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    Which Taurus instead of S&W 686?

    I am considering the purchase of a revolver in .38/.357. Which Taurus revolver would be comparable to a Smith & Wesson model 686? Although the Smith is a good gun, I can't justify the expense if I can get a comparable Taurus for less money. Thanks in advance for the input from you knowedgeable folks. This is one of the best forums that I am a part of.

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    I would say the model 65/66. Looking for one with the right price. As far as I can tell its equivelent to an L frame. I'm sure someone with a clue will chime in soon. To add the 65 is 6 shot, the 66 is 7 shot.

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    I would recommend a .357 Tracker. It is not as heavy as an L frame, but it is like an over-built K frame. Should do everything you want, is lighter, and less expensive. Good luck with your decision.

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    I have a 6" Model 66 that I payed about $450 new, other than the finish it is almost identical to the 686.
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    I have 2 66's a 4" and 6", and a 19-3 S&W 4" & a 6" S&W 686-3. and I would put either taurus against the smith's.

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    Taurus 66 S&W 19-3 Taurus 66-6" S&W 29-2
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    Another vote on the 66, particularly the old 6-shot model.

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    If you are looking for conceal carry I would recommend the Taurus 617. It is a 7 shot .357 snub. Taurus International Manufacturing Inc I have one . Mine is the 617B2 if you are looking to carry I would suggest SS my blued one gets surface rust and I have to clean it more often to get rid of it. Name:  617SS.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimb1972 View Post
    I have a 6" Model 66 that I payed about $450 new, other than the finish it is almost identical to the 686.
    +1 here. $432.99 OTD for me.

    I was looking at a 686 4" 6-shot but couldn't justify the price. I held a Ruger GP100. Great revolver, built like a tank. Problem is that I just didn't like the tank feel. A Taurus M66B6 was on sale. It fit the bill perfectly. I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't pay attention to the the fact it has a 7 chamber cylinder. That was a very pleasant surprise.
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    I chose the 4" Model 66 - much more affordable than the Smith, and it shoots just fine.
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    Well it looks like the Model 65/66 comes highly recommended. I may just have to go in that direction. Thanks for all the input.
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