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Old December 7, 2014, 12:03 PM   #1
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Good price for model 28?

I have a buddy who is in the market for a 357. He is not really a gun guy but he wants something for home defense and occasional target shooting. I spotted a model 28 in about 90% with original grips and 6 inch barrel. Price is $599.00. Yay or nay?
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Old December 7, 2014, 12:15 PM   #2
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BTW sorry no pics it is still at the shop.
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Old December 7, 2014, 12:34 PM   #3
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Sounds $100-$150 high for 90%.
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Old December 7, 2014, 12:46 PM   #4
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If he's a big dude, maybe it'll work for him. If he's not a big dude, maybe a K-frame would suit him better. Something like a model 66.
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Old December 7, 2014, 12:55 PM   #5
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Sounds $100-$150 high for 90%.
^^^ this.
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Old December 7, 2014, 01:07 PM   #6
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The price is not too far off IMHO. It will depend on actual condition and configuration. What grips trigger and sights are on the gun will effect price. Also what vintage is it? 28-x? Does it come with box accessories etc...?

Also a 6" barrels not ideal for a defense weapon. Great for target shooting but for defense I personally prefer a 4".

I paid $540 with some ammo for this one.

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Old December 7, 2014, 01:30 PM   #7
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I would have to agree that $600 is at the high end of the price scale, especially in 90% condition. Your friend may also want to look into used S&W K and L frame as well as new Ruger GP100s and used Security Sixes.
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Old December 7, 2014, 06:52 PM   #8
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You can get a new, blued 4" GP100 out the door for that price.
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Old December 7, 2014, 07:35 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input guys. I don't see model 28's for sale very often and was' t sure what they were going for. I bought my 4 inch for $250 back in 1987 . I will tell my friend about it and pass along your suggestions. BTW Vagunner that is one sweet model 28!
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Old December 7, 2014, 08:14 PM   #10
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I have a Colt King Cobra, I love it.. Butter smooth trigger,beautiful finish.
I think there are better choices for Home defense. I like Glock pistols, but my favorite home defense and concealed carry is a Kimber Super Carry Ultra + the 1911 requires more practice and Kimbers should have a few hundred rnds thru them for break in, even though I've never had a ftf or fte. Good luck with whatever you choose, and practice, practice, practice.....
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Old December 7, 2014, 08:18 PM   #11
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If you can find a nice M-28 for $450-500, buy ten of them. I haven't seen a nice one at that price for three or four years.

I won't buy one at that price, because I remember when they went for $350-400. And I used to see M27s for $400-450. I don't expect that will ever happen again.

Of course, I remember when SKSs were $69 each, and I should have bought a couple crates full at that price....but I didn't.
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Old December 8, 2014, 01:33 AM   #12
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I agree a 6" N-frame Smith in whatever caliber is a joy for punching paper ( and other targets ) at ranges to 100yards and more, but an ideal bedside home defense gun it is not. Another vote for a 4" Model 66, which should be available for considerably less.
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Old December 8, 2014, 01:41 AM   #13
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Years ago I paid 300 used for my model 66. Stainless. Still Shoots great. It needed a good cleaning when I got it other than that nothing wrong with it. Got an sp101 a few years back used for 300 also. It's my carry piece.
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Old December 8, 2014, 01:46 AM   #14
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In my neighborhood that would be about a $550 gun.

I don't think it would be a good gun for the desired purpose.
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Old December 8, 2014, 02:36 AM   #15
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I agree that there may be better or different choices for home defense, but ya gotta agree a model 28 smith has style
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Old December 8, 2014, 05:49 AM   #16
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I've been lurking gunbroker for another 28-2 for six months with a 6" tube. The nice ones are going $800ish, the good but not new looking ones are going $600, and the shooter- grades with wrong grips are $500. And theres shipping and ffl fee on top of that.
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Old December 8, 2014, 10:03 AM   #17
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5 years ago my local gun store had 3 used 95% condition 4" colt pythons for $500 each in the case, and a fourth one with the box and papers for $525. So now I believe that what they should sell for .... I can't imagine why anyone would pay $2000 for one now....

If you want the 28 then the price is not bad for Current market conditions, in fact you may not see another like it for a long while. It is an excellent choice for home defense, a 6" 6 shot N frame .357 magnum is a good gun. Buy it and practice with it.
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Old December 8, 2014, 10:44 AM   #18
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The price is not crazy. I had stumbled on a pre-28 Highway Patrolman in decent shape a couple of years back that I never shot. I wanted to clean out some guns I didn't shoot and that HP brought about $800 and the guy was tickled to get it.

If you don't like it and are in no hurry to sell, you will never lose money on a quality revolver.
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Old December 8, 2014, 11:35 AM   #19
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5 years ago my local gun store had 3 used 95% condition 4" colt pythons for $500 each in the case, and a fourth one with the box and papers for $525. So now I believe that what they should sell for .... I can't imagine why anyone would pay $2000 for one now....
I can't imagine why anyone would pay 2K for one either. A sucker is born every minute though. As for the OP, that price for the 28 is way high. I passed on a 98% specimen last year at $450.
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Old December 8, 2014, 11:43 AM   #20
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I don't see anything at all wrong with a 6" DA for home defense. 7½" - 8" single actions used to be state of the art for fighting. I think a 6" DA in skilled hands will do just fine. Still a hell of a lot shorter than a rifle or shotgun and the tapered barrel handles fast.
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Old December 8, 2014, 11:58 AM   #21
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Another vote for a 4" Model 66, which should be available for considerably less.
I haven't seen a 4" Model 66 for under $550 for almost two years. The prices on all older Smith and Wessons have risen dramatically in recent years. While the price of that M28 may be a bit high, I would think that a bit of negotiation should bring the price down. Always better to arrive at the shop with some Benjamins in your pocket as it helps to grease the deal.
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Old December 8, 2014, 12:44 PM   #22
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Nay.....

For that $, Id suggest a Ruger Wiley Clapp GP .357magnum or a S&W 686+.
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Old December 9, 2014, 12:04 AM   #23
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I bought a 90% #15 at a gun show a year ago for $325, very nice piece, excellent shooter too.
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Old December 9, 2014, 12:42 AM   #24
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How about a SW 686 in 6 inch barrel ? They can be around $650 in 95 percent condition.
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Old December 9, 2014, 01:30 PM   #25
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I've owned several S&W M28 Highway Patrolman revolvers both 4" & 6". I've always seemed to have one around and missed them during the brief periods when I didn't. There's nothing an M27 can do that an M28 can't; though the 27 is really pretty. This is a marvelous revolver and one of the best guns S&W ever produced. It is outrageous that they were discontinued.
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