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Old 07-09-2016, 7:02 PM
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Question S&W 686 or 586 in 4" or 6"?

I'm looking to get a S&W in 357. I had a 625 that I sold awhile back to a buddy cause he just had to have it and now I find myself burning for a new S&W wheel gun.

In a bit of what is sure to be looked back upon as questionable judgement I've decided to ask the infinite wisdom of Calguns for its opinions.

Blue or stainless and is their any difference in quality between the two metals?

For the folks that have both or have shot both which barrel length do you prefer for the .357?
My 625 had a 6" barrel and while it was front heavy a bit it did soak up the recoil of .45 acp like it was nothing, I think the jm 625 I shot did just as good of a job with the shorter barrel.

And then should I go with 6 or the 7 round version? Any advantage other then an extra round? Any disadvantages? I like the blue guns but I haven't really been able to find a plus model with the 4" or 6" barrel.

Any other feed back would be more then welcome as well.
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Old 07-09-2016, 7:10 PM
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I have a 686. The way I take care of my guns, I should have bought a 586. I just love the beauty of it, over my 686.

Really, it is a matter of preference, and how well you take care of your gun. If you "need" stainless, by all means, that should be your choice.

I have a 6". I wish I had a 4". LOL

You know, no matter what you get, you'll wish you had the "pros" of the choice you did not choose.
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Old 07-09-2016, 7:23 PM
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I have the 686+ in 6", my brother in law has the 4".

I like the esthetic proportion of the 4", but the shooting of the 6".
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Old 07-09-2016, 8:18 PM
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Default I had a 6" 686 when they first came out

Early on I found the extra length and weight to be more than I wanted from a handgun. Nearly as heavy as an N-frame.
I would have found the 4" barrel easier to carry.
I ended up selling it a buddy of mine.
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Old 07-09-2016, 8:21 PM
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Default I have a 586

I have a 586 with a 4 inch barrel. I love it because it just looks good with the blue finish and wooden grips. I was out shooting it all day today and feel so relaxed. Shooting really takes my stress away. Anyway, when I bought it, I had been looking for a 686 because I love the way the stainless with rubber grips looks also, and because I have a S&W model 64 with the stainless finish and black rubber grips and they are just so comfortable. But I couldn't find one so when I found the 586 I jumped on it.

I think I fired around 300 rounds today of the 357 magnums, and my hand actually hurts a little bit. I bet the 686 would be a little more forgiving with the rubber grips. That is just guessing though, as I've never fired one. If you are in my area of NorCal and want to try out my 586 with the 4 inch barrel, just let me know.
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Old 07-09-2016, 8:34 PM
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I have a 686 6rnd 6"...love it! Great balance, put some nice wood grips on her, very nice looking and durable gun. I tend to like the old school "6 shooter oughta be 6 shooter not 7..." Train of thought, plus mine is solely for range fun... Went 6" because I like the looks and accuracy of the long barrel, YMMV. No matter the combo you pick in sure you'll love it!
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Old 07-09-2016, 8:37 PM
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4 inch fer-sure.
Used, pre HildaBeast lock. And most importantly...Unaltered in any way.Take the 1st one you see.
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Old 07-09-2016, 9:14 PM
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Material/finish is totally personal preference unless you're going to be carrying it places where corrosion would be an issue.

I'd look at a 4" pre-'97 586 in good condition but that's just me.
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686 or 586 it's the same gun just a different color. Either way I would go 4 inch over 6 inch because I don't think that you gain much in respect to accuracy in the six inch platform. I had a buddy with a 6-inch and I have a 4 inch and he shot in the 4-inch just as well as his 6 inch 686. He ended up selling the 6-inch and buying a 4-inch.
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i like blued S&W revolvers and own about as many of them as i do stainless examples. i'd go with a 4" 686 (stainless) pre-lock over a 586 in any barrel length as a camping companion and/or for use in extreme weather environments.
regardless of blued vs stainless, i prefer a 4" barrel over a 6" barrel for HD.
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I have a 4 and a 6 inch 686. The 4 gets shot more because it's better balanced. The 6 is too top heavy, more so than my 627 Vcomp. 627 is also worth a look if you don't mind an N frame 8 shot. It comes in 5 inches as well, great balance and a great gun even with hotter loads
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I like the 4 inch, 6 inch seems barrel heavy.
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I like blued guns, so I say get the 586. I also prefer the balance of a 4" barrel. I got my 4" 586 a few months ago at a yard sale and it has become my favorite .357.

