Hey everyone, one of the last "holes" so to speak in my gun collection is a nice 357 revolver. I've got a S&W 642 and plenty of 38 special practice ammo. To be honest I've never fired a .357 and find it intriguing. I am not recoil sensitive at all (I can fire a couple of +p boxes through the 642 without much discomfort), but is 357 somewhat comparable to 45 through my 5" 1911? I think I've narrowed it down to something in a 4" barrel platform as it seems to be good to carry, but still plink with when out camping. I really don't want to go shorter than that as I've already got quite a few small CCW guns. I'd like to be able to bounce around coke cans with it at 50 yards, so it needs to be somewhat accurate. Is 4" much harder to shoot well than 6"? I'd like an all steel framed gun preferably in stainless as sometimes I am camping for a week straight with no chance to clean while I am fly fishing. I like the looks of full-lugged guns, but for some reason I can't shoot the older style of revolvers to save my life. To clarify, the guns that have the high arch where the middle finger rests really mess me up. I can't stand the feeling of having my middle finger behind my trigger finger if that makes sense. I think it has something to do with my hand geometry. I'd like something with adjustable sights that is somewhat easy to carry while hiking. I've got $700 to spend, but would rather not go above that. What do you guys recommend? I've looked a little at the Smith 686 and the Ruger GP100, but when searching for the differences between the two all I can find is people saying that both are good What are the advantages to the Smith over the Ruger or vise versa? I am not as much interested in responses like "I've got a Smith/Ruger and love it" as I am in hearing what you love about it. I know the cylinder release is different between the two guns, and that the Rugers are "built like tanks", but can't both easily handle very high round counts? Are there issues I should know about with either gun? I know the 686+ holds 7 rounds, but I'd rather have 6 if the gun is substantially thicker with 7. I'd love a Python, but don't want to double my budget. I know Smith makes other revolvers in 357, but there are so many different model numbers I am at a loss. Are there any other brands I should consider? Thanks for helping me sort this all out. -Nathan Wanna kill these ads? We can help!