Hi all, I'm new to this forum, but I've been looking for quite some time. Just wanted a few opinions, as always. I just bought a S & W model 657 41 mag from a good friend (will take possession Friday) that appears to be like new for a very good price. I don't shoot huge amounts, and I only shoot factory ammo. This is an '87 vintage model, one year before the frame upgrades etc. It's a beautiful piece, with the firing pin on the hammer. In a nutshell, can I expect to be able to shoot alot without durability issues that you sometimes read about in the 44's? Again, this is the 41 mag version. I would like to think with just sticking with factory 210 grainers or lighter it should last. What do you think of this firearm? Also, any replacement grip recommendations would be helpful. I'm excited about this new acquisition. My friend sold it to me for $400.00, which I thought was a good price. Thanks for your help. I can tell there are some very knowledgeable folks on here, that's why I like coming here. Thanks jben P.S. Any thought on the price? One gun shop gent told me I paid too much, which kind of took me by surprise.
It’s been 46 years since Smith & Wesson and Remington jointly introduced the Model 57 revolver and the .41 Magnum cartridge. The motivating idea came from handgun luminaries Elmer Keith and Bill Jordan. For nearly a decade these two men, along with ST’s Handgun Editor Skeeter Skelton, had been trying to persuade S&W to build a revolver chambered for a cartridge about .40 caliber and about halfway in power between the .357 Magnum and the .44 Magnum.
I feel like a lover of the forlorn with my adoration of oft-forgotten rounds like the 16 gauge and the .41 Magnum, but Smith & Wesson has swept me off my feet today. One of my favorite Magnum wheel gun rounds, the .41 Magnum, is back thanks to Smith & Wesson’s Classic line of revolvers. Much to the delight of hunters, collectors and handgun enthusiasts, this includes the underappreciated Model 57 in .41 Magnum. Though the 57 Classic was first reintroduced in 2009 in several variants, it has now been fine- tuned to this single offering.