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Before I slap down money I wanted to get some opinions on the two pistols in question:

Both are .357 cal, used but 99-95%, and would be used for target shooting.

1) Smith and Wesson model 686, stainless, six-inch barrel, rubber grip, holds 7

2) Dan Wesson (think it is a model 15??), blued, eight-inch barrel, wood grips, holds 6

What do you guys think of them?

Is there a difference in quality between them?

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Tommy
 

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If I had to choose between them I would go with the Smith 686 plus stainless. Value will hold better and mine was a tack driver.  <!--emo&:D--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'><!--endemo-->
 

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Redhawk is correct about the S&W holding its value, and most of them shoot well.
I sure like the Dan Wessons though. The rear sight has greater elevation adjustment and I think is a little easier to change setings on the range. The front sights are interchangeable which also helps.
You can change barrels and use the gun for several different shooting games.
Dan Wesson had some ups and downs with quality control but you can generaly clean them up nicely.
Dan Wesson's shoot bullets heavy for the caliber very well.
 

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I think if looking down the road at long time use, parts and service would be an issue.... both with the Dan Wesson are uncertain at best.  The Smith 686+ on the other hand, would be backed by one of the best customer service centers in the country and parts of course are readily available.

Not that either gun is prone to breakage mind you, but anything mechanical, can and eventually will need service if used and put into service.

Just a thought!

God Bless,

Marshall
 

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Let's make it a unanimous vote in favor of the 686. I personally think they are the better gun and the way Dan Wesson comes n' goes doesn't make me feel warm n' fuzzy about parts, service, general quality, etc. I've also never handled a DW that felt as good in the hand as a comparable S&W, Ruger, or Colt.
 

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I just wanted to make a note that my Dan Wesson 44 mag is the most accurate revolver I have ever seen fired from a rest. At 50 yds, it'll put all six rounds (one from each chamber in the cylinder) in a group with all holes touching. The Dan Wesson can be tuned to give quite impressive performance. The one I'm using is sporting a 10 inch bbl right now and topped with a scope. I'm not downplaying the S&W by no means, just adding my 2 cents worth.
 
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