Speaking of lock boxes, do you have children in the house? If so, you must budget for a secure, quick access box for your firearm.
I know the 686 is expensive (but what a great gun, lol). I haven't priced revolvers lately and since I live in California the prices out here are on the very high side for firearms from what I hear and see elsewhere in the country. But one option in revolvers would be to buy used. A good used S&W "L" frame will still last two lifetimes. If you post this question in the general revolver area you will probably get some good info about .357 magnum in your price range. I believe Rugers are generally more reasonably priced than S&W and they also make excellent revolvers. Smith and Wesson also has other models that are not as expensive as the 686.
Check out Bud's Guns. You may not find local prices as cheap, but it will give you some idea of relative prices between models.
Last edited by Wyatt; 07-01-2008 at 01:31 AM.
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yeah, a lock box is a must have before the gun.
Would you all recommend buying guns off of the internet? How does that work?
a 357 under $600
don't know - maybe taurus or ruger single action or find one on sale
download the S&W catalog to your computer for free - they have retail prices on their gun descriptions
they have several 38+p for $549
at my lgs they have me give them the info and they fax the info to the place where i am buying then that gun is shipped to my lgs and i pay them $25 for handling fee - i also am in email contact with them so i send a certified check to them
Wyatt has provided a link to a great site for buying guns online. They also explain how the process works, check the information section in the lower left of their page. You should have no problem finding a S&W .357 mag for under $650 and some under $600, other manufacturers for even cheaper.
Originally Posted by steven_b46
Check first with your local FFL to find out how much they would charge to do the paperwork on the gun, since this adds to the cost. I don't get all these reasonable fees guys are talking about for the dealer receiving a gun bought from another dealer. Man, every local FFL (Southern Cal) I've talked to want >$100 or won't do it at all. They will do a private party transfer for $20 or so, but buy a gun from another dealer and they will eat up any savings you may have had with their huge fees.
Depending on where you live, gun shows have also been reported around here to have very good deals. Once again, in California I haven't found that to be the case.
Note on Budsguns. I believe their prices include shipping.
BTW, check out the Taurus line of revolvers. I'm sure they are available under $600. Their 8-shot .357 model 608SS4 has an MSRP of $584. I'm sure you can get it for well below MSRP.
Last edited by Wyatt; 07-01-2008 at 01:37 AM.
Wow and here I thought the $50 that my local gun shop charges is too much. I do feel kind of awkward having guns delivered to them but the people their are very friendly and understanding and apparently they have been receiving guns from Buds for a while.
Are Taurus guns ok? I've noticed that their prices are cheaper, they aren't crap weapons, are they?
These are buds prices: What's the best value:
608SS4 (8rd) ... $419
65SS4 (6rd)... $341
66SS4 (7rd)... $375
Is it just the capacity that's the diff?
Among the ones you mentioned the 608 is easily worth the extra money. In addition to being an 8 shot, it is also a large frame whereas the other two are medium frame revolvers. It is therefore a more substantial gun, will handle the mag loads better over the long run, and the additional weight/size will make it a softer shooter, lower recoil.
I'm not that familiar with Taurus revolvers, but Taurus is a major manufacturer and has it's own forum here to reflect that fact. Just don't expect to get S&W quality at these prices though. That however, doesn't mean it's not a good gun. You could tell alot just by picking up the gun, seeing how it looks and checking out the fit and finish. You know, spin the cylinder, check the tolerances, try the trigger etc.. While at the gun store see if they have a 686 or other .357 S&W for comparison purposes. The 686 is one of the all time great .357 revolvers.
You may want to post up the question in the Taurus forum or in the general revolver area. Your question will more likely show up on the radar of one of the guys more familiar with these guns.
Here's a link to a thread about Taurus revolvers: Any Taurus revolver problems? I want details!
BTW, Taurus makes a version of the Beretta 92FS under license from Beretta (Taurus model 92 as well). It is also less money than the Beretta, though again, don't expect the same level of quality. Since reliability is such an issue with semi-autos (not that it isn't with revolvers, but you know what I mean), I would definitely research this in the Taurus forum before buying. I personally don't know that much about the Taurus 92, but it may be a very good gun.
Here's a link to a thread comparing the Taurus and Beretta: Pt-92
And here's a link to the Taurus website:
hope this helps.
Last edited by Wyatt; 07-01-2008 at 01:39 AM.
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I, too, would suggest a revolver. If you look around you should be able to find a nice used Smith & Wesson for a lot less than $600. I would think you can get some of the new S&Ws for under $600 as well.
I see good K frames (mostly .38 Special) for around $300 at the gun stores on a regular basis. The whole idea of being able to shoot .357 Magnum rounds is very good, but in reality, in my experience, most never do. The .38 Special is very pleasant to shoot and will do a good job for home defense with the right ammo. As a matter of fact, our (my wife and I) shared home defense gun is a Smith & Wesson model 15-3.
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