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Old February 19, 2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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Favorite .357 6" revolver?

I'm bored, so I figured I'd pick a fight.
I own a 686 and a Security Six, both 6 inch barrels. I have owned the Python, also 6 inches. I love all three, for different reasons. 686 for the trigger. Colt for the best balance of everything, even though it wasn't the best at anything in particular. The Sec Six because for utilitarian butt-kicking, throw-it-at-em-and-it'll hurtedness. Overall, if I had to pick JUST ONE, I think it would be the Security Six.

Which one (and why) for you?
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Old February 19, 2010, 02:01 PM   #2
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Old February 19, 2010, 02:09 PM   #3
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I don't care as much for 6" barreled guns as I do 4" guns.

That said, though, I'll take my S&W Model 28 over all comers.
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Old February 19, 2010, 02:15 PM   #4
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+ 1 for the N-frame Smith Mike

Also a rough, tough overbuilt masterpiece. . .
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Old February 19, 2010, 02:15 PM   #5
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Smith fan here.

I love the 686, but in the six-inch it seems a little front heavy to me, and a little heavy overall.

I don't have a .357 yet, but if I get a hold of my wish gun, it will be a 6" model 66. K-frame stainless Combat Magnum. What's not to like?

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Old February 19, 2010, 02:22 PM   #6
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Depending on my mood either my 6" 586, 686 or the Python.
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Old February 19, 2010, 02:33 PM   #7
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I've also got a 6" Model 19, which is quite fun. But it just doesn't have the intimidation value that the 28 has.
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Old February 19, 2010, 02:36 PM   #8
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My Stainless Security Six is very accurate (when I do my part). Installed an aftermarket mainspring and that lightened up the trigger pull immensely.
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Old February 19, 2010, 03:02 PM   #9
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Of my two six inch guns I'd have to pick my blued half-lug GP100. I haven't long had it and have usually owned 4" and shorter revolvers (with the exception of the 7.5" Ruger SRH in .454 Casull I owned for a time). The half lug 6" GP balances more like a 4" gun and is not nearly as nose heavy as a 6" full lug revolver.

I own a 6" Stainless full lug GP100, but if I had to sell one it would go first.
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Old February 19, 2010, 03:14 PM   #10
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Smith is #1 but I'll rate Ruger 2 thats all I need!!!!!!

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Old February 19, 2010, 03:14 PM   #11
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I do not shoot well with 6-inch barrels,,,

Maybe it's just me but I will always shoot better with a 4" barrel than with a 6" barrel revolver.

I have several of both,,,
They always seem too barrel heavy for me.

I have a 629 with a 6' barrel and it's very accurate off a rest,,,
Same with my Taurus 970, accurate off a rest,,,
Accuracy goes to heck in Weaver stance.

Pull out my 4" Model 15, My Colt Trooper 4", and my Taurus 990 4",,,
I shoot almost as well in Weaver as I do off of a rest.

My friend has a Police Positive with a very skinny 6" barrel,,,
I am doing good to hit the ground with it,,,
With his 4" Python I'm okay.

Go figure,,,
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Old February 19, 2010, 03:21 PM   #12
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No experience with the Sec Six but I did purchase a 686 with a 2.5-inch barrel. I haven’t yet shaken it down so I have very little to report. It is a chunky handful in appearance, but I still like it. It’s slated to be customized by Grant C. but that’s a ways’ off.
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Old February 19, 2010, 04:17 PM   #13
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+ 1 for an N frame S&W ......but for me, it will have to be a model 27 ( preferably in Nickel ).
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Old February 19, 2010, 04:22 PM   #14
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Like Jim, I have several K Frames, L Frames, and Rugers. My favorite gun is my S&W 66-2 snub, but for having reliability, I would have to agree with him. My Security Six is strong! One gun sure is tough though.
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Old February 19, 2010, 05:32 PM   #15
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My 6" Security Six just keeps going and going and going and going...
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Old February 19, 2010, 07:27 PM   #16
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either a m27 or 28.
i do like the utilitarian nature of the 28....have one in both the 4 and 6" flavors.
the K frames are cool, but they are k frames after all, great if we're talking .38s...love the m13
the L frames are neat too but i just don't shoot the m581 much. but neither seem to have the attitude that the Ns have.
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Old February 19, 2010, 08:14 PM   #17
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My S&W 686 is my favorite. The gun is balanced to me, fits my hand and the trigger is excellent.
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Old February 19, 2010, 08:21 PM   #18
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My favorite is a 6" Colt Trooper Mark III. Have gotten rid of a few in the past couple of years.
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Old February 19, 2010, 08:42 PM   #19
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I don't care as much for 6" barreled guns as I do 4" guns.

That said, though, I'll take my 5" S&W Model 27 over all comers.

Sorry Mike, had to fix it for you
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Old February 19, 2010, 08:43 PM   #20
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My favorite is a 6" Colt Trooper Mark III
Ill second that
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Old February 19, 2010, 08:44 PM   #21
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Smith 686 is my only 6" .357, so I guess it is my favorite...
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Old February 19, 2010, 08:58 PM   #22
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Very tough choice for me........ I have several 6" .357's though all are Colts

6" Stainless Python


6" Blued '56 vintage Python


6" Blued King Cobra


6" Blued Boa
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Old February 19, 2010, 09:00 PM   #23
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Favorite .357 6" revolver?

Duh......................

Model 27
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Old February 19, 2010, 09:00 PM   #24
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model 19 smith.
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Old February 19, 2010, 09:17 PM   #25
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It depends. For all out accuracy I choose my 686-6 6" gun. I'm not the most accurate shooter in the world but I can get 2 1/2 inch groups, shooting double action, off hand, at 25 yards with that gun. I can't come close with any of my other guns, revolvers or semis. For ability to handle heavy loads, it's my 27-3 4" revolver. That gun will comfortably fire even the heaviest .357loads. It's also a tack driver although I can't shoot it quite as accurately as I can shoot my 686. Finally, for ease of pointing and smoothness of operation I choose my 4" 66 no-dash. That gun has the best trigger, never modified, of any handgun I own, points naturally, fits my hand extremely well, and is also extremely accurate. Its only minor drawback is that it is not fun to shoot with the hotter magnum rounds, hence I don't use it for that purpose.
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