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Want another .357 for CCW. Torn between a Mod 60 3" or Mod 66 Combat Special 2.75". I know the 66 is heavier but wondering if someone has the experience with both? It will not have a steady diet of mags for sure. Just incase something really ugly comes my way. And don't tell me to get both. I'll wind up broke and single.
 

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There’s nothing that equates to spending a day at the range firing full house .357s in a Smith
J- frame except going target shooting with a .600 nitro express
If you don’t want the bones in your hand to turn to jelly trying to master it , do yourself a favor and buy the 66 or a 686 as it can accommodate seven rounds .
 

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The 66 holds 6 and is easier to shoot accurately. But since that last sentence contains three 6s I refrain from saying any more.
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I'll be the naysayer. Go for the model 60. The first C in CCW is concealed, the 66/19 etc is a fairly big gun. The j frame I can tuck under a t shirt
 

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If you put a premium on shootability and accuracy go with the 66. If concealment is your highest priority then the nod goes to the 60, but it will never be the best platform for .357. A 66 allows you to comfortably shoot .357. I owned them both for many years until giving my 60 to my daughter for her 21st birthday. I bought my 66 around 1990 and carry it a lot. I shoot it as well as a 4" gun. A good pancake OWB conceals it and makes the weight comfortable.
 

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I assume you're talking about brand new guns. I'd skip anything new and find a nice pre-lock 2.5" M66. There's plenty of them out there and they can be had fairly reasonable. Great shooting guns that are easy to carry and usually have outstanding triggers.
 
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I'll agree with the 66. Wife has a 3" m60. I don't like it, barrel too long for pocket carry, if getting a 60 get the 2" barrel. But I recently traded into a -6 m686 plus with 2.5" barrel. There's slot to like about that revolver. Big fire power, easy to conceal, I carry it working around outside and with an extra speed loader never feel under gunned. Oh yeah accurate and reliable as well
 

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If your main requirements are concealability and light weight you might try the 360PD. It’s basically a super lightweight model 60. Barrel length just under 2” and built for sustained full power .357 loads. (You may not be but it is.)

https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/model-360-pd

I have the .38 special version, the 360J and it is a handful shooting 125gr or 158gr HPs but actually fun to shoot when loaded with 148gr LWCs.

You could do like I do, practice with light target loads and carry it with whatever you want.

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A pic for size comparison with my 2.5” model 66 and my 2” model 631 (same as traditional model 60 on the outside, chambered in [6] .32 H&R Magnum on the inside).
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Done there and been that. A S&W Wheelgunner my whole life.

The lessons I've learned may not apply to you as they represent decades of learning and refinement.

Like has been mentioned, a J-frame is pretty tough to beat when it comes to carrying it around. If you're like most, this racket shakes out to about a 95 to 5 proposition. 95% carry time to 5% range time.

Before anyone can get their foot wedged in the door with sage advice about shooting enough to become proficient with the weapon you carry? Yeah right.

I carried a 337 for a while. At 11oz. It is the lightest 5 shot .38 available but it was torture to shoot.

I've carried every flavor of K-frame stubbies too. They were ok, just ok and that includes the latest and greatest fanboy swooner, model 65 with the holy grail 3" pipe. Sorry but just ok.

The reason is that the grip on the K-frame requires at least a Tyler grip adapter under the factory Magna panels if you hope to control the sharp recoil of a SD .357. Then ya got problems with cracked forcing cones and flame cutting on the top straps on K-frames. My personal opinion, is that .357 belongs in at least an L-frame.

My best carry .357 is a model 686-5 +.
It is equipped with a 2.5" barrel, Bimini clip grip in ivory with a plastic BT grip adapter, also in ivory.

I carry this strong side, Mexican carry at 3:30. Nothing beats 7 rounds of .357 in a nice beefy L - frame stub nose
 

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I currently have been carrying a SP101 my family gifted me for my last birthday. It has a 3" barrel as I was interested in trying this out. It does seem that the extra 1/2 inch makes the gun less comfortable to carry inside waistband at 11 o clock ( I'm a lefty) so I need to invest in a OWB holster. As a lefty I find that the push style latches of the Rugers are easier to manipulate but it is way less polished than my 66. I immediately replaced my 66's wood grips and with Pachmahr Compac grips and they are fine for magnums, comfortable even. That said I shoot them sparingly and only carry them in bear country, otherwise it is plus P 38's. A friend bought one of those ultra light Smith .357's and asked me for a few magnums to try. He only shot 2, and returned the rest to me. The next time he qualified with it I took the opportunity to run 5 rounds through it. What a beast! No thanks. Mike Venturino described them as "the .357 that never should have been" and I understand, as I have no interest in any Airweight, in any caliber. I just like to be able to enjoy shooting whatever I carry. 38 hollow points are enough for human threats.
 

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I’d pass on the M60, as I’m just not a J frame guy. They are too small and not pleasant to shoot. If you don’t enjoy shooting it, more than likely you won’t practice with it. I’ve always preferred a S&W K frame. The following K frames are #1 a M66 (2.5” barrel), #2 M13 (3” barrel), and #3 is a M19 (2.5” barrel). These are the goldielocks of S&W revolvers. Not too big, not too heavy, absorb recoil, and very pleasant too shoot. Stick with a K frame, JMO.

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Done there and been that. A S&W Wheelgunner my whole life.

The lessons I've learned may not apply to you as they represent decades of learning and refinement.

Like has been mentioned, a J-frame is pretty tough to beat when it comes to carrying it around. If you're like most, this racket shakes out to about a 95 to 5 proposition. 95% carry time to 5% range time.

Before anyone can get their foot wedged in the door with sage advice about shooting enough to become proficient with the weapon you carry? Yeah right.

I carried a 337 for a while. At 11oz. It is the lightest 5 shot .38 available but it was torture to shoot.

I've carried every flavor of K-frame stubbies too. They were ok, just ok and that includes the latest and greatest fanboy swooner, model 65 with the holy grail 3" pipe. Sorry but just ok.

The reason is that the grip on the K-frame requires at least a Tyler grip adapter under the factory Magna panels if you hope to control the sharp recoil of a SD .357. Then ya got problems with cracked forcing cones and flame cutting on the top straps on K-frames. My personal opinion, is that .357 belongs in at least an L-frame.

My best carry .357 is a model 686-5 +.
It is equipped with a 2.5" barrel, Bimini clip grip in ivory with a plastic BT grip adapter, also in ivory.

I carry this strong side, Mexican carry at 3:30. Nothing beats 7 rounds of .357 in a nice beefy L - frame stub nose
Well thought out response that I mostly agree with.

Love my 2.5” 686+
 
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