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Old 05-16-2017, 04:25 PM
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I just ordered a Model 60 3" barrel and I've already ordered a holster from Theis Holsters and now I want to get new grips and a speed loader. I know there's a whole bunch of different grips and speed loaders on the market. I think I found one, it's a Brand New HOGUE GRP S&W J FRAME ROUND BUTT, now for the speed loader, I don't really have too much experience with speed loaders but I will train to use them. Amazon offered the HKS 36-A speed loader with the Hogue grip. What is a good speed loader for the model 60. I was researching the ones that you push the button and the rounds spring into chamber, like the SL Variant, Speed bees and the Safariland comp 1, but for the Safariland comp 1 read that some people couldn't use it because it would line rounds up with the chamber, kind of like whatever grip they had on their jframe it was too wide for the speed loader to line up with chamber. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-16-2017, 04:52 PM
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The SL Variant is the only loader that "pushes" the rounds in using spring power - and good luck finding any of them and if you do, be prepared to give-up your first born.

The others that you mentioned all rely on gravity to get the cartridges into the chambers. Safariland Comp III's are spring powered, but they don't make them for the J-frame.

The fastest and most cost effective of those you list is the Safariland Comp I. The Speed Beez does have individual prongs that push the cartridge in, but at two to three times the cost of the Comp I I'm not sure the difference is worth it - not to mention the retention method for the Speed Beez is not as secure as the Comp I.

Grips - you're on your own. I have Ergo Deltas on my J-frame and things clear fine.

Good luck.

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Old 05-16-2017, 07:35 PM
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Just be sure when you order grips to specify "Speed Loader clearance". Usually dished or thinned in the thumb area.
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:43 PM
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I'm a big fan of Pachmayr Compac grips for my j-frames. The grip covers the frame on the back and that's made shooting my Airweights much more tolerable.

I'm still looking for good speedloaders, though. HKS speedloaders just don't work well for me with j-frames. I'm considering trying a Jet Loader, though. Looks a lot like the spring loaded Safariloand Comp III model, but the handle is a bit shorter.

Until then, I'm stuck with Tuff Strips for my j-frames.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:25 PM
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I've got a model 60 3" Pro and the HKS speedloaders work fine with the Altamont stocks that came on the gun. Like H Richard said, make sure you specify that the grips be relieved for speedloaders when you order them. Hope this helps!
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I prefer the simple operation of the Safariland Comp I speedloaders. I've used the HKS but didn't care for them.

As for grip clearance, it can be hit-or-miss. My Spegel boot grips have no clearance problems with the Comp I. I have a set of Eagle Secret Service grips that block the Comp I. The current S&W OEM rubber boot grips kind of binds on the Comp I (I can line up the rounds and get them loaded, but the loader doesn't always fall free). I have a set of PGS Hideout grips that had to be pretty heavily modified to work with Comp I loaders.

While it may not be the best option, you can always modify your grips to allow for speedloader clearance if you find a set you like but binds up on loaders.

Or you can use speed strips and not have to worry about what type of grips you use.
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I prefer the simple operation of the Safariland Comp I speedloaders. I've used the HKS but didn't care for them.

As for grip clearance, it can be hit-or-miss. My Spegel boot grips have no clearance problems with the Comp I. I have a set of Eagle Secret Service grips that block the Comp I. The current S&W OEM rubber boot grips kind of binds on the Comp I (I can line up the rounds and get them loaded, but the loader doesn't always fall free). I have a set of PGS Hideout grips that had to be pretty heavily modified to work with Comp I loaders.

While it may not be the best option, you can always modify your grips to allow for speedloader clearance if you find a set you like but binds up on loaders.

Or you can use speed strips and not have to worry about what type of grips you use.
What he said, Safariland........
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I have had good luck with 5 Star speed loaders. They don't stick out much past the rims of the cartridges and clear most grips.
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The VZ grips work great with Safariland Comp 1's on J Frames
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I own a new Model 60 3". I put on the Pachmayr Diamond Pro grips and use the Safariland Comp I speedloader. No issues mate!
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I own a new Model 60 3". I put on the Pachmayr Diamond Pro grips and use the Safariland Comp I speedloader. No issues mate!
i just might have to try that pachmayr on my model 60. i like the factory grip but its too long for pocket carry.
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i just might have to try that pachmayr on my model 60. i like the factory grip but its too long for pocket carry.
The Pachmayr Diamond Pro are longer and thicker than the factory. If you are going to pocket carry then the Diamond Pro may not work for you.
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I have a M640 in .357 with Hogue Battan grips and use HKS 36A's with no problem at all.
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