Is this too much boom for a 686?


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FunYet
April 8, 2007, 09:45 PM
I have a S&W 688 Plus, 4" that will be my going to the woods gun this summer. I've read a few recommendations for Double-Tap hard cast 180 gr or 200 gr ammo for this purpose. I mentioned this to the local gunshop jockey and he told me the 686 will not handle this load? I know I won't be plinking with Double-Tap but I want to at least practice with them without ripping my gun apart. Is something like a Ruger more up to the task of handling full house loads or is this gun shop salesmanship and mythology?

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SnWnMe
April 8, 2007, 09:47 PM
The Ruger > Smith issue about hot loads does not apply to L frames.

steveracer
April 8, 2007, 10:37 PM
I carry them in my 66 F-comp, but don't shoot more than 15 or 20 a week.
Steve

ARTiger
April 8, 2007, 11:44 PM
They work well in my 627PC. Have tried both the 180 and 200 gr. Cast Flat nosed solids. BTW, I would not recommend shooting many of these - they're beastly.

Sundles
April 9, 2007, 12:16 AM
Your L frame is very stong. Shoot the Double Tap in it--no problem.

glockman19
April 9, 2007, 12:27 AM
No problem with your 686

countryrebel
April 9, 2007, 01:07 AM
Typical gun shop guy that does not know what he's talking about.Your good to go on DTap's in your 686.

SAWBONES
April 9, 2007, 01:17 AM
DT isn't too "hot" for any modern gun.

No problem shooting any DT or Buffalo Bore .38 Special or .357 Magnum load in any 686.
I shoot the hottest possible factory .357 loads in my 2 1/2" barrel 686-5 with no trouble.

DWARREN123
April 9, 2007, 01:41 AM
Call or e-mail S&W and see what they say. If they say it's okay and something happens then it's on them to repair or replace.

skeeter1
April 9, 2007, 02:57 AM
Call or e-mail S&W and see what they say.

send an email to qa@smith-wesson.com and get the answer straight from the horse's mouth. They're really good folks about answering that sort of question.

Jim March
April 9, 2007, 03:23 AM
No problem. *Maybe* many thousands could loosen things but I doubt it, and the stuff is too pricey for that anyhow. I wouldn't hesitate for a second testing several boxes and doing some practice once in a while with a 686.

Even a K-frame 357 can take moderate amounts - and by that I mean "at least a thousand" and probably more.

steveracer
April 9, 2007, 10:49 AM
I have shot many, many thousands of 125grn .357MAG in my K-frames, and even my model 60. There isn't really a problem here, people. Guns marked ".357MAG" are capable of shooting that round. Do people caution one another about shooting .44MAG in an N-frame?
Shoot whatever you like. If it's commercial ammo, it will not hurt your gun. If it does, Smith and Wesson will fix it for you for free for life.

PzGren
April 9, 2007, 12:48 PM
The cost to tighten the gun up is a fraction of the ammo cost necessary to get there.

Nematocyst
April 11, 2007, 05:47 AM
...my going to the woods gun this summer...
Double-Tap hard cast 180 gr or 200 gr ammo for this purpose.Out of curiosity, why that load?

Your location is listed as OH.
Nothing in the woods there demands that load.

Are you planning to walk in Montana or Alaska?
If so, why not .454C or - better yet - .45/70 or 12 ga?

If not, why not a full house .357 rnd with a lighter projectile?

Seven For Sure
April 11, 2007, 10:45 AM
I've shot both of those loads through both of my 686's and even my 386PD (18oz). The 386PD hurt. I keep the 200 gr. in my 686 I use for a truck gun.

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