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Old 04-16-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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So i am looking at getting a 686. i love the feel of it. It will mostly be a hunting gun.. and may sit by my beretta on the night stand. So my problem is this.... 4" or 6" barrel? Anyone have a 686 and have any input? i have held both and i can't make up my mind. i like the 6" but will it be too long/a pain to unholster? Sure the extra FPS from the longer barrel would be nice but not a complete necessity. Do you think the accuracy will be a huge difference at 60+ yrds between the two? I appreciate any input.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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60 yds not so much but 75-80 yeah you would see the difference,I can tell at 40 yd.
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a huge difference or just alittle? Drifter, do you hunt with yours? which one do you have?
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for the most part the two inches help the shooter's performance more than the gun's.

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Old 04-16-2013, 09:04 PM   #5
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I have a 686 with a short barrel. Most hunting revolvers have longer barrels, 6-7 inches. I woud go with the longer barrel. I have shot many revolvers with a longer barrel and it increased my accuracy a lot.
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I say get a rifle if you are planning on shooting deer at 60 yards. A handgun isn't made for those distances, especially a 4" or 6" .357.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:11 AM   #7
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I have a 686 and love it, did kill a doe at 35 yards. But I think I would prefer the 6 inch barrel... If I was to be using it to hunt a nice pistol scope would be the ticket. I have known guys that could shoot all day out to 100 yards and keep a softball size group, but they did have a scope.
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ps: use a shoulder holster setup with scope, they are nice as well.
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thanksfor the input guys. ONEOLDCHIEF, do most shoulder holsters except scopes or do you need to modify one? anyone recommend a good round for hunting? i think i am going to lean on getting a 6".. but the other day i did see a S&W 629... but i think im still sold on the 686....
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Had one many years ago. 6". Put a Comp-slab on it and it was awesome. The extr weight reduced muzzle flip. Killed lots on deer with it using irons and scoped. 75 yards was furthest I shot at a deer. I took it clean. I like the 6".
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You will have to get a holster that is made for a scoped pistol. Should be easy to find.
Good luck and happy hunting.
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