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Old 11-27-2010, 11:27 AM
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What is the best 8 shot stainless 357 mag revolver? (No autos... this one needs to be a revolver) And what is the optimal barrel length to get the full value of the power of the 357... but still not go overboard on length (ie, no buntlines)
Old 11-27-2010, 12:38 PM
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The Taurus 608 and the Smith & Wesson 327 are the only two models I am aware of that to my knowledge produce a 8 shot revolver in .357 Magnum. Price wise the Taurus seems to be the better priced of the two but they have a reputation for less than great customer service should you have to send your gun in for factor service. The Smith seems to be a great gun although I am not sure what the quality these days coming out of the factory are. I own one of their N Frame revolvers but its about 30 years old and its a great gun. With the Smith you will be paying a pretty penny for it.

To my way of thinking...and their are many here that will probably disagree, I think a barrel length in the neighborhood of 6 inches wrings out about the most from the 357 without getting rediculas on barrel length and keeping it pretty handy still, making it a pretty good over all package. It will give you a bit more velocity over the 4 inch barreled versions although it may not quiet give you the maximum velocity that a 8 3/8 inch barrel likely would produce.
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:04 PM
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Stay with the S&W. Taurus is garbage.

For concealment: the 327 2" scandium.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...layErrorView_Y

For hiking,field use, concealment: 627 UDR 2 5/8"
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...layErrorView_Y

For field use or training: 627 5".
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...layErrorView_Y

Can find them all on gunbroker for good prices. S&W has a large markup, so you can find all of these for around $800.

If autos were outlawed or I found some magical supply of of 357 mag JHP's, this is the direction I would go. I really think the 8 shot N frames are very size efficient handguns.
Old 11-28-2010, 10:29 AM
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Thanks. I'm adding a 45 and a 357 to the gun cabinet... and the S&W looks like the ticket.

For the record... I will never own a Taurus. The ONLY revolvers I've ever had ftf have been Taurus rentals at gun ranges. To date every Taurus revolver I rented failed within a bag of 50 reloads... typically to fire when I let the hammer hit the round a second time.
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You are right Taurus = Complete Junk! I have a Smith 327 Night Guard 8 shooter and realy like it.
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