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S&W Scandium J-Frame

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Iceberg, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. Iceberg

    Iceberg Forest Grove Active Member

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  2. chowser2

    chowser2 seaside Member

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    i had a 360pd. it is quite a handful. i can only shoot 15 bullets before my hand started to hurt. also the inside of the trigger guard smacks your with each shot. (357 mag 158gr bullets)

    38 specials through it are fun
     
  3. Billy 4 HP

    Billy 4 HP Skagit Member

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    My carry gun for the last 15 years has been a S&W 640 Smith and Wesson Model 640 Revolver

    All I have ever shot is 158gr .357 loads in it, being DA only it's not a target gun but I am comfortable with it and won't likely trade it for the world. 30 or so rounds at the range is about all I have ever fired in one session.

    That being said I can't imagine the lighter scandium framed models are any easier on the hands.

    The muzzle blasts makes a nice night light though...

    Billy
     
  4. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I saw that ad and if I didn't already have a Scandium .357 I would have probably jumped on it. That is the ultimate pocket gun, extremely light and powerful. Never touched one off but my 386NG is brutal enough with hot loads. With milder loads it kind of fun.
     
  5. DOA

    DOA Aloha, OR -185th & TV Hwy Active Member

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    I own the 360 my 2nd favorite CC, and the only other scandium I would possible think of trading or buying in addition to it is the 340pd. I know that I read reviews over and over about the punishment of shooting it, but I really enjoy shooting .357 loads out of it. I even shot it after about a dozen 400gr loads out of my Smith & Wesson .500 4". I'm sure that I'm different, but friends who have shot .38 special out of it really enjoyed it. Now I must be honest my hand was sore after shooting that plus my .500 .45, .40(s), other .357(s) 38(s) and .380 in the same range session. Aside from that it's great shooting, without any "punishment" felt popping off some rounds. Again, this is just me and I'm hoping someday to squeeze an 800grain out of my .500 someday. So, please, take what I say as a grain of salt You may want to rent one or borrow one first, because you really may not like it. Nice price though.
     
  6. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    I can't get past the stories of the lock engaging during recoil on lightweight frame, high recoil guns. I've spoken to a couple of different instructors who've seen it happen in their classes. Nothing to do but remove the sideplate in some instances. I really like J-frames, and I would love to have either the 340 or 360, but not until they ditch the lock. For now, I usually buy a 642 without the lock for carry.
     
  7. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It happened to me on my 329PD firing 44 magnum loads. The lock activated after firing a shot with the trigger locking in the rear position. I did not have a key with me so I took off the sideplate and fixed it. Never happened again on any of my lightweight Smith and Wessons. I think its ugly but not a big deal.
     
  8. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Unless you needed that shot to stop a charging brown bear in AK and the first shot didn't stop the threat. Then you're hosed...
     
  9. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    True , but if I never trusted a gun again because of one malfunction I would not have any guns. Not to mention ammo failures. I owned it long after the one incident and it never happened again. :)
     
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    boots WA New Member

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    I have S&W 442 airweight that is decent to shoot with .38s but I dont think I would like shooting too many rounds of .357 through such a small lightweight revolver
     
  11. gunslinger1911

    gunslinger1911 WA state Member

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    i think thats a smokin' deal on a really nice pocket gun...you shoot .357 for protection, not fun :)