I've a hankering for one given how hard it is to find a decent 357 levergun these days.
Originally Posted By GunCat:
I don't have a 357 but I do have a 77/44. Its a fun gun to shoot, little recoil, and will do a number on our Kentucky Whitetail inside 100 yards. A 2-7 Leupold scope is just right on these guns.
I've considered changing over. At the moment, I have three 357s: GP100, 686-6 and a Rossi 92. The Rossi 92 is getting sold, as I am totally unimpressed with it. On the other end, the GP100 is not going to be sold or traded for any reason.
I just don't feel that I can afford, even trading the 686 and the Rossi, to buy a 44 magnum rifle and revolver. I can keep costs down some by getting a single action, like a Ruger Super Blackhawk.
The other issue one of reloading cost. I'm sure 44 magnum costs more to reload than 357.
I'll probably just wait until the 77/357 becomes more readily available. Glad to hear you like your 44 magnum. Once I get the 77/357, I would like to try it out on deer. 357 from a rifle is a different animal than when fired from a six gun.
They are nicely made guns. The finish is very durable and the stock nice. It balances and shoulders well and is light to carry and pack around.
They are a very capable little deer gun if you know the cartridges limitations.