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Old June 17th, 2010, 04:00 AM   #1
 
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S&W .357 Mountain Gun

So what do you "Ruger Guys" think of S&W's new .357 Mountain Gun?

Lipsey’s Exclusive 357 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 686 Mountain Gun

I think that it's great to see a half-lug mid-frame revolver again. Just might have to pick one up, but they are a bit "pricey" and they do have "the lock".

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Old June 17th, 2010, 07:44 AM   #2
 
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Doesn't do much for me. Not because I hate S&W - I hope to pick up a Model 60 today, and my favorite gun remains a 22/32 kit gun. But there are LOTS of medium sized 357s, and I'd go with the GP100 as a "Mountain Gun" instead.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the purpose, but the name suggests a gun to take along hiking in the mountains. For a 357, I'd prefer something concealable, or at least convenient for discrete carry. If I don't mind folks knowing I'm carrying, I would prefer my SRH Alaskan - but a GP100 would be a solid 357 in a reasonable size.

Still, I like S&W guns and wouldn't mind a 686, or more likely a 620 at some point in the future...like after my wife has calmed down from my buying 2 guns in the last 30 days! Otherwise, I'll need a blanket for sleeping on the couch.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 10:00 AM   #3
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I think S&Ws are fine. However, it's suitability depends on its intended purpose.

I agree with bsms; the GP100 will probably just as good a gun at what's probably a much lower price. If you want to go with S&W, some of their smaller-framed models (3" 357 model 60) is a nice compromise. Maybe an old model 66? They also make their ultra-light revolvers in all sizes. These are things more specific to S&W and not availble cheaper elsewhere.

It could be that you're buying an Escalade to haul firewood (Mountain gun vs. GP100).

Just a thought.

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It's called S&W Model 66 envy. Years ago I bought Security Six instead of a Model 66. Never really liked the looks of the Security Six. (I know, I'm in the minority.) I traded it for a six inch GP100 when they first came out. A darn nice gun.

As far as actual "Mountain Guns". I have my .357 GP100, a 2 3/4 inch .357 Speed Six, a 7 inch .44 Mag Redhawk, a S&W Model 36 and a 5 1/2 inch Bull Barrel Mark II. Oh, a 12 gauge Mossberg 500 with a twenty inch barrel.

I think that I am ready for just about any sized mountain.

The new Mountain Gun looks darn similar to that Model 66 that I wanted to buy. I know there are lots of Model 66's out there, but I'm sort of "new gun guy". Also a really nice Model 66 brings a premium price.

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S&W Mountain Gun in .357 I like this gun alot has alot of very nice features but I am not crazy about the newer S&W internal lock feature. If they lost the S&W lock feature I would like one, I think Ruger should bring back a Ruger Security Six rendition of a "Ruger Mountain Gun" this gun would be a instant hit providing Ruger makes a pistol with out problems. I have read and seen alot of disatisfied folks with some of Rugers handguns lately!!!
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I just made the final payment on a .41mag mountain gun.
It was $655 incl shipping then I'll have to pay my FFL dealer to handle his end of the deal... $75 he said.
That seems like an okay price for a new N frame.
I like the way the 4" Smiths carry for a SA/DA big bore.
I think for a .357, I'd opt for a smaller frame like a 4" GP100 or a S&W L frame.
Also with those guns, stainless is available.
I hope that if I ever find a stainless .41 I have the money with me to seal the deal.
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Oh yes, I dig the k&L frame Smiths with slim barrels. Not tickled with the locks but I wouldn't shy away either, all of them that I have seen or used have had no problems with the locks nor are there any practical real world problems with MIM parts other than the random internet complaint. I of course prefer the "older" guns though for admitedly no good reason. I prefer the older Rugers as well but as we all know, those days are gone.
I love the S&W Mountain Gun concept and would like to see Ruger slim up a GP100 for such reasons.
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I have one of the older 686 Mtn. Guns. It is 7 shot and no lock. Also, at the time had a 66 4", too. Wound up keeping the 686. It was the same weight as the 66 but had an extra round. The cylinder is about 0.10" larger in dia. and the frame a bit taller but it works. Also, the round butt allows more concealable grips (I have both a set of round butt and round to square conversion Hogues for it). Also, have a 4" GP. The Smith is a bit lighter but like to shoot the GP more for some reason. For an outdoors gun, though, perhaps the 629 MG would make more sense and it is only 3 oz. heavier.
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I was doing just fine until the link you posted showed the key in the little hole in the side.
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That looks a lot like my S&W M19.
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Nice looking gun but personally I like my early S&W model 66 .357 stainless with 4 inch barrel better!!
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I'd look used and get a no lock.......
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So what do you "Ruger Guys" think of S&W's new .357 Mountain Gun?

Lipsey’s Exclusive 357 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 686 Mountain Gun

I think that it's great to see a half-lug mid-frame revolver again. Just might have to pick one up, but they are a bit "pricey" and they do have "the lock".

Tom
I have one of those with a 4 inch barrel, the action is super smooth on single action the trigger is light and crisp. I paid around $500 for it about 10 years or so and the price seems to be going up. I probably could get $600 for it at present, as it is in like new condition. (I ran less than 100 rounds thru it; I'm a 22 lover)
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