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Old 09-02-2013, 02:49 AM   #11
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I'm seriously still considering it. Might be a good chance to try my hand at bluing. The only thing holding me back is that I already own a new 686. This would be a straight duplicate. I do love the .38/.357 round though. If it was a 6" model I would have already bought it.

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Not quite. The 686 is an L frame, I believe. The 28's are a N frame.
That's enough difference to add it to the safe.
Go ahead, you know you want it......

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Boatme is right. the 686 is considered the medium framed class of revolvers.

the 27 and the 28 were built on the large frames, just like the 29 in 44 magnum.

the 28 was a less fancy version of the 27, marketed for LE usage. damn good pistols.

$400 seems about right and i would be comfortable with giving that for it.

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Aandabooks, what about it?
Did you go back for the 28-2?

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The Mdl. 28 was an economy version of the S&W Flagship Mdl. 27. The 28 lacked the high polished blue and checkered rib etc. of the Mdl. 27. This allowed police and civilians the reliable S&W "N" frame platform at a reasonable price. In 1962 you could buy the Mdl. 28 for $68 bucks.

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Aandabooks, what about it?
Did you go back for the 28-2?
Not yet. I had another couple gun expenses come up and the cash fund is a little low at the moment. Hopefully the revolver will still be there next week when funds are available again.
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Be aware that the Highway Patrolman and similar N-Framed Smiths are highly prized for conversion to .44 Specials. This generally means they don't weigh down the dealer's shelves too long.

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Be aware that the Highway Patrolman and similar N-Framed Smiths are highly prized for conversion to .44 Specials. This generally means they don't weigh down the dealer's shelves too long.

Bob Wright
Wow, I did not know that.
Do you know how they hold up after conversions?
No interest in converting mine, just curious.
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Wow, I did not know that.
Do you know how they hold up after conversions?
No interest in converting mine, just curious.
These are old time Smith & Wessons, known for their endurance. Also, they usually are used with mild .44 Special ammunition, so far as I know are superb shooters.

I haven't done such a conversion, only actually seen a few, most of them the older .38/44 Heavy Duty revovler (fixed sights) which have the old super smooth S&W DA action.

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I now have the money for it but a decision is needed. The other revolver I have been tossing around is this one:

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f16/any-17hmr-other-than-taurus-95444/

It is a Ruger Single Six brand new for $369 at a farm store. About $200 cheaper than MSRP.

If you had $400 burning a hole in you pocket for a new revolver, which one gets bought?

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