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Old 12-01-2013, 11:52 PM   #21
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Accurate, tough, durable, reliable.

My deer gun for mountain laurel thickets. A 15-2 HV 10 inch. Yes, I do hard cast heavy handloads. Have had this one since 1977.

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Accurate, tough, durable, reliable.

My deer gun for mountain laurel thickets. A 15-2 HV 10 inch. Yes, I do hard cast heavy handloads. Have had this one since 1977.

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my father has the same pistol with the 8 3/8" barrel and some custom made wood grips by a friend of his. Dad bought his in about 1980 or 81 IIRC.

pretty danged accurate shooting pistol too. very pleasant to shoot.
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One thing that is kind of interesting about the DW's is that the shrouds for the .22 cal and the shrouds for the .357 mag. are interchangeable. The possible exception is for the .22 cal snub nose. Some were made just a hair shorter than their .357 counterparts. Aside from a tighter fit, it still shoots the same.

I bought a .22 cal pistol pac and I have to tell you, it is a tack driver! You can also interchange the pistol grips between 22 and 357. The DW in snub is a little heavy for CCW, but it tames hot loads with ease. I tried out a Ruger SP101 a couple of months ago with 158 gr. 357 loads. Ouch! Fired 6 rounds and turned that puppy back to the front desk.

A couple of things to consider...

You can buy aftermarket barrels and shrouds. Check out EWK Arms. This is a very reputable shop and Eric, the owner, does a great job all the way around, but especially with really heavy weight barrels. There is a youtube vixeo of a young man/teen firing a DW 357 snub with one of Eric's heavy weights...double action...and he clearly demonstrated why sometimes "heavy' is better than "thin" (at least that's what I've been telling my wife, every time she talks about me dropping a few pounds). Almost completely absorbs recoil and looks really wicked with a scope mounted. Only down side is ya gotta eat your Wheaties cause they are a bit heavy.

Should you wear out the lands and groves, no sweat...just switch out the barrel and toss the old one away. You can also shoot BB, Short, Long, Subsonic and Long Rifle out of the 22 and that provides a distinct advantage under certain circumstances. Had DWs been around when the Mossad was running its wet ops in the early 1970s, I think they may have opted for a 22 cal revolver over the Beretta 22 automatic. And ya don't have to police the brass afterwards.

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The OP was referring to revolvers of previous vintage, according to his reference to gunbroker, etc. I never had or shot one, BUT, my BIL says that his brother had one, and it was the LEAST accurate of any revolver he ever tried. He couldn't stand the piece.

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Don't think anyone cares about OP's brothers few !! Since you have not owned one you don't know how good even a old, hard used and put away wet 357 dw can be. Earlier one made in monsoon were during the dan wesson years. After the passing of the founder most DW's were made under family when quality started to fall off or other owners and quality at time could vari. P don't believe cz would have bought dw if it was not for the 1911 section .

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During the late 70s had a friend who allowed me to shoot his DW .357 as long as he could shoot my Smiths. Eventually he purchased a Smith. It was a nice revolver with a safety if a different place, and was reasonably accurate. It had a different feel to it, almost too light compared to the 19 and 27 Smiths I was shooting at the time.
When Ruger introduced the GP 100 to replace the Security Six I wondered if they had lost their collective minds. Sometime afterward I had a chance to shoot one extensively. It was the most accurate out of the box revolver I had shot- I was impressed! It still seemed unreasonably heavy but it was accurate.
The point I'm trying to make (and doing so poorly) is that every quality revolver I've gotten rid of I have been disappointed later. I totally agree with Gatoragn. Keep your Ruger! If you desire a DW kit go with it but not at the expense of your Ruger. No, I won't say how many .357s are hanging around here. Some things are just fun.

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Keep your Ruger! If you desire a DW kit go with it but not at the expense of your Ruger. Some things are just fun.
I agree. The ruger will last forever.
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That is what concerned me. I'm no long-range competitive target shooter.

I will skip the pistol pack and just keep an eye out for a deal on DW with the one barrel i would actually use.

Thanks guys.
You will get the most use out of the 8" barrel. I inherited a DW 15-2 with all the barrels. The person I inherited it from was a navy fleet champion pistol shooter. I have seen him shoot deer without a support in a field. The range was unknown but it was at least 100 yards.

It's not like you are going to conceal a 15-2. You just as well use the most effective barrel.
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