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Old 11-21-2012, 03:43 AM   #11
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As said- go for the .357. Gives you a choice.

For accuracy, i like THIS one. Puts you closer to the target.

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" .357 hurts my ears" ORLY? Put your "big girl panties" on and start shooting real firearms! Or continue as a paperboy on a girl's bicycle!

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Shop around and you will find many "vintage" Smiths.

I got this S&W M19-3 for <$400.



With NO modifications, it is my favorite and the most accurate, in my hands firearm in my arsenal. (I shoot the same groups with .38 spl and .357 Rem Mag.)



Off hand, 7 meters slow fire. (That's a 5 1/2" target)

Not bad for a 42 year old "vintage" Smith in the hands of a 65 year old shooter!



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Love that 19...and those 5 Star loaders are top notch, recently got some for my 28-2.
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I have been running around three different shooting ranges, renting various handguns to find a couple to add to my collection (Glock 19, SA 1911 RO, S&W 632 (wife's)). Had it narrowed down to trying Sig 226 E squared, Beretta Px4, Beretta 92FS. So, of course, I run into a guy at one range who lets me shoot his S&W 686 Plus revolver. Loved it. Would be a great nightstand/range gun. Too heavy to carry around. Today I rented one and tried the .357 rounds as well as the .38 special rounds. With .357 my hits were spread out over 6.5 inches. With the .38 specials it was only 3 inches. So now I have found a nice revolver that shoots both, but is more accurate with the .38s, as well as making popping sounds compared to dynamite blasts (.357). Okay, perhaps I exaggerate just a little.

So should I focus on buying a 686 plus, or go for a S&W like the 64 which is made specifically only for the .38 special?
Due to carbon build-up in the cylinder, if you want a .38 Special you should buy a .38 Special. If your intention is to shoot .357 Magnum with just the occasional .38 thrown in then you should buy a .357. The .357 Magnum revolver will cost you considerably more money, and with a steady diet of .38 Special gunking up the cylinder it will eventually become unusable for .357 without a major cleaning, possibly by a gunsmith.
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I have an old 586. Beautiful gun. It is just like the one in my avitar. You can shoot .38 Special as much as you want. You will not need a gunsmith to clean it for you. Simply clean the gun properly after shooting it. The cylinder should be cleaned in every revolver every time you shoot it. That is just proper maintenance.

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Due to carbon build-up in the cylinder, if you want a .38 Special you should buy a .38 Special. If your intention is to shoot .357 Magnum with just the occasional .38 thrown in then you should buy a .357. The .357 Magnum revolver will cost you considerably more money, and with a steady diet of .38 Special gunking up the cylinder it will eventually become unusable for .357 without a major cleaning, possibly by a gunsmith.
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If one lacks the ability to clean the gunk rings out of the chambers, one might wish to take up knitting.
Helpful hint: Keep a .40 or .41 brush handy for the chambers. On a really bad day, you might need a Lewis Lead Remover. Still no big deal with a bit of effort.
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If one lacks the ability to clean the gunk rings out of the chambers, one might wish to take up knitting.
Helpful hint: Keep a .40 or .41 brush handy for the chambers. On a really bad day, you might need a Lewis Lead Remover. Still no big deal with a bit of effort.
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Dogwash!
If one lacks the ability to clean the gunk rings out of the chambers, one might wish to take up knitting.
Helpful hint: Keep a .40 or .41 brush handy for the chambers. On a really bad day, you might need a Lewis Lead Remover. Still no big deal with a bit of effort.
i have to agree with this. i clean the cylinders everytime i clean the pistol, whether i have shot 44 Spl. or 44 Mag. loads. just seems like a normal routine to me. i have done the same for every revolver i have owned for years. with doing this as a regular cleaning procedure, i have no problem with getting a carbon or powder buil-up in my cylinders.
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Just a note. If you reload for a spl./mag. firearm, only use magnum brass to spl.or mag.specs. I load .44 mag. brass w/lead bullets for spl. and hollow pts. For mag.
You still must be capable of cleaning the cylinders, just less to keep track of.

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As said- go for the .357. Gives you a choice.

For accuracy, i like THIS one. Puts you closer to the target.

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Hey C3. Is that a Dan Wesson 15.2 with the 10 inch barrel on it? I love those revolers. Easy tear down and interchangable barrels and shrouds. Great gun IMHO.
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That be the very thing- DW 15-2 with 10" VHR! Shoots about like carbine, heavy enough that the muzzle stays down even with hot loads.

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