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Old May 7, 2010, 03:44 PM   #1
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Value of a Smith and Wesson 686-3

What is the value of a S&W 686-3 357magnum with the 8 3/8" barrel?

I am trying to determine is a possible trade is worth it. Your help will be appreciated.

Thanks
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Old May 7, 2010, 03:47 PM   #2
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Beautiful gun. The long barrel may be a liability unless you can find a buyer looking specifically for one like it, and that may not be easy. I would guess $500 +/- $100.
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Old May 7, 2010, 04:38 PM   #3
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Thanks, I love the revolver. It just isnt very practical. I was offered a Glock 21 or a Beretta Px4 Storm in trade and wanted to make sure the trade was somewhat even. Thanks
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Old May 7, 2010, 05:13 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure that the grips are not original since my 686-3 has wood grips with a speed loader cut in the left side. Also, the 8 in barrel lacks the adj front sight. Like spacecoast said, 8 in barrels do not appeal to just anyone, esp in 357 mag.
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Old May 7, 2010, 09:09 PM   #5
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That would be a nice gun to own for Hunting Deer here in Ohio.
I have a Sig 9mm i'll trade you for it.
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Old May 7, 2010, 10:27 PM   #6
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I was offered a Glock 21 or a Beretta Px4 Storm in trade and wanted to make sure the trade was somewhat even.
Neither would be an even trade. The G21 and PX4 are both currently available and just basic semi-auto pistols. Your 686-3 is an earlier (and much more sought after version) of a classic L-frame Smith & Wesson, pre-lock.

This would not be a fair trade for the guy who owns the big 686. You'd be better off to buy one or both of the others, new or used, and hold on to that S&W.
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Old May 7, 2010, 10:46 PM   #7
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I agree not a fair trade. I bet if you posted it on gunbroker you would find someone who would jump all over that.
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Old May 8, 2010, 09:58 PM   #8
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Classic pre-lock S&W craftsmanship vs any polymer.........no way in my book.
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Old May 10, 2010, 05:18 PM   #9
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My S&W book says Hogue grips were not introduced as standard equipment on this model until 1993 - on the dash 4 engineering change. So the Hogue grips were probably added by previous owner / but its easy to find the wood checkered Goncalvo Alves target grips with the S&W logo on them - if you want them on the gun.

The 686 8 3/8" barrel - is in general, not as desireable as the 4" or 6" especially - but I think it still has a value of around $ 600. But being an 8 3/8" will make it a tougher sell ...but you just have to wait for the right buyer to come along ( and they have the 4", and 6" ...and they want it ).

The 8 3/8" barrel makes it an easy gun to shoot at the range / now drawing it from a holster is a different issue ?? - but it can be done
I have some older model 29's in 8 3/8" barrels ...and I have drawn them from a holster ( for fun ) at the range ...but not something I'd recommend. I have also carried the 8 3/8" barrels in a shoulder holster ...out fishing ...so the gun was up and out of the water, where I was wading ... but its still kind of like "drawing a carbine" out of a holster ...unless you can grip it and rip it out of the shoulder rig ....

But if you don't like it / sure, sell it or trade it ...for something else...( but I rarely sell or trade anything ...)so easy for me to say ...
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Old May 10, 2010, 06:15 PM   #10
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I haven't seen many with the 8" barrel, but the few I have went for $700 or more.
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Old May 11, 2010, 12:57 AM   #11
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I picked up a used, but in excellent shape 686-2 with 8 3/8" barrel for $450+tax about a year ago, but I think that I was very lucky to get it for that price.
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Old May 11, 2010, 03:07 PM   #12
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Do a search of completed auctions on gunbroker. I recently sold a 2 1/2" 686 (1988 model year) for $775 on gunbroker
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Old May 13, 2010, 11:19 AM   #13
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I don't think I'd trade a Smith wheel gun for tupperware.
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Old May 13, 2010, 03:48 PM   #14
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Thanks, I love the revolver. It just isnt very practical. I was offered a Glock 21 or a Beretta Px4 Storm in trade and wanted to make sure the trade was somewhat even. Thanks
If you really like the revolver, keep it & figure some other way to get the plastic stuff.

Trade a Smith for a Glock? ANY Glock?:barf:
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Old May 13, 2010, 04:01 PM   #15
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No no no....if you're anywhere near south florida I'd give enough for a NEW Glock 21 or a Beretta Px4 Storm plus some for ammo.

Sell it privately, you almost always make out better.
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