price check on a 29-2

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what is a good price on a smith model 29-2 6.5". i saw one in the lgs. very clean , probably not shot much, turn line not too bad, minor scratch on cylinder and worn bluing on top of the front sight. timing seems to be good and no trigger pushoff. sideplate looks like it has been taken off with minimally raised edge at the top. no original grips, has smooth grips and. no box.
 
https://truegunvalue.com/pistol/Smith-&-Wesson-29-2--6.5"-/price-historical-value

The 29-2 (i own a 8") has a few problems built in that newer dont have. I would not pay more then a new one.

A wood case and tool makes a difference in price.

New current production is $1299 on Ammoseek. Midwayusa $1599. Current 629, even less
what problems are common with them? i did notice that the detent grooves(?) on the cylinder were shorter than my 29-4 8 3/8 which i didn't realize had the endurance package.
 
Your -2 will be pinned and recessed, which are always cool for we Smith guys.
These earlier 29s don't have the endurance package, so they may not tolerate pounding with WFO loads as well as later ones. The 6.5 barrel is earlier in the run.
Let us know how you make out.
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~$1,600 is what I laid out for mine a few years ago. The gun is mint, it didn't even have a turn line (it has one now, after a few thousand rounds). It's worth every penny in my opinion for a nice 29-2, I shoot this gun all the time and enjoy each round!
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And yes, as mentioned no endurance package in the 29-2 model. It's still fine to shoot and enjoy, just don't hot-rod it. I avoid anything heavier than a standard 240gr bullet in my reloads, which are running around 1,150fps. The hottest factory rounds I run (in moderation) are the Hornady Custom loading with an advertised muzzle velocity of 1,350fps w/ a 240gr. I closely monitor end shake, and have not noticed any developing in mine since I've owned it.
 
what problems are common with them?
No endurance package, allows the cylinder to rotate backwards on firing. My early 629 did it also. Sold it.

Link Bolt block on "some" newer models. If i understand this correctly? My 29-2 doesnt have it when factory returned it.
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I got a 6" blue, Model 57-1 for just over a grand a few days ago. Very similar to 29-2, except for the cartridge. I suspect a 41 might priced a little lower since the cartridge isn't as popular except with 41 "junkies."

I would think a 29-2 would be a couple hundred higher.
 
Heavy loads of W296 caused peening (arrow) of the metal around the center pin . This caused the pin to stick inward. Fixed by removing pin and opening hole with the correct size drill bit. Installed new center pin.

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Light loads or make it a safe queen.
 
they had a commemorative 29-2 8” for $1050 at my local
that seems like a better price compared to the prices in the link above. i was never interested in commemorative guns but you could still use it as a shooter. i was watching a video on things to look out for in used revolvers as preparation for rechecking the gun out and i watched gunblue490's video. i wasn't as enthusiastic regarding the gun as before. i may have to rewatch hickock 45s shooting his 1970s m29 to balance it out.
 
that seems like a better price compared to the prices in the link above. i was never interested in commemorative guns but you could still use it as a shooter. i was watching a video on things to look out for in used revolvers as preparation for rechecking the gun out and i watched gunblue490's video. i wasn't as enthusiastic regarding the gun as before. i may have to rewatch hickock 45s shooting his 1970s m29 to balance it out.
me neither, or anybody else, but as a shooter! who cares if it’s the Bicentennial of the UAE Ohio written on the side
 
unrelated but in my lgs they bought out an estate and the guy had probably 8 commemorative colt 1911s in shadow boxes for more than 2 grand each. the guy probably thought they were investments of some sort. i wouldn't waste such money on a wall hanger.

bringing back on topic. just rewatched hickock45 video from 13 yrs ago. by then his 29-2 had shot about 65-70k rds so my interest is piqued again. i can reserve hotter 296 loads for my other 44s but i don't want to have to load particular rds just for 1 gun.
 
~$1,600 is what I laid out for mine a few years ago. The gun is mint, it didn't even have a turn line (it has one now, after a few thousand rounds). It's worth every penny in my opinion for a nice 29-2, I shoot this gun all the time and enjoy each round!
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what kind of rounds do you mostly shoot out of it. low magnum range, mid range magnums or 44 spcl loads
 
Your -2 will be pinned and recessed, which are always cool for we Smith guys.
The 6.5 barrel is earlier in the run.
6-1/2" barrels went away in 1979, fairly late in the P&R era. They still bring better prices than the 6" barrel, which is a more rare length.

Like any other S&W, value and price are determined by condition and how bad you want the gun. You can find 6" dash-2 shooters for under $1000 if you don't mind some scratches and worn bluing, and a nickel finish in as new condition can go for $2K or better. The early "S" prefix guns (pre 1969) go in the mid-$2K range in good condition. Unless you're a serious collector or just have money to burn, forget the dash-1's, no-dash and Pre 29's.

M57's are rising in price, about equal to the M29 for collectors and those who can reload for them. S prefix M57's go for high teens, N prefix no-dash for mid teens, dash-1's for a grand or so. Barrel lengths will vary the prices in any era, seems like 4" is very popular. I like the 6" barrel on these big bore guns, better muzzle control, and the 4" is still too big and heavy for carry, at least for me.

M57 S prefix on top, M29-2 NCHP commemorative (1979) on bottom.
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it's a good thing i didn't get the gun i was planning on checking it out again this morning but decided to postpone it till the next day as we were going to visit the state fair. while lined up in bumper to bumper traffic to get into parking for the fair and not moving a guy hits my trucks bumper in the corner as he was trying to cut in front of the guy behind me. he says why don't we get out of traffic to fix this and then runs away.
thanks for the replies regarding pricing. as mentioned the gun looked clean except for some minor scratches and the recoil shield was fairly unmarked. bluing was rubbed off the top of the sight. i suspect the gun was probably dry fired more than actually being shot. the finish on my 29-4 8 3/8 actually looked nicer even after some use. price was $1350 and i was going to see how they responded to a $1250 offer.
 
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