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    Thoughts on a S&W model 66?

    Ive been hunting around for a nice 66-2 with a 2.5 barrel. In fact i was kind of toying around with the idea of either getting that or a 686 with the same barrel length. The 66 seems to be a pretty classy gun though, and its almost sort of the gun that the 686's descended from. Any reviews from you folks who own a 66 in that barrel length? I know the general hype about the dangers of shooting magnum rounds through it but i feel that if you keep it at 158 Gr. you should be able to shoot .357 all you want.

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    Nick,

    The 686 is alittle more comfortable to shoot with the full house loads, stouter gun, too:



    But, the 66 is just a sweet shooter, especially stoked with my own hot-rodded +P's, shooting 158 grain SJHP's:



    You just can't go wrong with either gun, the problem is finding an affordable example.

    Mike
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    Here's my 2-1/2" 66, that I modified a bit for carry:



    It has Eagle Secret-Service grips, did a trigger job/spring replacement on it, and installed a set of full, three-dot Meprolight Tritium Night-Sights.

    As for loads, when I carry it, I have some handloaded 158-grain "flamethrower" rounds that are super-accurate and HARD-hitting, or Speer Gold Dot 135-grain Short-Barrel .357 Mags.

    I agree with Mike: ya can't go wrong with either of 'em.

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    I'm going to completely agree with Mike and David. I currently own a Model 19, a Model 66, and I had a 686.
    The 686 had a 6" barrel and was a bit too heavy for me. Now I wish I had kept it.
    Going with either gun is a positive step. If you plan to load up with some heavy hitting ammo, go with the 686. If a little lighter load works you won't go wrong with the 66.
    There are so many things to consider when trying to figure out a handgun to suit your needs. We can give opinions and talk about our own experiences with a particular model or two. There's no right or wrong written in the codes.
    In the end it's up to you. We all hope you make a decision based on your needs.
    And, you've selected a S&W wheelgun to fill the need. So we're all with you on it!. Great choices. Let us know about any other questions you have. There are hundreds of members here with experience on both guns. You'll learn a lot by sticiking with us.

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    David,

    Them's some right-bodacious sights on that good-lookin' 66!

    Mike

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    Gregory,

    You're a man with great taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmitch View Post
    David,

    Them's some right-bodacious sights on that good-lookin' 66!

    Mike
    Thankee, Mike!

    Took me a few years to even find a local dealer that had a set for a "K"-Frame S&W.....Meprolight wasn't making them anymore (at that time, anyway), and finding them was getting to be a pain.....I happened to spy them on a dealer's pegboard, and snatched 'em up "Most-Rikki-Tik".

    Only pain was the front Tritium sight.....changed the point of aim, it was so high once I pinned it in and radiused the front for snag-free holstering, and I had to elevate the rear to get it back.....shoots good now, though......better than it's owner, I'm sure.

    Meprolight still makes 'em:

    [LINK]http://www.meprolight.com/default.asp?catid={0A19467A-BB97-4974-949E-B32AE2F02C84}[/LINK]

    They even make a pin-in front-sight for a J-Frame.......STOCKING STUFFERS!!!!!

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    Just to add my 2 cents......I have a M-66-1 2 1/2" (probably the best S&W I own), and I shoot it some, but not a lot.
    I only use .357 Med. Vel. 158 gr. JSP or JHP ammo from the major ammo makers. (I don't reload.) I also use Pachmyer rubber Compact Combat grips, to handle the heavy recoil better. It might be better to use .38 spl. ammo......but I bought it to shoot a .357, not another .38! I've got a few .38's to shoot if I want. Bob
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