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Old 02-22-2010, 08:45 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I have recently acquired a Stainless S&W Model 66-4 with a 4” barrel.



Anybody know how to find its birth date?

The serial number is CAE 1XXX.

Is it safe to shoot 125 grain .357’s through it?

As I researched the gun, I ran across several warnings about shooting 125 grain .357’s through Model 19’s.

I don’t know if it applies to model 66-4 or not.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Old 02-22-2010, 09:07 PM   #2
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MODEL 66 COMBAT MAGNUM
- .357 Mag. cal., K-frame, satin stainless version of Model 19, has 2 1/2, 3 (disc., only 2,500 mfg.), 4, or 6 (disc.) in. barrel, current production uses Uncle Mike´s Combat grips, 32-39 oz. Disc. 2004.
Grading 100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10%
$390 $320 $230
Last MSR was $614.
Add $11 for 2.5 in. barrel.
Add $29 for 6 in. barrel (disc.).
Add $48 for TH and TT with 4 (disc. 1991) or 6 in. barrel only (disc. 1999).
Note: Several models of the Model 66 were made - such features as an all-stainless steel rear sight and a recessed cylinder will bring a slight premium if NIB. There have been 6 engineering changes to this model. I believe that the -4 denotes engineering change.


This is all I can muster. Have a gun smith look it to determine shoot-ability.

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The K frame Smith can shoot .357's no problem, but not as a steady diet. A practical approach is to practice with mostly .38's and only a handful of .357's for familiarization. Then load .357's for self defense.

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The 19 and the 66 should not be fed a steady diet of the light (125gr) .357 rounds as the forcing cone could be damaged and the top strap could experience flame cutting. I've never heard of a problem shooting heavier weight .357 loads in them...

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The 66 is a perfectly capable revolver. It does have some limitations though. A steady diet of any Magnum ammo is not advised. "Some" Magnums will not seriously degrade the gun. Exactly how much is "some" is open to debate. Personally, I would consider 50-100 Magnums/year an acceptable amount. With this kind of diet the revolver will last a lifetime.

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What a sweet gun. You'll love it. I had one but gave it to my brother for doing me several huge favors. I was in Michigan over Christmas and we went to the range with all of our guns and I got to handle and shoot the baby again. Ahh sweet joy!

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I just bought a 66-3 and according to the book at the dealer it was made late 1989 to early 1990. I hope that helps some. It is an awesome handgun. The older I get the more I appreciate the older S&Ws.

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My 66-1 is my favorite .357. The accuracy outta a 2.5" barrel at 10 yards amazes me. I shoot mostly .38 specials outta it and it just rolls in DA so smooth with perfect timing. It's just a joy to shoot. With .357 loads you'll notice a bit more recoil, but nothing unmanageable. Have fun with it!

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My 66-1 is my favorite .357. The accuracy outta a 2.5" barrel at 10 yards amazes me. I shoot mostly .38 specials outta it and it just rolls in DA so smooth with perfect timing. It's just a joy to shoot. With .357 loads you'll notice a bit more recoil, but nothing unmanageable. Have fun with it!
This is a twin to my 66 and I feel the same way about it.

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