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Old 01-28-2008, 12:47 PM   #21
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I don't think the .357 will ever go away. I couldn't be without one.

I have a 586 and I would like to get a 27 or 28 one day but an absolute must have for me is a 19 Combat Magnum. That is the gun that turned me to revolvers. I didn't really care for revolvers at all until one day I was in a Vegas gunshop and I looked into the case and saw the prettiest blue I had ever seen. I asked to see it just for that reason. It was a 6" 19-2 with gancalo target grips, target trigger, and target hammer. It was mint and when I picked it up there was a 'rightness' to it I still can't explain. I flipped the tag. $279. Was that good for a 19? I had no idea. This was about 2 years ago and yes, in hindsight, it was. The part of me that fears paying too much for anything decided it needed research. I went home and did the research and called that shop the next day. Gone. I have never forgiven myself. With what I have paid for other guns, why did I balk at that small price for something that looked to good and felt so right?

I have shot a couple since. They lived up to my expectations. I think I better just get one before the prices get any worse.
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Old 01-28-2008, 02:06 PM   #22
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Jeez Jon, don't even think that! I have five!!! 3 Model 28s(two six-inchers and a four), a 5" Model 27 and a six-inch Trooper.

I wouldn't, except for Big Bears, feel undergunned at all with any of the S&W and my handloads( 16.5gr.Lilgun and a hardcast 15
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:19 PM   #23
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This venture has me plunging into another skill...reloading! Our Independence ammo at work went up 70%, most other brands went up a couple of dollars a box.

We've been repricing guns once a month (many brands that is, not all every time). Normal for the end of the year.

Time to get that Rockcrusher Master Kit!

Plenty of pig tags left, to be sold over the counter. My GP is getting impatient.

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Old 01-28-2008, 03:27 PM   #24
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.357 will be around until all the firearms that are chambered for it rust away.

I know several law enforcement officers that wish their depatments would go back to the .357. They've told me on many occaisions that they never felt under-gunned with a 686 or a Python, or a Model 28.

I've seen them reload during qualifications, they make Jerry Miculek look slow.

I recently picked up a rather abused Model 28 and I am working on getting it fixed up a bit. I've had some action work done to it and I've ordered some new parts to fix a couple of issue, bent extractor rod and all the springs.

The insides of the gun are now all nice and shiny and smooth. Just needs to be sent off to get the scratches removed and the DLC applied.
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Old 01-28-2008, 04:22 PM   #25
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I wouldn't trade my Ruger Security Six 4" HB, with small rubber grips for anything...welll, maybe a real nice Speed Six and a 6" in stainless...

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Who only owns a single .357. Add to list of things I need to improve.
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Old 01-30-2008, 08:27 AM   #26
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If some departments insist on auto pistols, there's always the .357 Magnum Desert Eagle!

That said, they now have 686+ style revolvers that take 7 or even 8 rounds of .357 in the cylinder. Maybe in tiome the revolver will make a bit of a comeback, in local PDs, etc.

There's also the .357 Sig....
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:49 PM   #27
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At work someone said DE was the only autoloader for .357 Magnum. When I brought up the (I believe) now defunct Coonan Arms 1911 in .357, even most of the old timers had never heard of it.

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Old 01-30-2008, 03:59 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by planeflyer21
At work someone said DE was the only autoloader for .357 Magnum. When I brought up the (I believe) now defunct Coonan Arms 1911 in .357, even most of the old timers had never heard of it.
The Coonan was quite nifty...spooky trigger though on the one I got to shoot.

BTW: LAR had a .357 Mag conversion kit for their Grizzly pistol.
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:54 PM   #29
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I only own 3 .357's. a 6" black hawk, a 6" GP100 and a Rossi levergun. in a survival situation, I wouldn't at all regret having the lever gun, nor in a hunting situation under 100yds.

I've always liked the .357mag. its not too much, or too little. Seems like anymore, companies keep going bigger, and bigger, or tinier and tinier with no attention paid to the middle ground. There's a reason. The .357's got it well under control.

