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Brought home a new 686 today!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by brockgl, Sep 10, 2008.

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  1. brockgl

    brockgl Member

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    I just bought what seems to be a beaut of a gun today--the popular Smith & Wesson 686.

    What can I say? I love it! It is a standard 6-shot 686 with 6" barrel. I bought it for lots of reasons. I plan to carry it now and then, and I would also like to hunt with it. Is hunting commonly done with the 686? That's the reason I went with a 6" barrel as opposed to the 4".

    Also, would anyone suggest a good site to get some nice wood grips for this gun?

    Also, kind of a general revolver reloading question: do cases not wear out as quickly in revolvers for reloading purposes? If this is true, it would be great news, because I just started reloading this year and would love to know that case life is better in a revolver.

    Thanks!

    [Edit: to add revolver porn]

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  2. Rugerlvr

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    Pics or it didn't happen.
     
  3. JCMAG

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    You can hunt well with a 686. It is strong enough for hunting loads and accurate. Whether or not you can mount sights on it will depend on what you want to do to your revolver.

    Cases from a revolver don't stove pipe (as far as I know), but, other than that, the principal wear on brass will be determined by how much pressure they are to contain. .38 special will generally outlast hot .357s for this reason.

    Now you may repay my wisdom with gratuitous revolver porn.
     
  4. steelyblue

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    I had a 6" 686-1. It was a wonderful shooter. My 2.5" Colt King Cobra handles better in 357 mag, however. I lucked into that one though. The 686 is a dang fine looking gun.
     
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    Edited main post to add pic =)
     
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    I hunted deer for many years with my 6'' power-port 686 and took several. I used it mainly as a backup to my M1917 and kept my shots to 40 yards or less. My best luck was with 158gr JSPs. Altho I no longer use the .357 for deer I still enjoy shooting a coupla hundred rounds a month thru it.


    Nice find......enjoy.
     
  7. wep45

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    The S&W model 686 is one fine revolver and with a little care, it will last longer than you do.

    I recently picked up a 686-4 with a 6" ported barrel. :cool:

    Enjoy your .357 mag.
     
  8. Snapping Twig

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    Congrats on the new roscoe.

    Your brass will last for YEARS. Nickle tends to wear out quicker, but that's a relative thing.
     
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