S&W model 28

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by lead, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. lead

    lead Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2004
    I'm buying a model 28(Highway Patrolman). 6 inch barrel, adj. sights, Hogue rubber grip. I really like the feel of it. How do these stack up to other S&W revolvers, like in terms of accuracy, handling magnum loads, etc.? I'll mostly target shoot with it, but could I take it hunting? Thanks.
  2. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2004

  3. Raven18940

    Raven18940 New Member

    Mar 24, 2004
    why does a highway patrolman need a 6 inch barrel?
  4. punchie

    punchie Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    Chesterfield, VA
    Bet it looks like this but with Hogue grips
    It is just hard to beat a S&W N frame 357 in any area, accuracy or strength. The 28 is a fine revolver, same as the 27 but w/o all the bells and whistles, a true working mans gun. I see no reason not to load up some healthy loads and go whitetail hunting with it. Keep your distances to shotgun (or less) range and the gun will do its job if you do yours!
  5. denfoote

    denfoote New Member

    Mar 24, 2003
    Mine has a 4" barrel.
    I picked it up at a gun shoe for $300.
  6. lead

    lead Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2004
    It's a sweet shooter. for me, Smith and Wesson can't be beat.
  7. Colonel Plink

    Colonel Plink New Member

    Sep 22, 2004
    NE Colorado
    That N frame Smith is built to take some pretty hefty loads, but I use mine mostly for target shooting. It's a phenomenally accurate piece. I use Lazercast 158-gr swc's on top of 4.5 gr HP-38. I don't remember the recipe I used for 125 and 158-gr HP's but the beauty of this gun is you can work up some pretty serious loads and not worry about fatigue.
  8. Tom

    Tom Member

    Nov 18, 2004
    The S&W Model 27 is the classic .357. The Model 28 is the slightly lower cost version. They are the bull strong .357. I have a 6" Model 27-2 that is 30 yrs old. Beatifully finished, great trigger, shoots great. I have Pachmayr grips on it, but that is a personal preference.
    If you can get a Model 28 in good shape for a good price, do it. You won't regret it. Due to lower production quantities, the Model 28 is becoming more valuable than the Model 27.
  9. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
  10. lead

    lead Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2004
    Yeah, welcome Tom. I think you're right. A couple years ago Model 28's were alot cheaper. I've seen prices go up around here. I've also seen some real beauties show up in the local shops. I wish I had the money to "rescue" them all and give them a good home.
  11. My first centerfire pistol was a 6" 28 bought for me by my Dad, stolen in a burglary about a year later. That was 30 years ago when Colts and Smiths could be trusted out of the box. Nowadays I won't look at one, new or not, without giving it as much or more scrutiny as I used to give used ones.

    A few months back I spotted a near new M28 with 4" bbl., and grabbed it. It's one N-frame that's built like a rock, umm, make that a TOUGH rock. If I ever had to grab a gun and run, this would be the one. Overweight like a tank or a locomotive.
  12. ElectricEye

    ElectricEye New Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    I owned a 4" 28 and regret ever selling it. pinned, counter sunk, n frame, matte monster. who could ask for anything more? :D a great combo, wish they still made em that good
  13. Remington597

    Remington597 Former Guest

    Feb 24, 2004
    It does look sharp. I like the walnut grips.
  14. ElectricEye

    ElectricEye New Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    I hear you can pistol whip a steer with one. Very heavy overbuilt revolver. I need to get another one quickly. :D
  15. Another similar overbuilt gun is the Official Police (41 frame same as Python ) in 6 shot 22 lr.

    Actually, what will really blow your mind is that Peterbilt now makes a pick up. Don't have a link to it, but shouldn't be hard to find.
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