This makes me wanna go load up a couple hundred LSWC's and spend my next day off shooting them at the range.
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:32 AM   #30
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Let's see . . . with only eight or so, I need a few more.
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:36 PM   #31
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Rossi Puma in .357 is the next rifle purchase.

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Old 02-04-2008, 11:48 AM   #32
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What good is .357?

My 1st serious caliber pistol was a Colt Trooper w/ a 6" barrel. I've had it over 35 yrs now and still shoot it on occasion. Action is smooth as silk still. Starting to get some "leakage?" around the forcing cone and cylinder. But I'll never let it get away from me. I once traded a Colt .25 auto still in the box for a Smith mod 36 in 3". A practical trade at the time but I sure wish I still had the .25.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:53 PM   #33
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Best all-around caliber out there. Got a couple of Dan Wessons, a 686, a Puma carbine. Best survival cartridge (except possibly the .22LR!). I've been drooling over the S&W 620 lately.
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Old 02-09-2008, 12:57 PM   #34
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I'm suprised at how many S&W Highway Patrolman revolvers in good condition are for sale used at good prices. A friend of mine has that for plinking with .38s and as a house gun. Nice piece.
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:51 AM   #35
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davide/all,

i'm surprised how CHEAP so many .357 Mags are right now at both gun shops & at gun shows.

i went to a big gun show yesterday afternoon & saw any number (one booth had over 50 S&W Model 65/3" in good shape) of S&W blue/stainless revolvers in good/excellent shape from 200-300.oo each.
(including a Model 27 in NICE shape for 288.oo + tax. = wish i hadn't already spent my "mad money"!!!)

further, i (within the last month) bought a nice S&W Model 65/ 4" for the princely sum of 200.oo + tax, at a local gun shop!

free dixie,sw
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:13 PM   #36
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I never had a revolver until last year. I've always been a 1911 fan since the military, but I always wanted a revolver, you know, just to see how the other side lives....

I'm the happy owner of a GP 100 (black frame 4" barrel), and have since kicked my tail for not doing it earlier.

Its great to target shoot with 38 special, and the accuracy is great, but I can confirm that .357 is a great round.

2 weeks after I got the Ruger, I was feeding horses when the dog cornered something in the back of the barn. Turned out to be one really ticked off badger (which at the time looked as big as a german shepard....heat of the moment, you know ).
Called the dog off, and got a clean shot, hit him in the shoulder, and I can confirm that .357 JHP does a lot of damage.

I'm going to be shopping for another just as soon as the tax refund arrives.
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:39 AM   #37
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Coonan Inc ? The Coonan Experience

A new twist on the .357 - A 1911 in .357 Mag. Caliber.

Apologies if I am late to the party, but I just saw it the other day online.
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Old 12-08-2015, 11:27 AM   #38
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DavidE,

When my nephew & his bride "went abroad on a mission trip" to a VERY hostile & violent OCONUS area last year, I gave him my Model 65 for home/self defense
(He had NO trouble "importing" the Model 65 as it is NOT "considered to be a weapon of war" by the host nation's government. = He received a carry permit within 30 days, too.)

yours, satx

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Old 12-08-2015, 07:37 PM   #39
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Good piece, SW, and glad to hear the local gov't was so accommodating.

Hopefully all went smoothly on the trip. Those who do the Lord's work in places like that are awesome people.
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DavidE,

KYLE & ZOE spent 22 months in RED CHINA as "illegal missionaries", so they are up for anywhere that the Lord sends them. - Fyi, China doesn't like missionaries & essentially all of them are IN DANGER 24/365.
(I, otoh, "held my breath" the whole time that they were in China).

Btw, I knew the famous "God Smuggler" when I was in college. - Will _________ had "more GUTS than people" & used to parachute behind The Iron Curtain with Bibles in "the bad old days" of the USSR.

yours, sw

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