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lonestar

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I have been looking at getting a revolver for both home protection and occasional recreation. After looking at several models I can't seem to make up my mind, but definately want to stick with a .357.

66 - K frame
60 - K frame
649 - J frame shrouded hammer, 5 shot
686 - L frame

65LS Lady Smith, K Frame


Originally I like the 66 w/ 2 1/2" barrel, but is discontinued and hard to find. Then I like the 649, since it could also double as a carry weapon, but was told small frame are not good for recreation shooting. Then there is the 65 Lady Smith, although it says Lady, it feels very comfortable.

Anybody have any suggestions?
 



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lonestar

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Why are they discontinuing the K-frame?

The L frame is very similar, I would like see how a 686 feels.
 






Charlie's_93EB

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lonestar said:
Why are they discontinuing the K-frame?

The L frame is very similar, I would like see how a 686 feels.

the 686 is very heaviy, which means you can not carry it.
 






lonestar

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the 686 is very heaviy, which means you can not carry it.
It shouldn't be any heavier than a 66.
The L frame is definately better for carry, not too sure about recreation.


The 65 and 66 K frames were replaced with the the 619 and 620 L frames, but are no longer available in a 2 1/2" barrel, however the 686 L frame does.

65 & 619 fixed sight
66, 620, & 686 adjustable sight

SO it looks like I narrowed it down some

649, nice for carry
619,
686 or 620
 






CobraXP

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I bought a 686 7 shot 357 two weeks ago. It is a little heavier than the 66 loaded to me, but nothing terrible. Helped balance out the recoil to a degree. I went this weekend and pulled a few rounds off with it. Very smooth. The only thing I didn't like was that the trigger felt stiff at first, but I think after a couple of boxes of rounds run through it, it will loosen up some.

Mine is a 4" by the way...
 






MattHarrell

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My wife has a 686 and loves it. She's good with it with any 38, 38 +p, or 357 ammo we've tried. It's not my favorite gun but we've never had a problem with it. It's the only revolver I've had, though, so I can't compare it well to others.
 






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