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S&W 686 Plus .357 Magnum, $518 (Grade A March 2000)

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S&W 686 Plus .357 Magnum, $518 (Grade A March 2000)

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Home Defense
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Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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A trigger job and new grips have made dry-firing (shown) the 686+ a joy, and porting has made its live-firing response more comfortable as well. Total upgrade cost has been about $230.
Shooting a lot of rounds means cleanup can be a real tough job. To clean guns completely and quickly, we immerse them (sans grips) in Dunk-Kit. Dunk-Kit is a lubricating solvent available from Cylinder & Slide in Fremont, Nebraska, (800) 448-1713. Twenty minutes in the bucket plus some submerged cycling of the action, and guns come out clean and ready to drip-dry.
The chambers have been chamfered to speed reloading. Taking the edge off the chamber mouth allows the rounds to slip into the cylinder more easily.
Carry options of spare ammunition for the 7-shot 686+ are limited to a 6-round Bianchi strip we like to carry in a slim Dillon Precision belt pouch or a 7-round twist and release speed­load­er from HKS. This last item is not as fast as the spring-loaded models (which are not offered for a 7-shooter at this time) but is far more secure. To minimize the bulk in carrying a HKS model 587 speedloader on the belt Safariland’s Split-Six is a good choice. The Split Six captures the loader under a thumb break snap with the wearer’s belt bisecting the rounds to bring it closer to the body. û
Mag-Na-Porting reduced muzzle flip.

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