Got a 686P (7shot) 2.5" a couple of years back. All I have done to it is a Wolff reduced power mainspring, and a Pachmayr Compac Professional grip. Started with a Hogue hardwood grip, in the interest of tradition I guess you could say, but something about that tiny Pachmayr grip just seems, well, cool. That's all on mine, just curious as to who else has the good old Smitty Distinguished Combat Magnum, and what you've done to yours. By the way, for over two years, I had NEVER had a malfunction with this firearm. Then earlier this year I bought a box of Remington Golden Saber hollow points on a whim, and in 50 rounds I had 11 failure to fires. Out of those 11, I was able to get 5 of them to light off on single action. I stored the 6 remaining. I checked with Wolff, and they said that even with the reduced power mainspring, it shouldn't lite-strike ANY commerically available primers, but to check and make sure the strain screw was tightened. I did so, and found it just a little loose, so I tightened it back up and went to the range. STILL, I was only able to get 3 of the 6 to go off, even on single action. I looked around the net, and have heard of instances of this happening, and the there is a possibility that Rem uses hard primers in these rounds. No way to know for sure, as Rem doesn't mention any "hard primers" used in their product line. So yeah. Many thousands of rounds through my baby, and 11 of these rounds gave her the hiccups. sorry for the long post Wanna kill these ads? We can help!