I'd Like Your Opinion...

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Dennis845, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Dennis845

    Dennis845 New Member

    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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  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

    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.

  3. freefall

    freefall New Member

    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.
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    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.
  5. OC357

    OC357 New Member

    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.

  6. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

    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.
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    One can never have too many firearms.
  8. Wambli

    Wambli Member

    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.
  9. headhunter

    headhunter Member

    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.
  10. orangello

    orangello New Member

    If you run out of rounds, which would you rather beat an attacker with?