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Knauga
06-27-2008, 4:49 AM
I've got a chance to pickup at S&W 686-1 4" stainless in 357, LNIB and a S&W 617 6" 22lr also LNIB. Wondering what a fair price would be for these guns.

Thanks

SacramentoTDI
06-27-2008, 7:02 AM
I paid $540.00 for my S&W 686+P in .357 before tax and all the fee.

Slayer
06-27-2008, 7:56 AM
Where did you get that 686 for $540?!

maxicon
06-27-2008, 8:51 AM
Depends a lot on condition and what grips they have. If they're truly LNIB, anything under $500 would be a bargain.

Clean used 686s still show up for $450 and less sometimes. Not often, but it happens. Clean 617s are less common and are rare to find under $500.

rivviepop
06-27-2008, 10:28 AM
Depending on condition, $550 is a "fair California price" (read: offlist premium) for a 686-1 4" LNIB (depends on how 'like new' it is). If it's a little beat up (make sure to check above the forcing cone to look for cutting in the top strap, this can help determine how many actual .357 rounds have gone through it) I would look at more around the $450 mark as a good deal with around $500 as being acceptable. Condition is everything here.

Pristine ANIB/mint will run you $650, but I don't see many - if any - of those around. People buy a 686 to shoot not be a safe queen. :)

mason1800
06-30-2008, 9:47 PM
where is this.
If it's a little beat up (make sure to check above the forcing cone to look for cutting in the top strap, this can help determine how many actual .357 rounds have gone through it)

I, myself am looking for a 357, and would like to know what to look for. I'm looking for a 681 but a 686+ will also do...lol.

eaglemike
06-30-2008, 10:06 PM
The forcing cone is basically the back end of the barrel - just in front of the cylinder when it's in the frame. The forcing cone condition can affect accuracy and how much leading occurs when using lead bullets.

The top strap cutting is just above the back end of the barrel. The cutting occurs above the gap between the cylinder and back end of the barrel.

The top strap is just that - the top strap of the frame. The sight is machined into the upper surface of the top strap.

Other things to check would be cylinder end shake and lock up. I'm a slow typist, so I'll wait for one of the other revo fans to fill in...

all the best,

Mike

rivviepop
07-01-2008, 8:09 AM
Quick picture of the forcing cone cutting we're referring to - this is a .357 that's led a full, useful life (and continues to do so :) ).

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w21/rivviepop/snv11546_800.jpg

ilaw
07-01-2008, 6:44 PM
Thank you, eaglemike and rivviepop. Your explanations and photographs were quite helpful in understanding forcing cone and top strap cutting.

In the case of rivviepop's photograph, is this a case where there is *both* forcing cone and top strap cutting?

Thanks again!

eaglemike
07-01-2008, 9:28 PM
It does look like erosion on the edges of the forcing cone, at least from here....

all the best,

Mike

rivviepop
07-01-2008, 9:50 PM
It does look like erosion on the edges of the forcing cone, at least from here....

yeah, there's even some in the chambers too. she's still a good shooter though!

mason1800
07-01-2008, 9:52 PM
WOW!! That is one nice picture and explanation!! Thanks guys for the info. I say in a week or so, I'm going shopping! Any of you guys know where they have a good selection of Smith's in the bay area?

PS, rivviepop you beat me to a few 686's a few months ago for sale here in CG. Got any you want to sell?? Something 681'ish!! Barrel size dont matter, thinking of swapping it to a 3" PC when I get my hands on one.

Cant remember where I got this photot from, but I drool everytime I see it!!

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z257/mason1800/681_LF6073.jpg

rivviepop
07-01-2008, 9:58 PM
PS, rivviepop you beat me to a few 686's a few months ago for sale here in CG. Got any you want to sell?? Something 681'ish!! Barrel size dont matter, thinking of swapping it to a 3" PC when I get my hands on one.

None of those to sell (maybe a nickled model 10, been thinking about that) and I too am on the lookout for a 681; I've never actually seen one with my own eyes. I'll pretty much take any 3" stuff, that pic you posted is a beauty!

mason1800
07-01-2008, 10:10 PM
I saw a friends just yesterday, when I told him I was looking for one. He just smiled and said, " Hey you want to see something?"

It wasnt a beaut' like the pic, but a diamond in the ruff.

Good luck hunting!!

Moonclip
07-02-2008, 12:06 AM
617 dash what? 10 or 6 shot? Pre lock? Barrel length? K frame .22lr revolvers tend to e harder to find and go for a premium.

CowtownBallin
07-02-2008, 12:13 AM
i paid $345 for a 686-3, 6-shot, 4" 357Mag, like new condition....two years ago? something like that...

SacramentoTDI
07-16-2008, 1:34 PM
Where did you get that 686 for $540?!

Wild Sports in Orangevalle, CA. (Sacramento). 686 7shots 4" Barrel, New, and this was 2 months ago.

Slayer
07-16-2008, 1:58 PM
Wild Sports in Orangevalle, CA. (Sacramento). 686 7shots 4" Barrel, New, and this was 2 months ago.

Figures it is up north. I've never seen a new 686 for less than $609-ish. Average price is $650+