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Which K/L frame Smith 357? (pref. nickel or SS)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by patentnonsense, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. patentnonsense

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    I like my N-frames, but I just have to play around with something like a 586 -

    someone please remind me which of the earlier Smith models had problems with 357?

    I see that nickel-plated model 19s seem to be cheap - will they hold up as well as a 686 will?

    Thanks,
     
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    L-frame S&W's (using 3-digit model numbers) will hold up better to a prolonged diet of .357 Magnum loads, as they're built on a heavier frame than the K-frames. On the other hand, K-frames (2-digit model numbers) will be a bit more "carryable", and will stand up to thousands of rounds of .357's anyway, provided that you don't use the ultra-hot 125gr. and 110gr. loads, which tend to eat away at their forcing cones and top straps. Personally, I prefer the "feel" of the K-frames. My standard carry revolvers (for hip use, rather than pocket use, of course) are 3" K-frames, Model 13 or Model 65.
     
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    Thanks - I know this is a noob question, but I hadn't known the answer!
    586 here I come...
     
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    Good choice. I have a S&W 686 (which is a stainless L frame .357) with a 2 1/2" barrel. I consider it an outstanding firearm. Mine has as sweet a trigger as you can find (it has had no work done on it) except a lot of rounds downrange.

    Good luck and enjoy!
     
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