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Post by Tim:H11 Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:12 pm

Smith & Wesson model 586 vs K38... Your choice and why?
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Post by orpheoet Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:07 pm

I have a 686 6" that is very good but I bought a 14-3 6" because they're slightly lighter. As it turns out the 14-3 is quite a bit better for me. It could be due to the amount of use it had before I got it. The ejector rod is very shiny.... The 14 seems to balance better, less muzzle heavy. I like leaving the 686 for just magnum loads now.
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Post by dronning Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:15 pm

I have both.  I bought the 586 because it had the underlug.  My 14-4 had been completely gone through by the custom shop, the trigger is a dream both in single action and double action - but I prefer the heavier 586.

To each their own.

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Post by orpheoet Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:26 pm

I should add that I'd take a 27 over either but I haven't found any good deals on one yet.... There's something about the way the cylinder rotates/feels on a 27 that for me is perfect for sustained fire.
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Post by LenV Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:13 pm

Go with a 14-6 or -7 and have the best of both choices. This -7 is not the prettiest but is the best on GB right now.
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=527684462


Or, this is the best price I have seen on a decent 27 for awhile.
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=528934583


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Post by james r chapman Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:38 pm

14's, I have a -2 and a -7, I prefer the lighter cylinder, less mass to rotate, and a true .38 special.
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Post by Jerry Keefer Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:00 pm

james r chapman wrote:14's, I have a -2 and a -7, I prefer the lighter cylinder, less mass to rotate, and a true .38 special.
I agree completely... Remember the Fred Schmidt Short Cylinder?? It was a craze in the early 80s.. I had several.. A couple of Fred's and several of my own.. I never found it a contributing factor to accuracy, but the reduction in cylinder rotating mass was easily apparent.
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Post by jmdavis Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:05 pm

You guys got me motivated to dryfire with my model 28 tonight. I could shoot it single action in slow and timed. But it is just too big for me to get off 5 shots in rapid. I'm already looking for a model 14, but since I will shoot all of NRA week this year I wanted to try the revolver too.
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Post by Jerry Keefer Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:07 pm

jmdavis wrote:You guys got me motivated to dryfire with my model 28 tonight. I could shoot it single action in slow and timed. But it is just too big for me to get off 5 shots in rapid. I'm already looking for a model 14, but since I will shoot all of NRA week this year I wanted to try the revolver too.
N frames are my least favorite S&W
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Post by Blsi2600 Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:45 am

Any disadvantage to a 19-3 vs a 14-..

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Post by SW-52 Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:11 am

i recommend 14's with a excellent trigger job and hogue grips. the 586,686 are excellent,good luck.
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Post by james r chapman Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:45 am

Bisi, not really. Just clean the lead ring out of the cylinders once in awhile.
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Post by knightimac Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:21 pm

I prefer the model 14 because of the lighter weight and better balance.  I still carry a model 10 often as my concealed choice.  As already stated, a true 38 will give an edge over a 357 for a variety of reasons. Over the years people who I helped learn to shoot almost always pick up the 38 and begin shooting them well as opposed to larger frame Smiths.
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Post by Axehandle Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:54 pm

I picked up a 14, a N frame gun (post war magnum), and a 686 to play with.  Turns out I shoot my old 586 better than all of them.  Obviously a boxers and briefs thing for me.

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Post by Magnusbullets Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:52 pm

I got my Dr distinguished in October using my 586

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Post by weber1b Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:09 pm

Can't say I'd turn down either one but I really like my 586. I'm ok with a little heavier gun. One of the reasons I like shooting a 1911 over ANY poly gun.

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