7 Best .357 Magnum Revolvers [2019]: Most Proven

Best .357 Revolvers

  1. S&W Model 60
  2. Ruger SP-101
  3. Ruger GP-100
  4. Colt Trooper MK III
  5. S&W Model 627
  6. Ruger Redhawk
  7. Colt Python

Simple.  Reliable.  Powerful.  Effective.  Tested.  Proven.

Each of the six rounds you place in a .357 Magnum revolver delivers some of the best performance from a handgun.  Its bare-bones design and easy-to-use mechanism make it perfect for beginners.

Rick Grimes Colt Python
Rick Grimes Colt Python

The utility of the .357 Magnum round makes it just as pleasing for experienced shooters.

Considering the diverse ammunition loads available, it is easy to find one that works for you.

Best .357 Magnum Revolvers

  1. Smith & Wesson Model 60
  2. Ruger SP-101
  3. Ruger GP-100
  4. Colt Trooper MK III
  5. Smith & Wesson Model 627
  6. Ruger Redhawk
  7. Colt Python

What is the .357 Magnum Cartridge?

The .357 Magnum cartridge is a revolver round with a .357 inch bullet diameter.  It was first introduced in 1934 and serves as the foundation of the “Magnum Era.”

Then, as now, everyone wanted more powerful ammo.  This ammo has diverse use ranging from target shooting to self-defense and hunting.

Handgun Caliber Smallest to Largest
Handgun Caliber Smallest to Largest


This round is based on the earlier Smith & Wesson .38 Special cartridge.  It was first designed with a 158-grain semi-jacketed soft point( flat) bullet.

Since more of the bullet’s mass is outside the cartridge, there is more room for powder in the cartridge.  The 158-grain semi-jacketed soft point bullet permits quicker transfer of energy, which enables the bullet to do more damage.

Aside from being much more powerful, the .357 Magnum round also needed a 1/8 inch longer case to hold more gunpowder.  This longer case makes it impossible to load a .357 Magnum round in .38 Special revolvers.  The extra length prevents the revolver’s cylinder from closing and locking into place.

.38 Special vs .357 Magnum
.38 Special vs .357 Magnum

Check out our picks for the best .38 Special & .357 Magnum ammo for home defense, target shooting, and hunting.

History of the .357 Magnum Cartridge

The development of the .357 Magnum cartridge was shepherded by some of the most brilliant minds of the era.

Smith and Wesson also played a key role in the development of this round and helped design pistols to use it.  Finally, Winchester Repeating Arms produced the first .357 ammo available for consumer use.

There are four manufacturers of .357 Magnum revolvers that make some of the best models in the world.  The history of these companies is as fascinating as the .357 Magnum revolvers they make.

We’ll be using the terminology of Single Action (SA) and Double Action (DA).  Basically, single action is where you have to manually cock the hammer before firing…like in Westerns.

Single Action Revolver, Fistful of Dollars
Single Action Revolver, Fistful of Dollars

And double action is where the trigger pull cocks the hammer for you.

Beretta M9 Double Action Single Action
Beretta M9 Double Action Double Action

Many models of revolvers have the ability to switch between the two…you can manually cock the hammer to be in single action mode…or pull the longer trigger to get double action.

Now let’s quickly go through them!

Smith & Wesson

The Smith & Wesson company first started in Norwich Connecticut in 1852.  Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson, the founders, wanted to sell a lever action repeating pistol.

Bad business practices and money problems plagued Smith & Wesson.  Finally, they sold the business and the lever action designs to Oliver Winchester in 1854.  Later on, in 1866, he founded the world famous Winchester Repeating Arms Co.

The second Smith & Wesson company was formed in 1856.

Smith & Wesson’s first .357 Magnum revolvers became available in 1934.  This pistol had an 8 ¾ inch barrel that shot 158 grain bullets at a velocity of 1515 ft/sec.  These revolvers had many features for owners to choose from.

First S&W Magnum
First S&W Magnum

In 1957, Smith & Wesson started using their famous model numbering system.  The .357 Magnum revolver was then known as the Model 27 built on an “N” frame.  The “N” frame is the largest frame used for the S&W .357 Magnum revolvers.

N Frame Chart
N Frame Chart


Smith & Wesson’s lighter “K” frame Model 19 was released in 1957.  Once again, this gun was developed to meet the special needs of law enforcement.

K Frame Chart
K Frame Chart

Today, K frame revolvers are obsolete. Some private citizens still use them for self-defense, target shooting, and hunting.  You can also find some “L Frame” revolvers that are somewhere between the “K” and the “N” in frame size.

L Frame Chart
L Frame Chart

There are three revolvers types in the “J” Frame series. They are the Chief’s Special, The original Bodyguard, and the Centennial.

Sturm, Ruger, & Co. Inc.

This company is usually referred to by its shorter name, “Ruger.”  Ruger is well known for .22 caliber pistols and rifles that shoot centerfire and rimfire ammo (Best .22LR Rifle for Beginners).  They are also famous for shotguns and the .357 Magnum DA/SA, DA only, and SA Revolvers.

