I just bought a 4" 1970s Ruger for $450 shipped, and it was in very good condition.I don't own one, so big grain of salt opinion here. I have shot a bunch of 5, 6 and one 8 shot S&W. All have been good guns. Having very little experience with rugers I'd opt for a smith and not look back. (nothing against the rugers I don't have enough experience to criticize/praise them)
I do not know if S&W ever made any 686 dash four 7 shot Mountain guns or not. This one started out as a 2.5 inch. Bought it for somewhere around $450.00 on an auction site, then replaced the barrel and and ejector rod assembly to make it a Mountain Gun. Years ago, you could buy a new Mountain Gun barrel from the factory for about $127.00. I did the same thing with my model 629-1. Dave Clements reamed the chambers out to minimum .45 Colt specs, then my gunsmith friend installed a new .45 Colt Mountain Gun barrel and presto- I have a 45 Colt Mountain Gun.I kept thinking there’d been a .357 MG variant from S&W - nice!
Just curious as to why? My 686+ has been a reliable gun, I like it well enough. It's certainly not like a prelock smith (my prelock .38 snubby has a waaay better trigger) but it works for a fridge gun. I'm pretty uneducated about wheel guns and especially competitive wheel gun shooting, your insight would be appreciated.Being a competitive shooter, only the 6 and 8 shot revolvers are of any use to me.
I had a 7 shooter, nothing to use it for and nobody interested in buying or trading for it. So I paid S&W to put in a 6 shot cylinder and hand.
IDPA allows no more than six shots in Revover Division.I'm pretty uneducated about wheel guns and especially competitive wheel gun shooting, your insight would be appreciated.