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Posted: 8/2/2005 7:17:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/2/2005 7:17:46 PM EDT by OFFascist]
Today I went shooting and I decided to try out some revolver for a change, this is my first time using them.

I rented .357 S&W and went though a box of .357 and a box of .38 special, I liked it.

Turns out I fired a model 66 with a 4 inch barrel.

I checked out the S&W website to see what all models they have and I was a bit overwhelmed by all the models, so can anyone tell me what other good similar revolvers are available from S&W.

While reading another forum I read someone mentioned that the model 686 was a bit better than the 66 because of the frame difference.

Then I saw this thread here about the differences in frames.

So what is the model number for a stanard fullsized N framed revolver?
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:38:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/2/2005 7:38:53 PM EDT by SIGNAL4L]
N frame 357's are model 27's--I think
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:55:56 PM EDT
For all around use, I like the 686, preferably in the 4" variety. For some high speed competitions, the 627s are hard to beat - 5" heavy barrel and 7 or 8 shot cylinders...


Link Posted: 8/3/2005 4:58:19 AM EDT
The largest Smith & Wesson frame series is the N frame revlovers. The most common .357 N frames are the 27 and 28. I love my Model 27. the Model 28 is basically the same revolver, just a less refined in the finish. I've seen 28's turning up at shows for around $300 to $375. the Model 27's are a bit more. But, I love the N frames for their ability to soak up recoil, but they are big guns.

The next largest frame is the L Frame. 586/686 L Frame series is probably the best choice if you're looking thats a bit smaller than the N Frame series that can still digest full house magnum loads on a regular basis. The L frames have the grip of the K frame with a bigger cylinder and frame around the barrel to allow for the revolver to have a full forcing cone, unlike the K magnums which have a little bit of a notch out of hte bottom of the forcing cone.

However, I would try suggest renting a L frame or N frame before you make a choice just to see how you like the balance of each.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 5:40:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By kjdoski:
For all around use, I like the 686, preferably in the 4" variety.

Great gun.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 6:11:26 AM EDT
N frame S&W's are some of the best around. Here's a Performance Center 627-5 "Eight Times" .357 (moonclip cut) with Jerry Miculik grips.


Link Posted: 8/3/2005 1:49:27 PM EDT
LeadPumper - that is one SWEET looking revolver - nice score!


Link Posted: 8/3/2005 7:24:36 PM EDT
You will never be disappointed with a K-Frame S&W model 66 - if you can find a model 19 blued - it is one of the prettiest guns around
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:17:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:42:56 PM EDT
Old school model 27 N frame .

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:57:22 PM EDT
I prefer the longer 6" barrelled 686. I really miss mine... never should have sold it.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 12:03:43 AM EDT
The best .357 I ever owned was my L-Frame 686 7-shot Mountain Gun.

Its a little too rare to recommend though. I regret selling it

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:16:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:19:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 6:27:46 AM EDT
6" 686, best revelover I ever owned.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 6:51:54 AM EDT
I sold my matte M27 to a good friend - one of those things you always look back on with regret...
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 1:11:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LUGERMAN:
6" 4" 686, best revelover I ever owned.


Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:20:16 PM EDT
I've had a 19 4", and a 686 7shot 4", and Dad has a 66 4". All were/are outstanding. I'm looking for another 686 4", this time a six shot, since the loaders I like are easier to get.
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 9:15:27 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/13/2005 11:56:37 AM EDT
The 686 has an excellent reputation. I'd chime in with the Ruger GP100. They're a good second. They're tanks, and quite accurate (mine is), but not quite as sweet on the trigger and probably the finish. I still love mine. I love that full shroud, and I actually like the factory grips.

Link Posted: 8/17/2005 8:55:35 PM EDT
I'll give another +1 for the Smith 686 7 shot. I love mine, and the only other revolver I'd think about buying to show this one up is a Python... when they go back into production of course.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 8:35:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 9:34:46 PM EDT
I recently purchased my second S&W 686 6" .357 (used). I have a question ... the front sight on the second revolver has a wheel dial adjustment on the front sight for elevation? Any ideas about the gun's history or where I can check up on it?
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 4:11:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 4:20:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/19/2005 4:20:29 AM EDT by Hokie]
I proudly own a 6" Dan Wesson Model 15 357 Magnum (parkerized, of course) and it's my favorite handgun...also the most accurate.

I fully intend to pick up a stainless 6" 357 Smith & Wesson once it filters up the priority list.

The 6" 357 is, IMHO, the best balance of performance and weight.

Link Posted: 8/21/2005 11:38:57 AM EDT
the 686 is beautiful! i'm looking forward to purchasing my first revolver and can't decide between the 686 and the new 627-5 (8 shot .357)
both look awesome.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 11:47:51 AM EDT
5 inch model 27 - pinned and recessed is the ultimate S&W .357 Magnum

Trust me on this.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 1:36:21 PM EDT
I am really happy with my 4" 681-1
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:29:27 AM EDT
I love my smith 19s

this is my favorite
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 2:10:51 PM EDT
The 66 and 586/686 are great guns! hard to go wrong with any of them.

Link Posted: 8/27/2005 8:36:42 AM EDT
I like my 4" S&W 686 357.

Link Posted: 8/27/2005 3:38:10 PM EDT
I'd have to agree-the best would be Skeeter's favorite; the 5 inch M27 (pinned and recessed off course). A second cheaper alternative would be the 4 inch M28 (highway patrolman) model.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:49:35 AM EDT
I have carried many S&W wheel guns in my 30 year law enforcement career and by the far the best Smith I ever carried was the L frame 686. It is accurate and never failed when I needed it. It only went out of tune once when it hit the ground hard in a fight. It was easily repaired. The only down side is that it is large. That can be an upside too, because if you have big hands, it is easy to use speedloaders or the 2 round Border patrol reload method (OLD!). If you want an easy carry small gun, a rossi is as good as a model 60. I carried one as backup. This is my opinion based on experience in the field as I like all guns.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:19:03 PM EDT
in my completely unqualified opinion it would be the model 627 8 shot revolver.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:25:09 PM EDT
My vote would have to go to the model 65 with a boot grip. Handy, indestructible, and the heavy barrel really improves handling over the 66.
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