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7 Best .357 Magnum Revolvers [Proven Stopping Power]

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

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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.

Table of Contents


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.”

.357 Magnum Round
.357 Magnum Round

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

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.

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

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.

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

More .357 mag ammo
More .357 Ammo

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.  

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

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

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.

Best Small Frame Revolver
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Ruger Model SP-101

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.  

Best Value (Small Frame)
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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

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.

Best Medium Frame Revolver
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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

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.

Best Large Frame Revolver
at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

6. Model 5033 Ruger Redhawk .357 Magnum

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.  

Best Animal Protection Revolver
at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Check out our review of the Super Redhawk!

Ruger Super Redhawk in 45 Colt/454 Casull Set Up to Hunt
Ruger Super Redhawk in 45 Colt/454 Casull Set Up to Hunt

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.

Python head to head
A pair of Colt Pythons. (From the collection of Diane Walls.)

Check out our review of a pair of Pythons.

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

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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.

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    Pedro Serna Jr

    You must not have fired the Taurus Tracker. I like it better than my smS&W. It is lighter than a Python and just as accurate.

    October 4, 2021 1:49 am
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    Dexter Winslett

    Carried a Speed Six and model 19 at work, then settled on a 629. All three were great, just prefer the 44 mag for police work.

    March 16, 2021 5:54 am
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    Bernie Morris

    I have been a .357 fan for 50 years. I have hand loaded just about everything in .38 and
    .357 you can imagine. That is why I love this combination caliber. I target shoot with my 4"
    and hunt with a 8" Dan Wesson. For protection I carry a S&W model 65 with a 3" barrel. There
    are many fine cartridges out there but, I'm still
    sticking with the old .38/.357 combo.

    January 19, 2021 5:12 pm
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    Karen Beaudreau

    I have the Ruger New model Blackhawk convertible in a 357 magnum, 6.50 in barrel. It also shoots 38 and 9mm with another cylinder. Love the way it handles.

    December 20, 2020 6:58 pm
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    My selection for a fine short-barreled .357 Magnum Revolver is the "S&W", Model 686 Plus with a 2.5-inch barrel, with shroud for the ejection rod. It is a stainless-steel handgun and is in the "S&W", L-Frame
    Series. It is a bit heavy in weight but, with an excellent OWB holster, it can be carried concealed.
    Although it has some recoil, it can be ported with two-ports on each side of the barrel. This further
    mitigates recoil and muzzle lift. Using .38 Special ammunition, it handles very nicely.

    November 30, 2020 7:20 pm
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    You left out the best .357 revolver on the market. The Manurhin MR73

    November 16, 2020 1:11 pm
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    I know you can't possibly include every 357 magnum you like, but for this aerticle I was surprised to see the Kimber K6s left out. I own one and compared it to the Ruger sp101 before buying the Kimber K6s. The Kimber feels beefier, it is finished better than any gun for the money. There are NO sharp edges anyhwere and it comes in 2, 3 & 4 inch barrels. I have the 3" barrel and the DASA model. This gun is FABULOUS!

    September 15, 2020 4:14 pm
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    Ted Hill

    You have the date incorrect on the release of the Ruger GP100. I bought one in 1982; so your "1985" bez wong.

    July 5, 2020 10:55 am
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    How much would a .S&W 357 mag, 586-6 shots with 8-1/4 barrel cost? I have one with excellent condition, slightly used.

    June 29, 2020 11:38 pm
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    How much would a .S&W 357 mag, 6 shots with 8-1/4 barrel cost?

    June 29, 2020 11:07 pm
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    Danny D.

    Have a S&W Model 686 Six shot .357 magnum with a 4" barrel. Purchased this gun in 1985 and have never had a single problem with it. I still regularly take it to the range and it is very accurate and can handle a heavy load with no problem. Additionally, I have a Dan Wesson in .357 magnum with a 6" barrel purchased in 1977 and it is still in perfect shape and like the 686 it is accurate and can handle heavy loads with no problems. Guess I just love that Wesson name....

