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Old November 15, 2012, 02:51 AM   #26
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I have 3 686-6 2 are the + and one is the 686. I fine all three are great shooters accurate with a smooth 4 1/2 pound trigger pull with a smooth cylinder rotation. When new like most the trigger was rough. but after 200-300 rounds and some dry fire they smoothed out very nicely. with the 7 shot I go through ammo 1/7 faster.
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Old November 15, 2012, 05:05 PM   #27
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I've never shot the + model, but my 4" 686 was my first revolver and I doubt I'll ever get rid of it.
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Old November 16, 2012, 09:20 PM   #28
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If you plan to some day compete with a revolver, I suggest moving up to the N-Frame 627, 8 shot, that uses moon clips. Reloads are fewer and quicker.

If you are set on the 686, then I doubt you will be disappointed with either the 6 shot, or the 7 shot. I bought a 4" 6 shot and never regretted not buying the 7 shot. It is a nice revolver and one I think everyone ought own at least one of. I sold it a few years after I bought the 627 and it was a hard thing to do even after I was totally sold on the 627.
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Old November 16, 2012, 10:18 PM   #29
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I have the 4" 686 and a 3" 686+ I'm hoping Santa might consider bringing a 2 1/2 inch model
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Old November 16, 2012, 10:26 PM   #30
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Call me old fashioned. They call them six guns for a reason!
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Old November 17, 2012, 01:51 AM   #31
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686P 2-1/2 inch Bbl:



686P Mountain Gun 4-inch Bbl:

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Old November 17, 2012, 08:06 AM   #32
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If you plan to some day compete with a revolver, I suggest moving up to the N-Frame 627, 8 shot, that uses moon clips. Reloads are fewer and quicker.
If you plan on competing someday, I suggest finding out which competitions are held in your area, deciding which interest you, then reading the relevant rulebook(s). A moonclipped 8-shot 627, for example, would be good for ICORE Limited and Steel Challenge, but not IDPA or USPSA.

As far as the 686 as a match gun, I can't of any gun game where a 7-shot 686+ would be the better option, so I'd opt for the 6-shot 686. If you're going to have a gunsmith tune it anyway, get the standard 686. If not, consider the 686SSR.

Yours truly at this year's IDPA Nationals, ejecting 6 (not 7 ) cases from my 686:

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Old November 28, 2012, 05:32 PM   #33
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They call them six guns for a reason!
Are Chief Specials five-guns then?
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Old November 28, 2012, 08:55 PM   #34
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More is always better. It's not like he is comparing a Taurus to a S&W. Get the plus. The extra round might make a big difference for the same reason most plus 1 their auto.
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Old November 29, 2012, 04:30 AM   #35
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The extra round might make a big difference for the same reason most plus 1 their auto.
That's a good reason Mystro, I agree and also have the 686 plus.
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Old November 29, 2012, 04:44 AM   #36
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I carried a 586 and never felt undergunned. Combat tuned at Bill Davis Co.

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Old December 1, 2012, 01:56 PM   #37
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I prefer one handed loading with a speed loader, ala Safariland or SLVariant, so I don't like or use the HKS line of speed loaders at all. Safariland doesn't make 7-shot loaders and the 7-shot Variant has been back ordered for months (if not a year by now). For this reason the only 7 shot L-frames I find acceptable are those cut for use with moon clips. I have two of them so modified and find then great for home and personal defense, when the extra round could possibly make a great deal of difference. Other wise the other L-frames are all 6 shot and I don't feel un-armed in any way with them or their "limited" capacity. YMMV!

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