In 1972 Ruger introduced the Ruger Security-Six, Service-Six, and the Speed-Six Revolvers.  These guns were for the law enforcement, civilian self-defense, and military markets.

The GP-100 was introduced in 1985 to replace this series.  It is a medium frame, DA/SA revolver designed to shoot full powered .357 Magnum rounds.  You can choose between 3, 4, and 6-inch barrels.

Ruger GP-100
Ruger GP-100

In 1979 Ruger introduced the Redhawk revolver.  It was an upscaled version of the Security-Six, DA/SA revolver.  The Redhawk is a heavy framed revolver that is quite popular with hunters who prefer to use a handgun.

The SP-101, introduced in 1989, is a DA/SA or DA only small frame revolver.  It comes in 2 ¼ inch, 3 1/16 inch, and 4 inch, barrel lengths, which make it a favorite of people looking for a small magnum gun.

Ruger also manufactures .357 Magnum revolvers including the Blackhawk and the Vaquero.  The Vaquero is a retro-style revolver that was made for cowboy action shooting fans. It looks a lot like the old Colt Single Action Army Revolver of 1873 and their clones.

Colt Manufacturing Company

Samuel Colt founded two firearms companies.

The first was Colt’s Manufacturing Company in 1836.  His second company was called Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company founded in1855.  In history, Colt is usually given credit for making single shot pistols obsolete.

One of Colt’s most famous revolvers is the 1873 Colt Single Action Army in Colt .45 caliber.  It was popular with the public and used in the US military from 1873 to 1892.  It is also known as the gun that won the West.

Colt Single Action Army
Colt Single Action Army

Taurus International Manufacturing Inc.

The history of Taurus includes buyouts, mergers, and purchase of other gun companies.

In 1980, Taurus bought the Beretta weapons plant in Sao Paulo.  This gave them control of Beretta’s tooling and design drawings. Since then, they have been able to manufacture a diverse range of handguns.

In 1984 Taurus USA was formed to better work the American marketplace.  They used the new plant in Sao Paulo to make new and improved handguns for the US marketplace.  These guns are not clones of Smith & Wesson and Beretta Firearms.

Finally, in 1997, Taurus bought out the Rossi company.  This gave them the equipment and the rights to manufacture the Rossi brand name.  This includes all revolvers, rifles, and shotguns.

Taurus has several .357 Magnum Revolvers in their production line.  They have successfully created large, small, and medium frame stainless steel revolvers.  They also have polymer .357 Magnums.

Taurus 605PLYSS2 Polymer
Taurus 605PLYSS2 Polymer

Now that you know a little more about the companies and history…let’s jump into the good stuff!

Best .357 Magnum Revolvers

One thing I like most about .357 Magnum revolvers is I can shoot .38 Special ammo in them.  

Even though .38 Special ammo is cheaper, I still get a good defensive round plus it is good practice.  

Beginning shooters, as well as professionals, can shoot the low-velocity target or +P loads.  This helps novice shooters that need to shoot more ammo to develop muscle memory.

Here are some of my favorite .357 Magnum revolvers arranged by frame size.  

Bear in mind that we all have different hand sizes and hand strengths.  What I find to be a good weapon may not work as well for someone else.  You can use this list as a starting point, but do test guns out before buying so that you know which one is best for you. 

Small Frame Revolvers

These revolvers are easy to conceal in a holster, purse, or fanny pack.  

Their size also makes them easy to draw and bring to bear quickly.  Small frame revolvers usually weigh between 12 oz and 2 lbs when empty.  This is an advantage in a situation where the distance between adversaries is 3 to 10 feet.

Each of the revolvers that I prefer features a DA/SA mechanism.  All you have to do is draw, aim, and pull the trigger.  There is no slide to pull back or safety to release.  The safety on these revolvers is the heavy DA trigger pull.

For small frame revolvers, I don’t recommend always shooting heavy loaded .357 Magnum ammo.  It is possible to wear out or break important parts of the revolver under these loads.  For general target practice, shoot .38 Special ammo.  To simulate the carry .357 Magnum ammo, use .38 Special +P or low velocity .357 Magnum ammo.

The following are my preferred .357 Magnum small frame revolver models:

1. Smith & Wesson Model 60 .357 Magnum

Best Small Frame Revolver
800
at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Model 60 is a 5 shot DA/SA stainless steel “J” frame revolver.  

It has a 2 ¼ inch underlug barrel and exposed hammer.  The grips are black synthetic material that wears well.  It also has a front blade sight and fixed rear sight.  The Model 60 is an excellent concealed carry revolver if you want a lot of firepower in a small package.  

I also like this gun because it is stainless steel, and the extra weight helps control recoil.

2. Ruger Model SP-101

Best Value (Small Frame)
550
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The SP-101 ($550) is a 5 shot DA/SA .357 Magnum stainless steel revolver.

It has synthetic black grips, front ramp sight and fixed rear sight.  I like the 3-inch underlug barrel for this model.  The stainless steel version handles moisture better than blued steel.  The SP-101 will give you plenty of firepower in a small package.  

