January 1999

Colt King Cobra Our Pick In A .357 Magnum Revolver

The Colt had a smoother action and was more accurate than the Smith & Wesson 686, the Ruger GP100 and the Taurus 689VR.

Some time back on these pages we gave you the results of a test of three .357 Magnum double-action revolvers with four-inch barrels. However, our gun stores tell us that, because so many shooters don’t read Gun Tests, folks continually come in and ask which brand of .357 they ought to buy.

Sometimes, they don’t know what barrel length they want. More often they know which length, but not which brand gives them the most bang for their buck. Is, for example, the 6-inch Smith & Wesson just as good as the 4-inch version? We thought it would be a good idea to test the same three revolvers in the 6-inch version, and see if the same gun came up a winner. As a bonus, we added a Taurus to the mi...

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