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i would definitely go with the 362. you gain over 1hp more and only 3lbs. We own 2 ms290s with 20" bars and an ms460 with a 25" bar. the 460 absolutely rips through wood, that power is key.
as for prices, there usually wont be too much variance in price between dealers as stihl sets pretty rigid pricing structures. so at most you might be able to save 50 bucks which for me wouldnt be worth sacrificing dealer support.
I've got a 260, and don't like it. Have run the 360's before, and they are good. As for the 362 I have no knowledge on it performance wise. I'd say that for a 260 you're talking about $500, and the 360 would be around $600 - $700.