I like it so much that I'm leaving in a couple of hours to go fishing in Idaho and am taking it with me as my trail gun.
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Old 07-10-2016, 6:34 AM
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I prefer stainless pistols, so I would suggest the 686.
My 686 is a 4" bbl pre-lock model bought new more than 20 years ago. Got it because that was the model the California Highway Patrol used as standard issue for many years. Thought that if it worked well for them - power, balance, function, etc. that of all the variants - that would also work well for me.
Plus, it just plain looked 'cool'!
Wouldn't mind the extra round of the Plus, but I just like having a 'true sixgun' with the standard 686...
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I have a 4 and a 6 inch 686. The 4 gets shot more because it's better balanced. The 6 is too top heavy, more so than my 627 Vcomp. 627 is also worth a look if you don't mind an N frame 8 shot. It comes in 5 inches as well, great balance and a great gun even with hotter loads
I don't have the compensated model, but I too love my 627 (performance center). I bought that over a 686 based on asthetics and trigger. Performance center triggers are oh so sweet.

I'm getting close to being in the market for another 357 and when that time comes it'll be a 586. Love me some blued guns
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Old 07-10-2016, 7:43 AM
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Oh man one of the lgs's have a 627 and the 686+ in stock ...... I'm going to have to handle them a little and figure it out. Might have to go with the 627 and have him order the 586.
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Owned a 586 4 inch, 686 Plus in 3 and 5 inch. Love them all. Mostly a matter of personal preference. Not sure what OP's intended use is. You can swing a shorter barrel around faster, but recoil is greater if you intend to shoot magnum loads. Kind of a rush when I was younger, not as much as I get older. A longer sight radius of longer barrels provides for greater accuracy at longer distances. So for a gun that always goes bang as a potential home defensive weapon, 3 or 4 inch. Mostly plinking at the range, 6 inch. Taking all that into consideration, if I were to buy one today I would choose the newer Model 66 with its 4.25 inch barrel.
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Old 07-10-2016, 9:25 AM
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The primary use is going to be plinking and a truck gun when I'm on the road (still carry my shield or xds 45) so I'm leaning towards 4 or 5 inch, really don't want anything shorter for full power .357. Blue looks better imo and I oil my stuff regularly and clean the bore only as needed so stainless isn't essential.
I'm going to handle and shoot a few before I decide on 6, 7 or 8 rounds. Price isn't a huge factor I have enough money in the fun account and just got put on a two year union project as a journeyman working 10's five to six days a week. So I might get a nice used something (which I prefer) and something new as well as a bonus for working my *** off to get to the next level in my career.
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I had the 686 in 6 inch.

I like the handier 4 inch now.

BTW somebody in NorCal has a nickel 4 inch 586 for sale in the classifieds here.
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I prefer the 686+ to get the 7 rounds. If you believe in the Dirty Harry thing of "did I fire 5 or 6 shots" then a bad guy might be unpleasantly surprised at that 7th round. That is a bit of drama but that extra round may be a big difference in a bad situation.

If you choose the 686+ you get stainless, no option. The downside of the 7 rounds is getting a good speed loader. HKS makes a 7 rounder but I prefer Safariland, but they don't make a 7 round speed loader. I have just found an excellent but EXPENSIVE loader from Speed Beez for a 686+.

If it's a range toy the 6 inch barrel will give you a better sight radius and slightly less muzzle flip at the cost of being nose heavy. If self defense is being considered the 4 inch is faster out of the holster and the balance will be better.
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