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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-27-2013, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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S&W 586 good gun?

Thinking of picking up a S&W 586. What are your thoughts on the revolver? Pros/cons.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-27-2013, 02:52 AM
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Re: S&W 586 good gun?

I had one that would shoot under an inch at 50 yards with handloads and a 2 power scope.
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Re: S&W 586 good gun?

The difference between the 586 and 686 is that the 586 is made of carbon steel and blued while the 686 is made of stainless steel. There were a few configurations of each that were not made by both. Both are extremely well made and shoot well and when broken in have a great trigger. I carried a 686 on duty for 25 years and it still is my favorite handgun. I don't think you can go wrong with a 586.

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Re: S&W 586 good gun?

Took my first ever pistol deer with a 686. Like John S. said, fantastic, smooth, accurate...ACCURATE revolver. The revolver performed flawlessly. The ammunition however, back in the early 90's for hunting in the .357 left a bit to be desired. put 5 shots into a huge doe at ranges from about 65 yards down to 15 yards all withing the span of a grapefruit behind her shoulder. Still-even with the 158 gr. JHP's not performing even loaded hot, I would still carry her for backup or even close in hunting if I still had her, especially with the wider, better choice of loadings available today.

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Re: S&W 586 good gun?

As John said, the 586 is a blued gun and the 686 is stainless. I put several thousand rounds thru a 686 6" in competition without a problem. I cleaned up the trigger and sear a bit to lighten the trigger pull. You really can't go wrong with 586.
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Re: S&W 586 good gun?

I have a 4" 686 that was my college graduation present from my folks. I took it to the police academy with me and won the marksman's award with it. My first police job I carried a 586 as a duty weapon. I still shoot my 686 from time to time. I killed a bunch of groundhogs with it at distances up to 60 yards. They are well built, good shooting revolvers.

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