Model 60 6" barrel ?


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Mike-Acer
March 21, 2012, 02:03 AM
Just curios...Anyone heard of a 6 or 6.5 inch model 60 357?

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cyclopsshooter
March 21, 2012, 02:17 AM
No, but that might be kinda cool

PabloJ
March 21, 2012, 02:22 AM
Just curios...Anyone heard of a 6 or 6.5 inch model 60 357?
I have handled one with 5" barrel and Uncle Mikes boot grips. The gun was kind of trail gun variation that proved unpopular with consumers so S&W nixed if after relatively short production run. It was not rare enough for my tastes so I passed on it. That is the longest barrel in this model I have held in my hands.

Mike-Acer
March 21, 2012, 03:46 AM
Pablo was it a stainless...I would really like to have one...

PabloJ
March 21, 2012, 07:34 AM
Yes it was ss with what salesman referred to as two piece barrel. They are kind of difficult to find as most were made with 2" or 3" barrels.

Stainz
March 21, 2012, 08:39 AM
A local shop still had a new 5" 60 on display a few weeks back - $599! I bought an ANIB 5" 63 - it's .22 sibling - a couple of years ago from a friend's estate. Kind of ungainly, even with some nice '60 Pro' grips (top, below):

http://s171.photobucket.com/albums/u307/Stainz_2007/IMG_4606.jpg

Think of the 3" 63 (bottom above) as a '60 Pro' model - a great handfit, balance and everything. I have a 60 Pro - it's a shooter - I think the 5" 60 would be like the 5" 63 is to my 3" 63 - a safe resident. YMMV.

Stainz

PS A new 3" 60 Pro isn't much more than the $600 tag on that 5" 60!

Mike-Acer
March 21, 2012, 11:04 AM
As much as I would love to get that 5" 60 I think I will wait for a used one to come along for a better price...I have a SS 2.125" 60...Mike

Old Fuff
March 21, 2012, 11:55 AM
When they first introduced the 5" version of the .357 Magnum/J-frame I thought it had possibilities because it offered superior Magnum performance that could only be obtained with the longer barrel; combined in a relatively lightweight platform. But then they messed up the concept by offering it with small boot-grip stocks, which in this case served no useful purpose.

The idea wasn't a first. In past times both S&W and Colt both offered small-frame revolvers with 5 and 6-inch barrels, and some of them were very popular.

As an aside: I have a 6" .32 Colt barrel with Pocket Positive markings. Now all I need is a revolver to match it. :cool:

Mike-Acer
March 21, 2012, 02:04 PM
Old Fluff....You said...." But then they messed up the concept by offering it with small boot-grip stocks"....are these the same stock pictured below?....Well I'm having trouble loading the photo...so before I submit this reply I'll ask are the grips to which you refer the same stock rubber grips which are on on my 2.125" model 60?....Mike

Mike-Acer
March 21, 2012, 02:14 PM
I found out what is going on with photo...The system says I already downloaded that photo in another thread?????...So I took another photo...Go figure...Mike161430

Old Fuff
March 21, 2012, 09:29 PM
No, but you're close. The model in question was the 60-18, and the stocks were 3-finger grooved/round butt, made from rosewood, and slightly longer and more tapered at the bottom. In my view, considering the revolver's configuration, barrel length and proposed use; they should have gone to a larger, square-but style - and considered eliminating the finger grooves, which are O.K. if they fit a person's hand but not otherwise.

If I happen to get one (the revolver) the stocks will get changed very quickly!

R.W.Dale
March 21, 2012, 09:38 PM
Well old fluff I'm going to have yo disagree with you on the grips.

I have a 60-18 with the uncle mikes style round butt grips. Its easily far and away the most naturally pointing revolver/handgun I've ever owned. For me its like pointing my finger and a bullet goes through what I point at.

The grips are a bit low end looking but I dare not change em for fear of messing up the guns balance.

I ccw mine regularly and its amazing how well it conceals for a 5" 357

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rcmodel
March 21, 2012, 10:10 PM
Another thread just started in gunsmithing:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=8050238#post8050238

I can't keep up with this guy!!

rc

Stainz
March 21, 2012, 10:54 PM
A good thing to remember re the 5" 60/63 - they can be pocket carried in most of my britches front pockets. Ammo components have gotten so dear, I can't afford patches for said pockets - that barrel just rides against my leg...

The 60 Pro grips are $43 + s/h from S&W Accessories - I like them - even on my 3" 60 Pro!

http://s171.photobucket.com/albums/u307/Stainz_2007/004-2.jpg

I should have gotten a quantity break!

Stainz

Old Fuff
March 21, 2012, 11:41 PM
Well old fluff I'm going to have yo disagree with you on the grips.

Well I will let you disagree until I get the firing squad assembled... :what:

Personally I much prefer the stocks illustrated in post #14, but to each his own. ;)

Mike-Acer
March 22, 2012, 12:06 AM
Well fellas here is what those grips look like in my hand...As you said to each his own. When I get this post done I'll tell you about a conversation I had with S&W today....

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