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Old October 12, 2020, 11:20 AM   #1
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The best revolver ever made is the post-war S&W .357

I am not kidding.

The old 1950's post war revolvers are the best ever made:







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Old October 12, 2020, 11:58 AM   #2
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Those are certainly beauties. I could see Korth, Python and perhaps owners of some other manufactuer's revolvers having a different opinion as to what revolver is "best" though.
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Old October 12, 2020, 12:33 PM   #3
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Everyone will have a different idea of what is best,

For me, what determines "best" is my personal evaluation of what I get for what I pay. That means New Model Ruger Blackhawks for SA and Pinned & recessed S&W N frames for DA.

And, not every single one ever made, just the ones that I own!
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Old October 12, 2020, 01:20 PM   #4
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Those look like 3 or 4 screws. So we can debate what vintage of S&W is "best".
And those 3.5" barrels are quite collectible.
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Old October 12, 2020, 01:40 PM   #5
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What's this best revolver ever made threads . As above, it's a personal thing. I have what I think is 'best' set of SA revolvers that qualify as perfect pack'n pistols. In my mind they are the 'best'. S&W is way.... way... down on my list. Plus the caliber has to start with at least a 0.4x to even quality for best . So it goes...
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Old October 12, 2020, 02:02 PM   #6
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The best?

My model 14 S&W (6") circa 1953 38 spcl is still a tack driver and the action smooth as silk.
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Old October 12, 2020, 04:13 PM   #7
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Korth and Manuhrin might not quite see it that way; but those Smiths are great revolvers.
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Old October 12, 2020, 04:48 PM   #8
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I agree m27s are the finest 357s that have been made up to 27-2 variation. Downhill after that. I’ve got 83/8” and 61/2” , have sold all my other 357s including 19s. Had Pythons and Trooper. Rugers too, no Korth.
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Old October 12, 2020, 09:40 PM   #9
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I would nominate the M-28 as the best of S&W. You get the heavy frame of the M-27 but that service finish is easier to take care of.
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Old October 12, 2020, 09:55 PM   #10
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I don't know about being the "best" but living in the country one of the most practical little guns to carry every day is the 651 22mag with a 4" barrel.
You almost forget it's there and it has ample power to dispatch most things in the lower 48.
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Old October 12, 2020, 10:03 PM   #11
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I could see Korth, Python and perhaps owners of some other manufactuer's revolvers having a different opinion as to what revolver is "best" though.
Purchased from the right period, machining accuracy was high, handfitting skill was good and they could make a finish that all but the epa loved.. Korth may deliver something very nice, but it still is not an early 70’s S&W!
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Old October 12, 2020, 10:13 PM   #12
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I have colts but prefer smith and Wesson
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Old October 13, 2020, 05:06 AM   #13
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That sure is a beauty, and to me the Model 27 is about the ultimate in aesthetically beautiful revolvers. Maybe some day I can afford one, but for now I’ll have to settle for my Model 15 and my 4” Model 57.
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Old October 13, 2020, 10:19 AM   #14
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S&W <check>
.357 Mag <check>
post-war <check>
627 ...fixed it
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Old October 13, 2020, 10:50 AM   #15
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Anytime I run across a thread like this I think of the old saying "opinions are like -------s and everyone has one. I certainly wouldn't mind owning any of the guns pictured in the OP despite anyone's opinion.
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Old October 13, 2020, 03:56 PM   #16
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For me, the best is the model 28, like the one I have, fitted with the target hammer and trigger. I don't mind the high luster blue of the 27 or my 29, but I like the satin blue of the 28 better.
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Old October 14, 2020, 08:05 AM   #17
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While beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder...so does "Best Revolver"...but Function always trumps Beauty (3 wks left don't forget to vote!). Ease of day-long carry, maintain-ability...sure they're important but first and foremost: accuracy. If your blued-steel beauty won't keep a cylinderful under a silver dollar at 75 feet, it won't be my pick for favorite. And if I can't lug it off and on the tractor, climb aboard a 17' canoe nor 16-hand horse, or take my pick-up down to TSP for a pound of shear bolts, or cover it up with an X-Long T-shirt, it won't qualify for my favorite, let alone the "best revolver". And last, but certainly not least, it's got to be a caliber that'll do the job, any job on a working farm.

