Your preferred rubber and/or wood grips on S&W .357?


November 4, 2004, 04:15 AM
I've had rubber grips on my .357's for many years and have grown accustomed to them. But I was wondering about the smooth wood grips that are popping up here and there. The few I've felt in gunshops feel good when holding the pistol, but I haven't experienced them while actually firing. Those of you who have used both, which is more comfortable? Which do you prefer?

I have a pair of Pachmayr Compac grips on my 2 1/2" 66 and I love those grips. But I have had a pair of Pachmayr Professional Grippers on my 6" 686 for years and I hate them; they're hard and too skinny. So I recently ordered a three pair of different brand grips from Brownells:

Pachmayr Presentation Grips
Uncle Mikes Butler Creek Grips
David BD-L grips

... all of which are some form of rubber. So what do you guys think of these grips on a SMith .357 and have you any recommendations as to top rated smooth wood grips for the Smith .357's? Thanks in advance!

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Captain Bligh
November 4, 2004, 07:08 AM
My .357 Model 60 wears Pachmayr Compacs. If I was going to put on wood grips, I'd start saving my cash for Nill grips. They're pricey but pretty.

Captain Bligh

Doug Add
November 4, 2004, 10:36 AM
My 686-4 came with the Hogue rubber grip, which was okay, but I prefer wood. I replaced it with Cherry Wood Laminate grips by Ajax (stock # WD 20TFG-CONV). The shape is like the upper right hand picture here (

My son and I both appreciated the imporvement the Ajax grips made, in appearance, and in shooting.

Brian Williams
November 4, 2004, 11:03 AM
These were some shiny Ajax or Badger grips until I got some files and sandpaper to them and then a lite coat of boiled linseed oil. I can shoot 200 to 300 rounds in a range session and they do not cause any problems. I also have a 586 that I took some old beater targets and cut them down and sanded them to fit and I can shoot them all day.

Hate rubber, but I have it on my 940.

PI Rob
November 4, 2004, 12:04 PM
I have a set of Pachmayr Compacs on my S&W too. Love 'em for shooting, love 'em for carry. I recently bought these Altamonts because they were just to pretty to pass up. I like to look at them, they're decent for carry, but I don't like to shoot them cause my pinky finger hangs off the bottom. Feels weird to me. I'll stick with rubber shooting and carrying. Wood for show and tell.

November 4, 2004, 12:41 PM
I prefer Pachmeyers for shooting. I replaced the Houges on my 686 with Pachmeyers Presentation grips. I like the feel and they seem to eat up the recoil better then the Houges. On the other hand I like Houges semi-auto grips.

November 4, 2004, 06:37 PM
Every gun I own that has removable/replacable grips has Hogues on it. I have wood and rubber for my K/L frames and both feel great.

November 4, 2004, 07:56 PM
I like sthe stock S&W checkered service grips with a Tyler T-grip. Nothing else feels as good or controls the gun better. I HATE rubber grips, and don't use them on anything I own.

November 4, 2004, 08:06 PM
I just received the rubber grips from Brownells... here's how they seem on my 6" 686:

Pachmayr Presentation... quite large and bulky, nice feel though. The downward length of the butt seems too long to me though. Overall very nice though.

Uncle Mike/Butler Creek... a little thin feeling side to side... not as cushy as Pachmayr Presentation or Pachmayr Compac. Not bad though.

Bill Davis... somehow these just don't feel all that nice to me...

I'm going to return these grips. None of these feel as good to me as the Pachmayr Compac grips feel on my round butt 66. But my 686 has a square butt and you can't get the Compac for a square butt. So my choice is to try some wood grips for the 686. I don't think I want to hack up the butt to change it from square to round.

Any suggestions on what wood grips might be among the best for the square butt 686?

Standing Wolf
November 4, 2004, 09:30 PM
Aim your browser at: http://www.herrett-stocks and pull the trigger.

November 4, 2004, 10:38 PM
I just put these on my 27. They fill up my hand better than the service stocks. These are Sile Stocks and were $8.00 delivered from ebay.

I have the hogue bantams on my j frame. When I can afford them I want wood. They don't stick to your clothes.

November 4, 2004, 11:09 PM
I'm in the mood for Badger grips lately. Nice colors & grains and lots of styles to choose from. Here's a set of boot grips on my 3" 66.


November 4, 2004, 11:30 PM
Jeff, nice to see you over here too. One good 3" 66 picture deserves another.

November 4, 2004, 11:34 PM
Hello Mattz,
I just came over for a visit.
Looks pretty nice over here.

