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I have a S&W Model 586, which is the blued version of the 686. I had trigger work done, and absolutely love it. It is the handgun I shoot best with. For the money, it is a much better buy than the Colt Python, which is also an outstanding revolver.
 

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If it is primarily for range use, and you want value for money, look around for a used 4" S&W model 28.

I have seen them at shows for $250, still tight, and in excellent overall condition. They are built on the "N" frame - hence on the heavy side, and will tame the heaviest .357 loads.

But they are very well put together, and a very tough revolver that'll last and last.
 

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Originally posted by Pitbull:
Striker - although I do believe your Python is a nice gun. I hardly believe comparing the Model 10's we use, to a 686 is fair.

Those model 10's have been used & abused for years and years.
Comparing it to a well taken care of 686 is an injustice.

We will see how your Python stacks up against my 686 when we hit the range.


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Can't wait. Who's going to shoot for you?
 

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For pure shooting pleasure go with one of the N-frames (27 or 28). Both of my m-28's are 4". Would like to add a 5" m-27 to the collection. The 586 or 686 are fine pistols, just prefer the older ones.

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GP-100, But what do I know I like the Python and King Cobra too.


The GP-100 "is" built like a tank.
 

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Are these your only choices? Only interested in a new gun? My first choice in a .357 is a toss-up between the Colt Python and the M27 S&W. Prices have risen lately, but if you look you can find. Just bought 8&3/8 M27 in presentation box from dealer for $315 and 4" nickel Python from individual at a gun show for $500. Both are about 99%. I think I paid a bit too much for the Colt but I wanted it.

In my opinion either the M27 or the Python is twice the gun when compared to either of your specified choices.
 

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My opinion may not matter much, but a Ruger GP100 has been my longtime friend...with Pachmayrs on it...oh my does this gun shoot well. The full lug version in a 4" stainless...yummy
 
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