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Evil Quint
09-26-2011, 6:36 PM
I am looking to put some grips on my S&W 357 Mod 66. Some pictures below. I shot this a few times and its a monster when you put in 357 rounds. 38 Special is manageable. Anyway I would like to shoot it more often so I figure some better grips may help me. Long story short I have always been a fan of Pachmayr grips for my auto pistols but before I buy anything I was wondering if you had some suggestions. I am fairly new to revolvers so any advice is appreciate.

Also looking for the best place to buy and clarification if my gun is a K-Frame round or square butt? Thanks in advance.


09-26-2011, 7:01 PM
regardless of the grips you might choose for shooting... i'd suggest you shoot a steady diet of .38 Special and only use .357 as needed in your Model 66.

09-27-2011, 3:32 AM
Nice older 66 with SST rear sights. Get the grips you are comfortable with using. Rubbers are fine and usually feel better in hand. Do not get rid of those K frame target stocks.

Snapping Twig
09-27-2011, 6:15 AM
Yours is a K frame square.

Hogue also makes nice grips in rubber/plastic and wood, I suggest you look at them also.

Ahrends is good too. :)

Ammo to avoid in your revolver is hot 125g magnum loads due to the short bullet and the sandblasting effect of the unburned powder which is hard on the forcing cone. Your forcing cone is flat on the bottom (check it out) and a bit thin in that spot and the sandblasting and trauma CAN (not always) crack the forcing cone there.

158g magnums are preferred because the bullets are long enough to insure a more complete powder burn before the bullet jumps the cylinder/barrel gap.

Nice revolver and FWIW, many people say that the K frame is the most naturally pointing revolver made. They certainly are a classic.

09-27-2011, 6:33 AM
Nice model 66!

09-27-2011, 10:48 AM
Pachmayr Decelerator grips for a K frame square butt.


09-27-2011, 11:48 AM
For revolvers I tend to favor the wood grips from Hogue, especially the ones with the finger grooves.

Spirit 1
09-27-2011, 7:24 PM
I got some very nice grips from:


Grips4U in Boise, Idaho. It's a small family owned & run business, so Made in USA! The walnut grips are real nice, well finished with excellent checkering & logos and very reasonably priced. I was very happy with what I received. Nice folks to deal with, even told me I didn't need a higher priced option, and he was right.