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(actually I think I registered years ago but I think itís on an old email so..)

Long story short, got into the shooting sports as a kid in the 90s, and have always loved revolvers (especially the smiths).

Took a liking to the idea of the .41, but wanted Ďmyí first handgun to be a .44. Thatís itís own story.

The first time I ever walked into a local shop near where I worked, I noticed a long barreled nickel plated smith in a presentation box. This was maybe 2-3 years ago.

It was a 57.

It called out to me, but I never took the plunge.

And it sat there, with no takers...till now.

N618xxx.

Has some marks, etc but overall itís in good condition. Unfortunately the front sight looks a bit damaged as the rear of it is lifted. Hopefully itíll be a small fix; canít wait to clear dros, pick it up and get it to the range once the world opens up a bit.
Congratulations on the new additions and sorry that you have to deal with DROS

I have a great fondness for the 41 magnum



While I do own several of the 8 3/8" versions (2 each) in blue and stainless, it seems that the shorter barrels are what usually gets shot. The deals were so good on all of these long tubes that I just could not walk away

I found the stainless 657 with the scope mounted, in a Bianchi shoulder holster with some Factory ammo at a gunshow back in 1995. I had just negotiated a price with the seller when the fellow with the adjoining table started telling him he was selling it too cheap. He starched listing the value of this and that to make his point. So I just told the fellow outright if he was making an offer on the package bigger than mine, to go ahead and buy it and I started walking away from the table

As you can see, it came home with me . . . though I do love the finish on the 57s better than the 657s

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Beautiful gun Ray...

Have had a couple of the 8 3/8" nickel guns....one was a set of consecutive serial numbered guns... The other was a LNIB never fired...

...and welcome to The Cult....

Lots of good posts and links here for .41 Lovers...

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Thanks all!

Ironically, just like my first .44 mag ended up not being a smith (Anaconda), my first...and second .41s werenít either:

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Just picked up this nice Model 58 and added some new shoes...
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Leo where'd you find that fine firearm?

BTW I like those shoes
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The model 58 just showed up at the LGS.
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Just picked up this nice Model 58 and added some new shoes..

who did the stocks?
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Those are Pre War style Magnas by Keith Brown.
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KB does some awesome work! That is a beautiful set up.
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Picked up these two "jewels" recently from members from D1911 and Houston GT. Thanks guys.
Forgot to mention a 57 no dash, maybe 73-74?
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Wow! I want one!
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Old 05-14-2020, 01:44 AM
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Finally picked her up today...

Nickel 57 no dash.

I love the case color hardening on the hammer.

Also ordered my first pair of Culinas for it
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Nickel 57 no dash.

I love the case color hardening on the hammer.

Also ordered my first pair of Culinas for it


Nice looking 41 Mag. Great find in CA as you don't see them very often for sale here.
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Nickel 57 no dash.

I love the case color hardening on the hammer.

Also ordered my first pair of Culinas for it
IMHO, S&W model 57s have developed somewhat of a Cult following recently, I'd leave the original grips on it if it were me? Of course it's not mine it's yours so do as you see fit.
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I think that the opposite is true.

The 41 Magnum is much less of a Cult revolver today than it was say in the 1990s

I put Culina's on my most recent Model 57 because what the factory put on was very plain looking target stocks and this revolver deserves better than plain



I know that there are people among us that don't want to touch whatever the factory did no matter how it looks today . . . But changing grips on a firearm is one of the easiest things that we all do to add that personal touch.



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Iíll keep the grips stored away for presentation purposes, but wanted something that I would worry ílessí about damaging due to use (then again I donít want to ding the culina grips either).

Now for some .41 mag dies...
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Finally got most of the information on a 657-2 Hunter I have had for years...

657 Hunter Mystery finally solved...
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SuperMan, great ending and a great looking revolver. Congratulations.
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I found a very nice and tight 6" M57, with an S prefix, early this past Summer, and it has become my favorite handgun. It had some sort of vent rib add-on, I'm afraid to try taking it off because I don't want to mess anything up; over time, I've come to sort of like it. I got no box or factory stocks when I bought it, it had a set of nice black Altamont stocks, but they were too dark for my liking, so I got a set of slightly thinner Rosewood Altamont stocks.

I reload, so finding ammo is no issue, Starline makes really good brass for them, but I do wish there was a greater selection of bullet weights. I'd like to find something around 180 grains for range use and maybe a SD load.

Shooting it is fun, always gets attention from others at the range, even the rifle range about 50 yards away. Some of those guys come down to see what the cannon fire is all about.
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Hair Trigger, kind of reminds me of a Python rib? Looks good.
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I like that rib also.


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Thanks, it does make it a bit unique. I thought the same thing when I saw it, somebody wanted it to look either like a Python, or a Dan Wesson.
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H-T..Welcome to the world of .41s...

That is a Pachmayer rib... If I recall correctly they were glued on. I think it looks great also...

As to looking for a 180 grain bullet for SD...if you want a jacketed, Sierra makes a 170 grain and if you can find them Remington has a 200. Barnes has a solid copper HP that is 180 grains I think. Several companies use them in their loads. I was just shooting some Federal from a 4" Taurus Tracker a couple of days ago. I believe the velocity was in the mid-1200s. Kick is mild compared to a 210.

GT Bullets made a 175 cast HP...I use it in several of my guns...

41 Caliber : GT Bullets!, Fine Hand Cast Lead Bullets

For a target load 8.0 grains of Unique is your friend...just stick any bullet on to of it for a very very accurate load...

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Since 1980 I have been carrying my 41 Magnums with the 170 grain Remington SJHP on-top of 25.5 grains of H110

The only image of the 170 SJHP that I have out there is a comparison with my 385 grain 500s. Sorry that it looks so small



This load makes a most satisfying display when shot from my snubbies

Deep, throaty with a beautiful orange fireball







1284 FPS from the 3" 657
1418 FPS from the 6" 657
1568 FPS from the 8 3/8" 57
1708 FPS from the 10" DE
2078 FPS from the 20" 1892

The downside is Remington stopped making these projectiles more than a decade ago. I have less than one carton left

Now with Remington Bankrupt and split apart by the Courts I do not see much hope for the 170 SJHP to ever return
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Hair Trigger, I like to see a top view of your gun showing the rear sight, if you could, please?
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No problem. Will these do?
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colt_saa...that is a GREAT bullet. I found a box at a gun show is 2010 and never even knew Remington made them. The velocity from the 170s were 1349 from a 4" 57...

Too bad they don't make the ammo or the bullet any more...
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