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Old 03-18-2017, 08:35 PM
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I'm thinking about two new revolvers to buy with tax refund next month. One will be a 617 four inch for a kit gun. Second will be a .357 six inch barrel. Target gun only. I have a little range set up on my farm.

Leaning toward 686. Is that a good choice?
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Old 03-18-2017, 08:43 PM
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If you want to buy new you're only choice is a 586 (blue) or 686 (stainless) as far as I know. Either is a good choice. If you want stainless you can choose if you want a 6 or 7 shot version.

I had a 6" 686 years ago, which I foolish sold. I never found a more accurate handgun.
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For shooting .357 you can't do much better than a 686. The 6" version makes a dandy range gun.


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See above.
+1 to the 686.
The only logical choice.
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+1 to the 586, the only logical choice.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:10 PM
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I acquired a 686+ over a year ago and have had Zero regrets. I added a Vortex Razor which is kinda like cheating, but is a lot of fun. I'm in negotiations and hope to pick up a 617 6" tomorrow. The Vortex Venom (3 MOA) is a great red dot also. I recently mounted one on my M1A SOCOM 16.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:15 PM
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if you get a big refund, you could also consider the 627-5 V-comp which has an 8 round cylinder. I take mine to the range frequently and love it.
5" barrel with or without compensator, adjustable rear sight, can use with or w/out moon clips.
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I can't believe you guys didn't talk OP out of a new gun yet. Maybe convince him to buy a model 19 or something.....
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There was a nice 686 for sale here on the classifieds. Have not looked today, so it may have already sold.
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Thanks guys. Looks like a 686 for me. Very few nice used S&W revolvers around here ( Delaware ), thats why I'm looking at new. Less hassle.
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I really enjoy shooting 686+ Deluxe 6" but I mounted a Burris 2x scope so I hunt critters
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Follow up from my post yesterday:
The deal went through and I was able to get this S&W 617, 6", 10 shot for $500.

This is the only one I've found in the Jacksonville, Fl area used market.
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While I love my 686 6", you might consider the Model 27 in a 6 1/2". The N frame would really reduce the recoil.
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Old 03-19-2017, 02:24 PM
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I'll check out the model 27 before I buy.
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:10 AM
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I got the 617 4" and the 686 7 shot with wood grips. Will post pics as soon as I'm able. I'll shoot them next week after cleaning and weather warms.
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Great choices OP.

I went with the 6" 617 myself, but I am sure that you will like the 4"

And you cannot go wrong with a 686+. I have that one in 4" and a 686 (six-shooter) in 6". Both are tack drivers.
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The OP didn't say if he was reloading his target loads or shooting factory stuff for target fodder in either 38spl or 357 mag . A 4" 586/686 are fine but the 6" , nope --not in this lifetime .
A 6" 19/66 are great target guns . I have a 19 in a 6" and it's a favorite . I also have a 28 , 6" and again real nice gun but for just target practice , it's a bit heavy with just target loads in either 357 or 38spl .
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It was not a hard choice for me...

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If you want to buy new you're only choice is a 586 (blue) or 686 (stainless) as far as I know. Either is a good choice. If you want stainless you can choose if you want a 6 or 7 shot version.

I had a 6" 686 years ago, which I foolish sold. I never found a more accurate handgun.
Agree! I also like the Model 28 and R8 (8 shots of 357 magnum) which can be found. The 686 comes in a Talo model with a 7" (?) barrel
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I have and vote for a 686 7 shot 3 inch barrel love mine and is not bad to carry around and they are shooters. Widow
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Can't wait to get out and shoot next week. My brother and I set up a little range on my farm couple years ago. Love being able to go out and shoot when I want. Right now we're buying factory ammo. Used to reload though. Still have the reloading stuff, just not time to do it right.
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Not sure if you would want a .38 only gun or not. (I know you stated .357) A super range gun in .38, is a model 14. They are 6" tack drivers. Look mighty nice too. Bob
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For shooting .357 you can't do much better than a 686. The 6" version makes a dandy range gun.


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If one ever plans to shoot any combat revolver match's one needs to consider speed loader choices. The 6 shot 686 can be loaded with Safariland Comp III's or Jet Loaders. With a 7 shooter you are pretty much stuck with slower HKS speed loaders, unless you moon clip it. Just something to consider.

My local dealer just got a new 586-8 in stock with 6 inch barrel. It is a very good looking handgun. In my area new GP100's are much more common than new S&W 586/686 revolvers.

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Well, I use either the Silhouette or the Competitor personally, but honestly the Competitor I like more, simply because the weights are adjustable!! The Silhouette is weighted, and the adjustable sights are nice, but got to say I REALLY like my adjustable weight S&W models...
But, my opinion may be a bit biased on that fact!
The .357 Competitor is at the bottom, Silhouette is top left:

Here are a few more weighted Smiths I have, Top the 7.5" Big Rock and bottom Lew Horton Hunter.

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If looking at new revolvers also look at the new model 66.

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I would suggest a nice 27-2 to 27-5 myself for a 6" 357. They really tame the recoil without being as muzzle heavy as an L frame with the full lug barrel. The -2 and earlier have P&R but are generally more expensive for a high condition gun than the later revisions. And even the -5 guns have forged triggers and hammers; no MIM.
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Altamont. They are the grips that ship with the 686 Deluxe. I don't think they are a regular catalog item as they don't appear on Altamont's Web site. I got these directly from S&W.

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