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I had a friend who really wanted my S&W686plus/deluxe and offered a good price, so it left the farm. I really didn't shoot it much because it was too darn pretty to carry around out here in the country. So I began a search for a reasonably priced replacement. The new 686's start in the high $600's and go up dramatically from there. I had been eyeing an old Taurus 627 tracker for the last year at one of my LGS's. When I went in to pick up my new Taurus Spectrum that Brownell's shipped to them, I noticed my ole eye catcher was not on the shelf. But a newer lighter weight model had taken its place. Well I really didn't want the lightweight version of the Tracker, so I asked the owner what happened to the old one. He had decided since the old Tracker hadn't sold for a few years, he moved it out of the shelf unit , so as not to effect the price of the newer revolver.
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I told him I can solve his dilemma for the right price. We did the ole Arkansas shuffle and came up with a good out the door price. So for a mere $300 I walked out with the poor old Tracker. It has a few knicks and dings on the finish. The rear sight blade was a flopper, and the front sight has lost its red insert. But other than that it is great shape. Lockup is solid, rifling is very strong, just hadn't been cleaned much or lubed.
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So I took it apart and did my normal fluff and buff, polished all friction surfaces. Then I installed a few new Wolff springs - the combo that worked the best was a 12 lb hammer spring and a 6lb trigger spring.
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This beauty was made in 2006. The unloaded weight is 35.5oz's, DA trigger pull is 9lbs and the SA is 4lbs. I added a Hogue grip to better match my hand size.
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It is 9 1/16" long, 5 5/8" tall and 1 3/4" wide. I ended up forcing a shim into the rear of the site blade to get it to hold firm, painted the front sight insert area white and off to the range I went.
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I fired about 300 rounds through it over a two week period, and oh man what a sweet shooter. These targets represent misc 38 special - the right target and 357 - the left targets, all were at 25 yards. As with my Smith's I shoot 357 loads more accurately. With the porting it is soooo easy to keep on target and just use a DA shooting style. I don't use SA trigger pulls much anymore. So any revolver I keep has to perform consistently in DA mode. This teenage Tracker fits the bill perfectly. I really don't notice recoil at all from 38 special, and the 357 rounds act more like 38 special in this revolver. I could shoot 357 all day. Now that is impressive for a wheel gun under 45 oz's.
 

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Great story and summary silverstring. It must be extra nice having taken it down, making it better and getting the superb results that you did. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Nice haul. The pawn shop owners around here would've put it in the front row of the black plastic wares, priced it as if it were new, but hand picked.
 
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What is this lightweight Tracker that you speak of?

Nice revolver. My used 6.5" has the same rear sight issue, but it came with the scope rail.
It is kinda hard to nail down heavy versus lighter. The new one I handled was significantly lighter than this old one. I didn;t weigh it, but it felt lighter. The Taurus web page says the 627 4inch weighs 28.8 oz's. That seems about right to what I felt for the new one. But my old one weighs more. Maybe a 627 expert will chime in.
 

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36 oz with porting sounds like a pretty good balance. I wouldn't be interested in something lighter in .357 Mag.

Didn't know that Hogue made a grip for the Trackers; I'm guessing they also make one in wood that would look good.;)
 
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I have a S&W Model 620 which is heavier than my Taurus 627. I will take the 627 over the 620 any day.
 
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Very nice!
 
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My 627 4" is exactly the same model as yours, but a 2009 model, and isn't much lighter than my 686.

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S&W 686 4 inch barrel 42oz .... Taurus 627 4 inch barrel 28.8 OZ

The 686 is a Large Frame .... The Taurus is built on a Taurus Compact frame .. Which is a bit smaller than a S&W K (medium frame)
 

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Sweet revolver congrats.
 
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Taurus seems to get some revolvers right, and I have a identical 627 Tracker in .357. A really great shooter. And 7 shots of .357 in a well done revolver is a joy.

Got mine in near new used condition, with ammo and speedloaders and holster for $350 many years ago and it was a good purchase.

My very first revolver was a different .357 Taurus, model 607. I guess they are rather rare. Shoots and looks great!
 
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