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Old 09-06-2012, 4:32 PM
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Looking into getting a S&W 686 plus revolver, anybody own one? What do you think of it?

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Old 09-06-2012, 4:39 PM
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It's a nice wheel gun, can't go wrong with it. I had the 2.5" one & the trigger is nice & smooth. Go for it!
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You will be in love.
Just the way it is.
The triggers are very nice.


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I am very interested in the 3" model at the moment. They are excellent!
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The 686+ is a very nice revolver for range/target shooting. My Wife has one in 4 inch and it "almost" keeps up with my $2500 target gun.

It probably has the nicest untuned factory trigger I've seen on the SA pull. You will have a lot of fun.

The gun isn't practical for carry though as it is a very heavy gun.
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Great revolver. One of the all-time classics.

I don't own an actual 686+, but I own a 586 (blued version) with a 6" barrel as well as a Model 620 (L-frame same as a 686, but with a half-lug barrel instead of the 686's full-lug barrel). Both my revolvers are extraordinarily accurate, and will last several lifetimes.
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I am very interested in the 3" model at the moment. They are excellent!
I have been looking for the 3" also. Waaay hard to find in stock anywhere. Almost settled for the 2.5". But I showed a little control and passed it up. If I'm gonna spend that kinda dough, I am going to get exactly what I want.
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I have had a 4" for about 8-9 years.....its bad *****......only revolver I own....haven't found anything I like better.
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I have a 6" 686+ and really like it. I replaced the rubber grips with Ahrends grips - http://ahrendsgripsusa.com/ - and then replaced those with the Talo Exclusive grips from S&W.




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Damn, that's a classy looking revolver.
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I just picked one up from Turners last week and took it to the range last weekend. I was a bit disappointed when I picked it up, it looked a bit rough and also looked like it had more than a couple rounds through it that the factory shoots. I have a Ruger GP100 and I think the Ruger comes with a better finish and feel. I just ordered some Hogue grips that are like the Rugers so that should make it feel a little better. It is a very nice shooter though. One thing I will note, a while back I got a great deal on some Blazer .357 AL cased ammo, but my Ruger did not like it at all. The cases are very hard to extract from the chamber, like I need a cleaning rod to push them out. The S&W however handles this ammo just fine, is slides ride out. Not sure why that is.
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Old 09-07-2012, 6:51 AM
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I just picked one up from Turners last week and took it to the range last weekend. I was a bit disappointed when I picked it up, it looked a bit rough and also looked like it had more than a couple rounds through it that the factory shoots. I have a Ruger GP100 and I think the Ruger comes with a better finish and feel. I just ordered some Hogue grips that are like the Rugers so that should make it feel a little better. It is a very nice shooter though. One thing I will note, a while back I got a great deal on some Blazer .357 AL cased ammo, but my Ruger did not like it at all. The cases are very hard to extract from the chamber, like I need a cleaning rod to push them out. The S&W however handles this ammo just fine, is slides ride out. Not sure why that is.
It's odd you mention the case extractions. I have an old (first gen) SP101 .22. I have posted elsewhere that the cylinder chambers quickly become fouled to a point where it is almost impossible to eject and insert new rounds. We're talking only a few hundred rounds. Conversely, I have never, ever had a single problem like that with any of my Smith revolvers, regardless of the caliber.

Does Ruger machine their cylinder gaps differently?
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You can pick one up for fairly cheap in this little shop in Colorado theyll even engrave some cool things on it if you like.
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But then his kid would have to engrave it.. His smiths have to install something that screws up and replace it and argue about it and then you'll have to trade your whole gun collection that he wants for it.
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Have one in 4" and couldnt be happier with it. I find it very easy to be acurate with it, and the action is like a fine swiss watch. Kind of addicting.

Ive taken up the habit of shooting 100 yard steel with it and blowing everyones mind around me at the range when i do it.
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I wish I had never gotten rid of mine!
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I use my 686+ as my backpacking gun and I can't say enough good things about it. I had a difficult time tracking one down with a 3" bbl and went with a 4", which turned out better anyway. It's a great choice for a .357 magnum wheel gun. The SA trigger pull is very nice for coming straight from the factory. I'm very pleased with it.

