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Old 07-14-2007, 8:55 PM
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Default S&W 686 w/ 5 inch barrel...

Picked up my S&W 686+ w/5 inch barrel today! This is my 1st wheel gun!
Unfortunately I separated my shoulder at my last ice hockey game 4 days ago so I'll have to shoot this one lefty.

just took the pics a couple hours ago...



(with Ahrends Cocobolo Target grips)



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Old 07-14-2007, 8:57 PM
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Nice! I should take mine out more...
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Old 07-14-2007, 9:21 PM
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WOW - very rare barrel length on the 686! Aside from the half-lug 686 "stocking dealer special" of a few years ago, I believe there was only one other very small run of 5-inch 686s. Unless this was a custom job.

Either way, beautiful rare gun!
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Old 07-14-2007, 10:16 PM
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Congrats. I have a 4" 686 7 shot and love it. Next will be a S&W 629 with a 5"
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Old 07-15-2007, 12:12 AM
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I like the cylinder. Nice.
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Old 07-15-2007, 12:25 AM
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really? Reeds/Sportsmans supply seem to have'em on sale (unless I misread the ad)
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Old 07-15-2007, 1:02 AM
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Whow, wow! Beautiful.

<bow> You, sir, have my respect for your good taste! <bow again>

If you know where another identical one is, please let me know!

4.5" - 5" is a nice length -- balance-wise, appearance-wise, and for sight radius vs. muzzle velocity. [Ruger single action wheelguns in 4-5/8" are my favorite bbl length.]

And that unfluted cylinder gets me all hot'n'bothered

Beautiful grips too - what a winning combination!

The unfluted 686 at Reed's sale was a 6". It was the only unfluted S&W there.
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BudsGunShop.com

I was looking for something between a 4" and a 6"...
Knowing almost nothing about the wheel guns I didn't realize a 5" in .357 wasn't the "norm". Supposedly this is the newer batch of "stocking dealer specials". Glad I got it, can't wait to shoot it!


I got the Ahrends grips from Tom @ topgunsupply.com. The stock hogues are comfy and all, but there's nothing like the look and feel of wood.
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Congrats! That is THE coolest S&W 357Mag I have ever seen.
I am going to have to keep my eyes open for one of those.
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Great first wheelgun!
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That is very nice -- I agree with Bill that some of the nicest looking wheelguns are of the unfluted species. My Trail Boss should be posing for its first photos in another 9 days...

One that I would like to get my hands on sometime is the TALO-exclusive unfluted Model 60...

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/...d.php?t=232700

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edit: just realized the 686 plus 5" is not listed specifically as fluted/unfluted...I'm wondering now if I can get an unfluted model 60 in California....

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Default Good barrel length

The 5 inch barrel is a nice compromise between 4 and 6 inches. I have a 629 classic with 5 inch barrel and the balance of the gun is excellent.

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Very cool, that one is a keeper! The unfluted cylinder makes the gun look beefy. I'm a big fan of 686's. Barrel length and the cylinder, you've got a great combination there. (And grips kinda pull it all together.)
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Just got back from our annual camping trip with this sucker! I have no idea why I waited over 10 years before getting a wheel gun, this thing is SWEET!!
Even my wife really liked it.

Very accurate, GREAT trigger, and cleaning up the brass from the forest floor is a breeze.
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Welcome to the club! Now the fun begins...
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The unfluted cyl and 5" bb;l are a great combo- I wish they made them in a pre-lock version in the old days. I may have to make an exception to the 'no lock' rule for that

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I also have the 629 Classic in the 5 inch and love it. I will have to find one of these too, very cool looking with the unfluted cylinder.
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Damn, I went to Bud's gun shop and no more unfluted 5" 686s.

<sob>

Chris, again that's a beautiful wheelie. I'm sure it has a great trigger and is dead-nuts accurate - as just about all Smiths are since 2000...
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Link at Bud's here: Says it's still available.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/45997

I'd pull the trigger if it had 4" barrel.

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