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    686-4 redo

    I picked up a 686-4 a while back that had had the barrel damaged do to improper removal of a squib round. I got it pretty cheap nd figured it would make a nice project over the winter.

    The 6" barrel was junk, the rear sight was missing along with a few other misc screws. I replaced the barrel with a 681 performance center 4" barrel from Numrich(which had no sight either). I had to fit the barrel after installation to gain the correct cylinder gap(the cylinder wouldn't close without excessive effort) I also installed reduced power springs for a lighter trigger and Hogue wood monogrips. I had to make my own front sight and also made my own fixed rear sight. I carved them both out of some Delrin (plastic) I had around just to see if I could do it and plan on replicating them out of stainless steel. I might even cut the front sight off the old barrel and re-machine it for my purposes.
    I have had it to the range and it shoots pretty well. I am waiting on some glass bead media(ultra fine) to show up that I ordered so I can obtain the look I really want.

    Speaking of bead blasting ...would it be possible to bead blast hard crome without damaging the plating? I have another project that I'm working on and I would like to mellow down the shiny chrome to a more mellow matte.

    I'll post some pics of the Smith, if there any interests...

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    Before pic of parts gun


    With new barrel installed, minus sights


    Same progress as above

    I'll have to take some new pics of progress so far.

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    Sounds like quite a project - more than I would tackle.

    On the plus side:
    1). the dash 4 is considered by most to be the best L frame 357.
    2). the 4" barrel balances and handles better, and is more desired by most.

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    Progress so far...


    The flip side...

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    Sure looks good to me. Good luck with your projects.

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