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so, the wife gave me the green light to buy a .357 mag.

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by aficianado, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Mar 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM
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    aficianado

    aficianado [OP] Well-Known Member

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    i must be a great husband.

    i wanted a python, but it was too expensive..and it seems kinda top heavy.
    i think i narrowed it down to a SW 386P (7shot). nickle with a 4" barrel. i want it to shoot smaller wild hogs with, and target shooting.

    i know zero about revolvers..what do i need to look for when buying used?
     
  2. Mar 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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    Alderleet

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    I know little about them too.

    However, i do know that you should check for:
    cylinder rattle (how much play the cylinder has)
    firing pin protrusion
    forcing cone erosion
    crown
     
  3. Mar 15, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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    i'm about to flex my stupidity on revolver knowledge (i'm more of a tupper gun guy), ..but i'm thinking that making sure the timing is right would be important - cylinder lockup, chamber alignment to forcing cone/bore, etc... not sure how to check for this though..
     
  4. Mar 16, 2012 at 12:06 AM
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    i have nothing for you in advise but i'm jealous as i too have been longing for a 357mag, i feel it's wrong i own 10+ pistols and not one revolver:rolleyes:
     
  5. Mar 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM
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    funny you say that :laugh:

    i MIGHT have a .357 i'd be willing to let go in trade (with some cash from my end of course) for that G20!
     
  6. Mar 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM
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    And for the OP

    I usually check the cylinder lockup and make sure thats nice and tight, look for any strange wear marks compared to others, and regardless of how good or bad it may be for the gun...i ALWAYS dry fire it once while watching between the cylinder and where the firing pin is and make sure that it functions
     
  7. Mar 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM
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    OP, please have your wife call my wife; I believe I am deserving of a .357 as well:D
     
  8. Mar 16, 2012 at 6:24 AM
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    no :( and i quit my job too :p
     
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    Definitely my next revolver purchase. Got a chance to run a buddies through the paces and totally love this piece.
     
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    When in doubt, pay a gun smith to look over any used piece before you buy it.

    I was lucky and got my .357mag the old fashion way, I inherited it (He was down sizing homes, not dead). It was my father's service piece for many years. I love that S&W model 19, I highly recommend it.
     
  15. Mar 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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    that 8-shot is fantastic. damn.

    i think i like the 3" 686P. damn..
     
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    I have a few revolvers but I would have to say one of the best 357's I own is a Taurus Tracker. AWESOME DEAD ON right out of the box.
     
  18. Mar 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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    Check out the S&W 686 Plus in a 4" barrel. Seven rounds of 357, with enough barrel/sight radius for accuracy and velocity. Perfect for the trail, pack or truck. Not great for CCW.

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...57769_757767_757751_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

    People have mentioned endshake and cylinder play. Also check the timing on a double action. When you pull the trigger slowly, the cylinder will rotate of course. At the end of the pull before the trigger breaks, you should hear a click and see the cylinder stop rotating. This all happens at the verry end of the pull, just before the hammer drops. if the cylinder isn't done rotating before the hammer drops, it might be worn to the point where you need a new hand.
     
  19. Mar 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM
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    The 686 plus is definitely a solid gun. I wasn't aware to check for any of cylinder play or endshake (not sure what that is). I noticed a tiny bit of cylinder play...but not enough to make a noise when I shake it.

    All I know is it can shoot 2-3' groups at 25 yards all day long. Very balanced!

    FWIW, it's the one I keep loaded next to the bed.

    img_2.jpg
     
  20. Mar 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM
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    Nice! I mentioned endshake and cylinder play as things to check in a used gun - not that the 686 has particular issues with it (just wanted to make that clear). Endshake is front-back movement of a closed cylinder (linear to the barrel). There should be basically none. Cylinder play is rotational movement of a closed cylinder. A little is normal, as long as lock-up seems normal as I mentioned in the previous post. Endshake is easy to fix with bushings, but excessive cylinder play usually required new parts and a gunsmith to fit them.
     
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