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S&W 686P or a 620

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MrBill120, Aug 4, 2008.

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  1. MrBill120

    MrBill120 Member

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    Why does the 686P 4" seem more popular that a 620?

    The only differences I see with the 620 is that it's .1oz lighter doesn't have the full lug barrel and according to S&W's website is 1/8th of shorter than the 686P.
     
  2. Seven For Sure

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    The 620 has a two piece barrel which some people don't like. I have heard they can be more accurate but can come apart. These are just things I've read on the internet though. I have a few 686+'s and they're great. I like how the 620 looks also and would have one if I were rich.
     
  3. Matt-J2

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    Been wondering that myself. All I know is I see 686+ models in stores, and have never seen a 620 in person. I do find the 620 interesting though, so I wish I could handle one.
     
  4. Sevengunner

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    Tough Choice: 620

    I've had a 620 for a couple of years. I very seldom shoot anything but .357 125 gr. anymore and I shoot approx. 100 rounds per month (not heavy use). The gun has performed flawlessly and shows no signs of weakening. It's comfortable to shoot and if it's not shooting tight groups I know better than to blame the gun.

    When I bought it, I spent a week going back and forth between the 620 and 686. The action on them is identical, and I finally decided simply because the 620 is marginally lighter (I was planning on carrying it). You can feel the weight difference if you hold one in each hand.

    I don't think I'd have been unhappy with the seven shot 686. Frankly, it's not clear to me why S&W needed to offer the choice, given the functional similarities.
     
  5. LA Rondo

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    The 620 is drawn from a different model. I'd say Model 66. Updated accordingly

    It's a super fine revolver, just like a 686 would be.
    It's pointability is slightly better, because I'd say, the missing ounce comes from the barrel front end.

    She's pretty snug. Thight head space and cylinder gap. Not every diet works. I've had so far a couple of hundred American Eagle .38 going through it.
    I noticed the cylinder would'nt want to turn freely, a number of times, resulting in a hardly cockable hammer or pullable trigger.
    As I found out the primer top needs to be nice and flat, something to look out for with this revolver, when choosing ammunition.

    Mine has insanly smooth action, it's hard to believe, it's not a PC.
    She came a bit dirty when I got it from the factory. It felt like someone has shot a few extra rounds and tuned the action, while leaving the cleaning to me.:D

    I love that revolver.

    I have a 686+ 6"BBL along with it.
    Same frame, same cylinder. Different hammer/trigger, different barrel.

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  6. ArchAngelCD

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    I have owned both a M619 (fixed sight version of the M620) and a M686. I like both and it really comes down to which feels better in YOUR hand.

    The M620 will feel more like the balance of a K frame whereas the M686 is all L frame. Eben though the M620 is a 7 shot revolver it doesn't "seem" larger than a 6 shot model, again because of balance. The M686 looks bigger because of the full underlug which is missing on the M620. My M619 was VERY accurate so it possible the S&W claims of better accuracy from a 2 piece barrel just might be true.

    I like both and I'm sure you will too. Only you can decide which you like better. I hope this helps...

    Here is the M619: (which I no longer have)

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  7. AStone

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    Here's a model 65.

    Only difference from a 66 is fixed sights.

    I owned a 4" 686. Found it too barrel heavy. (YMMV)

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  8. ArchAngelCD

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    Actually, it's written right on the S&W site the M619 and M620 are the L frame replacements for the M65 and M66 K frames.
    The Model 620 is in the normal 2008 S&W Catalog and also listed in the LE Service Revolver section but for some reason the Model 619 is only listed in the LE Service Revolver section. The List price on the M619 is also $125 less than the M620!!

    If you look at what's listed in the LE Service Revolvers you will also notice there's a 3" M64 that's only listed there too.

    (sorry to ramble on but I do like S&W 38/357 revolvers!! LOL)
     
  9. AStone

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    My issue w/ 619 and 620 is that
    they're currently only available w/ 4" barrels.

    I understand sight radius and balance.

    But for me, the 3" barrel is best for this revolver.

    It's that proportional feeling.

    YMMV.
     
  10. ArchAngelCD

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    You're right, a 3" M619/620 would be nice. It would probably be more popular than the 3" M686 and M686+ revolvers.
     
  11. MrBill120

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    ...ok, so basically...a 620 is an "L" frame like the 686P....with the difference being a 2 piece, partial lug barrel? Do I understand this right?

    So, now isn't this a little redundant? (Too bad it's not blued!)
     
  12. ArchAngelCD

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    Yes Bill, you have it right and also, it comes in a 7 shooter only like the M686 Plus. It's not available in a 6 shooter.
     
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