s @w 66-2 5'' barrel


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remmag
April 10, 2010, 04:06 PM
hey there
i just purchased a 66-2 357 mag in 90% condition
anyone have any input on them
thanks

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Ala Dan
April 10, 2010, 04:18 PM
This would be MY choice as a medium frame .357 revolver~! Congrat's-;) :D

*I also picked the original poster's title out as a S&W model 66 with a 2.5" barrel;
oh well~! Guess I need too chunk these $475 dollar reading glass'es, uh~?

remmag
April 10, 2010, 06:16 PM
thans

jad0110
April 10, 2010, 07:37 PM
I love mine. The round butt with walnut magnas and Tyler-T Grip make the gun supremely easy to conceal and for me, very controllable and comfortable to shoot with .38s or .357s. I picked up my 66-1 a couple of months ago. A bit of flitz and the gun cleaned up nicely. I carry mine in a FIST #20 leather IWB holster. Very comfortable rig.

Just stay away from really hot, light weight .357 Magnum loads and keep the forcing cone clean/free from lead buildup. I'd stick to 158 grain .357s, though the reduced recoil 135 grain (I think) Speer Gold Dots are probably fine as well.

Post pics if you can!


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Model%2066%20357%20Magnum/DSC07766.jpg


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Model%2066%20357%20Magnum/DSC06631.jpg


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Model%2066%20357%20Magnum/DSC06647.jpg


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Model%2066%20357%20Magnum/DSC06657.jpg

remmag
April 10, 2010, 08:51 PM
great looking gun
thanks

bannockburn
April 10, 2010, 09:03 PM
renmag

A very nice revolver indeed; probably the best balanced, most complete .357 snubbie ever made by S&W. Enjoy.

Sam1911
April 10, 2010, 09:19 PM
A very nice revolver indeed; probably the best balanced, most complete .357 snubbie ever made by S&W. Enjoy.

Snubbie? It's a 5" barrel...

Radagast
April 10, 2010, 09:42 PM
The barrel length when measured from the muzzle to the face of the forcing cone should be just shy of six inches - S&W did not catalog a five inch barrel for this gun.

As Jad0110 stated, these guns should not be shot with lightweight magnum ammunition such as the 125 grain JHP. There have been cases of the forcing cone cracking as a result. The general rule of thum is to use .38 Specials in these guns with occasional use of 158 grain magnum rounds.
Constant use of magnums will send the gun out of time faster than .38 specials will. If you want to shoot a lot of .357 magnums you wll need to get a larger (and more robust) N frame Model 28, 27 or 627 or an L frame Model 686 or 586.

FWIW, I als0 consider the 66 to be S&W's best balancing magnum and a fine and accurate firearm. They aren't being made anymore, so enjoy the one you have.

Cocked & Locked
April 11, 2010, 12:26 AM
Never seen a 5" one...here is my 4" one, 66-4. Sure its not a 4" one?

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/383390000.jpg

bannockburn
April 11, 2010, 12:32 AM
renmag

Sorry about that; I thought it was a Model 66-2.5" barrel, not a 66-2 5" barrel. Got to get higher magnification in my reading glasses. At any rate, the same thing applies to a 5" barrel; great balance and handling on a K frame .357.

Old Shooter
April 11, 2010, 12:40 AM
remmag, is that a 66-2 5" barrel or a 66 2.5" barrel?

I have a 66-4 with the 2.5" barrel and love it, just need to find a good IWB holster for it.

Buck Snort
April 11, 2010, 12:53 AM
Mine sports CT Laser grips and for getting on target in a hurry with an effective round its hard to beat, except for my 4" 629 also equipped with CT Laser grips.

The Bushmaster
April 11, 2010, 10:18 AM
jad0110...I'm more curious about the marks or stains on the primers in your photo of the cylinder. What is it?

remmag
April 11, 2010, 04:25 PM
thanks for all the input

LawofThirds
April 11, 2010, 05:18 PM
It's a laquer that Federal uses to seal the primer pockets from any chance of moisture getting in. Federal usually uses blue on their self defense stuff, Remington Golden Sabers use a magenta-red color.

Deaf Smith
April 11, 2010, 10:56 PM
Cocked & Locked,

Mighty nice RB 4 incher. Was the round butt factory or did you do it yourself?

And for the record, the 2.5 M19/66 is the sexiest revolver, to me, ever made.

I have a M66 early model with, 2.5 inch, pinned barrel and recessed chambers.

And maybe one day I'll find a 2.5 inch M19, nickel,to go with my 2 inch M38 Bodyguard. Would make a nice pair.

Deaf

Cocked & Locked
April 12, 2010, 10:11 AM
Cocked & Locked,

Mighty nice RB 4 incher. Was the round butt factory or did you do it yourself?

Thanks for your comments...its a factory round butt. 66-4 (no lock either.)

And for the record, the 2.5 M19/66 is the sexiest revolver, to me, ever made.

I agree on that! My 2.5" one is a 66-no dash and is my favorite revolver.

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/299351744.jpg

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