In my neck of the Kentucky Blue Grass, that boils down to any one of the following any one of the following for me: a 4" bbl'd M66 or 19, or a Smith M69. This latter is a fine, medium weight revolver well designed for everyday use...and yeah...I could do without the cursed IL, odd looking two-piece bbl., and fugly rubber stocks...but all that notwithstanding, mine's as accurate with both jacketed and cast SWC's as I can possibly hold off a rest...sub-2" for a good hold at 25 yds.

Your mileage probably varies, but one of those three will do nicely, here 'bouts. Rod
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Old October 14, 2020, 03:46 PM   #18
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I always thought "best" would just be my opinion. I apologize if I mislead you.

Most guys came back with their opinion which was what I wanted.

This S&W Model 27-1 is very rare but not the best.
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Old October 14, 2020, 09:09 PM   #19
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I have a early 28 with a 6" barrel that is without a doubt my favorite revolver. My 3 screw Super Blackhawk comes a close second...

Some years ago I let a nicely tuned model 19 .357 slip though my hands and I'll always regret selling that one.

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Old October 14, 2020, 09:24 PM   #20
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I've owned model 27s and 28s and still have 2 28's. But, after my first .44 I was reeled in. I'm now a big fan of the .44 and my favorite is the Special. Here's a 24-3 that I've owned for a number of years.



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Old October 14, 2020, 11:36 PM   #21
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For some reason I thought we were limiting it to .357s. machts nichts..

I put .44s and .45s in a different class, but, that's just me.

For .357s, I'm in a bit of a different place than a lot of folks. Except when living outdoors I don't wear a pistol all day, so weight isn't a big deal to me. And, my usual answer to those who say "its too heavy" is "grow stronger! "

I want a large heavy pistol because of the strength and ability to damp recoil. I want my .357s to be full magnum loads as close to the original "hot" stuff as I can manage, and there are a LOT of good .357s that simply won't handle that.

I've had a sweet 6" Model 19, and a very nice 4" 66 and let them go, just not what I'm after. No short barrel belly gun .357s either, for me, thank you. I got .38s for that.

So, overall for a .357 DA revolver, my "best" is my model 28, 6" which wears the target hammer and trigger (same as the 27) and Pachmayr grips for my shooting comfort. For an SA, Ruger new model Blackhawk, hands down.

I have a Model 29-2, its a great revolver but not my favorite for heavy .44 loads. Even with pachmayrs full house stuff isn't fun. But with 240s under 1150-ish fps, its great!!

My "best" SA is my .45Colt Ruger Blackhawk 7.5". not a "speed" rig, but a powerful one and my usual recreational "long range artillery" and not for everyone. I've worked on mine, its slick with a feather light trigger and I can ring the 200yd rifle gong, offhand, one handed, six for six on a good day. Of course, I've got almost 40 years practice with it, and shooting the same load 250gr @ 1100fps approx so that might have something to do with it.

If your "best" has to do a lot of things well, then choose what works for that. You're not wrong, and for my uses, neither am I.
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Old October 15, 2020, 05:57 AM   #22
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For me a good revolver has to be accurate, well made and durable. Trigger characteristics, especially in double action, are very important for me as a shooter. The best? The best does not depend on price or value for the money but is the ultimately superior in all aspects - and that is where personal preference will enter the equation and end all objectivity.

The roller bearing on the Korth trigger results in a smoother double action than even the best fitted and polished sear can offer. That's what counts for me.
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Old October 15, 2020, 06:23 AM   #23
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I'll go with the New Century Triple Lock...
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Old October 15, 2020, 10:56 AM   #24
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I own a Manurhin. I own a Python. Sorry, no Korth here.
But in side by side tests for my application, IDPA SSR, I get better faster hits with a Smith.

I know some people are well served with a single action, but my only use for one (two) was competing at CAS which I have not done in some time so my SAA is idle.
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Old October 15, 2020, 12:19 PM   #25
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I'll agree with the OP. The finish on those beauties is almost liquid.
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