Medium Framed Revolvers

These revolvers usually weigh between 20 and 40 oz unloaded.  You can carry them concealed easily with a 4-inch barrel if you wear loose clothes.  They also conceal well in a fanny pack.

Since the barrel is longer, it will take more time to draw the weapon and bring it to bear on the target.  You can compensate for this problem with practice.

As with the small frame revolvers, I prefer DA/SA trigger action and stainless steel.  Since these weapons are a little heavier, they will better control .357 Magnum recoil.  You will get better accuracy in rapid fire on the second and third shots.

For these guns, I still recommend using .38 Special ammunition for practice, or lead round nose or FMJ.  Practice with light .357 Magnum ammunition to simulate heavier loads.  Before you quit shooting for the day, shoot at least 2 cylinder loads of your defensive ammo. 
The following are my medium frame revolver choices:

3. Ruger GP-100

Best Medium Frame Revolver
650
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Ruger GP-100 ($650) is a 6 shot .357 Magnum revolver with a DA/SA action and stainless steel medium frame.

I prefer the 4-inch underlug barrel, adjustable rear sight, and ramp front sight.  This gun comes with black Hogue grips and exposed hammer.  The weight of this revolver is a little heavier, which helps stabilize and control recoil.

4. Colt .357 Magnum Trooper MK III Series

Colt Magnum Trooper Mark III
Colt Magnum Trooper Mark III

This revolver features a 6 shot cylinder, DA/SA action, blue steel finish.

It also comes in a nickel finish, which I do not recommend because it reflects light and can give your position away.  I recommend the 4-inch heavy barrel with a solid top rib and a shroud to protect the ejection rod.  This gun also has an exposed hammer, rear adjustable sight, and ramp front sight.  The Trooper is a good solid revolver that can easily handle the recoil of a .357 Magnum round.

However, you’re likely going to have to find it on the used market.

Best Large Frame Revolvers

These revolvers weigh between 25 to 60 oz. empty depending on the materials used to make the revolver.

As with medium frame revolvers, you will find that it takes longer to bring a gun with a 4 or 6-inch barrel to bear on a target.  You will need to practice often and build up strength in your hand and wrists to use these guns.  

While these guns are powerful, their large size and heavy weight make them harder to conceal.  They will still print their location if you wear loose clothes and use a good holster.

On the plus side, these guns can handle large amounts of heavily loaded .357 magnum ammunition.  You can also shoot for extended time periods without feeling recoil discomfort.  For target practice, I still recommend using the .38 special ammo to save money.  Use some practice time to shoot mid-range .357 Magnum ammo and finish with a few “hot” defensive rounds.

5. Smith & Wesson Model 627 Pro Series

Best Large Frame Revolver
950
at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The S&W 627 Pro ($950) is an 8 shot .357 Magnum DA/SA.

It is a stainless steel “N” large frame revolver with a 5-inch custom underlug barrel. This gun is also quite stylish with an 8 round fluted cylinder and choice of black synthetic or wood grips.

The Model 627 also has a large trigger and hammer, and adjustable rear sight with a gold bead front sight.  It handles .357 Magnum ammunition very well and you will feel little recoil when firing.  As another advantage, you can choose to load this gun using an eight-round moon clip.

6. Model 5033 Ruger Redhawk .357 Magnum

Best Animal Protection Revolver
970
at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Redhawk ($970) is an 8 shot revolver with a 2 ¾ inch barrel…this high-grade stainless steel revolver also has a DA/SA action.

I recommend the 2 ¾ inch barrel with underlug to protect the ejection rod.

The weight and heavy construction of this revolver make it durable when used with heavy ammo.  It is also very comfortable to fire and remains stable with light recoil.  You can also use an eight-round moon clip for faster reloading.  This gun is ideal if you are going into dangerous animal country.  It will fit well in a waist holster or in a fanny pack.  

7. Colt .357 Magnum Python

Colt Python
Colt Python

This revolver is a 6 shot DA/SA revolver and made from blued steel or nickel steel.

I prefer the blue steel 4-inch barrel with a full barrel underlug.  The Python also has a ventilated top rib and shroud to protect the ejection rod.  You can also get match grade wood grips and adjustable sights.  I found the weight of this revolver ideal for stabilizing the recoil from .357 Magnum ammo.

Prepare to pay a pretty penny for it on the used market.  Rick Grimes approved!

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Conclusion

Before you buy a .357 Magnum revolver, it is good to know a little about the company histories and designs.

When combined with a clear idea about what you plan to use the revolver for, it will be easier to know what to expect.

Remember, the decision to buy a gun will change your life.  It is best to make a good choice so that you do not waste time and effort on a weapon that won’t work for you.

Let us know what .357 Magnum you have or are now going to buy!  And if you want to see more of our favorite guns & gear…check out Editor’s Picks.

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  • Robert Goodrich

    You left out the very best .357 Magnum revolver: the Smith and Wesson 686 plus. Easy to conceal carry, highly accurate and heavy enough to handle full power loads.

