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Posted: 12/10/2013 10:23:54 AM EST
First off, let me say that I love N frames. I have a 27-3 4 inch that is damn near factory new with matching box, AVU prefix, great blueing and just a great little pistol. The trade offer is for a 629-4 Trail Boss 3 inch. It is like new, factory Magnaport, no MIM, and is a beast. Would you make this trade? Why or why not?

My thinking is - neither are P&R, and i would be more likely to use the Trail Boss. I dont care for the marking on the Boss, but i can live with it.

I have a few more 357 N frames, and a couple of 44 mag N frames. Looking at gunbroker, it would seem the Trail Boss is worth more, but not by much.

Please, tell me your thoughts. Thanks in advance
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 1:16:59 PM EST
I prefer stainless when I can get it with what I want.

this is really a question of caliber and ported barrel.

1. do you prefer 44 or 357 ? out of a 3" barrel the only real advantage 44 has is diameter.

2. If I am not mistaken the trail boss is ported... is that a deal breaker? A 3" ported 44 would be a beast.

3. I don't think you could go wrong either way. If it was me It'd keep the 27, but I am a whore for 357 N & L, frames.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 1:24:50 PM EST
I'm a big fan of 3 inchers. I'd probably do the deal.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 1:27:10 PM EST
Personally, I'd do the trade, mostly because 3" N frames are better than 4" N frames, IMHO. Unfortunately, I own neither.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 4:59:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/11/2013 5:00:32 AM EST by Icopy]
I would keep the Model 27. That was the flagship Smith and finding one in mint condition is getting harder and harder. I regret selling my 3.5" nickel one and my 4".
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 5:01:26 AM EST
You said you are more likely to use the Trail Boss so do the trade and use it.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 5:40:39 AM EST
For collecting, the 27

For using/shooting the 629

Is there any chance you post a pic of that eye candy you're calling a 27?
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 1:28:20 PM EST
The 27 would be better for target shooting, and for sitting at home with a glass of scotch and the (empty) 27 muttering "my precious".

The 629 would be a better carry gun if self defense from large critters was a concern.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 2:28:44 AM EST
This seems like a personal preference call to me; I would much rather have the 27, but that's just me.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 2:38:58 PM EST
Top right. Now, the deal does not look like it will happen. It does not break my heart at all." />
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