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Old 06-06-2008, 02:20 PM   #21
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While the Model 27 and Model 28 are excellent .357 Magnums, I believe the 586 Distinguished Combat Magnum has surpassed them.

The 586 has a longer cylinder cylinder than either of the N-Framed guns and will accomodate the 173 gr. SWC bullets when seated in the crimp groove. Both the N-framed Smiths and Colt Python will have the bullets protruding from the front of the cylinder with these rounds.

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Old 06-06-2008, 03:58 PM   #22
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As the armorer for a mid sized agency (about 1200 sworn) I have worked on a few guns. We used to issue Smith 66's. I have never seen any forcing cone issues. I did see many that had end shake cylinder. The crane gets hammered and thus shortened with time. Most of these ended up with end shake bushings to correct. Some exhibited noticable flme cutting on the top strap. None ever failed as a result. Only one ever went back to S&W because I could not get it right. It must have been FUBAR as Smith sent a new replacement weapon. I guess it was just worn out. One out of about 300 County owned guns that were 20+ years old when retired, not bad.

Most only got 6 rounds of 145 gr magnum silvertips a year fired through them. That was all the State required. They likely averaged 400 or so .38 spl 158 SWC reloads/year. A few people fired alot more than that (2K/year) but still kept the mags to a minimum.

I have not done any measuring but the L and N frames seem to have more space between the top of the forcing cone and the top strap than the K frames. This may help explain the flame cutting problem K frames reportedly have.

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