By the way, when are you gonna get out of that COLD state of gun control and move somewhere warm ?
I lived in Illinois for 30 some odd years before I made the move.
I'm not comin' back. LOL


November 4, 2004, 11:54 PM
It is definitely cold here, but all of my family is here (as well as my wife's family). I know the laws won't change here, so eventually I'll move, but I don't know where or when.

November 4, 2004, 11:59 PM
That's funny you say that about the family.
It's so true about people from Illinois.
I was the first to move away, well at least more than 20 minutes from home. They still think I'm just on vacation... Ha ha ha ha
I'm NOT coming back to the Cold/Rain/Mosquitoes/Gloomy skies/Snow/more gloomy skies.......


Bob F.
November 14, 2004, 04:48 PM
Links, anybody? Couldn't open the Herret link. How 'bout Badger?
Looking for nice wood for a Speed-six Round butt!

Nice looking guns above, guys!


November 14, 2004, 05:46 PM
A search turned up this link:

These look like nice grips. Since I'm not real happy with any of the rubber grips I've tried on my 6" 686 square butt, I think I may go with one of these... or convert the butt to a round butt and go with my favorite rubber grip: Pachmayr Compac SK/C. Funny thing, Brownells carries about every Pachmayr there is BUT the SK/C... go figure... I think it's the nicest feeling grip Pachmayr makes.

November 15, 2004, 02:49 AM
That's funny you say that about the family.
It's so true about people from Illinois.
I was the first to move away, well at least more than 20 minutes from home. They still think I'm just on vacation... Ha ha ha ha
I'm NOT coming back to the Cold/Rain/Mosquitoes/Gloomy skies/Snow/more gloomy skies.......


Thats funny, I've lived in the sunny desert SW all my life (save for a year in South Florida) and I've always been curious about colder, weather. I've never lived in snow or had 4 distinct seasons.

On-topic though. I like the original wood S&W grips on my 19-3. My grandfather has a set of custom carved wood grips on his 2" Colt Marshall.
My Dad, however keeps the original plastic (bakelite?) grips on his Colt DA-38. Yes, thats a .38 Long Colt if you were wondering. The DA trigger pull is heavy as all get out, but its a fun gun to shoot.

November 15, 2004, 03:08 AM
I really like the eagle secret service grips on my 66 :D

November 15, 2004, 03:21 AM
Bob: Herrett's likes the ".com" on the end of the url. ;)

November 15, 2004, 03:24 AM
My M28 wears the stock grips.
They are comfortable and fit my hand. I see no reason to change!!

Ala Dan
November 15, 2004, 04:05 AM
My revolvers all wear rubber grips from Hogue. The 629-5 Classic, and
the 686-5 DCM wear the standard "Monogrips"; and the old model 60
snub wears "Bantams".

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

November 15, 2004, 03:32 PM
No contest...smoooooooth wood Hogues.

'Nuff said

November 15, 2004, 04:58 PM
I like the Hogue finger groove grips in both wood and rubber. My Ruger RH and SRH wear the Houge rubber, will never change them!

My 4" Model 13 sports the Hogue finger grooves.

I put Pachmayr's Compact Pro's on my Model 60 357. They're 10% smaller than Compacts and harder rubber than Hogue's which helps them not get hung on my clothing.

BTW, Smith and Wesson has some very nice looking wood grip options with the S&W Medalian on them. S&W Grips (

Also check Eagle Grips, they have some very nice offerings! I like their Heritage Grips and would like to try a pair of Secret Service grips some day. Eagle Grips (

*EDIT The Hogue rubbers on the Rugers are for Hunting only, it's the only action the guns see, except for the occasional sight in check.

November 15, 2004, 06:49 PM
I have a large bag full of rugger grips that i immediately take off my guns. I prefer smooth wood stocks and use what fits me, factory Combats, Herrets, Badgers, Ropers, etc.

November 19, 2004, 02:12 PM
i am partial to hogue rubber grips. if hogue makes 'em for the guns i own, i put 'em on. i even put 'em on my AR-15.
for me, they are less prone to slippage if your hands get wet or sweaty. the finger grips promotes consistancy. you grip the gun pretty much the same way every time which equals consistancy.

November 19, 2004, 02:55 PM
bd... I've settled on my favorite rubber grips: Pachmayr Compac SK/C, as shown here... they feel excellent, fill the hand beautifully, tame recoil very well, not bulky, conceal well, and look great. Most unfortunately, however, they don't make this grip to fit my square butt 686 and no other rubber grip feels as good to me, so I'm looking for wood grips for the sq. butt 686.

