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I'm ready to buy a new revolver for a weekly league I shoot in, which would be more accurate stock, a 986, or a 686? Thanks for your help, Dave.

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We are getting really good accuracy out of our 686s with Bayou Bullets poly coated 138 gr. button nose wadcutters.

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The load we were shooting was given to us to try out. It is 3.9 of WST. It runs about 910 fps. We will try to duplicate that load with some other powder we already have.

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I've shot a fair bit of PPC. My choice would be a 6 inch Ruger GP-100 with a Wilson or Wolfe spring kit. My GP-100 will toss virtually any decent load of full cylinder 6 round groups into 2.5 or less from a 25 yard bench. Lead, plated, jacketed, Hi-Tek coating... it seems to make no difference. The spring kit gets me down to about a 7.8 pound DA pull, and a very light SA pull. I have found that the standard adjustable Ruger rear sight will "bounce" on you... but a Bowen Rough Country replacement rear stopped that.

I find the Ruger GP-100 to be more accurate with lead, plated, or Bayou than the 686 I used to shoot.

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Another good load to try is 2.6 of WST  or 3.1 of 231 behind a Remington 148 gr HBWC or Percision Delta 148 gr HBWC. i have seen stock 4" and 6" 686's shoot 1 1/4 groups at 50 yards out a ransom rest.

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Our stock 686 Competitor (except for a 5-1/2 lb DA trigger) is shooting 1 to 1-1/2" groups at 50 yds. from a ransom rest.

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21 hours ago, mojo1 said:

Another good load to try is 2.6 of WST  or 3.1 of 231 behind a Remington 148 gr HBWC or Percision Delta 148 gr HBWC. i have seen stock 4" and 6" 686's shoot 1 1/4 groups at 50 yards out a ransom rest.

I haven't tried the Remington 148's but on the Precision Deltas I had much better luck with the older sticky wax lubed ones, not the dry match lube.  The Zero 148's have a similar sticky wax lube and shoot very well also.  With the waxy lube I never had to much trouble with barrel build up but the cylinder had to be brushed out during the match.  I got tired of lead and started using the Zero 125 jhp's with 5.5 gr of 231, clean and accurate.  I need to try the 138 Bayous that Warrens using, always great to find a cheaper, clean and accurate solution.

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The 686 is quite popular for PPC in Australia, I had good results from mine even in almost stock form. The 148g HBWC isn't used much, the 100g SWC is far more popular.

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AusPPC, what load are you using? I don't even know if I can find a 100gr. Sec. Thanks for the reply, Dave.

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alecmc, are you getting good accuracy out of them? If so, what's your load? Thanks, Dave.

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1 hour ago, twister said:

AusPPC, what load are you using? I don't even know if I can find a 100gr. Sec. Thanks for the reply, Dave.

2.0 grains of Trailboss with the bullet seated below the case mouth by 3mm. Very soft shooting (about 70 power factor), and holds x-ring at 50 yards.

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3 hours ago, twister said:

alecmc, are you getting good accuracy out of them? If so, what's your load? Thanks, Dave.

3.8 WST 

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Shooting a 586  no dash, 3.1 gr 231, Federal match primers for 50 yards for 1500.  Using Precison 158 swaged swc.  I don't think the rifling is fast enough for hbwc at 50 unlike my Douglas barreled K frame. 

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I've shot a fair bit of PPC. My choice would be a 6 inch Ruger GP-100 with a Wilson or Wolfe spring kit. My GP-100 will toss virtually any decent load of full cylinder 6 round groups into 2.5 or less from a 25 yard bench. Lead, plated, jacketed, Hi-Tek coating... it seems to make no difference. The spring kit gets me down to about a 7.8 pound DA pull, and a very light SA pull. I have found that the standard adjustable Ruger rear sight will "bounce" on you... but a Bowen Rough Country replacement rear stopped that.

I find the Ruger GP-100 to be more accurate with lead, plated, or Bayou than the 686 I used to shoot.



Regarding sights, almost all our PPC league uses Aristocrat sights. Holdover is not necessary at 25 and 50 yards with a click of the knob on the side of the sight. Extremely accurate. Good luck.

http://www.aristocratproducts.com/page1.html


Brian B

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If you just wanna jump to a purpose built gun, PPC bargain guns in the Smith or Ruger persuasion can be found by the dozen on gunbroker for $400-1200.  I shoot a Clark Customs Grandmaster built on an old Security-Six.  It's slick shit.  Otherwise, it is my humble opinion that the 6" S&W Model 14 Target Masterpiece is the finest factory target revolver ever made.  When I start down the road to becoming Distinguished in NRA-AP Production, I plan on taking out my 14.  

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