    May 9, 2020 11:55 pm
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    Taurus model 608 Eight shot .357 magnum 4” barrel stainless. Amazingly smooth action. Excellent price too. This is a large frame revolver. I love it because it handles all cartridges very well. Peter

    April 16, 2020 4:29 pm
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    Melissa Skeens

    How do I get a catalog with the 357 handguns

    April 10, 2020 1:06 pm
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      Gunbroker.com. Go to revolvers then type .357 magnum. It will list just about every 357 magnum, new and used for you to look at.

      April 16, 2020 4:33 pm
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    Paul H.

    My last 3 handguns have all been revolvers. My carry gun is SP101. I did take it in to get cleaned up , but it runs very well .

    April 10, 2020 6:55 am
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    I regret selling my S&W 586. Trigger was good out of the box, after about 5,000 rounds it was outstanding!
    OTOH, my remaining 357, a very low mileage 4" Python in Colt Royal Blue, makes me feel better. :-)

    April 9, 2020 12:24 pm
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    I really enjoy my Model 27-1 Smith and Wesson with a 6-1/2 Barrel. A full power 158gr. 357 Magnum is a bit to handle but I can shoot 38 Special thru it all day long.

    January 22, 2020 10:00 am
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    Brad McClinton

    s/w 686 367 mag or Ruger Gp100 this is my first revolver Need advise

    January 11, 2020 6:39 am
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      Scott Gibson

      both good weapons.I have a 686 with a 4” barrels.I have had it close to 30 years,and still love it.Even today when I unlimber it at the range with full power a,MMO the range ,someone is bound to come up,and say”
      What the hell is that!”!Usually so,meone else answer s for me.

      January 28, 2020 9:57 am
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    Robert M.

    I have two of your choices: S&W model 60 with 2.25”
    And the Ruger GP100 7-shot with 4” barrel. The GP 100 is a work of art. (I also love my Henry .357 Carbine.)

    December 1, 2019 11:44 am
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      Are you serious a ruger is a work of are.
      I have never heard anyone in my life refer to a gp100 as anything more than sufficient. I would love to put a python in your hand for a spin at the range you wound need a roll of paper towels after making a mess in your trousers.

      December 28, 2019 10:33 pm
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        Python amazing gun ! But not a lot of them in brush killing much. Lucky to see light of day once a year. So work of art for a operating gun not a collector that sits and never ever will it get packed !

        January 6, 2020 11:57 am
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    Jim S.

    When I hear .357 Magnum, I immediately think, "COLT PYTHON"!!! Back in the day, it was, by far, the absolute best out-of-the-box revolver on the market...PERIOD!! The DA trigger pull was silky smooth. Nothing else came close. I personally have a 6" blued Python, circa 1978, that is new-in-box, never fired, and have no intention of firing it. And the value just keeps going up...

    November 22, 2019 4:10 pm
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      Hell yea python are special

      December 28, 2019 10:28 pm
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    Sam K

    I have an old model 19 and just recently started shooting again. This is a great gun. After 35 years this one is still my favorite.

    November 16, 2019 5:27 am
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      Check out the new online S&W catalog. A very special Model 19.

      December 17, 2019 5:37 pm
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    Dale Bruce

    I know a lot of people would disagree, but of all the snub noses, 357 or 38 special I have shot, the newest Taurus 605 is the one I bought and would buy again. For a small person, it fits me like a glove and is a beast that with the right ammo can do any kind of shooting you want to do. I've heard all the stories about Taurus problems, but this is a different kind of animal.

    October 17, 2019 1:45 pm
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    I too have been a big fan of Taurus. I have owned 2 Model 66s (6 shot), with 4 “ barrels and a 2” Model 606 (not 605). All 3 were extremely accurate and reliable. I also owed a Ruger Blackhawk w/6 1/2” barrel. With the Ruger, I once took on a guy with an AK47 at 50 yards playing kick the can. A little game where each player hits the soda can while it’s still moving. If the can stops moving, the shot doesn’t count.... I won! The Blackhawk never missed.

    September 25, 2019 6:06 pm
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    I know nobody likes to mention the "t" word, but honestly, Taurus has really stepped up their game, and more importantly, their quality control over the past couple years. Their prices are still reasonable, but they are starting to climb, as the name start to get respected again.

    September 18, 2019 6:22 pm
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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.

    August 22, 2019 8:16 am
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      686+ 4 inch is the best overall revolver on the market right now

      May 23, 2020 9:19 am
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    .357 Ruger Blackhawk long barrel, how does it rate among pistols

    August 19, 2019 6:32 am
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      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.

