S&W model 66-8 combat magnum .357

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  1. Shawn 3212

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    I’m thinking about picking one of these up. I have no reason to buy one other than I want one. While I think the 2.75” version is cool, the 4.25” version speaks my language. What stops me is that I don’t really need it and I keep hearing that S&W’s quality has deteriorated recently. Is this true? If so, what when wrong?
     
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    If you want it, get it. You don't need permission from anyone here.

    I recently got a 19-9 4". Sure, it's got the nasty lock, and the barrel liner, the finish can't compare with my older S&Ws, but I bought it as a fun plinker, not a work of art...and used the fact I needed a 4" .357 K-Frame to match my .22 Model 17 as all the excuse I needed.
    Use your imagination for the the justification of the new gun.
     

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    They’ve put out a few duds in the last few years but so has most of the rest of the American gun companies. Go to a big gunshow where there will be several examples to look at and pick out one you like .
     
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    I’d never buy a new Smith with MIM parts and the stupid lock, but to each their own.
     
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    Plenty of used SW66 to buy off gun shows and gunbroker. No need to buy a Hillary Hole gun.
     
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    No problems with it, but I clean it after a trip to the gravel pit, and usually only shoot 50 rounds or less at a time.. A couple times I've shot shorts out of it, and the cylinder got pretty sticky trying to put long rifle rounds into the chambers.
     
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    Very true fnfalman
     
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    I have a no dash 617. It will lead up really bad after 200 rounds. It does this with the original 6 shot cylinder and with the 10 shot cylinder I had S&W fit for me.
     
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    If you like it, get it. A 2 3/4 inch new model 66 is on my possible list.
     
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    Maybe they got the timing a little off. Does it spit anything from the cylinder gap? Have you tried different ammo?
     
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    Not much spitting IIRC. All ammo is the same. My SP-101 .22 does the same thing.
     
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    I was a S&W fan for many years but not anymore. I ran into mostly timing issues and picking jacket material out of my face with a few revolvers. I got tired of sending them back and forth to S&W. The finish on the barrel at the forcing cone always had burrs on them and very rough machining. The gap would be uneven from one side to another.
    I sure miss S&W revolvers.
     
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    I'd pick up some different ammo and see what happens. Are you shooting lead or plated boolits?
     
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    All ammo leads the guns. I shoot copper washed almost always. It may be a thing in .22 revolvers; 200 rounds and the cylinder won't close.
     
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    I have a 66-8 and really enjoy it. I like the bead basted finish with the black accents. The lock doesn't bother me and the gun shoots fantastic. The cylinder lockup and forcing cone are stronger than the older guns and it can take all the fully power 357 you want to shoot. MIM parts make doing a trigger job a breeze. Hard to beat a K frame 357 mag. YMMV
     
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    I have both pre and post dreaded hole s/w's. All go bang when I pull the trigger. Key lock is a non issue to me.
     
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    If you like it, get it. I can't warm up to them myself, but then again, who cares what other folks like. I'm a big S&W old-school wheel gun fan, but the reconstituted new ones just look "off" to me, so I leave them to others to enjoy.
     
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    Usually I don't have a lead problem with my S&W 63, but the other day I decided to use some bulk high velocity 40gr I had, and after 50 rounds I was keyholing.

    Usually I use standard velocity 40gr in my handguns, without noticing a leading or keyholing issue.