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Old 08-10-2018, 07:31 PM
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Default 66-8 2.75

Had this one to the range for the first time today. Ran 150 38spl and 150 magnums through it and wow, what an excellent revolver.

Also, if you have an old K frame serial 260663, I have your stocks.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:12 PM
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Ordered one this morning from Davidson's. Have the 4 1/4", but have been enjoying my 2 3/4" M69s so much I couldn't resist adding the short barreled 66.

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I had the 4.25” 66, but gave it to my son. I had to replace it.
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Like it with the old Magnas on it!
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I own one but it went back to the mothership for a trigger problem on one charge hole. Heavy pull and virtually no travel after the break. Awaiting the diagnosis.

I did try it out on the range for the one day I had it and fired 12 rounds. American Eagle 158 gr JSP 357.

This is first K frame I've shot. And the first 357 magnum. After 50 years of shooting, it was about time to take the plunge.

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K frames are bigger than I thought. Same length as my 2.75 69 just a little less tall. Cylinder is thinner. Weighs about the same.

Recoil - "light" but then I'm a veteran 44 mag guy.

Noise - maybe the loudest handgun I've ever shot. First time I've had my ears ring even with muffs on. Firing line is open on the sides but has a metal roof. I stepped forward of the roofline and that helped. When I get around to handloading 357 I'm going to work on that. I bought some 34 dB earmuffs today.
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I just bought mine today. Hopefully I will get to shoot it some tomorrow. (Wife and oldest grandson's birthday). It matches my model 69 well.
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The 357 loads I was shooting today were full load of Unique with various 158 grain projectiles. Not nukes, put they did give a nice report with controllable follow up shots.
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I'm very pleased with mine, now. Had to re-cut the FC because it was one of the batch that slipped out of the factory with an undersized one, but as you can see it's a great shooter now.

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I recently picked one up as well and it is a great shooter. I did however reject 2 revolvers before I accepted the one I purchased. The 2 previous ones came from the factory with noticeable flaws in workmanship.

I did notice that your 66-8 appears to suffer from one of the flaws I saw. If you look at your front sight you'll see that the rear is not properly seated. I thought mine might have been just a fluke but after seeing yours makes me wonder how many of these left the factory like this. If you call S&W I'm sure they'd send you a new front sight although you'd need to drill and pin it yourself or have a gunsmith do it for you.

On mine I changed out the front sight to XS Standard dot and a fixed C&S rear sight. I also changed out thumb release and side plate screws to glass beaded versions.

Enjoy it. I find it just as enjoyable to shoot as my prelock 66's.
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I did notice that your 66-8 appears to suffer from one of the flaws I saw. If you look at your front sight you'll see that the rear is not properly seated.
Or, maybe it's supposed to be that way. Like to limit heat transfer from the barrel to the front sight.
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I recently picked one up as well and it is a great shooter. I did however reject 2 revolvers before I accepted the one I purchased. The 2 previous ones came from the factory with noticeable flaws in workmanship.

I did notice that your 66-8 appears to suffer from one of the flaws I saw. If you look at your front sight you'll see that the rear is not properly seated. I thought mine might have been just a fluke but after seeing yours makes me wonder how many of these left the factory like this. If you call S&W I'm sure they'd send you a new front sight although you'd need to drill and pin it yourself or have a gunsmith do it for you.

On mine I changed out the front sight to XS Standard dot and a fixed C&S rear sight. I also changed out thumb release and side plate screws to glass beaded versions.

Enjoy it. I find it just as enjoyable to shoot as my prelock 66's.
Interesting on the front sight. I just checked it, seems to have loosened up and now can rock back and forth a little. It was not like that when I picked it up.

I have been thinking about the S&L rear, but not crazy about the FO on the front.

What part number Dot did you put on and what did it do to your POI?
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I have been thinking about the S&L rear, but not crazy about the FO on the front.



What part number Dot did you put on and what did it do to your POI?

The front sight is actually a tritium XS Standard Dot. The sights are the same set up used on the 386NG series. Part #RV-0001N-4. POA sight picture was same as factory.
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I see they only list for J and L frame. What is your sight picture with the C&S rear, combat or 6 o’clock ?
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