    2 weeks ago
  • Ron

    .357 Ruger Blackhawk long barrel, how does it rate among pistols

    2 weeks ago
    • Rusty

      I have a couple blackhawks and they are fine guns that will last a lifetime super strong. Not much else to say. 357 and 44mag. Great combo with a short lever rifle for the truck.

      1 second ago
  • crackerboy

    Great article. There is one correction you might care to make in the interest of accurate history, though. According to Frank Barnes' "Cartridges of the World," the .357 case was made 1/8 inch longer in order to keep it from being chambered in .38 Special cylinders that were not strong enough to handle the much higher case pressure of the .357. Case volume was not an issue. The .38 Special case has plenty of volume. It was originally developed for black powder loads. Black powder occupies a far greater volume than smokeless. Indeed, .38 Spl. cases were difficult to load with light loads in the early days due to *excessive* volume. "Back in the day," target loads using Bullseye powder were known to detonate in the case, instead of burning progressively. I experienced that in a S&W Model 10 when teaching a new police shooter on his very first day. When we sent the gun to S&W for examination, detonation was their determination, likely due to a light handload. (Never did get rid of that guy's flinch, but he retired as a major anyway.) The extra powder space in the .357 comes from seating the bullet farther out in the case with a cannelure, not from the extra length, which adds little in the way of volume. Great series! Keep 'em coming.

    4 months ago
  • Tod

    Manurhin MR73? Korth Combat?

    5 months ago
  • Ro Gal

    Very nice overview of the .357 magnum. Certainly some classic model revolvers mentioned. I still enjoy my Ruger GP100 after a decade of use, and shooting my newest addition, the Colt Cobra (even though it isn't a magnum). Also, glad you at least mentioned Taurus even though they didn't make the list. The model 627 Tracker has been one of the nicest shooting revolvers I've fired. It really holds it's own when compared to the the big boys (Colt/S&W).

    5 months ago
  • TRob ARob

    I had a GP-100 and loved it. I replaced it with the Single-six and enjoy that, but I'd rather have my GP-100 back.

    5 months ago
    • Hammer

      Indeed. If I could only have one revolver off this list, it would be the GP100. Preferably the 3" Wiley Clapp version. Which is exactly what I own and will never let go of.

      5 months ago
  • Noah Paul

    The EAA Windicator* .38/.357 magnum from European American Armoury is an excellent choice not mentioned here....especially for those on a bit of a budget. They have a snub nosed (2in) and full sized (6in) revolvers. They are in similar price range, or lower, than Taurus, they can be found at $300 or lower even. It is not in S&W or Ruger league or prestige but for basic day to day practicality on the street or bedside I'd put it up against anything, really. They are very sturdy guns, on the heavy side, which I like (I'd say "have a nice weight to them,") good (albeit very basic, and fixed) sights.I find myself just as if not more accurate with my aptly-named Windicator than any gun of it's size, and more than any standard polymer 9mm/.40cal. For me the only guns that compete in terms of my own accuracy at self-defense range would be my 1911 and S&W revolvers. This is using the gun in single action. It's double action trigger pull is quite heavy and less, but not poorly accurate (I always shoot single action although I practice a DA double-tap although even if I had to execute one I train doing it in SA anyway. Generally I never shoot the gun in DA, as a matter personal preference and much better accuracy. It's easy to build muscle memory of draw, clear, finger on trigger, pull hammer and then trigger, repeat. All winds up one smooth, muscle-memorized motion if, God forbid, I ever had to use that skill in a defensive situation.) I have zero complaints about the Windicator. It does not conceal particularly well but is not intended as such. I've owned more than one; one that I got 2nd hand I had to replace the ejector rod, but this was cheap, and would not have given me any trouble in a defensive situation where I needed more than six shots ... and there are very few situations that I hope I might ever run into that require more than one (well, hopefully zero!) But it was easily done by a gunsmith (unlike S&W and Ruger revolvers, it is not easily screwed off to replace and disassembling/reassembling revolvers in general is not for the faint of.heart) cheaply. Looking closely I believe the problem was the previous owner had flipped the wheel into the gun with a flick of the hand quite a few times causing the damage (NEVER do this with your revolver despite it being a rather satisfying feeling and it being ubiquitous in the movies.) That was the only issue I've ever had. Never had it not go BANG and cycle properly when shooting. Easily a thousand through it. It is hardy and I expect its useful life to outlive mine if cared for but as far as that goes it does need thorough cleaning after a range session especially (again) around the ejector wall, grime can build up there and cause ejection problems (this contributed also to the more lasting problem I mentioned I believe). All in all though it is as good a choice I'd say as any on the list as far as practicality goes and at a much better price; only drawback being concealability but the Windy is similar to most of the revolvers mentioned above in that category. Closest to the Taurus. I have no complaints against the Taurus revolvers except for the polymer 357, for obvious reasons--those are two words that simply don't belong together. The S&W and Ruger names speak for themselves. I've owned and shot all. I regularly carry my Windicator when in situations where deep concealment isn't a necessity (OWB under winter clothing will be fine; it'll stick out a bit in light clothing; IWB appendix carry is possible and the most concealed position available. Carried OWB people can definitely notice you have a gun if closely observing or if your jacket opens up a little bit which is why I mention different carry gfuns for different situations. In cooler carry my Windy in what you might call "semi-open" OWB carry, under a jacket or vest. Mostly it's concealed but not totally. People may well see I have a gun. But I live in a state with unrestricted open and concealed carry, so YMMV.) All in all, apart from the inherently higher quality that you get with S&W and Ruger, the Windy is pretty much equal to any gun on this list when it comes down to all practical purposes and I'm quite fond of it. As I said before I find it very, very accurate despite having fixed and rather primitive sights. *to be pedantic, Americans people often pronounce "Windicator" as intuitively spelled for us "WIN"-dicator; but being a German gun, it's pronounced "VIN-dicator", same as the English word "vindicate." In similar enough meaning it definitely is a WIN though.)

