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Looking for powder is hazardous to your wallet! But I didn't mind!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by tightgroup tiger, May 16, 2020.

  1. tightgroup tiger

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    I went to the LGS today looking for a pound of Universal or Auto-Comp for reduced loads for in my .327 federal and they didn't have any. Then I spotted this 686-4 Stainless beauty.
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    After checking it over the cylinder has no end play that I can measure and it looks like it was hardly fired.
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    There is a little carbon staining on the end of the cylinder and some handling marks but overall it is fantastic. I did get a little green out of the barrel like someone cleaned it and put it away and the bore cleaner worked on a little copper fouling that was in there.

    The bore in it looks polished and perfect but I can't seem to capture that with my phone. With my maglight shinning at the cylinder end I can see a perfect image reflection of the flash light looking down the muzzle end of the barrel.
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    It has the smoothest single/double action trigger of all my Smith and Wessons, in fact, I'm not sure the stock springs are in this. It's feels like a good gunsmith worked it over.

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    No key lock and locks up like a vault.
    I always wanted one of these but the ones I would look at were either shot loose or felt like a junk pile when I pulled the trigger. I didn't think anyone would part with a good one until I saw this one.
    I got it for $699.00 and I think I did pretty good today!
    I can't wait to shoot it!
     
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  2. bannockburn

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    Fantastic find! I felt the same way about the trigger on my Model 686 when I tried it for the first time! Smoothest and lightest of any DA revolver I have owned. Would like to find one like yours with a 6" barrel to go with my 4" barrel version.
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  3. bdickens

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    Nice find! I hope you will enjoy it.
     
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  4. tightgroup tiger

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    I'm 61 years old and I still can't believe how excited I get when I find something like this in this condition for a decent price. It's sitting beside me right now and I can't take my eyes off of it. Isn't if funny, I feel like a kid again! I hope it shoots as good as it looks, because I will be shooting it a lot!
    When I through this thing up the sights are just, right there! No searching. It fits my hands perfect, I can see why they were so popular.
    The decision is always a hard one for me because every time I find a revolver I like, there has to be two of them.

    They also had a Lipsey GP100, half lug 6" barrel that was to die for, that I looked at first, but when I pulled the trigger on both of them, the decision was a no-brainer.
     
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  5. bannockburn

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    I think you made the right choice going with the Model 686 over a Ruger GP100, even if it's a Lipsey's exclusive offering.
     
  6. Reinz

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    Nice pick up TGT. I bet it shoots as good as it looks.
     
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  7. tightgroup tiger

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    I think I paid fair market value for it, but I needed a new range gun and this is as close to new for one of the older pre-lock models, that I've seen in a long time.
     
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    Congrats on a great find. That thing looks so good. And when you find a Smith with THAT kind of smooth, light trigger there's nothing better for DA shooting.

    But don't relax your vigilance! It's not just looking for powder that can make these multi-hundred events happen. I recently went to the local Cabelas for a couple of minor black powder accessories and came home with a very sweet stainless Ruger Security Six. I had to go back the next day to get the accessories I forgot about. SIGH!

    Jeff
     
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    Nice score op!
     
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    That 6" half lug GP100 Lipsey's was no slouch either, Man did it balance nice but the trigger pull was heavier than I would accept in any revolver. I definitely got the better of the two revolvers.
     
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    The 686 is a fine gun. Enjoy it in good health...good catch, good price!
     
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    Nice find! :)
     
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  13. CajunBass

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    Congratulations, that's a fine 686. I'm with you. It appears to have only been fired a few times judging by the blast marks on the front of the cylinder, and the marks on the recoil shield. That price was about what I'd have expected to find at my LGS.

    You're gonna enjoy that one I'll bet. :)

    Oh. I was finally able to find a pound of Unique yesterday. First I've seen in months. I couldn't get close to the handgun counter so I was saved at that end.
     
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    @bannockburn
    How do you like those Pachmayr grips on your 686 Smith? I took mine to the range today and shot it at 10yds offhand, standing and even though I had three bullseyes through the same big hole and three very close, I felt like I was wrestling with the Hough grips that are on it. They are so squishy and soft.

    I have those same Pachmayr grips on my GP100 that you have on your 686, and those grips feel very natural to me. They are much firmer.

    Does anyone else have any suggestions for a good set of solid target grips for on a 686 Smith?
     
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    I put Pachmayr “Gripper” grips on my model 17 and model 19. I like them very much.

    Pachmayr Gripper Grips for S and W, K and L Frame Square Butt https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002INPFM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_2FWWEbKTBH00T

    That is a very nice 686, titegroup tiger. I wouldn’t care about paying “market price”. The main thing is you found something you really like.
     
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    CajunBass,
    It shoots as good as it feels but I have been shooting a GP100, 4", for quite a while now. I sent GP to my gun smith for "the treatment" about a week after I bought it, and he did a job on it that would make most people green with envy. And it has just gotten better.
    This 686, 6" is even better than my GP is in that department, but it is different. It shoot's like a perfect classic Smith but it will take me a little time to get used to shooting a Smith again to make it natural.
    I look forward to getting back to my Smith and Wesson roots.

    I'm more than happy with the Smith 686-4. When I get a better set of grips on it I think I will have my dream, every day shooter, if that make any sense. It's looking good so far.
    I'm more than happy with it.
     
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    Thanks, I am really liking it so far but those Houge grips have to go. If I were shooting a 480 Ruger, I would welcome them but they are not needed for any .357 Magnum load that I have ever shot, .357magnums just don't have that much recoil in a gun this size.
     
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    That's happened to me a couple of times. Okay, six times. My favorite reloading supply store also carries revolvers, the sly devils. And if I have to drive twenty minutes to get there, might as well wander by the gun case, right? I'll never learn.

    Nice find! May it serve you well.
     
  19. bannockburn

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    I have found the Pachmayr Gripper to be a good fit for my smaller size hand versus something like their Presentation model which usually feels like it's a bit too big and not quite as comfortable. I did sand down the finger grooves as they were somewhat pronounced but other than that they're good to go.
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  20. Engineer1911

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    M686 S&W revolvers come in sets of 4; 2-1/2", 4", 6" (6-1/2"), and 8-3/8" barrels. You really do need a set of pre-locks.
     
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    I agree, but my wife would end up shooting me with one of them.
     
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