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Posted: 7/26/2013 1:17:02 PM EDT
So I came across a 681 for sale locally for $500. I have been looking for a Sp101 3" as a backpacking gun, but a 4" 681 does look pretty tempting. I cannot find any information about them as far as weight goes or reliability. I know its a fixed sight version of the 686 which people compare to the GP100. What is the groups thoughts on the 681?

I don't have a photo, but here is a modified and refinished version. If I picked it up I am debating something similar. Refinish and better grips.

Link Posted: 7/26/2013 1:40:23 PM EDT
Me likes.  It's probably a bit heavier than the 3" SP101.  Ruger's website shows the 3" SP101 at 26 ounces.  Steven Camp says it weighs in at 29 ounces.  So I think it's heavier than even they are saying.  But a 4" 686 is like a 40 ounce weapon.  Or close to it.

Either one would probably work well though.  I'm guessing the SP101 is just smaller.  How much I don't really know.
Link Posted: 7/26/2013 1:43:51 PM EDT
I'm guessing the sp101 is quite a bit smaller since its just a bit bigger than a J-frame and the 681 is an L-frame. I just have never seen one before and was instantly interested in it.
Link Posted: 7/26/2013 1:53:41 PM EDT
Test it for push off.  If you get light strikes you can always put a regular hammer back on.

Eta: and then buy the hell out of it
Link Posted: 7/26/2013 3:53:43 PM EDT
Make sure that if this is a No Dash 681, it has the 'M' stamped into the crane.

AFAIK, the 581/681 were ~36oz +/- with the issue Magna Grips on them.

To my mind they were introduced about 15 years too late, because by the end of the 1980's the Wondernine's were taking over.
Link Posted: 7/26/2013 7:51:12 PM EDT
I think you could find a no-lock 686 for that money or less. I got my no-dash for #399 OTD.
Link Posted: 7/27/2013 2:21:04 AM EDT
I'm modding my 681 as we speak. I'll try to get some pics up.

I think they (and the 581) are very underrated.
Link Posted: 7/27/2013 4:33:24 AM EDT
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The 'L' frames are wonderful .357's.
Link Posted: 7/27/2013 6:07:20 AM EDT
I know some here will consider this blasphemy........
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Started life as a standard 681, 4" bbl, square butt. Still need to get a dovetail cut for a front sight and tweak the contours of the shroud, muzzle and butt.
Link Posted: 7/27/2013 9:19:53 AM EDT
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Good luck with that.   Maybe in a few months, but L fames are creeping up in price on the used market and the only ones I've seen locally for under 500 were pretty rough.  
Link Posted: 7/27/2013 5:14:14 PM EDT
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Started life as a standard 681, 4" bbl, square butt. Still need to get a dovetail cut for a front sight and tweak the contours of the shroud, muzzle and butt.
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I like that. You've done a good job on it. I would leave the hammer as is, don't bob it. Make sure that you post a finished pic.
Link Posted: 7/28/2013 4:41:50 AM EDT
Thanks and the hammer will be remaining stock. Will get pics up of finished gun but it will be awhile, I'm doing everything by hand.
Link Posted: 7/28/2013 10:19:19 AM EDT
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I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I hear things like this.
Link Posted: 7/28/2013 6:47:32 PM EDT
Now the question is would you trade a 19-4 4" with a few marks on the finish, original box, papers, and grips for one?
Link Posted: 7/29/2013 3:34:34 AM EDT
I certainly would, but I'm no fan of K frame .357s. The only K-357 I like is a 2.5 inch 19.
Link Posted: 7/29/2013 5:21:42 AM EDT
I love 681's. I have two that are frequent shooters

ETA- Much like VanillaGorilla above my only K-Frame .357 love is for 3" Mod-65 Ladysmith's.
Link Posted: 7/29/2013 5:37:40 AM EDT
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I would love to find one of those, just because...

It is hard enough trying to find a VG/Exc Model 14 at a price that both my checkbook and wife will not cry over.
Link Posted: 7/29/2013 8:53:04 AM EDT
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I would love to find one of those, just because...

It is hard enough trying to find a VG/Exc Model 14 at a price that both my checkbook and wife will not cry over.
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I love 681's. I have two that are frequent shooters

ETA- Much like VanillaGorilla above my only K-Frame .357 love is for 3" Mod-65 Ladysmith's.


I would love to find one of those, just because...

It is hard enough trying to find a VG/Exc Model 14 at a price that both my checkbook and wife will not cry over.


I was lucky and got a cosmetically challenged example out of AK about 4yrs ago and she has been tuned, re-beadblasted, and now sports Spegel Cocobolo's
Link Posted: 7/29/2013 9:42:17 AM EDT
I won't bore you with a long story. 581 no dash with 20 rounds down the pipe. The other 80 rounds in the box. 200 bucks. I have fired another 500 or so rounds through it...shoots great and I carry it sometimes.


I know - great deal...they are out there.
Link Posted: 7/29/2013 1:04:03 PM EDT
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I love 681's. I have two that are frequent shooters

ETA- Much like VanillaGorilla above my only K-Frame .357 love is for 3" Mod-65 Ladysmith's.


I would love to find one of those, just because...

It is hard enough trying to find a VG/Exc Model 14 at a price that both my checkbook and wife will not cry over.


I was lucky and got a cosmetically challenged example out of AK about 4yrs ago and she has been tuned, re-beadblasted, and now sports Spegel Cocobolo's



Grrrrrr.

J/K

Nice find.
Link Posted: 8/1/2013 4:35:51 PM EDT
I have a holstered 681 that lives next to my chair in the living room. I love that old gun, shoot it well, and my wife can pick it up and use it with no problems. Its my "bump in the night" gun when Im in this end of the house.

Its been camping and kayaking with me more times than I can count. A bit heavy, but in a good way. Solid, reliable, powerful, and accurate. An all round good gun.
Link Posted: 8/3/2013 10:59:50 AM EDT
Grab it, and get an unmolested hammer for it.

I had one, loaned it to my youngest when he was stationed in Colorado.  He carried it on camping and hiking excursions after a mountain lion attack.

Now he won't give it back
Link Posted: 8/3/2013 11:14:41 AM EDT
There has been a couple show up on the local Armslist around here, I agree they are a very interesting option, prices here are about the same.
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 9:15:03 AM EDT
Updated photos on my 681 project, this time with bonded ivory and tyler T.


Link Posted: 9/8/2013 10:34:58 AM EDT
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Very nice work, classy gun.
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 4:42:49 PM EDT
Thanks Warhawk, but I gotta say, I think the Tomahawk was the best looking P-40.
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 7:59:29 PM EDT
I like the heck out of K-frames, whether they be .38 or .357 makes no difference. This is one that I bought Dad back in the 90's. It comes back to me with his passing recently.

Link Posted: 9/8/2013 8:07:29 PM EDT
Another fine revolver.  Sorry about your Dad.  Very nice to have something to remember him by.
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