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Dan Wesson 357

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by S&W657, Sep 2, 2012.

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  1. S&W657

    S&W657 Member

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    Traded a Vaquero for a Dan Wesson 357, monson built, with a 2, 4, and 6 inch barrels. Shoots great, short hammer pull, and crisp trigger. How did I do?
     
  2. Lost Sheep

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    You made out like a bandit.

    Did you get the feeler gauge and barrel wrench? (Some guns have a one-piece and the early guns have a two-piece, lugged nut and separate wrench)

    If you are not happy, I will give you a tidy profit.

    I sold a pristine 2,4,6 and 8" barreled set with case, belt buckle and shoulder patch when I needed the money desperately. Regretting it ever since.

    Some don't like the cylinder release and I found the 2" to be too large in the frame for reasonable use as a snub-nose, but the 4" and 6" were nicely proportioned and the 8" had good sight radius.

    And the finish was almost too pretty to shoot.

    Lost Sheep
     
  3. C5rider

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    I've got both, and I think you did okay. Now, if you say that you also have the case, the buckle, the tool AND all the goodies it make it a pistol pack, THEN I'M ENVIOUS!

    Since there isn't an 8-inch barrel mentioned, I doubt it's a 'pack. But you still did good. Does it have adjustable sights or not? There are a few variations of these guns and the place of manufacture seems to have some variations in quality/desirability. Monson-built guns seem to be the favorite. If it has adjustable sights, it's a model 15. If it doesn't, its a model 14. The type of shroud determines variations within even those two model numbers. DW guns are an ongoing study and once you have one, the intrique keeps you coming back for more. Check out www.danwessonforum.com, there's a LOT of great information there and be sure to introduce yourself.

    Even so, they're still VERY accurate guns and you'll enjoy shooting it, no matter where it was built. Some photos of the new acquisition would answer many of the oncoming questions. Congratulations!
     
  4. bannockburn

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    I think you did very well with your trade. I picked up a used pistol pack years ago with all four barrels (vent rib full shroud), two extra grips, barrel wrench, and a few other accessories. Great gun design with the interchangable barrel system, though would have preferred a 3" barrel instead of the 2" set-up.
    The 4" and 6" barrels were the best and made the gun so handy and versatile.
     
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    Back in the day, lGS had a "like new" one with your three barrels and (looking back) the price was right. At the time thought those pistols were too fat, on the order of cast rugers, and I passed on that deal. The fact that the first ones had an external "nut" on the end of the barrel that looked like an afterthought didn't help. Later guns had an internal lug that greatly improved the looks of the gun and made it appear more normal. Shooting buddy had one and the cylinder bores looked like they were finished with a rat tail file! Any load above target (wimp) would cause the cases to stick, sent it back and factory made it right. Still a good gun but they had a lot of issues, to the point they went under.
     
  7. hardluk1

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    You need to know when dan wesson owned the company he did stand behind his revolver and made them right. And they had a lot of great shooters too. Only revolver to out shot them was a freedom arms with any regularity. I bought my first one in 1976 and now have another 15-2 , a 44mag with several barrels and a .22lr. My first 357 spent most of it life with a red dot and 8" barrel. The 44 is setup the same right now. Both have or had reddots on them and both will shoot 3" 100 yard groups from a bench. Oh them thin 15-2 can handel the hottest of loads. My old hunting loads were170sp or 180gr HC running at 1400fps + till I finally realized 1150fps would just as well. For 3 well used pistols there still as accurate today.

    Now it does pay with any firearm to look it over closely .
     
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    Welcome to the DW club.

    You made out like a bandit friend. The gun itself would be worth about a Vaquero, but each of those barrels are worth about $100 a piece.
     
  10. Remllez

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    You lucked onto a deal!!! Once you get used to the short action "which is quite nice by the way" you will like it very much. Setting up the barrels is pretty easy but does take some practice.

    You will find it much easier if you shoot for a B/C gap of .006 or so until you get the hang of it. I went crazy trying to set the gap as close as I could and by the time I pulled the barrel nut tight it rubbed on the barrel shank.

    When set up properly Dans are very accurate and I find them quite durable and capable of shooting 180's or anything your hand will tolerate. Enjoy your revolver and by the way you done good on the deal.
     
  11. hardluk1

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    What your hand will tolerate !! Man thats the truth.
     
  12. S&W657

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    Thanks for all the replies!

    It is a model 15 with the recessed nut. I also got the wrench and feeler guage, but no case, buckle, or extra grips, unfortunately. The 6 in is very accurate, the 2 in, not so much, and I have yet to shoot it with the 4. I plan on buying the Vaquero back, but a local gun show this Sat. might suck up the $ I have saved.
     
  13. Remllez

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    You got the disease bad son! :)
     
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