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Old 05-15-2018, 02:23 PM
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The LGS had a new 66-8 combat magnum. always wanted a Kframe magnum that I can shoot the 125 grain magnums without forcing cone concerns.

Lock up is tight and finish is nice. I like the black accents. Bc gap looks nice a tight yet uniform.


Anyone have this one? Let me know your own experience with the new 66s.

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Try out the stocks by shooting it
with your preferred magnum rounds.

I suspect you're going to like the
original rubber grips.

Enjoy. Very good gun.
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Congrats! I've had mine for two years. It's the smoothest best shooting S&W revolver of many I have owned.This was when it was new...and I'm old with bad eyesight an shaky hands.

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I’ve read that the sleeve barrel design *can* contribute to greater accuracy. Also, there is less torque on the frame. Hopefully the two-piece barrel holds up long term.
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Not for me, I'm a traditionalist who finds weak imitations unacceptable. If it's not the real deal, count me out. Apologies if I've offended anyone
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Not for me, I'm a traditionalist who finds weak imitations unacceptable. If it's not the real deal, count me out. Apologies if I've offended anyone
I definitely understand where your coming from.

It's kind of like getting a 1970 barricuda hemi. It's the real deal. Many don't like the new muscle cars.

With the older muscle cars, they require maintenance. With the new ones, while they aren't the same as the originals, have better brakes, better steering, and will go many more miles before a breakdown.

It all depends on what you want. I like old guns. But I like the new one's too, as long as I can inspect them before I buy. This one is nice. The new ones have better metallurgy and heat treat (that's why we can have a J-frame magnum, whereas the first Registered magnum had to be the N-frame). The new ones will probably last longer before a breakdown. But they aren't handbuilt like the old ones.

I like both.
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Have the 69 & a 66 will likely be next. Haven't decided on barrel length yet. Love my 69.
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It seems that those who've tried Smith's
new guns like them and even love them
even though they might also own older
"classic" or if you will "traditional" models.

I've had excellent results from the new guns
and I've had excellent results from the older
ones. But truth be told, a lot of the older ones
were NOT all that great either, mainly because a
buyer never knew just how meticulous the
handcrafting was. Some of it was great and
some of it was not, not by a long shot. "Hand
built" meant variation within the same
models and during the same day of production.

I personally think a lot of the protestations
against the new guns are pure affectation.

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I slugged the forcing cone with jacketed 125 and 158 grain magnums, and the slugs enter the cone very easily and they do not get stuck.

There is a slight chamfer angled on the inner portion of the cone, so my guess is that the forcing cone issues the new combat magnums had are now resolved.
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