What do you think of the 686+ in all barrel lengths?

What do you think of the 686+ in all barrel lengths?

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    What do you think of the 686+ in all barrel lengths?

    Going back and forth with the decision of getting a 686+ probably with the 2.5" bbl. I personally like but would like to know what others think about it. Who has one? Accuracy? Reliability? Cylinder strength? Lay some facts and opinions out there cause it will be well appreciated.


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    I have a 686 Conn. State Police marked model, and it is one of the best wheel guns I own. It is well built,balanced, strong, and will handle most everything you can shoot through it; and is very accurate. That being said, I dont have any experiance with the 686+, but I willing to bet that it will hold up the same.
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    Here's mine...... I love it and is my favorite wheel gun! A very accurate wheel gun in the 6" Bbl, I never have shot a 686 with a 2.5" Bbl but would be a great platform. I really have nothing bad to say about this gun, I'd buy a 2.5" 686 if one came across my desk!




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    I have a 686+ with a 2.5 inch barrel.
    flawless gun. Excellent trigger. My only criticism is the adjustable rear sight. Why have such a thing on a belly gun with 2.5 inch barrel? Why not a good, rugged fixed sight?
    The gun is NOT light, but is very easy to shoot. Very loud with full velocity ammo. You may wish to replace the rubber grips with something that covers the backstrap to reduce recoil if you shoot the hot stuff.
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    I love my 686 in 4",it is a good carry size. And it shoots great on top of that.

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    I have the 686+ in 6", and it's one of my favorite revolvers. It's proven very accurate, reliable and tough. And you can get speedloaders for them, too. I'm sure the 2.5" will serve you well.
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    I have the 686 with the 2.5" barrel. I have the wrap around rubber grips. It is a joy to shoot with the high velocity rounds. I am still trying to find a way to conceal carry it...


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    The shop that has it wants $475.00 OTD. Its used in NRA excellent condition (inside & out). One owner and from my inspection not shot much. Its a pre-lock model with the combat grips, but I wanna make sure I am not getting a bad deal.

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    What I did/what I would do, with another 2.5" 686:

    11 degree, high polish crown
    Chamfered chamber mouths
    High polish flutes
    Bead blast the rest
    Bobbed hammer
    Remove the SA notch & polish innerds
    Wide, "melted" trigger
    Power Custom hammer & trigger shims
    C&S Combat Rear sight
    Hogue grips

    I loved mine, but had to sell. Never got back into wheelies.

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    I've had 2 686's, a 2.5" barrel and a 4" barrel. The 4" was my first gun. I love them! they are great shooting guns. I had to put pachmeyers on both of them to make the grips comfortable but they were otherwise stock.
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    Enough said I going for it.

    Rob72: How did it look with the bead blasted finish?

    Thanks for the imput to all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebla
    Enough said I going for it.

    Rob72: How did it look with the bead blasted finish?

    Thanks for the imput to all.
    Matte gray- about the same as a Strider blade. If you get glass bead, instead of AlOx, blast, it will be more silvery.

    Don't know if you are a DIY person, but I did my polish work first. Cratex polishing bits and a Dremel, for the flutes- the 1/4" bullet point fits perfectly- go from medium to x-fine, and finish with jewelers' rouge, or Flitz, on a felt wheel. You (or the person doing the blasting) tapes over the polish areas, trims the tape with a razor, and goes to work.

    I've also got the facing and chamfer cutters (manual- no power tools needed). If interested, LMK(pm). I have, or can write up, the cutter directions.

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    686 - The bargain Python

    I have a S&W 686 and a Colt Python, both with 6 inch barrels. The Python cost about twice as much as the 686. But they both shoot equally well, and I can't tell the groups apart on a target.

    The 686 is about as good as it gets in a strong, stainless .357 magnum revolver. I'd get one in 2.5 inches if a good deal presented itself.

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    I have 586s, 686s in 2.5, 4, 6 inch barrels, a CS-1 with a 3 inch barrel. There are about as good as it gets for belt carry revolvers.
    I don't care for the ones with the frame mounted firing pins or the locks.

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    im gonna take a leap here and say that the 686 is the best dang wheel-gun ever built. mine has served me every bit as well as my python and it cost a lot less. i own a 686 in 4" (and im eyeballing the 2.5" version pretty hard).

    speaking of.......anybody know how difficult it would be to wear the snubbie 686 in an ankle holster?

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