Sorry to intrude late, but I get your logic.The new one? How about some pics and thoughts?
I’ve wanted a .38/44 HD for a long time now, but it’s never happened. If I ever make it happen, it will be a regular at the range. You’ve got a fine one!Sorry to intrude late, but I get your logic.
I've had a dozen S&W .357 but the one that rings right is the 4" .38/44 heavy-duty, the spiritual progenitor of the 520. Everything you need, nothing you don't. I liked it better than my 3.5" 27 (and I LOVE that gun).
I loaded HV rounds with 11gr of 2400 to get it up to semi-.357 performance like intended. It has made me want a 520 once I shot it a lot, other .357s, and figured it all out. Alas, 520s were always pricey but now are getting unobtainably. kudos to you!
Unfortunately mine's a 5" and the 4" is preferable to me, but rare. Love to find a 4" of either.
38/44 daddy pics:
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I'ma tell you a secret but please DO NOT tell anyone else.I’ve wanted a .38/44 HD for a long time now, but it’s never happened. If I ever make it happen, it will be a regular at the range. You’ve got a fine one!
I agree as my .41mags are my favorite, but I also have a .357mag that is one of my carry guns. I have had several brands of revolvers in .357mag, but this one is a real sweet shooter. It is a factory DAO GP-100 with a 3" barrel. It is incredibly accurate and has never misfired in over 1500 rounds.I prefer a .41 to a .357, although I really do enjoy shooting the latter.
I had the 8" barrelled version about 40 years ago and mine was factory tuned. It was a sweet shooter and I mounted a 2x Leopold Handgun scope on the barrel with Millett rings that clamped into the barrel rail cutouts. I took quite a few whitetails with the gun. Unfortunately I was living in an apartment that caught on fire and I had all my guns in a sheet metal safe that gave no protection from heat and all my guns were damaged beyond use. I sent the Python back to Colt and they said it was too far damaged to repair.
I agree, one of the better looking revolvers from S&W. All business, no frills like adjustable sights to get in the way.I've had a NIB S&W 520 sitting in the safe for years. The fixed sight, N frame Model 58 is such a pleasure to shoot I kept trying to talk myself into taking the 520 to the range. Instead, I tracked down a clean, used 520, and it has become one of my favorite revolvers and my absolute favorite .357 Magnum. It came with a set of Pachmayr grips, but I swapped them for a cheap pair of Altamonts.