Spied a S&W 66-3 2 1/2 .357


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Deaf Smith
October 25, 2011, 10:58 PM
Decently tight, shoots maybe 1/2 inch to the left at 7 yards but one hole groups.

Has cheesie Pachymer grips.

So, what should I offer for this gun?

Thanks,

Deaf

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Chindo18Z
October 26, 2011, 12:12 AM
For the 2.5 inchers:

These days, anything under $500 is a good deal.

Anything under $400 is a fantastic deal.

They keep creeping up in price and I've seen them sell for $600+.

Offer $400 and be prepared to bargain upwards.

The 2.5 inch version of the Model 66 was introduced in 1974. The 66-3 was introduced in 1986. The -3 models (2.5") started coming from the factory with Uncle Mike's rubber grips in 1994. Check the grips to see if they aren't factory original Uncle Mike's...

motorcycle-charlie
October 26, 2011, 06:03 AM
just saw one here with Houge grips. they wanted $569. seemed pretty high. i handed it right back. if it was a model 19 2.5 blued with factory stocks, i would have tried to make a deal.

JERRY
October 26, 2011, 06:04 AM
offer $450.00 total.

evan price
October 26, 2011, 06:47 AM
The 66-3 is not pinned & recessed so the collectors are not driving the price up, the 2.5" 66 is however the cat's meow for a carry gun so they are in demand nonetheless. $400-$500 is a fair price range for these. I personally would never pay over $500 for one, even now, because they are not rare enough yet, unless it was 98% and in the box.

Thaddeus Jones
October 26, 2011, 09:39 AM
Anything below $500 for a pre lock 2.5" 66 is a deal these days.

Take a look at the prices that the current company calling itself S&W is asking for the junk it is currently producing. $500 for a finely made revolver is a steal! :)

jakk280rem
October 26, 2011, 09:59 AM
I have a 2.5" 66-3. A few years ago I traded a SA loaded 1911 for it. I paid $510 for that Springfield used. It was a jamm-o-matic and i think i got the better end of the deal.

Cocked & Locked
October 26, 2011, 11:29 AM
Anything below $500 for a pre lock 2.5" 66 is a deal these days.

Take a look at the prices that the current company calling itself S&W is asking for the junk it is currently producing. $500 for a finely made revolver is a steal! :)
Exactly what Thaddeus Jones said. The 2.5" model 66 S&W's shoot like a laser beam...very accurate. I've got a S&W Performance Center 2.5" 627-PC and my model 66 pictured below is by far more accurate.

Here's my 66-no dash.
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/299351744.jpg

dprice3844444
October 26, 2011, 02:55 PM
i prefer the model 65 3 inch heavy barrel round butt.66 sights would cut my love handles,65 won't.

Deaf Smith
October 26, 2011, 08:33 PM
Ok, so I picked it up. $500 flat. Tax included.

Now I'll have to take the Secret Service grips off my 66-5 and stick 'em on. The 66-5 is in perfect condition so I leave it alone.

Action job first, grips second.

Now I also have a 66-1. Yep recessed chambers pinned barrel., but that one sleeps in the safe to (with a pair of Secret Service grips to!)

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=129168&d=1287341282

But this one I intend on using!

Deaf

Chindo18Z
October 26, 2011, 09:00 PM
Sounds like you brokered a good deal...and on a weapon you already know is accurate.

Congrats.

BTW: What do you like most about those Eagle grips (compared to other manufacturers)? I've been thinking about a set for a long time. Guess I need to just pull the trigger and buy some.

Deaf Smith
October 26, 2011, 09:22 PM
Chindo,

Proportionality. At least with short barrels they balance out very well. You little pinkie might have a problem with the grips being as short as the frame but they are concealment grips, not target grips!

I don't think Eagle makes SS grips for my Ruger Security series anymore. Oh well. They do make them for the GP100 and I have a 3 incher that needs them bad!

Yea get a set. They also look real great on J .38s to!

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=143812&d=1307816465

You can see a few of my J .38s with Secret Service grips as well as my 66-5 and the Gp100 that needs a set of 'em.

Deaf

Cocked & Locked
October 26, 2011, 09:33 PM
The Eagle SS grips were the standard grips on the S&W 627-PC 8-shot .357's. They feel a little skimpy to me on a heavy N-frame S&W...better on smaller revolvers.

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259637/392326120.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259637/366701637.jpg

Chindo18Z
October 27, 2011, 08:17 PM
Deaf Smith and Cocked & Locked: Thanks for the grip info (and the photos)!

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