Short range report with the .357s

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Short range report with the .357s

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I didn't have a lot of time this morning, but was excited to shoot the .357s I picked up yesterday.

The man that owned them had been shooting both with a lot of .38 Specials. The chambers were really dirty and still need more cleaning. the 586 was sighted in for .38s, at 25 yds they hit point of aim. I wasn't shooting very well this morning, too much coffee and too many distractions. The iphone almost caught a round. The S&W definitely has the potential for an excellent shooter. I have to change the grips, they are way too big for my hands.

Both actions have been worked over. Triggers are excellent and the DA in the 586 is super smooth. The Vaquero will take a little playing around with finding the right load, but they're so much fun to shoot I'm not all that worried about it being a tack driver. :D
A little work I'm sure I can cut both of those groups in half.

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Any time at the Range is better than being in a cubicle in the Office.
I am betting you really shoot those well.
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A 6" S&W 357 was always my pistol, mine a Mod 19. I kinda abandoned it when I started packing 4" 45acp, because it's so light and handy, but the S&W is my first love! Good shooting!
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586 has always been a nice gun. Hope you enjoy both.
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JimT wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 7:14 pm
Any time at the Range is better than being in a cubicle in the Office.
I am betting you really shoot those well.
Fortunately, I work from home, if I'm not on the road inspecting insurance losses. My office is also my gun room, it makes for a good distraction some days, but you're right. Getting outside, watching the storms come and go and enjoying the weather before the humidity really gets up there is great therapy. :D Especially with a couple of six shooters along.

DD and Brian,

This is the third 586 I've had and the first one I've had shoot well. To be fair, the last one was a new one I bought a few years ago. Couldn't make that thing shoot well as hard as I tried. Ended up trading it in towards the 327 TRR8. That one shoots great, plus I've always preferred the n frames. The first one I had, looked like it had been through a fire and then left in a closet for a couple decades.

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I like that Smith. I could have me some fun with that!
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Thanks Nath!

I gave them another good cleaning. Got all the gunk out of the chambers and not the .357s will drop in and out. Still have some lead in the bores, but I'll get it out eventually.
At least they don't smell like cigarettes anymore. I'm going to have to put the boxes in the attic, they're stinking up my closet. :shock:

I need to switch the Dillon back over to .357 and get some loaded. Need to make some for my dad's Pythons and Troopers for his trip back to FL.

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Getting the gunk out will probably will make them shoot much better.

I used to come home from work and shoot at least 50 rounds of .22 in my back yard every day. But I did not clean that bore for months. Big mistake. I got to where my groups got to be larger than the small steel plates I was shooting at.

The lead came out in ribbons. I don't hesitate to clean bores and chambers now. Hoppes No. 9 is my friend.
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Hey 2ndovc, have you ever used all-copper Chore Boy to get the lead out? It's something that Bill Wilson recommended in his book, "The Combat 45 Auto". I cut off a piece and wrap it around a worn out bore brush and it works great because the edges are sharp. Being much softer than the bore, it does no damage. I shoot only cast bullets and when I need to get out some stubborn lead, the Chore Boy works best. Be sure you get only the all-copper version, not the copper plated stuff.
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Walt,

I've done that in the past with surplus rifles and steel wool /ribbon. I didn't want to do that with the 586, thanks for the suggestion and using copper. That should help.

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Nice guns jb and thanks for sharing your shooting. 8)
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I have had good luck with Ed's red. Not sure with seriously leaded barrels.
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2ndovc wrote:
Sat Aug 06, 2022 2:42 pm
At least they don't smell like cigarettes anymore. I'm going to have to put the boxes in the attic, they're stinking up my closet. :shock:
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Put a handfull of coffee in an old Tshirt and leave it in a big cardboard box with the gun boxes. It will help.
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piller wrote:
Wed Aug 10, 2022 10:07 am
Put a handfull of coffee in an old Tshirt and leave it in a big cardboard box with the gun boxes. It will help.
Good idea! I'll stick the grips from the 586 in there too. They still stink after being soaked in Hoppe's. Post Covid, more specifically the second shot, some things still smell really bad. Cigarettes are one, among others that are really offensive. One of my wife's perfumes smells like gasoline now, but the rest are fine. Seems to be totally random. Not going anywhere those boosters.

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Jason, not to go off topic, but it is your post and your comment, so I figure I'm safe. :wink:

I caught COVID on a cruise ship at the end of June. Fairly mild symptoms, mainly an annoying cough and exhaustion for almost 2 weeks. I did loose some of my sense of taste - but only some of it. I could tastes fruits fine, but meat was completely tasteless. Just strange. Fortunately all my sense of taste is back.
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Glad to hear you're doing better, YK. My wife had it although two of the at-home tests she took were negative. My son and his wife got it as well but they're over it now. If I had it, the symptoms were very mild. Being in close proximity with my family, I can't imagine that I didn't have it as well.
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Hey Walt,

Your copper wool suggestion was just the ticket! The bore looks great!

I'm hoping to get out with it again this week. Need to turn out some more .357s as well as test some .44 Specials for my Cimarron.

Jay,
No worries. It's been over a year and some things are still out of whack. My wife had that perfume on again this morning that to me, smells like pure gasoline. I think she does it on purpose at this point so she doesn't get molested on the way out the door in morning. :D

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I have a 586 with a 6-inch barrel. It's one hell of a shooter!
Now I don't have a Vaquero, but I do have a few Blackhawk Flattops.
Enjoy plugging away at your targets!
As it cools down, I'll be doing some shooting myself.
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I had a 586 several years ago. It easily shot as accurately as both of my Bill Davis custom guns. At fifty yards shooting off a rest, it would put five shots inside an inch. It’s still the most accurate production revolver I’ve ever owned, and almost the equal of the custom guns.
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JB said "One of my wife's perfumes smells like gasoline now, but the rest are fine".

We've just had covid and one of my wife's perfumes smells like herbicide! 🤢
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Covid messed with a few scents for me.
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Hey, 2ndovc;

I'm glad the Chore Boy worked for you. I don't need it often but when I do, it works great.
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