    5 months ago
    • joe

      it looks just like a Colt .357 Magnum Python and it comes in 2inch and 4inch, not 6 as you stated. it is indeed a great lil gun for the money

      5 months ago
  • John Robertss

    The problem with reviews of the BEST .357 Magnum revolvers is that the reviewers tend to be in the pockets of the advertisers. No one can argue that the Colt Python, an out-of-production .357 revolver, has to be on any list of "best" .357s, but if you open the list to guns that no longer are in production, you have to abide by that decision. Then you are obligated to consider all the magnum revolvers in and out of production. And if you do that, you should consider all the giants upon whose shoulders today's manufacturers stand. One also must consider whether today's .357 Magnum revolvers are as good as or worse than the giants upon whose shoulders they stand. Case in point, the Ruger GP-100, an outstanding range gun. It's accurate and its heavy barrel retards the recoil, which can be sharp at times. But it can be argued that the gun the GP-100 was derived from, the Security-Six, was a vastly superior gun. One of the GP-100's claims to fame is its robustness. But many reviewers pass over the facts that the earlier Security-Six also was incredibly sturdy, plus it was lighter. And though the recoil was a bit sharper, the gun was the ideal hunting, camping, hiking and fishing gun -- none of which could be said of the heavier, klunkier GP-100. The latter is an ideal range gun, but it can't compete accuracy-wise with the S&W 686 (which is far more accurate and which isn't even on the list), and when it left the range, it wasn't very useful except as a drawer gun and a paperweight. It is far too heavy to carry hiking, camping or fishing. And yet the Security-Six is missing from the list and the GP-100 is on it. Hmmm.

    6 months ago
    • joe

      umm your going to deep with all that. any review giving is a matter of opinion of the person giving it. no gun is a must as its all in the opinion of the person who makes the liks. and a colt would not even be on my list. its all subjective and opinions we all have them just like a holes.

      5 months ago
  • Marcus

    I quit reading when I saw two Taurus revolvers on the list, and the 686 wasn't.

    6 months ago
    • Ro Gal

      Read the article again, the Taurus didn't make the list, just an honorable mention, and rightly so. Granted the 686 is a fine weapon and probably should've beat out the Ruger Redhawk at #6 but that is the choice of the author.

      5 months ago
  • Chip Burnette

    Your article states the S&W K frame is obsolete. According to the S&W web site, "Today's K-Frame is available in .22 LR, .357 Magnum and .38 S&W Special." Not obsolete - maybe not as popular as they were, but not obsolete.

    7 months ago
  • Jason

    I purchased a new Kimber K6s and a new S&W 640 Pro last month. The K6s is soooooo much nicer! In fact I ordered 2 S&W 640 Pro series revolvers but did not take possession of one of them because it kept locking/jamming up while cycling PLUS the cylinder HAD TO BE FORCED OPEN! Not good. These were both brand new 640 revolvers and even the "good" one was not that great. Kinber revolvers from now on for me.

    7 months ago
    • Rich Aguirre

      Kimber sucks

      7 months ago
      • Ro Gal

        Hahahha, is that your "professional" opinion? Over priced at best, "suck" not hardly.

        5 months ago
  • Richard Cholewinski

    Chiappa the new 357mag revolver with the 3' is easier to carry than the 4 inch but gives you better control than the 2 inch, so dont knock it till you try it. With heavy loads the low center of fire keeps you on target if you want a revolver with ease try one

    8 months ago
  • Richard Cholewinski

    Well you left out one of the sweetest 357mags, the new rino 3' 357mags

    8 months ago
  • Johnboy

    I own a Ruger Blackhawk 61/2 “ stainless,, a S&w model 19-4,, and have sold off the two snubby .357s I don’t really miss the EAA,, but wished I wouldn’t have sold my Taurus 606 to my cousin. I’d like to see reviews on the colt lightening and the Taurus thunderbolt .357 mag pump action rifles.

    8 months ago
  • HDK

    I have a mid eighties Dan Wesson 357 mag 6 inch barrel ventilated rib (model is 13 V). I can smack pop cans at 100 yards all day long. Probably have over a 1000 rounds through this pistol and still shoots straight and true.

    8 months ago
    • joe

      100 yards with a pistol you're a bad man..