I tried the SK/CP Professional (which leaves an open backstrap) but find them too thin side to side, not very hand filling, and a bit on the hard side.

Now I'm also looking for beautiful, comfy wood grips for the 65. Leaning toward Hogue, Ahrends, and Bang!

Jason Demond
November 19, 2004, 05:07 PM
I would much rather have wood grips on my guns. I also don't like round butt guns, and put square butt grips on them.

November 19, 2004, 05:34 PM
It's funny how different we all can be... I was considering converting my square butt 6" 686 to a round butt, except I didn't want to whack into the frame of a perfectly good gun. I don't mind the square frame so much on a target or full size gun, but I wouldn't like a square butt on my J's or shorter barrel K's. Nice thing is for those who like square butts, you can buy conversion grips to make a round K or L grip feel like a square. Something for everybody! ;)

November 19, 2004, 09:32 PM
i have the rubber over mold laser grips on my 649 and a pachmayr decelerator on my 686+.

November 19, 2004, 10:19 PM
Rubber grips increase group size over firmer grips.

Pachmayr and Uncle Mike's killed the gripmaking industry off except for a few like Herret's, Eagle, Badger, Ajax... there used to be scores of makers out there!

I usually end up taking the factory wood grips down in size ( I have smaller hands ) and leaving them smooth or sometimes stippled so I can correct my grip as I draw. Finger grips get rasped off immediately as they are cut for larger hands.

IMHO rubber grips are an ABOMINATION!!!!

November 19, 2004, 10:57 PM
Another vote for the ugly Compac sk/c grips on my 2 1/2" model 66 or 4" 629 Mountain Revolver. This is the only rubber grip with padding on the back strap for round butt S&W's . It REALLY helps on the magnum loads. I think they actually made Decellerator Grippers too for these models, haven't seen them though! ;)

November 20, 2004, 12:51 AM
Funny I've never paid as much attention to custom grips on revolvers like I do on 1911's. I have Hogue rubber grips on my 686 which I think are great. However I may need to look into those Nils grips, they're just beautiful.

November 20, 2004, 08:18 AM
I've always stuck with S&W not necessarily the shipping grips. In part that's because I can usually see a sample on something in the gunshops first. I'd like to handle Spegal boot grips or some of the other exotics but not enough to order them and wait in hopes I'll like the fit. Quite sure the quality will show.

Herret's aside is there anybody out there doing custom work along the line of Fuzzy Farant's (query spelling) old work? There seems to be lots of ways to pick fancy wood but few to specify a size and balance for one hand two hand or weak hand.

November 20, 2004, 04:42 PM
Gordon... yes, the SK/C is a phenomenal grip indeed... and for a rubber grip, I think they even look good! I can't imagine a better rubber grip for a round butt K. Of course for stunning looks, wood is fantastic and I'm excited to get some great wood grips for my various J's, K's, and L.

November 24, 2004, 11:49 AM
Don't overlook these grips made by Bang!, Inc. Designed by Mr. Jerry Miculek, they are utlitarian-looking but extremely comfortable, both when shooting full-house loads as well as when it's next to your ribs under your shirt, sitting at the Diner. I buy mine from Al Greco, a friend and teammate of Jerry's.


November 24, 2004, 01:07 PM
I like the looks of wood stocks, but rubber does make a revolver more controllable.
S&W 640-1, 2 1/8 inch barrel - Uncle Mike's rubber boot stocks
S&W 19-3, 4 inch barrel - Herret's target wood stocks
Ruger GP-100, 6 inch barrel - Ruger wood/rubber combination stocks
Colt Python, 6 inch barrel - Colt wood stocks
Colt Python, 8 inch barrel - Colt wood stocks
S&W 29-3, 6 inch barrel - Pachmeyer rubber stocks
Ruger Super Redhawk, 7 1/2 inch barrel - Ruger wood/rubber combination stock.

November 24, 2004, 01:16 PM
Nice to see some photos of real BLUE steel revolvers.l

November 24, 2004, 02:38 PM
I like Pachmayers on my revolvers. I find that I can control the weapon better with rubber grips. I save my wood grips, but I don't shoot with them. They can be pretty though.

November 25, 2004, 01:29 AM
I love the look of real wood grips on pretty much any gun, including my smith revolvers. Revolvers just look "right" with wood grips. On any higher caliber gun (.41 Mag or bigger) I like a Rubber grip, ONLY because they are more forgiving on my wrists. And when I go target shooting I like to shoot alot. :)

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