      September 7, 2019 7:42 am
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    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.

    April 21, 2019 4:42 am
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    Manurhin MR73? Korth Combat?

    March 30, 2019 9:37 pm
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      Price puts them out of reach for many people. Great revolvers but most people don’t know anything about them.

      November 9, 2019 7:28 pm
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    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).

    March 27, 2019 7:42 am
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    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.

    March 16, 2019 3:22 pm
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      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.

      March 22, 2019 9:45 pm
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        I too have a GP 100 and a S&W 686 Plus. I think the GP 100 is a better all-around gun. Looks better, feels better, and shoots better Not to mention it was over 100 bucks cheaper. Both great guns but Ruger holds the edge.

        October 3, 2019 9:33 am
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      John Harders

      Have had a stainless 4" barrel Ruger GP 100 down here in Australia (50 yard range use, no Concealed Carry Permit possible here), for about five years, and can attest to the solid build and reliability of the gun. I believe the Ruger GP 100 would be a little too heavy for regular carry. I reload .38 Special for target shooting and the heavy frame is just right for the recoil of the .357 cartridge.

      October 22, 2019 12:30 am
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    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.)

    March 8, 2019 9:06 am
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      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

      March 27, 2019 4:09 pm
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      Gary E. Reed II

      .357 is the only way to go. It shoots both .38. & .357 . I believe that the 2.25 barrel. I don’t prefer it for carry, for that I chose my sig p380 hd. Perfect for concealed carry. My kimber1911,45 ultra carry 2, &metro arms 1911 .45 hard chrome are too big for carrying ideally and my beretta 9mm is to. I keep those at home. I don’t have anything else but I think that’s enough to get it done. I have sold my others over the years,, many of which I would love to have kept so I’ve decided to get ones I want and I don’t want to sell. I certainly didn’t go wrong with this group of firearms. Stay safe and be good with your aim..

      October 20, 2019 4:30 am
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    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.

    February 24, 2019 4:31 pm
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      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.

      March 27, 2019 4:13 pm
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    I quit reading when I saw two Taurus revolvers on the list, and the 686 wasn't.

    February 12, 2019 5:37 am
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      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.

      March 27, 2019 7:48 am
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      Marcus! Again, do we have to state so emphatically, that the list is the opinion of the author. As an example, I do happen to like the earlier 6 shot 686s, but don’t care much for the heavier 7 shooters. See how this works? My opinion.
      By the way, what’s wrong with the Taurus? I’ll stack mine up to any revolver out there.

      September 25, 2019 6:25 pm
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      Dale Bruce

      Don't quit reading, just try shooting the latest Taurus out. I have heard all the bad about the old Taurus's, but they have stepped up and are making some good stuff now. We all have our favorites and that's ok. Better than buying a gun just for there name.

      October 17, 2019 2:02 pm
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      Dale Bruce

      You must not know about them yet. Try one!

      December 18, 2019 7:06 pm
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    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.

    January 27, 2019 7:11 pm
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    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.

    January 8, 2019 8:48 am
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      Rich Aguirre

      Kimber sucks

      February 1, 2019 1:35 pm
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        Ro Gal

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

        March 27, 2019 7:50 am
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    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

    January 3, 2019 2:20 am
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    Richard Cholewinski

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

    January 3, 2019 2:13 am
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    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.

    December 25, 2018 7:17 am
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    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.

    December 20, 2018 7:10 pm
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      100 yards with a pistol you're a bad man..

      March 27, 2019 4:17 pm
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    Dan Wesson 15-2 best .357 revolver.

    December 19, 2018 5:06 am
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    Ted Woitazek

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

    December 14, 2018 4:56 pm
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    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..$$$$$$

    November 2, 2018 10:15 pm
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    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.

    October 21, 2018 8:16 pm
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    Matthew Ceriale

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

    October 10, 2018 12:57 pm
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      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!!!

      December 20, 2018 7:15 pm
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    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.

    September 26, 2018 8:00 am
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      You are correct, Ariel

      September 25, 2019 6:34 pm
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    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

    September 3, 2018 8:14 pm
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    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.


