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June 24, 2013, 10:29 PM
Nice! You now posses what many (at least a few?) deem the best practical .357 ever produced.
June 25, 2013, 04:09 AM
+1 above. I love the smooth trigger on mine.
June 25, 2013, 05:56 AM
I can't wait to get it out to our weekly PPC match and give it a try.
June 25, 2013, 06:12 AM
I miss mine. Was the absolute perfect .357 for me. A shame I originally intended to sell it and had to go that route.
Was a blast (heh) to run some full-pressure 110-grain JHP through it. Whew!
June 25, 2013, 04:26 PM
Yeah I reloaded for a lever action 125 grains with 19 grains of 296. Ka-boom! I lightened the load slightly but my last 6 on target were pretty stiff.
June 25, 2013, 09:52 PM
I love mine as well. I've a 4" 686 and 586. Love them both. 586 for beauty and 686 for practicality. Also have a 8-5/8" 686 that sees range duty. Love em all.
June 26, 2013, 05:55 AM
Yeah the 686 is handy with the SS and they shoot so well. Its hard to find one up here in Canada its something most people don't resell.
June 26, 2013, 07:30 AM
My Model 686 came with the lightest and smoothest factory trigger of any revolver I have ever used. To me, in a .357, the L frame is the perfect balance between the lighter weight K frames and the heavy duty N frames.
June 26, 2013, 09:08 AM
You just reminded me to take mine our for some exercise this weekend.
It's ironic how people now seek out the old 1970-80s revolvers as "vintage" models, better than today's models. I share this outlook, but at the time, S&W didn't have a great reputation. Handgun enthusiasts groaned at the name "Bangor Punta," the parent company of S&W. Revolvers were coming from the factory with excessive cylinder gaps, loose actions, excessive headspace, soft steel and other problems. Ruger, meanwhile, had a sterling reputation. I had an FFL back then, and I ordered many guns for friends and colleagues. If they had any problems, it was up to them to rectify the problems because I wasn't making any money off them. But the junk I saw was incredible.
Sterlings, Llamas, Tauruses, AMTs and many others came in with cheap, smelly oils and plastic bags, and many others that didn't work out of the box -- that never surprised me. What did surprise me was that some guns that I thought wouldn't work, did work, flawlessly. Some of these were Jennings, Ravens, Rossis that came in and worked flawlessly, and were pretty well made, especially the Rossis.
With the introduction of the 686/586 and the amazing 9mm autos, the 459, 559, and 659, the company made a concerted effort to improve its quality control; however, there were issues. Two Kentucky cops noticed the front sights on their 681s (the fixed sight version) were being worn off by their holsters. Tests showed that the heat treat was off and the steel was soft. This is more an issue with forged steel than investment cast. Also, Ruger's quality control was simply better, although some of the Security-Sixes had issues with cracked forcing cones. Why this happened, no one has been able to say; it could be a heat treat problem there, too. On the plus side, most of those who had this problem had it early in the gun's life. In other words, if it was going to crack, it was going to crack early on, not after extended shooting of factory rounds.