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OK! I'm wanting to buy myself a wheel gun. I want the gun to be competetion capable without any or very little work at this point. I'm talking factory made out-of-the-box and not professionally accurized. Prefer a 6" minimum barrel length and will only consider .38 caliber. What's my best bet?
 

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Factory gun?

S&W performance center 627 since you're limiting yourself to .38 caliber. I'm assuming .38 super is ok with you?
 

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I didn't even ask what kind of competition, which could definitely affect my answer. Is this gonna be a bullseye gun? Or ICORE? Or maybe something else?
 
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No more Bullseye for me. IDPA, ICORE, and any other competetion where revolvers have a stage. The 586 and 587 when S&W first introduced them were touted as out-of-the-box competetion guns but their website doesn't mention the word competetion in the features for the 686 anymore.
 

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IDPA might have a rule about 4" or less barrels on revolvers. Seems like I heard that somewhere........ (not a IDPA shooter).

I am with you on the 6" barrel. I too like the longer barrels.

I really like my 6" S&W 586. One of the BEST revolvers I have bought. Mine has been tuned though.........

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I bought the s&w 627 pc. They make em in .357 (but shoot .38 spl) or .38 super(mine). I love it
 

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Personally I think even the Performance Center Guns you get from S&W these days are only about as good as what you got from a factory model in 70's...

I think if you want competition quality and features you gotta pay up...there aint no free lunch

S&W all the way...
 
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SGF - you're right about the barrel length in IDPA. I must be less than 4.2". Looks like I will have to get myself two revolvers. The S&W 686 plus looks good for the 4" model and the 686 L frame looks good for the 6" model. I'll have to see but I'll probably have each one tuned according to how it feels out-of-the-box. Thanks everyone for your input. I need to look at the Dan Wesson revolvers before I make a final decision. I don't think S&W produces the 586 anymore. I couldn't find any info on it at their website.
 

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Several of us know one of the best S&W revolver tuners around....if you decide to go that route....He lives in S. Jafica

PM Cliff Cargill and He can fill you in
 

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From the Gunsmith sticky:


2. Robert Jones 2060 Alyce Dr Jackson, MS 601-372-7873 really really good S&W revolver trigger jobs...lots of work done for ICORE and USPSA shooters
 

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I wouldn't chime in except for the post on the barrel lenths for competition. The DW has interchangable barrels, from 2.5 to 15"... So if your just wanting to test the waters on which type of competiton is best, an old Dw 15-2 with 2.5", 4", and 6" would let you try a wide variety while not breaking the bank. DW never had a following down here, and so can be had pretty cheap. Not can you get different lengths, but the shrouds come in either vent or vent heavy (full under lug). They have not made DW 15-2 in years though so its not for everyone.

Here I is making a fool of myself .. but it was something to do :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp4-pHQ6rUQ
 

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I have a dan wesson 15-2 with 4" barrel if you wanna come run a box thru it.
It was made back in early 80s. Smooth as silk.
 

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Not to steer you away from DW, but everyone I've seen in comp has been a smith. Again I know nothing about DW just my observation.
 

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S&W Model 14-5 or older. I would not have one of the newer S&W revolvers. Look for an older one with a pinned barrel.

Doug
 
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OK! These are the two I finally decided on mainly because I could not find an older model, like Doug suggested, at a reasonable price.

First is the S&W Model 686 SSR Pro Series.



Second is the S&W Model 686 Pro Plus



They will be in this coming Monday and I will get to go to the range and try them out. Got to get me some cartridges first.

Ya'll have a nice day.
 
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