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_MG_4392.JPG _MG_4452.JPG these are two of my favorites. they are both first year (1954) highway patrol model smith & Wesson. I see a couple more nice ones on here also. I had a 586 it was a good gun,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
 

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I want an S&W Model 17, 22 for plinking. But at $1000 + tax that high end plinking.
I bought a very nice model 17 a year ago for $600. They're out there. you just have to be patient.

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I loved my S&W 686. Wish i never sold it. As for deer hunting I would go with 45 colt. Uberti makes a nice single action for less than Ruger or S&W. Check out the Taylors and Co site. I love my 1873 cattleman. 45 colt.
 

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There are quite a few 17s on the maket between $500 & $750. Last year bought 3 m17s off forums all 85% or better. Had right at $600 each in them counting shipping and trans fees.
 

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I have never owned a Python, but do own 586s and 686s. The 586 and 686 are made to handle a steady diet of .357 magnum ammunition, as opposed to the slightly smaller K frame guns. As I understand it, the Python will eventually require gunsmithing to keep it tuned properly. I would go with the 586, but I am a S&W addict too.
Shark Bait is right---I owned a few Pythons and they go out of timing especially if fed a steady diet of full mag loads. S&W 586 and 686 L-frames are best of both worlds for size and strength. I don't like the new S&W models with the redesigned lockwork. They are not the same as the old 70's and 80's models. The big 500 X-frame is huge. If you want a good strong 357 see if you can find a Model 28. Model 28 is just a dull satin model 27. The old Model 19's or model 66's will not stand up to a diet of full mag loads----you will stretch the frame. I ruined a Model 19 Target doing just that.
 
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