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Gramps 07-01-2008 01:13 AM

S&W Model 28 v 686
I'm looking to replace a Model 28, 4" that I lost almost 30 years ago to an Ex. Don't miss her but I sure miss my 357! I haven't kept up on the newer models and the price of these 2 used are running pretty close.

I'd like to go with a 6" just because I'm anal about accuracy up to 50 - 75 yards or so, I like tight groups! No plans on hunting with it, it's primarily for target practice and self defense should the need ever arise. I used to do my own hot loads and may get back into that too and what about deer hunting or is that not being realistic?

Thoughts and opinions on either?

Boris 07-01-2008 07:50 AM

My 2 cents, both are excellent revolvers, but I think I would marginally go with the 'L' frames, mainly for the fact that the greater cylinger weight of the M27/28. I shoot my old service 4" M581, and not withstanding we have been married for a long time, she shoots on the button, never let me down, and still looks as good!..........................I say no more...:)

robocop10mm 07-01-2008 09:34 PM

6" 28's are fairly rare. I have only seen 2 in all my years. 6" 686 would be far easier to obtain. I love my N-frames but would not scoff at a 6" 686 (or 586)

Gramps 07-02-2008 12:52 AM

Thanks all, your input is valued! I need to make up my mind, these are what I'm looking at and they're all priced within a few $'s of each other, all 6":

Model 27 - 90% needs bluing, only one major spot.
Model 28 - 95%, very nice, not original grips but doesn't mater to me.
Model 686 - Looks super! Leaning towards this one.

Also can anybody fill me in on how the "new" integral lock on the 686 works and what dash number it would be. No little kids around, is it a good thing or not. :confused:

freefall 07-02-2008 06:42 AM

I'd rather have the N frame, 27-28, don't much care. If I wanted a smaller .357 I'd look for a Ruger Security Six. I've had 3, think they're the cats ass.

Gramps 07-02-2008 10:09 AM

From what I've been able to figure out, somebody correct me if I'm wrong, the L frame 586/686 is basically an N frame with smaller grips to accommodate smaller hands. That's not a problem with me. I'm still waiting for a response on the Model 27, certainly in the "collectible" category, and I can get it re-blued for $75.

RONSERESURPLUS 07-02-2008 11:44 AM

S& W Model 28 VS L Frames?


While I echo that the S& W Model 28/27 N Frame and L frame 586, 686 and other are fine revolvers, I do have a correction! The L Frame is not an N Frmae with different Grips! The L Frame is a different Frame size all to it'self, it's betweer size of an K Frame like a S & W 66 or Model 19 and the N Fame in the Model 28/27, I'd go with the Model 27, as they were smoother and I never seen one with any real issues? Plus if all about the same cost, go with an older better made revolver anyday! If carry weight is an Issue, I'd go with the F Frame or drop to a K Frame? Thats your call?

Gramps 07-02-2008 01:47 PM

Thanks for the info. Carry weight is a non-issue. I'm thinking that the 27 is a better value and probably is the best made of the lot. Still the others are good choises too. I guess that's why I needed some feed back on this.

G21.45 07-02-2008 01:51 PM

I own them all. My favorite 357 magnum; and one I've shot very well in many PPC matches is a Model 27 with a ported 6" barrel - Which I love! You can't beat the quality of the steel or the case hardened trigger parts in an old Smith N frame.

My 686 is a huge snub-nosed revolver that seems to have more, 'sex appeal' than any other gun I own. It's fairly new and nice; but, it ain't no N frame! ;)

By the way, a 4" barrel will give you all the accuracy you need and might be a better self-defense piece for ya.

Gramps 07-02-2008 02:19 PM

Thanks all!!

I'm very happy to say that I just committed to buying the Model 27, 6". :D It's hard to go wrong with any of them but I think that I ended up leaning on the 27 because of possible collector value when I'm worm food.

Noted on the 4" for accuracy and self defence.

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