Really? I'm sort of surprised. I didn't think the Pachmayr's would get a single vote. Not that I'm disagreeing with you at all. I like the Pach's too, especially for shooting. Pach's look like "serious business" to me.
Altamont for sure. I have never liked Pachmayr grips. I had 3 or 4 pair that were on guns that I purchased. I put them on eBay for $4. Only one bid on one pair. That bidder got them all. I'm sure he was surprised.
When all else fails, your gun, your grips, your hand, shoot what feels the best. I just don't like Pachs. Hogue mono grips feel much better in my hand. The wood grips are beautiful and do look much better. When I start selling, the original grips will be in the pictures with a note that a set of Hogue's are included. I have a storage container of identified wood grips.
I bought a 6" M19 and M586 with Patridge front sights to get the grips. Both guns now wear Hogues.
Well, actually I'm just sort of showing off. The Altamont's are probably going to stay. I look at my guns a lot more than I shoot them, and the Altamont's do look better.
I've had them for some time, but they didn't really fit the gun I'd purchased them for. I was really disappointed and tossed them into a drawer and more or less forgot about them. I found them a few days ago, but was reluctant to put them on the Model 28, because usually I don't like the way "new" grips look on "old" guns. New grips are usually shiny and stick out on an old gun like a sore thumb. I went ahead and tried them last night, and was surprised that the dull finish on both the gun and grips seemed to compliment each other. As a bonus, they fit this gun better than they had the other gun I tried them on.