      5 months ago
  • Dave

    Dan Wesson 15-2 best .357 revolver.

    8 months ago
  • Ted Woitazek

    I'd like to know where the S&W 586-L comp fits into this discussion.

    8 months ago
  • Rush Fan

    I own the Ruger gp100 6inch..SW 586 4 inch..SW K-comp 19.. I do not have a 5 shot 7 shot or 8 shot yet in 357..The model 60 is on my to get list, the pro series. K comp is by far my favorite 357mag..Colt Python has become to crazy to purchase..$$$$$$

    10 months ago
  • Walter Loving

    I have used a model 66 starting in 1985. I still carry it as needed, I also have a 357 lever rifle to go with it.

    10 months ago
  • Matthew Ceriale

    Sorry but the S&W 19/66 is the finest .357, period.

    10 months ago
    • HDK

      I have one, 6 inch barrel, don't shoot with my Dan Wesson that also has a 6 inch barrel. Yeah the Smitty is one fine well crafted pistol, BUT my Danny will out shoot it all day long!!!

      8 months ago
  • ariel

    This statement in the article is incorrect, "the .357 Magnum round also needed a 1/8 inch longer case to hold more gunpowder." Case volume was NOT a factor in the development of the 357 mag, at all. There was (and is) PLENTY of volume in the 38 special case since the 38 spl was originally a black powder cartridge and the .357 was developed using denser smokeless powder. The extra 1/8" in case is purely and simply so that one cannot chamber a .357 cartridge in a revolver chambered for 38 special. That's it. It was done intentionally to prevent accidentally loading the .357 into a 38 special gun. Pure and simple.

    11 months ago
  • sean

    have the s&w 627 with the 2.635 inch looking at getting the 327 trr8 or the r8 in the 5inch i think it is mot sure yet and u should change the taurus to the 608 from the 66ss same size just 8 shots. the ruger redhawk also sold out thats how i found the s&w 627 all steel gun

    1 year ago
  • Turd Ferguson

    While I would agree with most of this article, as a dedicated SA revolver person, I think you should have touched on the Ruger Blackhawk a little more. It's a wonderful revolver and quite reasonably priced, either new or used. I shoot .38 special in mine most of the time just to minimize stress on my hand and wrist, but it's still fun to load up some .357 and shred targets with it. While I own a number of different pistols, I love my revolvers for their simplicity, reliability, and accuracy. TF

    1 year ago
    • GaShooter

      I would wholeheartedly agree that perhaps another article addressing specifically SA revolvers might help. Would also suggest discussing the intended use for the gun. A lot of the discussion here deals with trying to fit a CCW profile with the 357 even though the caliber has many first tier uses.

      8 months ago
    • Sal

      Yes, the Blackhawk can take any hot 357 round in stride.

      8 months ago
  • Bill

    I own 2 S&W Mod. 66ss , 2 1/2 brl. And a Ruger BH ss 6 1/2 brl.

    1 year ago
  • Staffan

    This list makes no sence. Manurhin and Korth are the best revolvers in the world by far. Colt and Smith doesnt stand a chance.

    1 year ago
    • Greg

      I agree with the Manurhin. Have one in pristine condition and shoots like a dream. Might need to get rid of it because of hand issues. If I can't shoot it......It's a gun that needs to be shot.

      1 year ago
      • HaulnOats

        I might want to buy it. Message me?

        1 year ago
      • Bill

        Is that So !

        1 year ago
    • David

      Manurhin and Korth are also completely unobtainable for the vast majority of people. Most of their models start at $3,000+, that just isn't reasonable for most people. In other words, sure - a Bugatti is one of the pinnacles of cars. But if you're looking for something to get you from A to B, Toyota, Honda, even BMW will still do that just as effectively and at a price point that is accessible.

      1 year ago
      • Haulin' Oats

        Then why is the Colt Python on this list. Currently they sell for 3-5k USD.

        1 year ago
        • David

          We normally include at least one high-end option, partly for perspective and partly because they are nice to look at. Also, the Python is just too iconic to not mention.

          1 year ago
          • John

            And king cobra ; )

            10 months ago
  • James Avant

    I have a ..357 Ruger Blackhawk. Not much was mentioned about it in your article. What is your opinion of this pistol and what do you estimate its value to be in excellent to new con dition.. Less than a box of shells has been fired through it..

    1 year ago
  • Greg

    You forgot the Dan Wesson. I bought mine new in 1974 (I think it was in '74...) and still haven't shot any that I like as well. Beautiful to stare at and to shoot. All of my barrels are heavy vented rib. I usually use the 4" or 6". It was the first time I ever shot a gun. I was in my twenties and knew nothing. I put the 2 and 1/2 inch barrel on, loaded with .357 and with no hearing protection, pulled the trigger. That was the last thing I heard for the rest of the day.

    1 year ago
  • Andrew

    Colt Python is the winner without a doubt. Smoothest DA and a super clean trigger break in SA. I had heard at one point that the Python's have the most moving parts of any revolver on the market which is one reason for their feel.

