Fifty years ago I started my S&W journey with a 27....Have carried and shot all the frame sizes.
Back to the N frame for the rest of my duration. I'm satisfied everyday with an N frame.
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My first S&W was one like this one, (pre-27) bought it at the hardware store for 125 bucks.
I also like the 5" 357s as well.
Back in the early 70's the crowd I ran with, we shot a lot of Super Vel 357's.
The N frames handled it right well....My K frame 357's not so well. But, that was then.
I now mostly shoot 173gr hard cast SWC's over a dollup of 2400...For the knock em out and drag em out loading.