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Old 05-15-2010, 07:41 PM
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Default Model 686 .357 with 8 inch barrel?

Looked at a model 686 with an 8 inch barrel today, nickel plated, nice smith wood checkered grips, mint condition. The owner explained to me it is a no dash model. He wants $650 for the revolver, from your knowledge is this a good deal? I'm not familiar with the smith 686. Will this revolver hold its value for this price?
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Is this no dash 686 stainless or actually nickle? I have a no dash 6 inch 686 with bright stainless finish that had trigger work done on it. When I got it I sent it off to S&W for the free modification and also to have it drilled and taped for a scope base. I now have a red dot on it.

I got my 686 for a lot less than $650.00 and it was in nearly perfect condition. That seems a bit high to me.
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I believe it is stainless, here is a picture of the listing.

Central Florida : 357 S&W 686 (NO DASH) 8 3/8

Do u still think its a good deal for $650, do u think it will hold its value? This revolver has an 8 inch barrel. Does the 8 inch barrel make the gun more expensive compared to a 6 inch?
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Is this no dash 686 stainless or actually nickle? I have a no dash 6 inch 686 with bright stainless finish that had trigger work done on it. When I got it I sent it off to S&W for the free modification and also to have it drilled and taped for a scope base. I now have a red dot on it.

I got my 686 for a lot less than $650.00 and it was in nearly perfect condition. That seems a bit high to me.

I believe it is stainless, here is a picture of the listing.

Central Florida : 357 S&W 686 (NO DASH) 8 3/8

Do u still think its a good deal for $650, do u think it will hold its value? This revolver has an 8 inch barrel. Does the 8 inch barrel make the gun more expensive compared to a 6 inch?
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The price seems a little high, see this current thread:

8 3/8" 686

You can't compare a private or store sale to an auction, but $375 is a good deal for a used gun and $650 for a newish one is above market value. I'd guess about halfway between those two values is about right. The shorter barrels (2.5, 3 and 4") tend to be more sought after. Hope this is helpful.
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The price seems a little high, see this current thread:

8 3/8" 686

You can't compare a private or store sale to an auction, but $375 is a good deal for a used gun and $650 for a newish one is above market value. I'd guess about halfway between those two values is about right. The shorter barrels (2.5, 3 and 4") tend to be more sought after. Hope this is helpful.

Once again some good advice from a member on this forum. I appreciate your help. I will offer the guy $450, I'll keep u posted if I get it.
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Here are some one gunbroker

Smith & Wesson Model 686-1 8-3/8" BBL : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
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Mine is a 686-1. My son told me I paid $325, we bought several guns.
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First, the 686 is a stainless steel revolver and it's a grade of stainless that take a high polish very well. So, it's not unusual to see them with a full polish that looks very much like a nickle plated revolver with a high polish finish. I have 4 of the stainless Smith's and polish them up because I like the look and it's easy to clean or touch up any marks.

As for the price asked, while the 8 3/8 inch barrel is somewhat rare, it's also not a highly desired barrel length because it results in a gun that is so distinctly muzzle heavy. With the full lug barrel profile used on the 686 series, that long barrel will make it a bit tiring to shoot at the range. In the long run you'll probably find yourself shooting it from a benchrest with a sandbag to support the barrel, however it can be shot offhand well even if it does get heavy after a while. Benefit of the long barrel is that you get a huge sight radius and a pretty good boost in velocity compared to a 4 inch barrel. This will make it a very good choice for handgun hunting or silohuette shooting. However, with the widespead acceptance of Red Dot sights in shooting competitions, the sight radius benefit of the long barreled guns has pretty much been taken out of the equation. In summation, only a handgun hunter would actively look for a 686 with this barrel length.

IMO, an offer of 400 to 450 dollars is reasonable and I would not expect to see any real increase in it's intrinsic value beyond that price. If you want a 686 with some investment potential, the one that I would consider is the 3 inch version. It's a somewhat oddball length and they are the finest balanced version of the 686 made.
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My 686 is Stainless, while the Colt Python is Nickle...

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