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The S&W 686+ is an extremely overrated gun. I don't own one and have never held or shot one, but read about them on the internets.
Back to reality...
I own a 3" 686+ I picked up on Gunbroker used for an incredibly sweet deal. Trigger job done, gold bead front sight, low round count, and little to no wear. It's a great shooter.
It's not too bad with magnums, and just great with .38specials. The grips were bought from ebay from a seller in Thailand. They match the Hogue Bantam rubber grips in size and shape, but provide you with the beauty of wood.

I also own a 386XL Hunter 6" which is pretty much the same L Frame, 7 shot except that it's a Scandium frame instead of steel. It's my dedicated .38wadcutter target gun. It's a lot of fun to shoot. It's very light but well balanced. It's less tiring to shoot the 386XL with .38s than shooting my 6" 617 in .22lr. Much more weight on that one.
Here's the 386 with Ahrends.

Simply put, get one. (686+) You won't be disappointed.
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Ah 686+, how I love thee. Even when your barrel separated from your frame. A quick trip back to the factory for a new barrel and trigger job and you're better than new.

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Can't go wrong with one. And after the trigger job, DA is actually doable with great accuracy.

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Ah 686+, how I love thee. Even when your barrel separated from your frame. A quick trip back to the factory for a new barrel and trigger job and you're better than new.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=378596

Can't go wrong with one. And after the trigger job, DA is actually doable with great accuracy.

Heavy is good, heavy is reliable. If it does not work you can always hit them with it."
So how does it look now after the trip to the PC shop?
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Unfortunately it looks the same. Didn't go for any of the mods as the cylinder was way backordered, and they wouldn't offset the replacement cost to swap in a full lug 5''.
So we had to go with the original 6'' to be covered under warranty.
But the new barrel is roll marked, not laser etched.

The internals must look better as the pull in both DA/SA is very, very, light. Can't recommend the 686+ enough.
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I have four of them. A 6" which was my first, two 3" and a 4". All are reliable, accurate guns. They are also pretty if that matters to you. I do some minor action wok to turn them up but most people don't think that is necessary.

One of the 3" guns (my wife glommed onto the other one)

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I just picked one up as my first handgun, love it so far. Turners has been putting them on sale every other week lately for $40 off.
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Excellent revolvers, you'll like it.
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I have a 6" 686+ and really like it. I replaced the rubber grips with Ahrends grips - http://ahrendsgripsusa.com/ - and then replaced those with the Talo Exclusive grips from S&W.

That's a beautiful pistol.

I want the same
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Shot the 4" on a rental not too long ago, awesome gun, tore a quarter size hole at 15 yards.

A buddy of mine bought the 3" right after that. He was saying something about the barrel being off center by a fraction on an inch and wanted to send it back to be fixed.

Anyway, great classic revolver.

A great way to learn shooting techniques on a revolver... randomly load it with 357 magnum, 38 special, and leave a couple empty. It'll teach you how not to flinch or anticipate the bang.
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My father has one that has been his nightstand gun for 5 years now I think. 3" barrel, wood grips (no idea where he got them) and tritium sights. AWESOME gun, I would trade any of my modern semi-autos for it in a heartbeat.
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A buddy of mine bought the 3" right after that. He was saying something about the barrel being off center by a fraction on an inch and wanted to send it back to be fixed.
It's not uncommon to find a 686 with a slightly canted barrel. Even a 627 Performance Center I owned needed to be sent back to the PC shop to have the barrel and front sight properly aligned. It wasn't horribly off center, but for a PC gun I expected nothing short of perfection. This is why it is very important you inspect every detail of a revolver before you accept it.
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The 686+ with 4" barrel is my favorite revolver. This is coming from someone who owns a Colt Python as well (okay, the Python is nicer to look at).

It's strong, balanced, accurate, and good looking. Can't ask for much more.

I would look for a pre-lock. They're hard to find, but they're out there.

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My 686+ is my favorite gun.

I mostly shoot light .38 wadcutters that I handload through it, but once in a while I'll light off some full power .357s if I need to wake myself up or impress a girl



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I have four of them. A 6" which was my first, two 3" and a 4". All are reliable, accurate guns. They are also pretty if that matters to you. I do some minor action wok to turn them up but most people don't think that is necessary.

One of the 3" guns (my wife glommed onto the other one)

What speedloader is that?
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Love mine....1st wheel gun, although I feel like I've neglected her ever since the 1911 bug bit me.
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Can also be used for fishing:
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I have a 686-6+ and a 581(no dash) and I like the 581 better in all categories except that the 686-6+ as you know has better sights and the extra chamber. I can hit a 10 inch round plate at 100 yards with the 581
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