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Old 04-28-2014, 04:49 PM   #1
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I recently bought my fiancÚ a SW model 66 from the performance center in 38 special. Its a great little gun and I think its going to be on my hip more than hers :-). My question is this...after looking at other model 66s I have noticed that the cylinders are all the same size and everything looks the exact same as the 357 magnum models and the 38 models. Is it fair to say a man could have the cylinder reamed out and make this 38 a 357?
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:55 PM   #2
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No, you can shoot a 38 in a .357 but you cant shoot a .357 in a .38 because the overall length is longer. you need a .357 wheel.
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Casey,

Since this gun is built at the performance center for the 38 S&W Cal. I sure would not alter this particular revolver. Someone would probably like to have it as it is. So what I am thinking is advertise it and sell it for a good price since it retails for around $900.00 and if you want a Model 66 in 357 Mag I am sure you can find a good one for a fair price. Otherwise I would just select from some of the 38 +P+ rounds for defense. Nothing wrong with them since the vast improvements in the 38 rounds.

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I recently bought my fiancÚ a SW model 66 from the performance center in 38 special. Its a great little gun and I think its going to be on my hip more than hers :-). My question is this...after looking at other model 66s I have noticed that the cylinders are all the same size and everything looks the exact same as the 357 magnum models and the 38 models. Is it fair to say a man could have the cylinder reamed out and make this 38 a 357?
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"Convert" a 66 to 357? Maybe. The normal caliber for a mdl 66 IS 357 Magnum----so I
have to ask, why did the custom shop make it in 38? The model 67 is a 38 special
stainless K frame. Were they just building a 38 on the 66 frame to get the heavier barrel/underlug?
Anyhoo---if they built the 38 mdl 66 with the 357 length cylinder, then you might give them a call
and see if they will ream it out. No idea WHY you would do that to a custom shop gun when
any run of the mill 66 would get you there--but it's your money. If they built the 38 mdl 66
with the mdl 67 38 length cylinder, then NO.
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I feel like an idiot. Was just looking over the 38 and its a model 60-15. Seriously, I feel very special right now. I have no idea where I got 66 at...
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I feel like an idiot. Was just looking over the 38 and its a model 60-15. Seriously, I feel very special right now. I have no idea where I got 66 at...
Thanks for the clarification! I was scratching a hole in my scalp trying to figure this one out!!!
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I was scratching a home in my head trying to figure out your all's comments about a model 66 being a357 mag and mine being a38 :-)
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I was scratching a home in my head trying to figure out your all's comments about a model 66 being a357 mag and mine being a38 :-)
i read through it and i was getting very confused!
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The 60 and the 66 were made by the tens of thousands. The 60 being a J-frame and the 66 is a K-frame. The 60 was a staple snub nose for years until S&W made it into something it was never meant to be. They added adjustable sights and longer barrel making a monstrosity (IMHO). The basic fixed sight 2" M-60 is a great gun.
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