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s @w 66-2 5'' barrel

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by remmag, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. remmag

    remmag Well-Known Member

    hey there
    i just purchased a 66-2 357 mag in 90% condition
    anyone have any input on them
  2. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    A Great Firearm

    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~?
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2010
  3. remmag

    remmag Well-Known Member

  4. jad0110

    jad0110 Well-Known Member

    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!




  5. remmag

    remmag Well-Known Member

    great looking gun
  6. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    A very nice revolver indeed; probably the best balanced, most complete .357 snubbie ever made by S&W. Enjoy.
  7. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

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

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    5 inch?

    Never seen a 5" one...here is my 4" one, 66-4. Sure its not a 4" one?

  10. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    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.
  11. Old Shooter

    Old Shooter Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. Buck Snort

    Buck Snort Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    jad0110...I'm more curious about the marks or stains on the primers in your photo of the cylinder. What is it?
  14. remmag

    remmag Well-Known Member

    thanks for all the input
  15. LawofThirds

    LawofThirds Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member

    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.

  17. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

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

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


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