Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dh1633pm, Nov 13, 2021.
I have the 3 “ king cobra love it
I also have a 7” 686 plus Extremely Account beater gun for deer hunting so not a bad option But the deal you’re getting on that called king cobra is unbeatable I would buy a second one at that price for the hell do you see it at that price
For a 3” get the Colt
For hunting 5” or longer 686 or 629
What's it for?
are really quite different.
The Colt is, I believe, a beefed up
D-frame, more a competitor to the
The 686 is on Smith's L-frame,
comparable to the Colt Python
I-frame, and designed for regular
.357 magnum use. And it's
quite a bit heavier.
Out of the box, I believe the Colt
is going to have a lighter weight
trigger pull whereas the Smith's
will seem quite heavy though
smooth. The Smith weight can
be easily changed with Wilson
or Wolf springs if you wish.
By the way, is the Smith a
4-inch barrel or a 3-inch or
maybe a 2.5 inch?
So back to Kleanbore's earlier
question, what's it for?
It’s just for fun. Or to have.
I've never heard anything so outrageous!
i like to collect, but also shoot.
I used Wolff springs. Extra power locking block spring, the type 2 mainspring, which had me looking for a new strain screw as the original was too short. I dropped in the 15# trigger return spring as the 13# made the SA scary light. Under a pound. All 7 throats were undersized, and needed reaming. The forcing cone needed work. Chamfered the chambers and recut the crown.
After all this its a great shooter, good enough that I would carry it if the political climate bans semi-autos. That real possibility is why I bought this pistol.
I picked up the 3" KC a few months ago. I expected to have to do everything I did to the Smith. None of it was needed. Only problems I had were finding decent grips and a front night sight.
The KC out of the box was a better gun. More accurate and the perfect size. Just a bit smaller than the K frame. It fits an old detective special holster I had a while back.
If I were to do it over I would have just gone with the KC to begin with. I've only owned a few Colts and was underwhelmed by all of them. Even the legendary Python was just not that great. I lean towards S&W but this little KC snake is definitely a keeper.
I did a pretty lengthy write up with photo's here. https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/first-357-wheelgun.896892/#post-12098411
They got this gun right in so many ways....if it holds up to the test of time without problems, this gun will earn unicorn status in my book.
I also love the Smith option, that deign is tried and true...but the Smith variant will probably still be available for sale in a few years without having been discontinued (ok, maybe it will be a dash-13 variant)..... Colt may or may not have such a reputation.
You will love it.
I'm about 200 rounds into mine. It shoots even sweeter than it looks. I've shot all types of 38 and 357 loads from mild to wild, and it handles the medium to stout magnum loads surprisingly well for being a smaller gun.
The only thing I've noted so far, and I also have a thread on it, is the lead deposits in the recessed bore crown....I believe soft swaged lead bullets are the culprit.... the lead is literally soldered in there, and will take work to get out... but this is no big deal.
Came across the KC at the shop just down the road for under MSRP. Pretty, fits well in the hand, locks up like the proverbial bank vault. Nice trigger. Would have preferred the 4.25" target model, but beggars and choosers.
Shoots really well. Puts 135 Gold Dots into little cloverleafs at 2 o'clock in the 10 ring at 10 yards. Plenty good for fixed sights and a 3" barrel. That flyer at 6 o clock? All me...full power .357s are a little stout, and it turns out I'm not completely immune to getting a bit of flinch when I'm not looking for it. In the words of Thorny, "That little guy? I wouldn't worry about that little guy."
This means I can pick up my 1911 and my new King Cobra this week. PX Firearms Section open Thurs - Sun.
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