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Discussion in 'GSSF' started by SATX man, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. SATX man

    SATX man

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    I want to get a .357 wheel gun and the two I have narrowed down to are a S&W 28-2 and a Ruger Sp101 are there pros and cons of the two?
     
  2. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    I don't know much about the Ruger, but the S&W will only go up in value.

    A. It is a classic N frame.
    B. It's not made anymore.

    That Model 28-2 Highway Patrolman was S&W economical version of their venerable Model 27. It will be a pinned and recessed gun.

    If the gun was in excellent shape. I would probably buy it, then buy another 686 to use as a shooter.
     

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    It seems like an odd couple, S&W's biggest and Ruger's smallest. Will it be a range gun, holster gun, CCW?
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    The M28-2 should be pinned and recessed. Buy that mutha!!!
     
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    Classic Smith with great trigger and collectibility.
     
  6. Airborne Infantryman

    Airborne Infantryman Nuclear Trunk Monkey

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    I have a S&W 438 Bodyguard, but I also got a Ruger SP101 a few weeks back, and I must say; its a GREAT gun. Recoil is not TOO bad with my Hornady Critical Defense 125gr .357's. I say go for an SP101, and experience the "other side", by getting the Ruger.

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    +1 , I have a Sp101 and it's been great. Very accurate snubnose. built well and easy maintenance . Great pic and congrats Airborne Infantryman on your Sp101 . I Have a set of CT Lg303 rubber over mold grips on mine and I highly recommend them.

    http://www.crimsontrace.com/images/products/lg303.jpg
     
  8. hogship

    hogship Patriot Extraordinaire

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    What are you going to do with it?

    For a range gun, I'd suggest the 28-2.

    You are not going to wear it out, and it's already going up in value......fast!

    Rugers are great, but not as refined as the older Smiths.

    The SP101 will probably be the better ccw.

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  9. Bruce M

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    I would go for the model 28 every time
     
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    I really like Rugers but the SP101 is a dog compared to the 28-2.
     
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    Check out the S&W 686, sweet gun!
     
  12. gatorhugger

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    The rugers are certainly no 'dog' compared to anything. They work. Not the best trigger but they work.
    I would rather have one in a critical situation than an older K frame Smith. The smith looks better, feels better, but after owning a few they are not the sturdiest platform for magnums. Every K frame magnum I have owned has had flame cutting.
    Not a huge deal, but I have never had that with a Ruger.
    Either one, but I wouldn't put down a Ruger. Or Taurus Revolver for that matter.
    Any of the three would be a fine gun.
     
  13. Magus

    Magus Deo Vindice

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    If you want something that can take a beating go with the Ruger.

    The S&W is a fine gun, but they were never really meant to fire a steady diet of magnums.

    Ruger overbuilds their revolvers. They may not be as elegant or refined as a S&W but they're meant to be workhorses.

    If you wanted something as big as the 28, take a look at the Ruger GP100 w/ a 4inch barrel. Also built like a bank vault.

    In the end I guess it depends upon what you want to use it for. But if it's just to have a .357 I'd say go with a Ruger. They're probably the best all around in terms of the value to quality ratio.
     
  14. KILLERtj

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    Ruger SP101: crazy tough gun, if you run out of bullets, smack'em over the head with that chunk o' stainless....
    It will handle full power loads, is quite accurate (paper plate at 10yards, shooting DA fast)....

    S&W 28-2: better trigger (I guess), reliable shooter....

    Both are great guns, good luck with the choice!

    KILLERtj
     
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    Since I just got done replying to a post about the Smith & Wesson 66 and its still fresh on my mind I would say get a Smith & Wesson 66 357 magnum and forget the rest.

    I mean even though there is probably nothing wrong with the models mentioned I have had lots of experience with the 66 for over 30 years and it has never let me down.
    The 66 has the craftsmanship and workmanship that Smith & Wesson was famous for before they started making todays guns that are straight out of the cookie cutter.

    My advise would be go to a gun show and look at a 66-1 before buying anything else.
     
  16. Bruce M

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    "The S&W is a fine gun, but they were never really meant to fire a steady diet of magnums."

    I might be wrong, I could have sworn that the Model 28 is an N Frame revolver, which I am thinking is the same frame that Smith uses for .44 and .41 magnum revolvers. My gut instinct is that a model 28 will go through many many times its value in even full house magnum loads. If anyone wanted to spot me the ammunition, I will pay for the 28 and see how much it can take...:cool:
     
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    There is no way you can wear out a S&W N-frame with any safe .357 Magnum load. The frame was designed to handle heavy .44 caliber loads and is the basis for the .41 and .44 Magnums of today.

    Someone read a piece of early .357 Magnum K-frame history and is misquoting the heck out of it
     
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    I view handguns as carry pieces so I would say go with the SP101.

    I carried mine for years and I loved it.
    It was actually very accurate when I did my part and it seems to be built like a tank.

    For carry purposes there's no reason to carry .357.

    A good quality hollow point in .38 +p is more then enough juice.
    Think "follow up shots".
     
  19. G33

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    28.

    101 is still showing up new at my dealer/pusher.


    28 is heavier and 6-shot.
    101 is 5-shot and compact.
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    Comparing basketballs to marbles here. The Smith is a big honkin' ol' hunk of iron, the SP is small hunk of iron. Either one will out last you and your kids but they have totally different purposes. They aren't making 28s anymore so it will hold its value better, but it's a bear to CC. Decide what you want in a gun and then make your choice based on that.