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Old 07-02-2008, 02:37 PM   #11
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If I may contribute my opinion:

I believe the Model 586 (prefer blued guns, myself) to be the best .357 Magnum DA revolver to come down the pike.

The 586/686 guns have the heavy, full lug barrel, which I prefer. Also they share the long cylinder of the Model 19, which will accommodate the longer 173 gr. SWC bullets I use at times. And I prefer the smooth combat trigger of these guns over the narrow ribbed, or wide target ribbed triggers, of the N-framed guns. And, the L-framed revolvers have a smoother DA pull.

As to the frame, the L-Frame is an intermediate size between the K-Frame and N-Frame, but does retain the K-Frame's grip. I find this grip a little easier to use in DA than the larger L-Frame.

I've gon through a number of .357 Magnmum DA revolvers, Model 27, Model 28, Model 19, and Colt Pythons, as well as having some experience with the Dan Wesson. I still carry a 2 1/2" Model 19 daily, but I still am of the opinion that the 586 is the best .357 Magnum DA revolver ever made.

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If I may contribute my opinion:

I believe the Model 586 (prefer blued guns, myself) to be the best .357 Magnum DA revolver to come down the pike.

The 586/686 guns have the heavy, full lug barrel, which I prefer. Also they share the long cylinder of the Model 19, which will accommodate the longer 173 gr. SWC bullets I use at times. And I prefer the smooth combat trigger of these guns over the narrow ribbed, or wide target ribbed triggers, of the N-framed guns. And, the L-framed revolvers have a smoother DA pull.

As to the frame, the L-Frame is an intermediate size between the K-Frame and N-Frame, but does retain the K-Frame's grip. I find this grip a little easier to use in DA than the larger L-Frame.

I've gon through a number of .357 Magnmum DA revolvers, Model 27, Model 28, Model 19, and Colt Pythons, as well as having some experience with the Dan Wesson. I still carry a 2 1/2" Model 19 daily, but I still am of the opinion that the 586 is the best .357 Magnum DA revolver ever made.

These some of my pets:







Bob Wright
Very nice pets, indeed! Opinion noted.

EDIT - and now I see why I couldn't find a 586 to put on my list!
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Congrats on buying the mod 27. That's what I would have done for a minimal price difference. If a big diff I'd get the 28 but there's a world of difference between the N frame and the L frame, and personally I think the 27 is the nicest revolver S&W ever made. Hope I find one I can afford some day!!

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In all fairness to the 586/686 I finally made a 40 mile trip to a gun store so that I could "touch and feel" one but not shoot it. The weights of these compared to the 27/28 appear to be pretty equal at 43/44oz and since the larger grip of the 27/28 vs the under barrel lug of the 586/686 are the major differences (balance wise) it felt nose heavy to me and the grip felt too small. I guess I've got big hands but they seem to fit on the ends of my arms pretty well. I also went to target grips on my 28, back when, so it may just be the generic way that S&W makes their grips. That's just a very personal thing, no reflection on how either will feel to someone else.

I haven't finalized the deal on the 27, its need a little work on the bluing that's doable but in the process of still looking I've found a 28 that I may be able to get for $150 less that may only need a rear sight blade. Sometimes I hate being this anal, it's called paralysis by analysis, but I am totally satisfied with the end result.

Thanks to all for your input!

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Well, the saga is nearly over, now it's the waiting for delivery and the extra 48 hours imposed by WI state laws once it gets here.

I ended up buying exactly what I was looking for in the first place, a Model 28 with a 6" barrel. I guess we're aloud to mention price on here as long as we don't care about being laughed at. I got it for under $300 with a broken rear sight blade and I've picked up one of those for another $2.00. Even with the transfers and shipping I'm well under my $400 budget and I got exactly what I was looking for. A good cleaning, polishing the action, painting the sights and a nice set of target grips and she'll be ready to go.

Thanks for EVERYBODIES input on this, it's been a real joy!



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