Anyone have a S&W 686?

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  1. mr00jimbo

    mr00jimbo

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    A wheelgun is in the works if my 1911 plan falls through.
    They are gorgeous guns but any time I google them, they get compared to the less expensive GP100 and people say the GP100 is strong as an ox, and make the 686 seem like it's not up to snuff to handle magnum loads (though on S&Ws website they say it's strong 'nuff to handle continuous magnum useage).

    Or people say, "yeah they're good if you pretty much plan to shoot .38 mostly and 357 on occasion"
    Any input?
     
  2. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

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    My wife has a 4" 686-3. Its a no lock gun that is a dream to shoot. Its truly the best trigger that I have ever felt on a production revolver. She is 3rd owner and the second owner had some work done on the trigger.
     

  3. bac1023

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    The 686 is awesome. :)


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    The GP may be a bit stronger, but its crude, rough, and ugly by comparison. I'm sorry, but you get what you pay for. :whistling:


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  4. 50 Cent

    50 Cent

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    I think so - :supergrin:

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    686+ 4 " bbl pre-ILS version.

    Not as elegant as a Python, but when the chips are down it would smoke a few zombies as needed.
     
  5. Brucev

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    The 686 is strong as a tank! It will never wear out using any .38 Special load imaginable. Shoot .357 Magnums to your hearts content... it will still be tight when your estate is being settled. The triggers are outstanding. Accuracy is excellent across the board. The only way to get a better revolver is to buy a S&W N-Frame... in .38/.357 Magnum.
     
  6. itstime

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    I have both the Ruger and Smith in 6in. bbl. While shooting the Ruger I smile and say to myself I love shooting revolvers. While shooting the Smith, I smile and say to myself I love shooting this revolver.

    Yes the Ruger is a tank and will take anything given to it.

    But the Smith will take it as well is more refined and a better shooter with a better trigger.
     
  7. K.Kiser

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    I have a GP-100 and HAVE had a 686... The Ruger is by no means crude, not as fine of a feel in the hammer and trigger but nonetheless a fine firearm, but this is compared to the best feeling trigger in a mass produced revolver IMO... The GP-100 is a tank that can soak up heavy loads until the moon falls from the sky... It's stronger than the 686 but the Ruger is stronger than it needs to be and the 686 is too probably but just not as redundantly so... With the big strength of the Ruger comes extra weight, and in all cases but hunting or blasting hot handloads for the crap of it I'd prefer the S&W...
     
  8. mongo356

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    Things may have changed at S&W and this is just one example but......

    I started out with a 586 (6" blued version). I used mine for single action target type shooting and hunting. Mine never gave me any trouble.

    A friend of mine had a nickel 686 and used his for PPC type shooting (late 80's-early 90's). His had the timing get off so bad from shooting fast double action it had to be sent back to S&W for repair. (cylinders notches were soft??). When it got back, later it had to be sent in again because the nickel finish flaked off in spots.

    We both bought Ruger Security-Six's and shot the snot out of them....... they still work like the day we bought them.
     
  9. bac1023

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    I said crude by comparison.

    Rugers are good revolvers and I probably own close to a dozen, but "fine" is certainly not a word I would use to define them.

    Good and strong, but not "fine". There's nothing the least bit fine about a Ruger revolver.
     
  10. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    The 686 is a fine gun. I will own one someday.The GP100 is a great gun too. I love mine. Yes, the GP100 is a tank, but you'd have to do one hell of alot of shooting of full powered .357 loads to ever begin to wear a 686 out. You wouldn't go wrong to get either, but you'd be doing yourself a favor by getting both. :cool:
     
  11. Mike2x

    Mike2x Enthusiast

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    My 686 is 30 yrs old with a couple of thousand rounds of 357 and 38 through her. Still spot on. My sig picture is my teenage daughter firing it.
     
  12. mr00jimbo

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    IMO the 686 looks much nicer, and though the GP100 is beastly, it's just crude and ugly looking in comparison. Too...blocky? Like someone designed it on an etch a sketch.
     
  13. Royo

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    i was issued mine Aug 6th 1985. I have have had it ever since.
     
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    I have the 7 shot model and it's for sale. :supergrin:
     
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    I've had my 686 6" for about 25 years.
     
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    Yep I have 2...Both have lock's, which is a non issue for me..
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    the beefier 686 (and all other L frames) came about because of K frames supposedly cracking at the forcing cone when firing way too many 357s. in particular, the 110, or 125 grain variety.
    the 686 was built to take anything...buy it and shoot it.

    my 686
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  18. Edmo01

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    My 6" 686 is 21 years old and it shoots just as well as the day I got it. With the 6" barrel mine has been primarily a camping & hunting companion. Because of the barrel length I've never really used it for CCW. Currently it is sitting in a convenient out of the way location with a wheel full of Hydra Shoks waiting for our next trip to the woods.

    It has a better trigger than either my 1980s vintage Model 60 .38 special snub or my Model 629 4" .44 magnum Mountain Gun. If I had to get another one it would have a 3 or 4 inch barrel for easier carry, however I'd keep the 6 incher.

    Overall, really nice revolver. In my mind it falls somewhere between the utility minded design of the Rugers and the smooth, factory tuned Colt Python. It is a very tough and dependable revolver with an acceptable out-of-the-box trigger.

    Edmo
     
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    My step dad has a 4 inch 7 shot 686. It is the ONLY revolver I can shoot well, in double action no less.
     
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    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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