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Posted: 8/24/2005 10:42:46 AM EDT
Is the integrity of the steel compromised with the 7 shot 686? Since this gun started out as a 6 shooter, I wonder if the cylinder walls are now thick enough to support sustained firing?
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 10:46:53 AM EDT
I haven't seen any issues, or heard any substantiated reports to that effect.

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 11:09:32 AM EDT
The cylinder is plenty strong enough for any factory load.

Where things go South fast, is when you start using "blow down the barn door" hand loads that are hotter than factory.

Using hand loads, you can blow ANY gun up, no matter how strong.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 12:46:36 PM EDT
The cylinder notches are cut between the chamber holes in the cylinder & thus no concerns about weakening the steel.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 2:39:29 PM EDT
I think the 686+, uses the larger cylinder from the N-frame, that is how S&W found room for the 7th round.
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