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Old 08-05-2016, 4:47 PM
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Default New Acquisition, S&W 69, 44 Revolver

I am a vintage Smith & Wesson revolver sort of guy. My usual purchases will be from 1930 up to 1990s. I will buy most Smiths made up until they installed the "Hillary-Hole". However, the Model 69, an "L" Frame, 5-Shot, 44 Caliber spoke to me. So, I bought one. The accuracy truly impressed me. Attached is a picture of a 25 yard group I shot from a benchrest. It measured real close to a 3/4" group. My reloads are a 205 grain wadcutter in front of 4.6 grains of Trail Boss in a 44 Special case. A very pleasant and accurate round.

Out of the box, the single action trigger pull was extremely gritty and over 8 lbs. I pulled it apart and did the usual polishing to lighten things up. Single Action trigger pull is now 3 3/4 lbs. I'm not fond of the new internals or the black coating on them. The fitting of the detent ball on the crane (yoke) doesn't line up. I could go into more issues, but I won't. I bought it because I thought it would be a nice little pack around type gun.

If you are looking for a somewhat compact 44 revolver, I would think that you all would like this one.

I bought it for $723.99 from Shotgun Johnny's. You go to their website and purchase it there.

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Old 08-05-2016, 5:12 PM
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Nice! I like the .44 special and have a model 21 at this time.

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Old 08-05-2016, 5:56 PM
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That's super good.

Yeah, out of the box, S&Ws have some really heavy trigger pulls and basically require going in there and cleaning up or changing springs.

Looks like you've got a keeper.

Have you checked the velocity of those loads?
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Old 08-05-2016, 6:51 PM
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Love mine, only thing I did was put hogue grips on it
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Old 08-05-2016, 6:52 PM
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Default I kinda like the idea of a smaller framed .44

N-frames are rather large. this seems like an answer to that problem.
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Old 09-23-2016, 6:49 PM
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Default Awesome

That is a beauty for sure. I had just been on YouTube watching videos about this revolver. Then I decided I wanted one so I put in a search to see if there was one for sale here on the forum. That's how I found this thread. Congrats on an awesome revolver!
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Old 09-23-2016, 8:16 PM
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Ima count this as another vote to bring back the 696, with solid barrel, no MIM or key safety, etc. You can always go to heavy Special loads fer piking in bear country.

At current prices you'd think the quality would be commensurate, but whadaya gonna do.

Although, under an inch at 25... not too shabby!!
I meant, it is my opinion that...

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Old 09-23-2016, 8:27 PM
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Smith and Wesson forum has 2 or 3 threads on this little gem. I am an old model S&W nut, too.
I bought one and like it a LOT.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:53 PM
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I have a S&W 24-3 with a 3 inch barrel that shoots great.
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