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I'm looking at buying some nice wood grips for my 686. I know I can get conversion grips to make it look square but I like the idea of the round but style grip. Also, what are the darker wood selections?
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I believe that these are some of the best you can buy. Jim has been doing this a LONG time and his grips are hand fitted to the frame before his ships them. Badger Grips

The pictures don't really do the rosewoods justice, but they are very nice looking in person. Even my wife had me order a set for her (and she usually doesn't care much about stuff like this...lol)

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I like Altamont grips, They are sturdy and inexpensive.

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I certainly haven't tried all the grips available but the Ahrends I'm using seem to be worth the money. Of course I bought them used for $40 delivered but new ones aren't too bad price wise.
They have darker wood selections available also.
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I like the selection on this site for k frames. They have lots of different types of wood and styles.

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I prefer bill Jordan style grips from herrett. They are really good if you have large hands. Shown on my 627

If you don't have large hands then spegal makes great grips. Shown on my 646
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There isn't a "best grip". It is an individual thing that has to do with many factors....... size of your hands, how you carry, which loads you shoot, and how you want them to look. That's why most guys who have been at this for a while have a draw full of grips! Basically trial and error.

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My vote is for Ahrend's. I tried three different sets of grips on my 619, to include rubber brands. These finger groove combat grips fit my hand as though the mold were made for them, most ergonomically correct grips I think I've ever had on a round butt with the added bonus of looking really good (I had considered a round to square conversion and had one that didn't look any better than these). They will go on any round butt I have in the future; Ahrend's has a lot of selections in wood as well.


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Up until recently I have been quite a purist with my S&W collection. Primarily because I only purchased older revolvers that came with wood stocks originally.

In the last couple of months I bought 2 revolvers that came with "Goodyears" from the factory. Since I don't like rubber stocks, I started looking for wood stock alternatives. I decided on Kim Ahrends stocks, and have been very happy with the quality and fitment. Especially for the price (typically $60)! I also HIGHLY recommend looking on either Gunbroker or eBay for a seller named gripseller. Terri has a great selection of S&W stocks and is second to none when it comes to customer service!!

Here is a set of round butt combat boot stocks on my 625-6...
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There isn't a "best grip". It is an individual thing that has to do with many factors....... size of your hands, how you carry, which loads you shoot, and how you want them to look. That's why most guys who have been at this for a while have a draw full of grips! Basically trial and error.

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I like Altamont grips, They are sturdy and inexpensive.

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I have a set of their Magnas and they fit great. Price is good as well.
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There isn't a "best grip". It is an individual thing that has to do with many factors....... size of your hands, how you carry, which loads you shoot, and how you want them to look. That's why most guys who have been at this for a while have a draw full of grips! Basically trial and error.

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Take a look at the Nill-Griffe website.
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I just ordered a set of Ahrends grips for my 625 from gripseller. As soon as they get in and I get them on I'll report back. Anything beats the stock Goodyears, IMHO.

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I got the rosewood round butt from Altamont for my 686

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I have Eagle Grip's Heritage grips on my 686. They are for round butts but give the gun the look of a square butt. They look very nice and are great if you have big meat hooks like me. Not cheap but well made.
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+1 for Ahrends round butt combats as shown!
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My vote is for Ahrend's. I tried three different sets of grips on my 619, to include rubber brands. These finger groove combat grips fit my hand as though the mold were made for them, most ergonomically correct grips I think I've ever had on a round butt with the added bonus of looking really good (I had considered a round to square conversion and had one that didn't look any better than these). They will go on any round butt I have in the future; Ahrend's has a lot of selections in wood as well.


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Since I'm not a big fan of "plywood" grips and S & W combats rap my middle knuckle,I go with Kim Ahrend's on my snubbies.
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I'm down to very few of my S&W's that aren't wearing an Ahrends grip and have a few that I picked up that are waiting on me to buy guns...
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Does anyone have experience with the Hogue wood finger grips for round butt configurations ? I've used the Hogue soft grips, like the fit in hand, but the look is kind of industrial.
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I like the Hogue hardwood grips. Here's my model 19:



And I've developed a liking for their Kingwood grips:

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I'm down to very few of my S&W's that aren't wearing an Ahrends grip and have a few that I picked up that are waiting on me to buy guns...
You KNOW you're an addict, when you buy grips first and then guns to fit them........
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As others have said, It is a personal thing to pick out just the "right" set of grips for the right wheelgun! My 686 American Series has a set of these, and I can't keep them out of my wife's small hands...
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I like Ahrends grips also, but Spegels fit my hand so much better, and look nice too.



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I like Ahrends grips also, but Spegels fit my hand so much better, and look nice too.
I REALLY like that look! I just received a set of Ahrends round butt combat boot stocks for my 66-1. I hope it looks as nice as yours. Wish they had the medallions though!
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I agree that the Ahrends look great but I chose Spegels for mine. Nothing sets off a 2.5" snubbie like a pair of good boots.
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66's don't get any better than that!
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Does that grip leave your fingers dangling?
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I just installed a set of S&W Finger Groove Checkered Rosewood grips on my 2-1/2" 66 No Dash. The fit and finish was not bad at all. S&W Medallions would have made them much better.

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I really like these Ahrends "retro bananna" RB grips...
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Haven't had the money to buy a set yet but this girl makes the prettiest grips I've seen.

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I like the Hogue hardwood grips. Here's my model 19:



And I've developed a liking for their Kingwood grips:

Nice looking grips. They look about same configuration as the soft sort. I like the M19 version.
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I believe that these are some of the best you can buy. Jim has been doing this a LONG time and his grips are hand fitted to the frame before his ships them. Badger Grips

The pictures don't really do the rosewoods justice, but they are very nice looking in person. Even my wife had me order a set for her (and she usually doesn't care much about stuff like this...lol)
+1 for Jim Badger's grips....worth every penny and fit my hand like a glove. Jim is a great guy too.
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I researched all the manufacturers listed here and then some.

I decided on the smooth oversized super rosewood grips with fingergrooves from Altamont and I couldn't be happier with them. They were $60 shipped, but would've been $50 had I not sprung for the S&W medallions. They arrived in less than a week.

The medallions, the look and feel of the wood, the fit and the shape are all superb. My old 36 looks and feels like a whole new firearm. I definitely recommend them.
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I conceal carry my 3" 686 and found I was able to get a smaller profile and better grip handle with a set of round butt magna's with the Tyler T grip adapter.
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Ahrends or Badger Custom represent are great looking and fitting. They are also well priced. I have two sets of Altamont grips. Their fit is a slight bit loose, but they look good and aren't too expensive. I bought a set Grand Blue that required a little bit of fitting, and weren't bad for the price. Overall, Ahrends gives you the most bang for the buck, IMO. Good luck.
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