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RevJammer 05-08-2013 03:04 AM

Would appreciate some info....
I don't post very often... and I tried the search function... but I'm looking for some information on a particular revolver. I am trying to work out a trade and this is being offered. Value of my item is $700 - $900... here is what I was told about the pistol...

S&W model 65-3 its a stainless model, it has the original 3 inch barrel. 1 screw pre hammerlock model...its.been shot twice by me (12 rds) very well balanced, very accurate..very nice and rare gun..especially in this particular model configuration

Any info would be appreciated!


nitestalker 05-08-2013 04:42 AM

S&W 65-3 3 inch sells for $350 to $400 dollars in excellent condition. They are not classed as rare by S&W collectors. :)

RevJammer 05-08-2013 08:51 AM

Thanks NightStalker


Gatoragn 05-08-2013 10:32 AM

I added a 65-3 4 inch to my safe, $350 OTD in a private sale. The 3 inch will bring slightly more, it is a good sized six shot 357 for CC.

A 65 is definitely worth having, but at the right price.

HOSSFLY 05-08-2013 11:29 PM

The two answers you have are 100% on the money but i'd feel bad if i didn't 3rd them just in case you were still thinking about that trade :(

trip286 05-08-2013 11:45 PM

Yes, I'm a former family member to a 65-3. These guys are right on the value.

Something to be aware of, the really light, very high velocity loads erode and crack the forcing cone under continued use. Shoot the heavier, slower moving rounds, and it'll eat them forever. Many people like to practice with .38 specials in .357 mag guns too, for two reasons...

1. cheaper. And if you reload, your can build a rounds that can hit at the same point of aim/point of impact as your chosen carry magnum ammo.

2. Unfortunately, not all .357 mags will survive a steady diet of hot magnum ammo for as long as we would like. The 65 doesn't necessarily fall into this category, but I would steer clear of the hottest stuff as I mentioned earlier.

The reason for that on this gun, is that there is a notch cut into the underside of the forcing cone, allowing the yoke to clear it. Watch for cracks and scaling, and watch for flame cutting on the top strap.

Many people put thousands and thousands of rounds through them, with no ill effect. It's a great gun, used to be my daily carry. Just take care of it, and it'll take care of you.

Didn't quite understand if you're selling or buying... But if buying? Walk away from that price, I wouldn't even try to negotiate. I don't think they even made any special commemorative models of that gun. Is a basic working gun, plain and simple.

Edit to add: a trade I see. Had to go back and read again. That would be a very lopsided trade. The other person has to sweeten the deal, big time. I guess you've gathered that by now though...

JimRau 05-09-2013 01:19 AM

The 3 inch bbl is rather hard to find. Put it on Gunbroker and see what you can get, you may be pleasantly surprised!:D

robocop10mm 05-09-2013 04:43 AM

I have owned 2 model 65's with 3" barrels. My current specimen sports a S&W DAO hammer. Very good guns. Essentially a heavy barrel, fixed sight M-66. Same cylinder. Same speed loaders. Same precautions about a steady diet of Magnum ammo.

While the 4" version was more common as many LE agencies used them, the 3" is certainly not "rare".

RevJammer 05-09-2013 01:18 PM

Thanks to all of you.... your input probably saved me some value!

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