Pre-Lock Stainless .357 Mountain Gun


July 14, 2008, 02:28 PM
My local gunshop (new here in Beech Grove) has a lightly used .357, 7-shot stainless mountain gun for lock. Probably 5" barrel maybe. Wow what a beauty. $600, no box.

If not a good deal, I suspect this is reasonable. Any thoughts?

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July 14, 2008, 02:53 PM
Lay five crisp bills on the counter & go from there.
Maybe they need to sell something this week!

Never hurts to try!


July 14, 2008, 03:12 PM
Ah,these, and my 629 equivalent seem to be very nice pieces IF it has the traditional 1 piece barrel.

LA Rondo
July 14, 2008, 03:23 PM
It should be a 4" bbl. If it passes the Jim March checkout, it sounds like a very decent find.
Prices go up on those pieces, if we like it or not, esp the Mountain Gun versions which are limited runs.
I'd say $ 600 is not bad (wouldn't be for CA) if you can get it for anything less then that, it's a definite taker.

July 14, 2008, 04:02 PM
It should be a 4" barrel.

July 15, 2008, 11:39 AM
I would buy that revolver for that price...IF I had any money...

John Fugate
July 15, 2008, 11:44 AM
The gun is a real bargain at 600.00 ,, where can you find one at that price. I would pay that anyday of the week.

July 15, 2008, 03:01 PM
The .357 MG is the hardest one to find, $600 is a very good price.

July 15, 2008, 03:18 PM
That is an investment. I'm with rcmodel. Shoot for $500, but 600 is doin' just fine.

July 15, 2008, 03:31 PM
I'd not go over about $500 for it. Else I'd go buy a straight-up 686 4" for $400 or a touch more. Then I'd have money left over for a nice shoulder rig, a cross-draw belt holster, fancy grips to customize it to my hand, and some ammo to practice. If "packability" is what you want, get a 2.5" 686 - it will have the round butt regardless of the dash number, and you will give up little or no accuracy and only a little bit of muzzle speed; not enough to matter on anything but a grizzly. I have both a standard 686 4" and a 2.5" and I sure like packing the snubbie better when in the field. When I lived in Indiana, it wasn't grizzly territory, so I'd be OK with that!

Also, at the $500 level, I'd be equally tempted to get an N frame, such as a high-quality 28 or a good deal on a 27 (I bought a 97/98% 3.5" 27-2 this spring for $500 total in a local transaction). Good deals are out there once you start looking.

All that said, a 686 mountain gun is a nice piece, but at that price not at all a "value" or good deal. To me, once a 686 gives up the full lug, it looses it's major virtue over the K or the N - the ability to tame recoil better with that lug out there adding muzzle weight. Once you strip that away, like on the 620, then I'd rather have a nice vintage K frame, or an N frame like a 28 or 27.

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