    1 year ago
  • inekk

    What about Kimber K6S? I like mine a lot.

    1 year ago
  • Boredgimp

    Hands Down the best .357 Magnum Revolver is the Colt Python. It has been for going one 30 or 40 years. It's had its up's and downs but i have a 1970's Blued 5" Colt Python and its in perfect condition and still shoots dead accurate after all this time i wouldn't dream of ever getting rid of it.

    1 year ago
    • poorman

      I have a python also bought 30 years ago at about 650.00 ( also bought a security six for about 1/3 of that if I remember right). Nowadays if you are just looking for a gun to go shooting with to have fun it would be way to expensive . Of course this is just my opinion.

      10 months ago
    • Eric Hung

      Jealous!

      1 year ago
  • Tom

    What about the S&W 686? The best current production available, especially the 5 inch 686 performance 7 shot revolver.

    1 year ago
    • sean

      no just the 627 almost the same gun so he used that one, and i agree with that choice. i wondered why he did put the 327 performance center on here 627 comes in and the performance center also. yup both these come in 4inch 5 and 6 the 627 is better than the 686

      1 year ago
      • mgj

        I disagree... 8 shot sounds nice, but heavy and clunky... so in practicality the 686+(7 shot) is much easier to carry... not to mention the difference in price, the 627 just doesn’t have enough to justify the cost difference over the 686+..... most forum readers tend to agree.

        10 months ago
  • William Van Duzen

    I LIKE THE S&W 686 AND SURPRISED YOU DID NOT MENTION IT.DO YOU SEE A PROBLEM WITH IT.

    1 year ago
    • Kelly Christopher

      No problems with the 686! You have to spend a ton more money to get a slightly better revolver!

      10 months ago
    • sean

      no just the 627 almost the same gun so he used that one, and i agree with that choice. i wondered why he did put the 327 performance center on here 627 comes in performance center also.

      1 year ago
  • Ray Conlon

    No mention of the CZ /Dan Wesson revolvers? Flexibility and dead on accuracy in one package.

    1 year ago
  • Mmm

    Hey all. I own S&w revolver, model 586-3 and i Shoot on competitions. 25m range. Can you recommend me the best bullets to choose for precision. I am experienced shooter. Thank you

    1 year ago
  • Mike

    Lots of great guns and points here but as with any beat of list, you like what you like. I’ve owned the Taurus and loved it but wasn’t old enough to really appreciate it but it was beautiful and worked great. Currently own a GP100 6” Stainless with a 9lb hammer and 10lb return spring and I polished all internals and it’s as smooth as mayonnaise it’s a 6lb 7oz double action pull. Also own a 4.2” SP101 polished in and out and springs. Stock springs on the 101 are pretty stout for the ergonomics but a wonderful piece and I also own a Colt Trooper MKIII with a 4” barrel and target trigger and hammer. Beautiful gun and nice action but shooting heavy loads one handed makes my hand slide up the back. Tried a few different grips but not a lot of selection for that model, but it deserves to be on there being the first revolver with the transfer bar. SW are fantastic guns, just never loved the short hammer pull, again, not what I was used to. I couldn’t put the Rhino down fast enough. Personally, I feel they are more than a bit dangerous for beginners putting their fingers to far forward with the bottom round firing.. apologize for the length.

    1 year ago
    • LazrBeam

      I kinda like my Colt Lawman MK III with 2 in bbl and MK V with 4 in bbl. They’re basically Troopers but less expensive with fixed sights and not quite as gussied up. Both shoot very well.

      2 months ago
  • Jack Watkins

    I enjoyed reading y'all's comment. I would like to get ahold of a Smith & weightWesson 357 Magnum with 8 and 3/8 inch barrel. I love the large frame guns I own 2 44 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolvers with 8 and 3/8 inch barrels and I only shoot iron sights. The older gun I have probably killed 30 deer the slightly newer one probably 15 or 20. My longest shot was approximately 123 yard shooting a souped up Hornady xtp round. I loaded it myself using 180 grain bullets and Hodgkins h110 powder. But if any of y'all out there got a long barrel 357 Smith I sure would like to find one. Thank y'all! Jack

    1 year ago
  • Joe Gunn

    Uh, couple more you left out, Charter Arms, Chiappa, Wesson Arms, etc.

    1 year ago
  • WEWolfe

    Hi, just got the 357 Magnum bug. In the past 6 months I purchased a 1972 Smith and Wesson 27-2, a 1968 Colt Trooper (Python style action), and a 1965 Colt Python. All 8 inch barrels. Love all of them. Only test fired the Python as it is in pristine condition. The Trooper was a steal as someone didn't know what they had. And I had to have a S&W, but still looking for a "Registered Magnum" model. The 27-2 is very nice. Thanks for the article.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      So jealous of the Python!

      1 year ago
  • Kortney Bowlan

    Yay .357 revolvers! I was lucky enough to grow up with .357s available to shoot and since then it has always been my go to cartridge. I puchased a fired once, the sights hadnt even been corrected it was hitting low left, Taurus 66 6inch about 7 months ago and it is by far my favorite range gun. It is such a pleasure to shoot I have no problems dumping 200 rounds through 'er during a range session.

