Ah,these, and my 629 equivalent seem to be very nice pieces IF it has the traditional 1 piece barrel.
July 14, 2008, 04:23 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, 05:02 PM
It should be a 4" barrel.
July 15, 2008, 12:39 PM
I would buy that revolver for that price...IF I had any money...
July 15, 2008, 12:44 PM
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, 04:01 PM
The .357 MG is the hardest one to find, $600 is a very good price.
July 15, 2008, 04:18 PM
That is an investment. I'm with rcmodel. Shoot for $500, but 600 is doin' just fine.
July 15, 2008, 04:31 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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