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The 686

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by g5reality, Feb 22, 2007.

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  1. glockman19

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    hex,

    Nice pics. How are they finished?
     
  2. hexidismal

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    Thanks, yeah that pic came out nice, especially since I was using my wife's cruddy camera still. The finish on the guns ? Just basic stainless, and countless hours of hand polishing. The 66 isn't quite as polished as the 686, you can see it most on the cylinder. That 686 is like a mirror all over it, but it's SO hard to get pics of. You can sort of tell by how much the bullets are reflecting on it in that pic.

    Heres some not so good pics, but they can kind of show what I mean.

    Like in this one, its so reflective and its reflecting so many things that it doesn't look very good, but if you look closely you can actually see my hand with the camera in it toward the end of the barrel.
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    And in this one, if you look at the reflection in the trigger guard you can see how clear it is. The whole gun is like that. You can also see in this one that above and below the circle around the muzzle had also had its bead blast type finish polished out to a shine. All by hand with no tools. Just various polishes and rags.
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  3. AStone

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    <gasp>
     
  4. hexidismal

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    I guess that means you like it Nematocyst ? :)

    I'll tell you though, the super high reflective polished finish seems like a cool idea, but one touch and a fingerprint ruins the whole effect. It's also a LOT of work. I should mention too, I owe it to fellow THR member Gunkwazy, for some tips and the moral support that it would come out nice if I worked long and hard enough on it.
     
  5. AStone

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    Hex,

    The gasp was more about the grips and guns than the polish.

    Don't get me wrong: I respect all that polishing.
    Beautiful finish. Shiny is impressive. Nice work. Sincerely.
    If that floats yer boat, I'd say it's great.

    But for me, I want "dull finish" that doesn't shine in moonlight.
    (Either black or bead blasted.)

    But the guns and the grips...

    Yeah ... gasp ...
     
  6. hexidismal

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    Oh yeah, I totally agree with you on a matte finish for any serious use, whether that be hunting or defense. No question those two are range and show-off guns only.
     
  7. AStone

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    Just to be clear:
    "show off" they do,
    my friend. ;)

    Those are beautiful pieces
    of steel that send large,
    fearful projectiles
    down range.

    Fine work.
    _____

    Another Saturday night
    in the club house ...
     
  8. glockman19

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    Please share the polish you used. I have a few minor scratches I'd like to buff out. also I only use it for camping & HD/SD so I'm not as concerned with it glowing in the moonlight.

    Nice job.

    Thanks for sharing
     
  9. AStone

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    G'man19, interesting that you write that.

    It was on a recent camping trip with a quarter moon
    that I realized for the first time how much light
    a stainless barrel reflects. :what:

    Shiny barrels and actions
    are beautiful, and very impressive.

    But for SD in a quiet camp bathed with moonlight,
    to keep the element of discretion and surprise,
    I'll take a non-reflective surface.

    YMMV, of course.

    ;)
     
  10. hexidismal

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    Sure glockman,
    I've heard alot of people say they use Flitz polish , but that's not what I use. I'm not saying it doesn't work just as well, I just haven't tried it. What I used is called Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish, and the real secret (as I learned from Jeff) is a finishing touch with Mother's Billet polish. The billet polish is kind of pricey, but its finer and will add that extra slight touch of gloss as a finishing touch. The biggest thing to note I suppose is if you want it ridiculously reflective, is that it will take longer than you might think. In some other threads specifically about this topic, I've noticed people mention that it doesn't seem to change the look of the finish, so much as just make the gun look clean. The reason they think that is because they're underestimating just how long and how many times you need to polish. A dremel and polishing tool might make it go a heck of a lot faster, but the risk is high of messing up with a power tool, I very strongly do NOT recommend it. Also, using a tool to polish can damage the gun's stampings and high edges and make it look really bad (again, thanks Jeff). Oh, both polishes (and some good soft polishing rags) should be found in most auto parts stores. The local wal-mart here carries the Mag and Alum., but not the Billet stuff.

    Heres a thread with a couple of Jeff's polish jobs. That 500 always makes me drool.
    http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=267448
     
  11. AStone

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    2.5", 3", 4" or 6",
    polished or not,
    phlings a .357 or .38 spl (9mm) projectile
    downstream at screaming velocity
    with power and force driven by sheer energy. :what:

    f=ma
    (at least out to 50 m or so...)

    Bigga bada boom.

