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View Poll Results: Best Revolver
Vintage Python 7 10.77%
Current Python 1 1.54%
Pre lock S&W model 27 9 13.85%
Pre lock S&W model 586/686 23 35.38%
Pre lock S&W model 19/66 8 12.31%
Current S&W offerings 2 3.08%
Other 15 23.08%
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Old 09-02-2020, 01:12 PM
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Best revolver

What are your opinions on the best revolver made and why

Vintage Python
Current Python
Pre lock S&W 27
Pre Lock S&W 586/686
Pre lock S&W 19/66
Current S&W offerings
Other
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Old 09-02-2020, 01:29 PM
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I would have to say that Freedom arms arguably makes the best one.

And those Korths are not too shabby either.
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Old 09-02-2020, 02:29 PM
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Best for what purpose---Quality? Accuracy? Longevity? Carrying? Investment? Value? Gun fightin'?

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Old 09-02-2020, 02:38 PM
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Best for what purpose---Quality? Accuracy? Longevity? Carrying? Investment? Value? Gun fightin'?
How about best all-purpose revolver. A go to revolver for anything you need to do with it. Maybe you have a different choice for different purposes, if so please elaborate. I like my 4" 686 as my go to, but it may not be the best choice to carry as a sidearm on a bear hunt. What fills the bill fairly well in all of those categories?
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Old 09-02-2020, 02:50 PM
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Colt SAA, USFA or current Standard Manufacturing Single Actions in 45 Colt of course! They are very elegant and simple revolvers. Everything you need and nothing you don't. Well maybe a set of stag or ivory grips.
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Old 09-02-2020, 03:55 PM
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I agree with everything said about the Colt SAA but it isn't strong enough to handle really hot 45 colt For a maybe bear gun I'm thinking Ruger Blackhawk.
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Old 09-02-2020, 03:56 PM
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I voted Prelock 19/66. I have one in near mint condition and it's amazing.
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Old 09-02-2020, 04:24 PM
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Of the listed models, I vote for the pre-lock Model 27. Nothing beats a stout N frame, even in .357 Magnum.
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Old 09-02-2020, 04:52 PM
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How about best all-purpose revolver. A go to revolver for anything you need to do with it. Maybe you have a different choice for different purposes, if so please elaborate. I like my 4" 686 as my go to, but it may not be the best choice to carry as a sidearm on a bear hunt. What fills the bill fairly well in all of those categories?
Since ya put it that way , my choice would be a Ruger Redhawk in .41 Magnum , one of which , ironically , I have owned for about 35yrs. it's the most rugged and durable revolver made. Since I handload , I have no ammo problems , and can load from mild to wild , especially now that Starline has brought out .41 Special brass. I've put 10s of thousands of hot handloads thru it while shooting metallic silhouette matches , and it's lock-up is as tight as the day I bought it.

BTW , I own several S&W Mod.57 , and they're beautifully made , accurate revolvers. But they ain't the tank the Redhawk is.
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Old 09-02-2020, 05:17 PM
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The top three in your poll are about the only DA revolvers I'm still interested in buying, though with the availability of the new Python, I'd put the vintage Python last, as for what they cost, I could easily buy the other two.
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Old 09-02-2020, 06:30 PM
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If you have a Smith & Wesson with a two-digit model number you are probably doing just fine.
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Old 09-02-2020, 06:59 PM
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Tough call. I would feel well armed with S&W 19/66, in fact that is what I carried in the Academy in 1975. I had a 4"19, and the department issued me a 4" 66. Shot the 19 on the range, kept the 66 for inspections. But when you throw "bear" into the mix, I want my .41 mag. Redhawk, or S&W 657.

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Old 09-02-2020, 08:32 PM
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The Smith & Wesson Model 27 is the finest .357 Magnum revolver on the planet in my view. A Colt Python also lives here, but doesn't measure up, not with its front heavy balance, its double-action trigger pull, or its looks. Not interested in even knowing more about a Korth than could be determined upon handling one on an occasion.

Two of the Smith & Wesson N-Frame .357 Magnums live here, a 6-inch Model 27-2 purchased new and an early 1950s 3 1/2-inch. They're accurate in the extreme, shrug off the heaviest of .357 Magnum handloads such as used for hunting, and accurate double-action shot placement with them is like "drivin' a Cadillac."






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Old 09-03-2020, 08:00 AM
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Freedom Arms Model 83

S&W 29/629 DX

S&W 29/629 Magna Classic
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Old 09-03-2020, 10:32 AM
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The old pre-lock 27 has to be the best, the old Python the sexiest. I don't have any experience with the Korth, one out of 10,000 prolly hasn't even seen one. For shooting an old L-frame would be my preference but they're just not as nice as an old 27. I have to deem the 27 the best.
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Old 09-03-2020, 11:20 AM
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Old 09-09-2020, 08:59 PM
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I've come to the conclusion that Ruger makes some very fine, in fact exquisite small boat anchors. The last two I've purchased were the nails in the coffin. If you open up a gun and there is as much machining remnants as there was in the brand new SP-101 it was never finished! It's fine for carrying around with snake shot, but that's about it...

If someone were to give me one of Ruger's SA revolvers in .41 Mag I might start looking for a good 'Smith to work it over but more likely I'd trade towards something better. I don't have the time to deal with their DA offerings. By the time you get done having someone tune it up so it's almost as smooth as a 19, 66 or 57 you'd have been better off getting something else.

Big, heavy castings or smaller, lighter forged parts (and a decent trigger and an absence of a bunch of milling machine debris!)? That's the choice...

I wish one of the Spaghetti Colt manufacturers would do something in .41, I'd be all over that!

If the Freedom Arms revolvers weren't limited to 5 rounds I would be more interested-it's .41 Mag guys, not something that makes rifle pressures for an X-frame!

I'll stick with the two digit model number or pre-number S&W's...
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Old 09-10-2020, 09:56 AM
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Best for what?

I hve a number of revolvers, including several included in the poll, but none of them are perfect for every task.
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Old 09-10-2020, 12:22 PM
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Of the listed models, I vote for the pre-lock Model 27. Nothing beats a stout N frame, even in .357 Magnum.
OK, I changed my mind and agree, even over the M19 prelock. I like the look of the N-Frame with pencil barrel and blued finish.
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Old 09-10-2020, 04:42 PM
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Another vote for a Freedom Arms 83. It's a 3 lb chunk of jewelry.
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Old 09-10-2020, 05:24 PM
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Old 09-10-2020, 06:00 PM
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The S&W Model 57. Because it is an N frame designed for .44 bullets but with .41 holes in it which make it stronger. The .41 bullets shoot flatter and have less recoil because the gun is heavier.
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Old 09-10-2020, 08:17 PM
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[quote=colt191145;13262454]colt saa, usfa or current standard manufacturing single actions in 45 colt of course! They are very elegant and simple revolvers. Everything you need and nothing you don't. Well maybe a set of stag or ivory grips.[/quote

THIS!!!!!!
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Old 09-10-2020, 09:16 PM
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The older colt python was rated for 200yd accuracy, heck I can’t see a target at 200 yds. But my ‘75 357 python had pin point accuracy at 100yds.
I like my ruger revolver because of no screws to come loose under magnum loads. Second it’s the s&w n frames.
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Old 09-11-2020, 01:51 PM
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