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Old October 9, 2012, 03:40 PM   #76
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I sold my SW 686 two years ago. Needed the money to help pay for some vet bills. Great gun, but I don't miss it. I do miss the .357 though. I wish SW still made the Model 66. Would love to get a snub nose version of it. Wouldn't turn away a Model 19 either.
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Old October 9, 2012, 04:02 PM   #77
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I only have one 357, and this is it...


I achieved my best shot group ever with this gun, 6 rounds through the same hole about1/2 inch from the red, and one round through the middle, all shot double action from 7 yards. This round also makes pumpkins explode and shower everything withing 20 yards with orange goo. No other round has ever made me as happy to shoot as the 357 magum. The noise, recoil, and crazy accuracy make me a fan.
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Old October 9, 2012, 08:10 PM   #78
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"When I turned 21 the first gun I bought was a S&W #29 (Dirty Harry) revolver… that was before harry ever got one. Mine was called a Highway Patrol model. 4.5 in barrel. That was ’74.

It cost $165 new."


The Highway Patrolman was a Model 28. It came with 4 or 6 in barrels. A very small number came with 5 in. barrels, but they are uncommon and sought after.

I don't think Dirty Harry ever carried a Smith .357 Magnum. And the first Dirty Harry movie was released right before Christmas, 1971.
Way to be a party pooper Mike So what if memory and facts are different. I think you're just jealous.

Dirty Harry very briefly walked through a combat course with a 4in Colt Python in Magnum Force (1973).
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Old October 9, 2012, 08:19 PM   #79
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Count me in...

The M66 is post #44 is gorgeous--especially the grips. I have an old M66 that looks nowhere near that good, but it shoots great and is one of my favorites.

I would love to have a Coonan...maybe one day.
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Old October 9, 2012, 08:30 PM   #80
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First gun was a new SP101 3". Everybody on the internet recommended shooting 38's "until you get used to it." That was fun, I guess, but when I pulled the trigger on my first .357, time slowed down. The shock wave literally rolled dust bunnies down range. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM.

Empty. Reload.

And then I shot off another 50 until the webbing on my hand demanded that I stop. It was wonderful.
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Old October 9, 2012, 09:01 PM   #81
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Who loves the 357 mag.

I do.
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Old October 10, 2012, 01:35 AM   #82
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Yep love the .357, but more and more enjoy the M29 44 mag. Again. with mid range loads so as not to beat up my aging hands. Lots of fun and versality in the 44 maggie also.
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Old October 10, 2012, 10:10 AM   #83
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I love the 357 magnum, my online name is the roman numerals for 357.

I know here I will get some flack but my favorite 357 magnum is a Desert Eagle. 10 rounds of 357 magnum is pretty cool. The only down side is that its about as hard to CCW as an 1970s model Buick.
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Old October 11, 2012, 10:40 PM   #84
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No flack here. I like the Desert Eagle in .357 magnum also. I have the 10" barrel and take it Coyote hunting. No it does not conceal well, but I find it is easier to carry than a rifle. Without the 10" barrel it is my 'Night stand gun'. My Desert Eagle XIX has the quirk of holding 10 rounds in the magazine, so I actually have 11 rounds of .357 magnum available counting the one in the chamber. I find it as easy to shoot as a .38 Special. While I do not have a 'Favorite' .357, I do like each for the reason I bought them. The 8 shot S&W 627, the 11 shot semiauto Desert Eagle, the 5 shot S&W M&P 340 pocket revolver. The .357 magnum just might be my favorite caliber.
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Old October 11, 2012, 11:35 PM   #85
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.357 is my fave for sure......going to load 300 this weekend.
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Old October 12, 2012, 08:07 PM   #86
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I do!

It probably is the most versatile gun you can own. I only have one revolver in .357mag, a Smith and Wesson 686+, but have a Winchester '94 Trapper in .357 and a Ruger LCR. I can buy .38spl and run them in all three with the 686+ being a very soft shooter in .38s but can amp it up with the mag round in both the Winchester and the Smith.
Like I said I only own one .357 mag revolver but am planning on getting a few more.
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Old October 12, 2012, 08:38 PM   #87
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The 357 is my favorite handgun round, even more favorite than the 45 Colt.
My daily carry is a Taurus 605, loaded with Remington 125 grain JSP's and carried in my front pocket. In the console of my truck is Taurus 65 (4").
In my sock drawer are a 1959 Ruger Flat Top (6 1/2") and Uberti Cattleman (4 3/4").
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Old October 12, 2012, 10:35 PM   #88
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Whats not to like.

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Old October 13, 2012, 10:39 AM   #89
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My father left me this gun before he passed away. No dash 686 It'll always hold a special place in my heart. I miss him very much.

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Old October 13, 2012, 03:57 PM   #90
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at work so no pictures...

two dan wessons 15-2s with 2", 4", 6", and 8" barrels
smith m60 -snuby
smith highway patrolman -cant remember barrel length
Coonan 1911
ruger sp101 -snuby


one the list
smith TRR8
chippata white rhino 6"

im a junky
give me a 1911 or a .357mag baby!!!
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Old October 13, 2012, 03:59 PM   #91
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I love 357s
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Old October 13, 2012, 08:31 PM   #92
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When I was 7 years old my uncle let me shoot his 357mag, that was 40 years ago. I have a 357mag today.
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Old October 13, 2012, 09:22 PM   #93
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Love it and used to have it but unloaded that particular caliber in a paradigm shift via my entire collection (story for another day). Point is I too have great respect for it (someone mentioned the carbine as well and I really like the feel of a lever-action .357, mine was a Rossi). Also like the fact that you can use cheaper $ .38sp to train/plink.
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Old October 13, 2012, 09:58 PM   #94
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My FAVORITE!

Well, almost. I really love 45 acp. Big hole, lots of blood! But still, my main carry is S&W 640 with Crimson Trace grips and Rem med velocity loads. Pull the trigger, it goes boom. If it doesn't go boom, pull the trigger again. I don't have to worry about, pull here, push there, cycle this, remove that, etc, etc, etc. if there is a dud round I guess being an old fart, simpler is better. If I shoot you 5 times and you don't go down, well aw f&*( for me.

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Old October 14, 2012, 01:46 AM   #95
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Doesn't everyone love the 357

I like the 357, I have 3 686's 4" 3" 2.5" and a J frame model 60 3". The 2.5 " and the M60 are my carry wepons.
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Old October 14, 2012, 10:10 AM   #96
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357 is the best!!!
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Old October 14, 2012, 02:02 PM   #97
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Rat cheer. I've got two of 'em, an M66 and a 640. I'll probably have more in good time.

I like the .38 Special too (M10s forever!).
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Old October 15, 2012, 07:05 PM   #98
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A Colt Python, S&W M19 and Ruger Security Six ... yeah I like .357 mag
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Old October 15, 2012, 07:45 PM   #99
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My first gun was the S&W 686 and it is still my favorite gun and caliber. I have since acquired all caliber a from the .22 LR to the .45 ACP but the .357 magnum is still my favorite caliber!
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Old October 15, 2012, 10:44 PM   #100
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First handgun I ever shot was a .357, and currently own one. I plan on adding two or three more to my safe when money starts coming out my kitchen sink.
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