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Old 07-31-2020, 09:54 AM
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Hi guys,

I purchased a brand new S&W 686+ and did my best inspecting it when i picked it up from my FFL.

When I got home I inspected it further and found this cosmetic damage on my brand new revolver.

Is this something I should have S&W repair / replace? Initially I thought it was some kind of a rough edge of metal that wasn't brushed off properly, but I now realize that the bottom part of the barrel piece ends right where the problem is.

What are your thoughts on this? Is this a common thing? The barrel itself is straight and I can't really see it unless I look for it.

There are some other smaller imperfections on the revolver that don't bother me as much. For example, the cylinder has a very little ding on the side, but I am sure that this would have happened with time anyway. If I decide to send it in I will properly have them look at that as well.

I appreciate your thoughts and input. Thanks!
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It looks like a small piece of metal shaving is caught between the barrel and frame. See if you can gently dislodge it with a toothpick or other non-marring tool.

Itís awfully small, wonít interfere with the function and I wouldnít bother sending it back.
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That would be the least of my worries. Unless something is wrong with it, shoot it and enjoy it.
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It looks like a small piece of metal shaving is caught between the barrel and frame. See if you can gently dislodge it with a toothpick or other non-marring tool.

Itís awfully small, wonít interfere with the function and I wouldnít bother sending it back.
Following your recommendation I was able to get 80% out and it's good enough for me not to look for it.

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I recently bought two 686+'s. Frankly they are less refined than the 627 Performance Center I bought last year, yet they function perfectly and I hit what I aim at. Perhaps in the future I will have a 'smith smooth them out. Perhaps not.

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Following your recommendation I was able to get 80% out and it's good enough for me not to look for it.

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Post a picture of what it looks like now.
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Mic your cylinder face to forcing cone gap with some feeler gauges. Frankly it looks like that chip held your barrel off from seating properly to your frame. I would have sent that back jn a heartbeat just for Smith and Wesson to have opportunity for a "teachable moment" with their staff.
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Mic your cylinder face to forcing cone gap with some feeler gauges. Frankly it looks like that chip held your barrel off from seating properly to your frame. I would have sent that back jn a heartbeat just for Smith and Wesson to have opportunity for a "teachable moment" with their staff.
I was wondering the same thing - that tiny shaving is a wedge and it may have prevented the barrel from seating all the way. As said above check the cyl / barrel gap and also make sure the barrel is aligned properly with the frame.

The 686 is a GREAT revolver.
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Mic your cylinder face to forcing cone gap with some feeler gauges. Frankly it looks like that chip held your barrel off from seating properly to your frame. I would have sent that back jn a heartbeat just for Smith and Wesson to have opportunity for a "teachable moment" with their staff.
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I was wondering the same thing - that tiny shaving is a wedge and it may have prevented the barrel from seating all the way. As said above check the cyl / barrel gap and also make sure the barrel is aligned properly with the frame.

The 686 is a GREAT revolver.
The photo is substantially enlarged and the shoulder around the barrel is seated tightly. The back of the shroud needs to be cleared a bit, or it would scratch the heck out of the front of the frame when tightened. If you have any modern shrouded S&W revolvers, have a look through a 5X or 10X loupe. Do you really think itís in the OPís best interest to send the gun back to the factory and be without it for months?

He was a first time poster. I hope he comes back and enjoys our shared knowledge and community, but thereís no telling.
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The photo is substantially enlarged and the shoulder around the barrel is seated tightly. The back of the shroud needs to be cleared a bit, or it would scratch the heck out of the front of the frame when tightened. If you have any modern shrouded S&W revolvers, have a look through a 5X or 10X loupe. Do you really think itís in the OPís best interest to send the gun back to the factory and be without it for months?

He was a first time poster. I hope he comes back and enjoys our shared knowledge and community, but thereís no telling.
If the OP is happy with the exposed piece of the chip removed, problem solved. I would be interested to know if the cylinder gap was in spec. And yes, a trip back to Smith and Wesson would be in order if this was my gun. There isnt supposed to be a honking big chip stuck halfway under the barrel on a fine gun like a 686. Its a quality screw up that needs to be made right, imho. I believe Smith and Wesson would be eager to take care of this.
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