    August 18, 2018 8:21 am
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      Yes, the Blackhawk can take any hot 357 round in stride.

      December 20, 2018 12:29 pm
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      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.

      December 28, 2018 2:42 pm
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    I own 2 S&W Mod. 66ss , 2 1/2 brl. And a Ruger BH ss 6 1/2 brl.

    August 16, 2018 7:42 am
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    This list makes no sence. Manurhin and Korth are the best revolvers in the world by far. Colt and Smith doesnt stand a chance.

    May 29, 2018 3:20 am
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      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.

      May 29, 2018 6:40 am
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        Haulin' Oats

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

        August 26, 2018 1:57 pm
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          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.

          August 26, 2018 3:53 pm
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            And king cobra ; )

            October 8, 2018 8:04 pm
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      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.

      July 16, 2018 6:42 pm
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        Is that So !

        August 16, 2018 7:48 am
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        I might want to buy it. Message me?

        August 26, 2018 1:46 pm
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    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..

    May 27, 2018 7:54 am
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    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.

    May 27, 2018 12:16 am
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    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.

    May 25, 2018 6:04 am
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    What about Kimber K6S? I like mine a lot.

    May 15, 2018 3:29 pm
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    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.

    May 15, 2018 12:29 pm
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      Eric Hung


      May 15, 2018 2:14 pm
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      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.

      October 10, 2018 10:29 am
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    What about the S&W 686? The best current production available, especially the 5 inch 686 performance 7 shot revolver.

    May 9, 2018 1:08 pm
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      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

      September 3, 2018 8:20 pm
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        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.

        October 15, 2018 8:20 pm
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    William Van Duzen


    May 6, 2018 12:05 pm
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      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.

      September 3, 2018 8:19 pm
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      Kelly Christopher

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

      October 18, 2018 2:12 pm
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    Ray Conlon

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

    April 28, 2018 1:14 pm
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    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

    December 29, 2017 1:18 pm
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    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.

    December 19, 2017 8:36 pm
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      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.

      June 13, 2019 6:20 pm
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    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

    December 13, 2017 11:57 am
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    Joe Gunn

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

    November 30, 2017 11:47 pm
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    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.

    October 3, 2017 8:55 pm
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      Eric Hung

      So jealous of the Python!

      October 4, 2017 3:13 pm
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    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.

    August 2, 2017 7:46 pm
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    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.

    July 15, 2017 3:08 pm
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      Bought a security 6 (4" barrell) about a year ago. I love that gun! An officer traded it in and I was fortunate enough to see it before anyone else did. Clean and mean. Minimum wear. Haven't put as many rounds through it as I would like, but it seems like we were made for each other. Considering on getting a GP100, but I'll never intentionally part with my security 6.

      April 6, 2020 8:58 pm
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    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.

    May 28, 2017 10:01 am
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      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.

      July 1, 2017 8:35 am
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    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

    March 24, 2017 11:00 am
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      Eric Hung

      Hey Tad, great point!

      April 5, 2017 4:26 pm
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      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.

      August 27, 2018 7:55 pm
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    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.

    March 15, 2017 5:44 pm
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    Morris Ellis

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

    March 13, 2017 4:26 am
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      Eric Hung

      Nice, Morris!

      March 14, 2017 11:21 am
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    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

    March 9, 2017 2:35 pm
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      Eric Hung

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

      March 14, 2017 11:16 am
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    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

    March 8, 2017 11:42 pm
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      Eric Hung

      Nice William!

      March 9, 2017 10:34 am
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    Bought a GP100 Match Champion. Looking for a good holster - recommendations appreciated.

    March 8, 2017 7:13 am
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      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!

      March 9, 2017 10:33 am
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      I bought a Galco D.A.O. (DAO104) Outdoorsman Holster for my 4” Ruger Sec Six and it fits great.

      December 28, 2018 2:35 pm
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    Chiappa Rhino should be on this list. You can swap cylinders between .357 and 9mm, and recoil is pretty gentle thanks to the design.

    March 7, 2017 7:05 pm
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      Eric Hung

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

      March 9, 2017 10:30 am
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        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

        June 18, 2017 5:40 pm
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          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.

          August 23, 2017 7:56 pm
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            Eric Hung

            Thanks for all the experience George!

            August 23, 2017 8:02 pm