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Hello,

I am hoping to get my hands on a "used" (second-hand or whatever) .357 Mag., either S&W or Ruger (preferably) with a 3 or 4" inch barrel, and in "Very Good" (if not "Excellent") condition, and wondering an approximate range of price I might expect to pay, please.

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I bought several Smith model 64s ("Brinks" guns--turn ins from their security guards when they switched to semis) in REALLY good condition with excellent triggers maybe 5 or 6 years ago for $200 each.

A good price on some of these would be double that now.

As has been mentioned, the Taurus .357s can be decent guns--I've one from way back (model 66; 6-shot). You gotta be a bit careful with Tauri in that some are really good and some aren't (firsthand experience).

So I'd look (personally) for something like a Ruger GP-100 (or SP-101) or older Smith in good condition.

Used to be the used gun market had some great deals but as Craig said the world's all over the place these days. I'd also be giving some thought as to how you're gonna stoke it.

IF you have some friends who are avid shooters, I might suggest you ask them if they are willing to lend you something (or possibly sell--if a private sale is legal where you are--if not it can go through a transfer) so you can get an idea if you like it. This is one time where it's good to have friends and neighbors who are shooters in that most shooters are good and charitable people and like to bring other good people into the fold.
 

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It depends a lot on the gun, too. My only revolver in that 3”-4” S&W/Ruger department wouldn’t leave me for under $1200 these days.

For a 3”-4” Ruger GP100, which seems to be your preference, I’d expect to be paying about $600 for a used one, right now. S&W will cost a little more. Don’t overlook Taurus. They don’t have the prestige of S&W, but they share many similarities.
 

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Personally - Im done with Taurus. The last 4 revolvers I bought (2 .17HMR and 2 Judges) had issues. The .17 HMR had wrong-size drilled cylinders _ bullet would not seat all the way or not fit the chamber at all - the Judges? - If you shot .410 shell - it would not turn unless it cooled down. Did fine with the .45 Colt - but that can be an expensive hobby fast.

Ruger GP-100 .357 is awesome - in my area - $600.
S&W .357 = very expensive! ..... looking at $700 - $850. That's for the older Model 27. I have seen prices to $1000 for S&W revolvers. But, I live near NOVA - people with way more money than sense - pay high dollar without blinking. - see prices, ammo - they don't even hesitate to plunk down mega bucks for $0.80/rd of 9 mm.
 

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Personally - Im done with Taurus. The last 4 revolvers I bought (2 .17HMR and 2 Judges) had issues. The .17 HMR had wrong-size drilled cylinders _ bullet would not seat all the way or not fit the chamber at all - the Judges? - If you shot .410 shell - it would not turn unless it cooled down. Did fine with the .45 Colt - but that can be an expensive hobby fast.

Ruger GP-100 .357 is awesome - in my area - $600.
S&W .357 = very expensive! ..... looking at $700 - $850. That's for the older Model 27. I have seen prices to $1000 for S&W revolvers. But, I live near NOVA - people with way more money than sense - pay high dollar without blinking. - see prices, ammo - they don't even hesitate to plunk down mega bucks for $0.80/rd of 9 mm.
That was why I was cautious with Taurii. It's kind of hit or miss; my model 66 performed flawlessly as have some Judges. I did have to send a Public Defender back with a similar problem to yours (cylinder binding with .45 Colt though). Now, once they came back they were fixed for good and worked great. And some of their guns do what others don't. But if I were to buy a used one, I'd make sure to inspect it carefully and shoot it.

On the OTHER hand, a USED Taurus that works has probably been through the wringer and returned (if necessary) so in some ways might be better than a new one. The owner has already done the experimenting and servicing aspect if need be. So if it's in good condition, passes inspection, and shoots well it's probably gonna go a long way into the future.
 

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I can't speak for anywhere else, but we are at a weird crossroads locally where the value of .38, .357 and .380 handguns - especially concealable ones - is a bit of a Shrodinger's cat.

On the one hand, the guns are ranging from full retail to premium prices, but on the other, there are individuals trying to dump these on the market in the hopes of getting something they can actually find ammo for.

Most of the local stores that still have ammo in these calibers are only letting it go with the purchase of a gun, and some of the less scrupulous are gouging on both the gun and the ammo.

I had someone in the other day who hadn't been able to find .357 or .38 in months, so he was wanting to trade a pristine nickle S&W Model 15 for a Ruger SR-9. That's a nearly four-digit-value revolver that someone wanted to trade, even-up, for a sub-$300 Tupperware pistol.

Aside from the morality of such a trade, I can't get a hold of anything made by Ruger these days, so I imagine whatever dealer he wandered into that had an SR-9 made a good trade this week.

Somehow we are at a point where it is neither a buyer's or a seller's market.
 

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Son just bought 2 Ruger Vaqueros..different sellers...different barrel lengths...each was 'about' $450 or so...about 5 months ago..probably higher now.

BTW-for right above...Cabela's had 38Spec for $25 per 50 about 4 days ago. yes, I know, not available but it is 'out there'...also 9mm and 223...just had to check 3-4 places..Denver area...Murdocs, Bass Pro, Sportsman's Warehouse, Jax...
 

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Those Old enough to recall Clinton and Gores gun grabbing programs are on alert. Those Old enough to recall LBJ and the 98' Crime Bill will be on high alert. The Democrat/Socialist are dedicated to striking the 1st and 2nd Amendments from the Bill Of Rights.
 

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Lots of firearms and the ammo it would take for them to be useful is "unobtainium" right now. That makes it a sellers market so expect prices to reflect that.
 
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