I'm looking at buying this, sorry for the camera picture. So far I only have a phone picture to go by, but if we assume the barrel isn't showing finish wear, what's reasonable, price wise? No box or paperwork, just the 2 speed loaders in addition to the 8 3/8 revolver.
I haven't been able to get the serial number yet, but expect to meet the seller this week.
Thanks for your opinions.
Just quickly, I do already have a 629-4 8 3/8" and a Redhawk 7.5", so I'm not planning to go super heavy on loads or even firing this one. I just have a strong affinity for S&Ws. It's a want, not a need.
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January 7, 2013, 01:12 PM
Around here that one would fetch $700 private sale, +/- depending on condition, box, tools papers etc. The long barrel one's seem to go for a bit lower. Over the last 3 months I saw two in nickel go for around $775 at two different LGSs, they were not perfect and had no extras.
January 7, 2013, 01:28 PM
I have one of those (29-2, nickel, 8 3/8) and the Gander Mountain trade in price for very good condition was $435 a year and a half ago.
To me it is a $650 gun as you presented it (nickel, 8 3/8) but I already have one. They are not that popular as configured.
January 7, 2013, 01:29 PM
Thanks, $700 is what I offered. Maybe a bit high, but the seller hasn't agreed yet. It's blued by the way, not nickel. Just a very shiny blue w/ a reflection added in, not by me.
January 7, 2013, 02:32 PM
Sounds like a reasonable offer as I was thinking somewhere around $700 to $750, depending on its condition. Like you stated in your first post since you already have a Model 629 with this barrel length there's no real need for another. Just that you might want it.
January 7, 2013, 11:26 PM
The shorter the barrel the more they seem to bring. You offered plenty. If he doesn't bite he is not really wanting to sell. He's just after top dollar if he can get it.
January 8, 2013, 01:06 AM
I would have said $650, but I am a year behind current trends.
January 8, 2013, 11:44 AM
Jimfern, who made the stand?
January 8, 2013, 11:51 AM
With no box and the long barrel (the shorter the tube the higher the price) I think $700 is top dollar. Last month I bought a NIB 4" 29-2 for $650 after my friend and I agreed it was worth $700-$750 (the usual "friend discount" applied).
January 8, 2013, 12:35 PM
The model 29-2 is desireable .../ and in an 8 3/8" barrel in my area its about a $ 600 - $ 700 gun ...
The 8 3/8" barrel is not in as much demand as the 4" or 6" barrels ...( and while I don't carry my model 29's or 629's in an 8 3/8" barrel too often, when I do, in the woods, they go in a shoulder rig). They are fun to shoot in the 8 3/8" barrels....
Good luck in the transaction...
January 8, 2013, 04:04 PM
CaptHank, I don't know, but I'm curious about it myself. I'm going to call him later today to see if he's had enough time to decide or not and I'll ask him.
January 8, 2013, 05:00 PM
Thanks.... I could go for at least six of them, from the start.
I bought a 29-2, 8 3/8", wooden box, and papers for $600 about 5 years ago, here in Florida. Called S&W about shooting hot loads, they recommended standard 240 GR. loading and NO Ruger loads. I now have my handloads separated for it and the Super Redhawk.
January 8, 2013, 10:19 PM
I just bought a 29-2, 6 1/2: barrel and a 57 no dash with a 8 3/8 barrel, for $1600 for the pair ($800 apiece). Both NIB one with a faint turn line the other with no line.
$700 is a fair price, and while the longer barrels aren't fetching the same prices as the shorter barreled models, that gun will be a hoot at the range. Imagine the looks that you will get when you pull THAT bad boy out.
January 9, 2013, 02:53 PM
Spoke to the seller and he says a kid is going to pay him $850 for the revolver. I told him that if it didn't work out, I was still good for $700, but I think it's time to move on.
I did ask about the stand and he said it was custom made in Houston a long time ago and didn't have any info on the maker.
Thanks to everyone for the advice.
January 9, 2013, 03:26 PM
I think blued helps the value (I like them shiny personally.) $700 is good, $850 is all the money.
As stated, they are a hoot to shoot at the range (and hunt with.) I shoot only 240 factory strength reloads or specials.
January 9, 2013, 05:58 PM
Jim.... thanks for the information on the stand. Sorry that your deal fell thru...
I missed out on a Dan Wesson 445, two years ago. Still kicking myself in the butt. Would you believe, $50.00 was the breaking point. I had a fixed price that I was willing to pay, not $50.00 more.
January 9, 2013, 09:24 PM
That's how the Smith and Wesson market is around here, too. Your offer was a good one. The final sale price, IMO, was crazy. But the kid wanted it..There are two 629's around here for sale at $999 and $799. I can't get a shop to sell a beater Model 66 for $475. It's definitely a sellers market.
January 9, 2013, 09:30 PM
Would fetch $800 pretty quickly in Central California. These were an excellent pig gun in the 70s and 80s until present. Usually carried mine in a Bianchi Phantom shoulder rig and used 240 grain factory loads and 300 grain wide flat point LBT homebrews with enough W296 to reach 1350 fps with zero pressure signs. I shot dozens of Monterey county wild boar with one from 1979 on, till I got tired of it.:cool:
January 9, 2013, 09:33 PM
I'm not crying about it. I have patience and S&Ws pop up here in Dallas pretty regularly. I got a 15-3 a while back for some silver coins and kick myself for not getting out the door fast enough to buy an new in the commemorative case 125th anniversary S&W 25 for $600. OK, I did cry about that one. :<
Thanks for the kind words.
January 12, 2013, 06:24 PM
Well it's not an S&W, but I got a reasonably good deal on a Y2000 Ruger Vaquero with 80 rounds of "BearLoad 300GR" ammo and a holster. The revolver has around 80 rounds on it prior to me getting it. I'm very pleased. There's a link to the picture.