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  12. gunzrfunz

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    686-5 6"

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    I'll toss my hat in the ring.:p I'd like to get some grips for it, but haven't decided which ones yet. I'm leaning towards some hogue rosewood lams or maybe the camo lamo.
     
  13. glockman19

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    Nem,

    I'll be looking to add a 586 to the collection just for that reason. either another 4" or a 3".

    I was asking about the polish amainly to get rid of a coulpe of scratches on the cylinder. It'd be nice to buff them out.

    Hex,

    Thanks. They are so clean it actually makes them look like they're nickle fininshed.
     
  14. AStone

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    686+ 4" for sale

    With regrets, I'm announcing that I'm leaving the 686 club ... for now.
    (Will likely come back some day with a 3".)

    The revolver with a 4" barrel turned out to be
    larger and heavier than I wanted for my needs,
    so I'm putting it up for sale.

    I've replaced it with a 3" model 65 which will meet my needs better than the larger 686+.

    Please let me know if you're interested.

    It's a fine, fine revolver. I regret having to sell it,
    but I just can't afford to keep two .357 revolvers right now.
    Reality sucks, but that's just the nature of reality.

    Nem

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  15. kashton

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    S&W 586 L-Comp !!

    I haven't been able to get any input on this performance center gun. I am considering using it as a CCW and am wondering if I will be able to conceal it with a large t-shirt and jeans (IWB). I can carry a P220 Compact no problem IWB. I'm 5 ft 11, 165 lbs, built.

    Thanks for any help!

    Kevin
     
  16. HighVelocity

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    Three weeks ago, I used my 686-5 in the TX State IDPA Championship match hosted by CCIDPA ( www.ccidpa.org). There were 16 wheel gunners there. Eight shooting ESR and eight shoot SSR. I won my class (SSR/SS) which had six people including myself. I also beat all but one of the ESR shooters. :evil:
    Shooting the 686 in competition has been a ton of fun and compared to building a high-end 1911, building up my 686 has been fairly inexpensive.

    It started out a box stock, pre-lock 686-5 purchased used at a pawn shop. I did my own trigger work with the guidance of the Jerry Miculek "Trigger Job" DVD, including replacing the springs and the trigger itself with a forged steel, grooved S&W trigger, installed an SDM fiber optic front sight, S&W white outline rear sight blade, chamfered the chambers with a chamfer cutter from Brownell's and polished them with a cleaning mop and Flitz metal polish. I did everything myself so that saved a pile of money in gunsmithing costs.
    finding "THE grips" was the most expensive part of the whole trial and error business. I tried literally dozens of sets. Finally, the grips that worked the best for me ended up being the least expensive. :rolleyes:
    Hogue HARD Nylon monogrips. Not the sticky rubber, not wood. They're just grippy enough but slick enough to adjust on my way to the first shot if I grab it wrong on the draw. These are about 20 bucks from Brownell's.

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    This revolver has been a great gun and a learning experience for me. I anticipate many years of of enjoyment from it.
     
  17. KINGMAX

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    686-1 here

    I am lucky enough to get a 686-1. Is the dash one indicate it was made on the first run?
     
  18. P95loser

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    I have a 686 no dash pre-lock. Square butt, SS 4" with the checkered wood grips. What do the dashes mean?
     
  19. glockman19

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    I took mine out for the first time in 6 months over the weekend and forgot how nice it was to shoot. That's the problem when you collect more than just a few guns.
     
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    Here's my 686-3 4" ... my range shooter / house gun / truck gun

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  21. 686+

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    I don't know what your guys obsession with the 686 is. I mean next you are going to start putting 686 or something into your screen name.
    Sheesh! :evil::evil::evil:

    <===================See to the left.

    To me the 686+ is about the best overall revolver there is. You get a bonus round, especially usefull in club competitions, a good out of the box trigger, and a weight ballence that just makes it ohh so sweet.

    Sorry no pics, but the mods to my gun are:

    - X frame grips, try them on an L frame - just awsome!
    - cleaned up action, with a slightly lesser return spring and some hammer and trigger shims.
    - moon clip conversion, got to have it!

    :D
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  22. Rollis R. Karvellis

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    Took my 686+ shooting Sunday rang the hundred yard gong a few times but I really need some practice.
     
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    I'm presently in the course of bidding for a 1988 3 inch barreled 686 US Customs Revolver. What think ye on the $ value? How high should I go?

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    im looking for a 686 7shot, prefer no lock. how much does it cost to have a bead blasted finish similar the to the stock 1006, 642, 627 finish?

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    looking for something like this, not mine.
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