colt anaconda in 44mag


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whalerman
September 20, 2010, 11:51 PM
I have a chance to purchase a stainless Colt .44 Mag Anaconda. The seller is asking $700 for it. I like Colts and don't have a .44. Seems a little high. I haven't seen it yet but it is listing in great condition. What do you guys think?

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GUNKWAZY
September 21, 2010, 08:14 AM
Depending on the barrel length and condition, it could be a good deal or a great deal.
If the gun is minty with box, $700 nowadays is below market on any and all barrel lengths.
The 5 inch barrel is extremely tough to find and the most expensive.
The 4 incher is tough to find and they are very pricey.
The 6 incher is the most common and probably changes hands for the same price as the 8 inch tubed model.
The snake prices have just been climbing since they are no longer being made.
I don't see them dropping anytime soon either.
Good luck, Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

teumessian_fox
September 21, 2010, 10:27 AM
A lot of people mistakenly think the Anaconda is a 44 mag Python.

The Anaconda was nothing like the Python and was prone to timing issues. Be sure and check it out according to the "revolver checkout" thread. Pay close attention to timing and lockup.

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=57816

GUNKWAZY
September 21, 2010, 03:11 PM
Prone to timing issues ? The Anaconda ? You sure you got the right gun ?
Is this a first hand experience, or just gun counter talk in some local gun shop ?

Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

captain awesome
September 21, 2010, 03:58 PM
i would take it in a heart beat if its in decent shape. 700 is a very good deal. i have one and love it. extremely accurate and well made.

Guillermo
September 21, 2010, 04:37 PM
You should NOT BUY IT...

You should PM me the info so that I can!!! :D


Great Gun!

Great Price!

Do not hesitate

22-rimfire
September 21, 2010, 04:41 PM
Sounds like a very fair price (perhaps a great price) if it is is 95%+ condition and most are unless they have been abused. Great revolver by the way.

XxWINxX94
September 21, 2010, 08:33 PM
I would say it is a good deal.
If the box is present, if the gun is in very good condition, $700 would be a good price.

Starter52
September 21, 2010, 08:44 PM
+2. I would buy that gun in a minute. I haven't seen an Anaconda under $800 in quite a while.

teumessian_fox
September 22, 2010, 12:06 AM
Yes, I observed first hand on more than one occasion the timing issues with the Anaconda. It was also common knowledge which was one of the reasons for it not being very popular.

You might be prone to circulating unsubstantiated gossip. I'm not so inclined.

GUNKWAZY
September 22, 2010, 08:42 AM
You might be prone to circulating unsubstantiated gossip. I'm not so inclined.


Thanks for the offer, but I'm not interested in "circulating unsubstantiated gossip". That in fact is why I asked.
I talk about Colt's almost daily and this is the first I've heard about the timing issues with the Anacondas. Yes, I also own some and have talked to hundreds of Anaconda owners and this is the first I've heard that they are "prone to timing issues".
It's hard to believe that you've had more than one that had this issue.
I knew price played a factor in why it was not as popular as the model 29 or 629 S&W, but not timing issues.
I knew that very early Anacondas had barrel/forcing cone issues, but Colt cleared that problem up quickly.
Sorry to hear of your problems.

Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

Guillermo
September 22, 2010, 09:51 AM
Colt fanatic that I am, I have never heard of a timing issue with an Anaconda. I have heard of forcing cone issues with super hot loads.

Buddy of mine wants to be Henry Bowman (John Ross' character in Unintended Consequences who shoots A LOT).

He does not know how many rounds he has shot through his. His reloading book got destroyed so the cannot be for certain but the number is conservatively over 10,000. Locks up tight, locks up in alignment.

SlamFire1
September 22, 2010, 09:57 AM
I remember when Colt Anaconda's were new. I did not think then they were worth a premium over S&W’s and a huge premium over Rugers.

Now that they are out of production, issues you should also consider are parts avaliablity and who is going to work on one if you have an problem.

As you have seen in this thread, there are collectors with pockets overflowing with money who want an Anaconda and would pay the price for one.

Is that enough for you?

It is not enough for me.

kennedy
September 27, 2010, 10:33 PM
I sold one new in box, 6 in, to a dealer for $850 last year, I think he already had a buyer. so good price at $700

Lucky Derby
September 28, 2010, 10:15 AM
I have not heard of timing issues with the Anaconda. However, Colts in general, tend to have more issues than their S&W and Ruger counterparts. Does that mean they are bad guns? Certainly not.
For $700 I would buy it in a heartbeat. It could be sold tomorrow for more, if I was so inclined.

CoastieShep
September 28, 2010, 10:13 PM
The 6" model is the one I learned to shoot handguns with when I was a kid. Dad bought one when they first came out. Great gun, especially if a scrawny little 12 year old kid can shoot one without complaining about recoil.

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