    2 years ago
  • Jerry R. Parris

    Jerry R. Parris July 15, 2017 Over the years I have owned most of the 357 Mag Revolvers you listed and since I reload I have put a lot of lead through them. All the Revolvers you listed are excellent but you left out one of the best 357 Mag. ever made, the Ruger Security Six. and (Speed Six in Stainless). The Security Six has the best reviews of all 357 Mag. Revolvers. I have reduced my 357 Mag Revolver holdings to the Ruger Security Six, Ruger SP101 and Ruger GP 100. Allmost every round through them have been full house 357 Mag. and have never had a problem with any of them. If you can find a Security Six in good condition, Buy it. They are getting harder and harder to find as most people who have one will not part with it.

    2 years ago
  • Luther

    I have 2 Colt king cobras and one python. I we had them for for years. I paid 350-400 dollars for the king cobras and only 300 for the python. They are amazing guns. I love them. I just still don't understand why they are suddenly worth so much money. I have heard from my local gun dealer that they can easily pull $3,000. For pythons now.

    2 years ago
    • Matthew J Maffett

      Only because they're no longer in production, and they were all "hand crafted" so-to-speak in that all the parts were put together by hand. In 2003 Colts new ceo decided they weren't going to build "obsolete" handguns for the civilian market anymore, decommissioned the machining tools that forged the python, and decided to focus all their attention on AR platforms for government contracts.

      2 years ago
  • Tad Abney

    Smith and Wesson K frames are obsolete but a $2500 used python is not? If you are referring to police work they all are obsolete. It seems a little odd that the best selling revolvers in the history of the world,some of which are still being manufactured,are obsolete but 2 discontinued and very expensive used Colts are recommended. I mean absolutely no disrespect toward your decisions,heck I'd love to own a python,but as someone advising new people about the world of revolvers you might want to revisit the K frame models. Thanks,Tad

    2 years ago
    • elnbow

      And when this article was written S&W were producing their new K frames that have been reinforced through the forcing cone area. Both Models 66 and 19 are now being produced again, capable of handling hot 357 loads. If there is a S&W that has become redundant now it is the heavy L frame guns. Long live the mighty K frame.

      1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Tad, great point!

      2 years ago
  • Martin

    NIce article, and nice to see that my "low budget" Taurus 66, 6" made the list. I was at my range one day with my teen sons, and another shooter pulled out his stainless steel revolver and both my sons wanted to shoot it, The nice guy let them try it, and they said I had to buy one. Not wanting to blow big buck on one, I found mine at Academy for 429, so I went ahead and bought it.. It's definitely my "funnest" gun, and bought purely for the "cool" factor. But having said that, it's way more accurate than I am, and it never has any issues with anything. I shoot exclusively reloads now, but 357 or 38spc both run excellent in it.

    2 years ago
  • Morris Ellis

    S&W Model 19 w/ 4" barrel, Pachmayr grips, and a sweet trigger job. Best .357 ever!!!

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Nice, Morris!

      2 years ago
  • Colin

    I believe dan wesson should be on the list as well they had an innovative design of being able to swap barrels. The 15-2 is still available on the used market and at a reasonable price

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks for the rec, Colin! I definitely want to own a dan wesson one day.

      2 years ago
  • William Edwards

    I have three .357 revolvers: 1. S&W Model 27 2. Colt Lawman Mark III 3. S&W Model 66 I shoot .38 +P ammo for practice

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Nice William!

      2 years ago
  • Marty

    Bought a GP100 Match Champion. Looking for a good holster - recommendations appreciated.

    2 years ago
    • GaShooter

      I bought a Galco D.A.O. (DAO104) Outdoorsman Holster for my 4” Ruger Sec Six and it fits great.

      8 months ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Marty, there's almost no kydex options so you'll probably have to go with leather. I haven't dealt with those yet though!

      2 years ago
  • Jeremy

    Chiappa Rhino should be on this list. You can swap cylinders between .357 and 9mm, and recoil is pretty gentle thanks to the design.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Jeremy, thanks for the rec...a Rhino is on my list of revolvers to try!

      2 years ago
      • Dennis marcenko

        I think the rhino has it won hands down ,design reduces recoil ,still shoot my pythons and a bunch of distinguished combat magnums by s& w but the rhino is my favorite because of reduced recoil

        2 years ago
        • George

          My 2nd revolver was a Rhino. I sure tames the recoil, but I didn't care for the trigger. My daughter liked it and now she is downright deadly with it. I have a 4" GP100 match champion that shoots like a dream. It has enough heft to tame most of the recoil, though I swapped out the wood grip. I also have a 6" GP100 which is incredibly accurate on steel out to 200 yards. If I had younger eyes, I could push the distance further. Not sure if the Python can match it for distance. I also owned a 3" SP101. Loved it. In fact, I have grown fond of 3" barrels. You get most of the oomph of 357, but can still conceal easily.

          2 years ago
          • Eric Hung

            Thanks for all the experience George!

            2 years ago
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