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Old 03-08-2013, 18:22   #61
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Yup nice revolver!
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Old 03-08-2013, 18:51   #62
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Well played sir!

I use "Citri strip" on most things I don't want to sand. like checkering BUT you have to be very careful to wash it completely off and several light applications for short periods is the way to go. It takes patience but if you let is set like too long it can add it's own effect (staining) to some kinds of wood. Try it on the inside of the grips first.
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Old 03-08-2013, 21:11   #63
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Well I've spent the last 3 hours with mineral spirits, varnish stripper, steel wool, and tung oil. The grips are really starting to come around.

First coat of tung oil (the second will be put on tomorrow). They look much better in person even.

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Old 03-08-2013, 21:24   #64
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You did very well! Its looks much better with the Hogue grip! it will be much better to shoot with the Hogue too. Store the wood grips away!
Very nice find !!!
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Old 03-08-2013, 21:52   #65
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With the cleaned up wood stocks (not finished yet):

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Old 03-08-2013, 22:24   #66
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Absolutely beautiful. Those grips are coming along nicely. You have done well Sir.
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Old 03-08-2013, 22:27   #67
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OK, I wanted to say something about it being a crappy gun and that I would do you a favor and give you $50 for it-- but I can't. Beautiful revolver; it reminds me of my first 686, bought in '84, 6" barrel (now long gone). You got a good deal. May your enjoyment know no bounds when you shoot it!
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Old 03-08-2013, 23:07   #68
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Looking back through this thread, it doesn't help that Bac's pics make all the gun I'm interested in look gorgeous.

He's bad that way. Whenever he posts photos, my checkbook starts jumping out of my pocket.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:58   #69
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You did very well! Its looks much better with the Hogue grip! it will be much better to shoot with the Hogue too. Store the wood grips away!
Very nice find !!!
It looks better with the ugly rubber grips??
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:12   #70
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A few more quick cell phone pics, according to Smith the gun was made in 1986:

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Here are the original wood grips. They've seen better days, but interestingly enough there are absolutely no nicks, scratches, or dents. The only problem with them is the clear coat is chipped and missing from probably 40% of them.

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Man, I love the look of that revolver WITH the wood grips. If I were you, I'd see if the grips could be refinished, or find some just like them for replacement.

I have a Ruger GP-100 with those same rubber grips. They make shooting the revolver so easy and comfortable, but I have to admit that they sure don't have the beauty of original wooden grips.
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Old 03-09-2013, 13:45   #71
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Man, I love the look of that revolver WITH the wood grips. If I were you, I'd see if the grips could be refinished, or find some just like them for replacement.

I have a Ruger GP-100 with those same rubber grips. They make shooting the revolver so easy and comfortable, but I have to admit that they sure don't have the beauty of original wooden grips.
I'm almost done restoring the old grips actually. I'll use the rubber for camping and hiking, and the wood grips for other use. I like that they are original to the gun also. Here is the latest pic in the grip restoration. They're getting there. If you look at some of the earlier pics you can see a huge difference.

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Old 03-09-2013, 13:48   #72
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Excellent job restoring those grips !
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Old 03-09-2013, 14:12   #73
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Excellent job restoring those grips !
Thanks! They're coming along pretty well. I decided to do a Tung oil rub in rather than going back to some sort of hard clear coat finish so if it accidentally gets bumped I won't have to deal with touching up chipped poly. Since it's so dry here the oil will probably help the wood too.
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Old 03-09-2013, 14:33   #74
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Very nice, congrats! I love my 686 SSR.
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Old 03-09-2013, 18:29   #75
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I also have a no dash 686.
You did good!
I have owned MANY .357s (many revolvers period).
ONLY Smiths for me!
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:58   #76
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excellent choice!
Love that you came to the forum for advice, and then followed through and posted what you got.

Good one, a real classic!
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:04   #77
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You did well.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:02   #78
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Thanks guys, I'll post pics with the finished grips in a bit. Anyone have any good holster recommendations?
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:10   #79
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:27   #80
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Thanks, I'll check those out.

Here are the fully restored grips, back on the gun!

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