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Old 10-15-2020, 11:11 PM
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Does it exist and if so which model is it?

I have a 686 just as above (except 357) and am looking for a companion for it. I picked up a new Classic hoping to change out the grips to the older target grips when I found out it had a round butt.

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Yes, I had a 6” or 6.5” with a full lug and square butt. I think it is called a Classic DX.
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Old 10-16-2020, 01:13 AM
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Yes, I had a 6” or 6.5” with a full lug and square butt. I think it is called a Classic DX.

It is looking like the classic DX was a round butt. Are you sure about either if yours was square or the designation??

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The Classic Hunter is as described. These will typically have an unfluted cylinder. Not common but not rare. Several are usually up for sale at any time on GB.
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It is looking like the classic DX was a round butt. Are you sure about either if yours was square or the designation??

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It was in fact a square butt. I only know because we switched the grips out when I sold it to a close friend. If I don’t have pictures I will get them. It had smooth combat grips initially.
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Old 10-16-2020, 02:07 AM
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Not mine but it will look like this.
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OP you are looking for a "Classic Hunter" series which were full lug but with square butt, non fluted and unique 6 inch barrel(also 3" and 8 3/8" versions). (not to be confused with the Classic or Classic DX which were all round butt). You will see these in the -1,-2 and -3 versions with the -3 being the best(endurance package) and most rare ( only 2000 if i remember correct).

There were also blued versions of the "Classic Hunter"

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My Classic Hunter with the original factory Hogue grips. Really nice handling and shooting guns. One of my favorite N frames.

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I believe the classic hunters are 629-2 models made in 1989. They were the precursors to the round butt classic line that started with 629-3.

You may want to opt for the round butt later models, by 629-3 all the endurance upgrades had been implemented
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Old 10-18-2020, 10:54 PM
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There were 629-1,-2 and -3 Classic Hunters.
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I have one in 4" and 5".




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Old 10-23-2020, 11:09 PM
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Neither of those are classic hunters FYI.
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Yea, the round butt ruins it,,,



Don't they offer grips to fix that??
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Why not a square butt, with a longer barrel, and partial lug,,
That will balance the same as the shorter barrel, with a full lug,,,

And, you get a better sight radius with the longer barrel, if you want to shoot it,,

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I bought mine new . {somewhere around 89 or 90} It's a dash 3 classic hunter with a 6 inch barrel and a square butt under the factory shipped Hogues. They do exist.
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