preferably stainless or nickel plated
You didn't specify that in your original post. I checked out prices for stainless or nickel. They're pretty obscene. Seriously, I'd start collecting model airplanes before I paid those prices.
Buy a blued Python. Once you hold it and look at that deep blue finish, you'll love it. And you can use that $1500 you save to buy reloading equipment.
"I say, boy, I say, you're doing a lot of choppin', but no chips are flyin'."