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Old 07-10-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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What's up all? I would like your opinion on a trade at my local gun shop. I have a nice S&W Model 686 plus, 7 shot, .357 magnum w/ a 6" barrel. It has the CT laser grips I think I paid about $300.00 for. At my age I'm getting shoulder and elbow joint problems and the weight and kick of this puppy is getting uncomfortable. I want to support my local gun shop and they need to make a decent profit margin but, not get the shaft either. By the way, I would grade the .357 at 95%, as I've only shot around 100 rounds through it. At the gun shop this afternoon with the wife and seen a nice new S&W 642 that would suite my needs. (Quote: You don't need another gun, you got to many already, blah,blah,blah. You know who mouthed that out don't you?). Anyway, I was thinking about proposing to the dealer and even trade if he throws in a few boxes of target ammo. The tag price was reasonable IMO of $470.00 for the 642. What yall think?
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Given the information you've provided it sounds like a fairly good trade to me. My two questions are; Have you fired .38 special ammunition in your 686 to see how that feels, and what is the intended purpose for the firearm? One thing to note; The 642 will have more kick to it compared to the 686 if you're comparing the recoil of the .38 special and maybe you should consider a K frame Smith and Wesson like the model 19 or the model 65 (if you don't want to lose the versatility of having a .357 magnum chambered firearm) in a 4 inch barrel.

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It's a rare dealer who won't want some cash out of you, I don't care if your trading a Python for a Hi-Point. I bet you'll do better selling your 686 to someone and buying the 642 for cash.

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I think you need to shoot a 38 J-Frame before you make the trade.

If recoil is the issue with the 686 (at ~44oz it will be very similar in the 642 (at ~15oz). Worse if shooting 38+P.

And in current MSRP the 686 plus is near twice the 642.

Not a good deal IMHO, but its not my gun/money.

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I wouldn't give up the 686.

Try some 38+P in it for less kick. I don't even feel 38+P in my .357 compared to magnum loads.

Just sayin my opinion.

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I'd try to sell the 686 locally first and then work on buying the other one. Chances are you'll get a better deal going that route than trying to trade apples for apples.

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What's up all? I would like your opinion on a trade at my local gun shop. I have a nice S&W Model 686 plus, 7 shot, .357 magnum w/ a 6" barrel. It has the CT laser grips I think I paid about $300.00 for. At my age I'm getting shoulder and elbow joint problems and the weight and kick of this puppy is getting uncomfortable. I want to support my local gun shop and they need to make a decent profit margin but, not get the shaft either. By the way, I would grade the .357 at 95%, as I've only shot around 100 rounds through it. At the gun shop this afternoon with the wife and seen a nice new S&W 642 that would suite my needs. (Quote: You don't need another gun, you got to many already, blah,blah,blah. You know who mouthed that out don't you?). Anyway, I was thinking about proposing to the dealer and even trade if he throws in a few boxes of target ammo. The tag price was reasonable IMO of $470.00 for the 642. What yall think?
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That is a terrible trade and the 642 will probably recoil more with SD loads than the 686.

If you really want to get rid of the 686 I would replace the original grips and sell it on Gunbroker and then sell the CT grips separately so you maximize your return. THEN buy whatever gun you want.
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I just saw a 686 seven shooter used for $650. I have two relative lt. wt. .357s; a S&W 60 3 in. and a Tarus 617 Titinum 2 in.. 357. The light wts. carry nicely, however, for shooting I will take either of my 686s or my 27 for shooting comfort. Isn't this aging stuff fun? Remember- aging isn't for the timid.
I'm afraid a few boxes of target ammo will not make up what you will lose in the deal.

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