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Old 03-28-2011, 10:44 AM
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Default Long barrel (8"+)357 revolver

Looking for a long barreled 357 for long range 100-200 yard metal plates, any recomendations preferably S&W.
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I think what I need is a Smith & Wesson 686 Silhouette
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I know there are some M686s with 8 & 3/8" barrels. Some even came with an adjustable front site.
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I have a 686-3 with the 8-3/8" barrel; should work well for that purpose. Or, if you can find one, they made some 586s with the long barrel, I believe -only difference is the 586 is the blued-steel model.

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Default 8 3/8" .357s

If you've settled on a S&W, then the basic choice is between an N frame 27 and an L frame 586/686. They balance very differently and have different trigger reach and "grip" sizes. The 586 & 686 have a ton of weight out toward the muzzel which rules out comfortable one hand use but if you're planning on firing laying on your back with the barrel rested across your ankle excess muzzel weight is not a draw back. The 27 is well ballanced and comfortable to shoot one or two handed offhand. It's larger "grip" and longer trigger reach make it harder for most folks to shoot DA but its trigger reach in the SA mode you're more likely to use is only a problem for the small handed. 27s were not made with adjustable front sights like the 586 & 686 were. There also isn't a stainless equivalent to an 8 3/8" 27.

If I was planning a purchase to use in a standardized match I would go to a match first to observe what others are using and ask them for advise. In the worst case you could show up at your first match with a gun that is not allowed due to some odd ball rule you never heard of.

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Dan Wesson model 40 or 740 357 Super Mag revolver. This is chambered for the 357 Maximum.

My 180 grain handloads hit 1600 FPS from my 8" model 740.
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What about an N frame? If it's a bench your shooting off of, the bigger frame with an 8 & 3/8ths barrel would be just the trick.

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They seem to be on the downturn in price. Great long range revolvers.

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Pre 27. Reach out and touch someone. This will definitely get them down range.
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Gotta agree with Colt saa. Not so long ago Dan Wesson dominated long range shooting. They can be configured to perform almost any task you can think of.

As a bonus they are INEXPENSIVE compared to Smiths,and are every bit as sturdy. Most people getting into shooting disciplines these days haven't heard of them or dismiss them outright.

Talk to people in the sport and Dans pop up quite a bit and for good reason.
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