot it. You never know when ammunition will become hard to find.
But everyone values their leisure time differently.
I actually like guns that are over built for the caliber, for instance 9mm and 38 Super 1911s, S&W Performance Center 9MMs built on the .40 cal. frame and slide, and N-Frame .357s
Thanks cfullgraf, you've managed to convince a handgun reloading skeptic to take a walk on the "wild side"
Your note concerning ammo availability is particularly poignant.
I'll be shopping for 44 special dies and components this weekend.
During your shopping expedition make sure the dies you buy, if you want to load 44 Special you get dies like the RCBS #18612 which include the spacer for loading 44 Mag & 44 Special. Just using those as an example and it's nice if your dies include an additional seater plug for loading both SWC and RN type bullets.
Most of the recruits were buying 4" M-19s. One guy bought a Python and another a M-15 S&W. I joined the minority crowd and bought a 4" M-28. Once I was out of the academy and on the street I was told I could carry anything I wanted to, as long as I qualified with it. The sergeant who told me that was carrying a M-58.
Eventually I did get a 5" pre 27 and a couple 3.5" versions. One a dash 2 and the other a M-27 no dash. They are all gone now. For recreational purposes I own S&W Heavy Duties, a 4" and a pre-War 5". I load my own 38-44 rounds and imagine what it was like to be a deputy between 1930 and 1935. (smile)
Neither of them are close to the finest, but that’s ok.
The 27 has a lot of history, since it’s the ancestor of the great Registered Magnum. That was definitely one of the finest 357 Mags ever built.
There’s nothing overpriced about them. That’s market value. They sell for that amount every day.
It’s not like it’s a new gun priced above its target market. It’s the market that determines the Python’s value, nothing else.
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