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Posted:  9/21/2011 1:37 PM #28183
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Subject: Smith & Wesson 686 Plus .357 Magnum (Seen in last night's Top Shot)
(gunreports.com)- In comparison to our test of the Alfa revolver, our session with the seven shot Smith & Wesson 686 Plus was uneventful. We loaded it, we fired it. Whatever adjustment to the sights was necessary was completed quickly and easily with a single screwdriver. The single-action trigger was heavier than the Alfa’s. But before we knew it the shot was gone. The double-action trigger was better than the action we found on the Smith & Wesson 619 in our last test. The gun was very well balanced, and despite the exposed backstrap of the rubber Hogue Monogrip the level of comfort and control was all we could ask for.

The ejector rod played a part in lockup and the ejector star was kept from turning by meshing with the outline of each chamber. This did away with the need for anchoring pins pressed into the cylinder face that can break off. The cylinder latch was contoured and taking a further cue from custom gunsmiths its surface was finely checkered for a sure grip.
The sides of this stainless steel revolver were brushed in an understated manner and the top strap was treated to a matte finish to reduce glare. Originally, a sister model offered in blue steel was dubbed the 586. Today, the 586 is available as a special ported model only.
 
At the range we saw that the sights were sturdy and clear. The white outline on the rear sight notch wasn’t really noticeable, and not one of our staff really remembered it being there until after they had shot. Accuracy from the bench shooting the .38 Special Black Hills 148-grain Match Wadcutter rounds was outstanding. One group barely measured an inch across. Our average group size measured 1.2 inches center to center.

The Black Hills 125-grain JHP .357 Magnum ammunition proved nearly as consistent as the light recoiling wadcutters. But the range in group size was measured to be between 1.7 inches to 2.0 inches. Firing the American Eagle rounds manufactured by Federal produced the largest groups, but a 25-yard average size group of 2.3 inches packed with about 550 ft.-lbs. of muzzle energy would be the envy of many other handguns.
In our August 2006 test of .357 Magnum Service revolvers the Smith & Wesson model 619 was bested by the Taurus and Ruger products. The M619 had its advantages, lower cost, indestructible sights, and the ability to shoot the American Eagle 158-grain JSP rounds better than its competitors.
 
But in the case of the 686 Plus, we felt that adjustable sights and an ejector rod protected from damage were important issues that besides superior accuracy put it ahead of the 619, in our opinion. The 686 Plus is more expensive than the others (by about $160 on average). But it also carries an extra round, and the action was very good.

The Ruger GP100 may have made the hottest magnum rounds easier to handle, but based on accuracy alone the 686 Plus might have landed on top in our previous test.
 
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Posted:  9/24/2011 9:45 AM #28227
skewed


Joined: 5/16/2011
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 This sort of thing is ok for hunting, but when you put the full charge  357 ammo on the electronic shooting timer, almost nobody can get faster repeat hits, on the chest at 10 ft, than .35 second. It is quite easy, by contrast, for anyone who practices a bit, to get repeat hits like this in .18 second, with CorBon's 100 gr PowRBall jhp's, at 1400+ fps and 450 ft lbs and real expansion of the jhp, out of a 4" barreled,  $300 Star BM compact SA autoloader. Being twice as slow as need be, when most shots in combat miss, many attacks are by more than one offender, and most hits are poor ones, is a very, very bad idea.


Posted:  2/21/2013 1:53 PM #36617
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Regarding the S&W 686 357, I own one along with several 60-14's.
I am a 38 super fan and I would like to tell you that I shoot more 38 supers in my S&W's than I do 38 or 357.
The S&W 60-14 and 686 eject them very well without any moon clips.
Slip a 38 super in one of these great guns, you may like it.
BUT! Hold on to the beast when you fire it as the recoil will be the same as the 357.
 
 


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