Like others I have both. And like others pointed out they are apples vs oranges. New model Blackhawk 357. Built on a 44 magnum frame. Brute strong. I have not seen any ammo that can blow it up. You would have to get a Redhawk 357 to beat a Blackhawk. The 686 by Smith and Wesson came out to handle the short comings of the model 19/66 K frame magnums and to compete against the Security Six. Strong and able to handle 357s within reason. But the Ruger GP100 is stronger than the 686 and will handle even hotter ammo. I love my 686 but I will not compare it to my Blackhawk. The Blackhawk is clearly stronger and would hold up better to constant 357s no matter what kind of load they are.lfpiii":29uyiwoo said:A budy and I were discussing which is stronger the Blackhawk or S&W 686 both of course in 357mag. I was thinking Blackhawk (fewer parts, bigger cylinder). What do you guys think?
kelbro":d946p2qo said:For 3 skins, no question. Blackhawk!
I prefer my 586 over the 686 that I replaced.