Bucket Gun S&W 65

Discussion in 'Handgun' started by Marneaus, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. Marneaus Moderator

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    I've been absent for a while. Time for some show and tell!

    I was lucky enough to stumble across this supposedly unfired, in box, 1986 vintage 65 3" round butt. Heavy barrel, k frame, no shroud on the ejector rod, fixed low combat sights, round butt grip....this is pretty much the ultimate fightin' wheel gun. These were issued to the FBI for years leading up to the switch to semi autos.

    Fairly rare in this configuration, and highly sought after, they normally command a very high price. The price was fair, the owner knew the value, though it was not some amazing deal. I traded away my custom glock 19, a bunch of mags, and a bunch of ammo. It was a miracle that the seller was looking for a glock and I had just the one.

    Anyway. Here's how it came to me

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    Receipt included. It was sold at "Deluxe Liquor and Sporting Goods" haha.

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    Tossed on a set of VZ grips. With my 66 no-dah
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    However, I prefer it with the factory stocks and a tyler t-grip adapter.
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    Its a great shooter, a classic fightin' wheel gun. I just need to get some kydex and leather for it now.
  2. Al in Mi Active Member

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    good score there
  3. wood chucker Moderator

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  4. Keith Moderator

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    Great find!
  5. MechTech Moderator/ Damn Yankee

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    Very Nice! A classy peice of history! I had a M13 3" round butt, unfired in the box. It was beautiful! Couldnt bare to shoot it.
  6. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    order your kydex sheet from ebay. Something around .060 is pretty beefy stuff. Heat a pan of water to boiling and dunk the Kydex sheet in it till it sags, lift out and set on a super soft pillow, drop your pistol onto it and fold the kydex over. Let cool, dry off gun. Trim those pieces you don't want. Bang. Custom fitted holster.
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  7. Marneaus Moderator

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    I've made a few kydex products, sheaths for knives, speed loader holders, mag holders, etc. I had high temp foam for pressing everything. Lost all that crap in the move though.
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  8. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Should'a figured you'd have some skills there. Saw your other thread, what fasteners do you use? Linky maybe?
  9. Marneaus Moderator

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    Uh, I think i just ordered supplies from knifekits.com. I dont really remember what all i used.
  10. rawhidekid Member

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    Don't know you intended carry ammo, but remember that S&W created the L frame because the K frame does not stand up to a heavy diet of 357. :cool:
  11. Marneaus Moderator

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    Yes, thank you for the warning. I'm very aware of the possible issues with forcing cone and shooting loose. That being said, I could carry the heaviest of the heavy .357 loads in the gun without any problem, because it will never have a steady diet of ANY .357.

    The issue, from my understanding, does not necessarily come from a ton of .357, but a ton of light projectile .357, such as HP's.

    I shoot 99% .38spl through the gun, then drop a cylinder or two of standard 158gr .357 through it after a good session. From all my reading and seeing, .38's will never wear a k frame out, and it takes a ridiculous amount of .357 to get one to shoot loose, and focring cone issues really only result from light weight projectile .357 in the 127 and 110 grain flavors.
  12. rawhidekid Member

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    I worked at a gun shop for 5 years and saw a few sent to S&W. Was glad when they made the L frame, the 686 is a fine handgun. Lots of people carry 38Special +P for self defense in their K frames with no problem. You are correct the light bullets were a problem, but if you check they don't load 357's to the velocity the Supervel ammo was. Although timing was a concern I have seen top straps cut from those hot gasses as well.
  13. Marneaus Moderator

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    Also from my understanding flame cutting is 100% normal, in some capacity, and most of the time it is self limiting, in that it will only reach a certain point and very very rarely is it a safety concern. Looking at almost any .357 that has been fired a good amount will reveal flame cutting on the top strap. My 66 no dash was a service revolver and absolutely has a score line up there at the top.
  14. rawhidekid Member

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    It is a fine looking revolver and just in passing a favorite of Hickock45, he does gun reviews as I am sure you know.

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