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Old October 1, 2006, 04:07 AM   #1
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Got new S&W 686...I like it...!

I was the one with the dangerous Tracker 45ACP that would cock sometimes and when it finally did cock it would not fire. I gave up on it and sent it back for credit and applied it towards this new 686 4" stainless 6 shot revolver. I must say the quality difference bewteen Taurus and S&W is very noticeable. The side plate fit on the Smith is so fine in some places you can hardly even see the seam between the frame and the side plate. SA trigger pull is much lighter and the DA pull is much smoother and predictable. Not a jam of any sort at yesterday's first shooting. I shot (50) American Eagle 357's and I got to say that is some very clean powder they are using. Even the cases were hardly even darkened. I noticed the 357 recoil was not as bad as the 45 ACP recoil was. I like it...!

Anyone use 700X powder as their main practice/target load? I see IMR says to use 5.2 grains of 700X to push a 158 jacketed slug at around 800-900 FPS.

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Old October 1, 2006, 08:32 AM   #2
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The 686 is my favorite S&W revolver. I have owned and shot about a dozen of them. If you think the trigger is good now, you are going to love it after about a thousand rounds. You can speed up the process by polishing the internals, and some Wolf springs.
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Old October 1, 2006, 09:03 AM   #3
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preaching to the choir here........

I sold my 910 to fund my 686+, IMHO simply the finest .357 revolver out there. It's a do it all kind of gun (Hunting, defense, target etc.)

Now you need to go out and find it a friend.......(marlin 1894c .357)

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Old October 1, 2006, 09:23 AM   #4
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Damnit ii5grfmj, I have always had that "companion" thought too. And you go and show me that pix with them together! Now I got to get one of those too.
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Old October 1, 2006, 09:36 PM   #5
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Fantastic

The 686 is my first gun and it remains my main home defense gun. I've become a bit less of a "gunovice" since, but it is still my favorite trigger...smooth and always surprising when it breaks. This gun reminds me of the accuracy I should be getting with my other guns.
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Old October 1, 2006, 10:40 PM   #6
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+115grfmj

I got my Smith 60 a buddy (Marlin 1894C) about a year ago. Out of that 18" barrel, a Winchester 145gr Silvertip is going at ~1800FPS hits an old milk jug filled with water, it just plain explodes.

I know there are some who don't like the idea of using a handgun cartridge in a rifle, but I don't buy into that. It's a great combination.
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Old October 2, 2006, 07:54 AM   #7
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This gun reminds me of the accuracy I should be getting with my other guns.
A 686 was my first handgun ever about 20 years ago. Have owned 4 through the years. My current one is a 12 year old 6" version that is one of the most accurate revolvers I have ever shot.

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I know there are some who don't like the idea of using a handgun cartridge in a rifle, but I don't buy into that. It's a great combination.
I'll second that! I borrowed a Marlin 1894 from a friend in 357 mag and had a hec of time shooting it! Also used to own a 1894 in 44 mag. I hope to find a nice 357 Marlin one of these days.
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Old October 2, 2006, 02:57 PM   #8
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I've got a 686-5, 4", seven-shot that I love. Its a tad heavy on the barrel end because of the full lug, so it doesn't balance "perfect" like a K-frame, but it soaks up .357's better. Its a great gun, good for the range, home defense, and could take down mid-size game with a good heavy .357 load.

One of the best all-around handguns ever made, no debating that.
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Old October 3, 2006, 10:03 AM   #9
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buys the 1894c to go with it....

not like you need anymore justification.....but out of the marlin my
favorite load (S&B 158jsp) gains 700fps over the smith. Basically deer or black bear are in trouble out to 150yds
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