Sorry, but someone has been giving you false information. There are no such problems with the 686. Enjoy your fine gun and don't worry about a thing.
Yup.... and with the K-Frames, it was only the really hot loads that caused the problem.... and flame-cutting on the top strap wasn't the big deal, as it will quit after reaching about .010" deep. The larger problem was developing excessive end shake, allowing it to unlock during recoil.TexNekkid said:Your source may have confused the 686 with Smith's K-framed .357 models like the 19 and 66.