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Smith 986

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 357mag357, Dec 6, 2018 at 5:56 AM.

  1. 357mag357

    357mag357 Member

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    Hello,
    Can anyone who has one or who has shot one describe what it's like to shoot the 986? I know its a subjective question to ask but i am looking for something to compare it to. I love revolvers. Just something about them. I have a GP100 and was thinking it might be close to shooting a 38 special + p from it? I also have a Smith 625 that I enjoy shooting more than my 1911. So before I drop 1100 dollars on a gun I have never fire I was hoping for a few opinions? Thank you.
     
  2. Boarhunter

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    I have a Smith 986 PC snubby, and it is one of the sweetest, most accurate guns I own. A true keeper. Not at all unpleasant to shoot. I generally run 115 grain ball ammo in it since it is cheap bought in bulk.

    And like you, I too have a 45 acp revolver that is among my favorites, though mine is a 325 scandium. Unpleasant with heavy loads, but very nice with target wadcutters.

    Buy the 986. You will have no regrets.

    BOARHUNTER
     
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  3. Armored farmer

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    I wasnt sure what a 986 was, i had to search it on Gunbroker to find out.
    Aha yes. A very nice 9mm revolver.
    I very much like my one 9mm pistol. I very much like the cost of ammo too.
    You should buy one and give a full report to the otherwise uninformed on THR.
     
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  4. cfullgraf

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    With my Model 986, felt recoil is probably a bit greater than hot 38 Specials but certainly less than full power 357 Magnums. I load 357 Magnums 158 gr swc to about 950 fps and the recoil from the 9x19 is softer.

    Accuracy is comparable between my Model 686 and Model 986, both shooting my reloads

    For a moon clip revolver, I suggest getting a BMT Equipped mooner/demooner tool. They are a bit pricey for some folks but they beat the heck out of fighting with the cartridges one at a time. Saves the fingers as well and makes moon clips a joy to use.
     
  5. thomas15

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    Shooting a revolver with rimless cartridges without moons is possible but ejecting the empties is more work than with a rimmed 38 SPL or .357 Magnum. I agree with the advice offered by cfullgraf regarding the BMT Mooner tool, a bit pricy but worth the expense. It takes a bit of time to get a method worked out to use that tool but once you figure it out it works great. I keep a traditional demooner tool at the ready also, making an argument for having both is one of those things you just have to take my word for.

    The other thing is of course the moon clips themselves. They can cost somewhere around $3 each to about $8 or so each.

    I have not shot the 986 personally so I cannot comment on that. I do have two (2) 929s which are the N frame 8 shot revo 9mm which I shoot between the two at least 1000 rounds/month. I would assume that the 986 and a 686 shooting 38 Short colt would be a similar experience. There do have experience, all positive. Personally I find the need for an 8 shot revo so for me it's an N frame, either a 327 (TRR8), 627 (using 38 LC) or 929 (9mm). But if a 7 shot is what you desire I'm sure the 986 will not disappoint. Just know that with any L or N frame S&W expect to have to work out some bugs, once you get it they are fantastic.
     
  6. 357mag357

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    Thanks for all the great information. I might be getting one for Christmas... About the moon clips. I found a company called www.ezmoonclip.com I have used their moonclips for my Smith 625 and it was a pleasure to use without tools. They make plastic clips which you can load and unload with your hands. They are a little pricey but worth it. Thanks again.
     
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