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S&W or Ruger in 357 mag?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by nsl, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. nsl

    nsl

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    I know the S&W is a pretty gun, but the Ruger is cheaper and supposedly tougher. Would like a SP101, but the only one with an adjustable sight is the 327 mag. S&W N frame would be nice, but the price is too high. Anyway, what brand do you think is better?
     
  2. M2 Carbine

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    I've got two Ruger Security Six stainless and a S&W 586.

    I don't think one is "better" than the other, just different. Both are excellent guns.
     

  3. G33

    G33 Frisky! CLM Millennium Member

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    Agree.
    What is it for...?
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  4. ronin.45

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    The Ruger is a fine firearm. You will be well served for generations with a GP100 or an SP101. I like S&W's better. They feel nicer to me and the trigger is a bit better. They are more expensive though so you have to take that into consideration. Either way you will end up with a great gun.
     
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    My old SS Ruger GP100 had a trigger/action job by Wilson Combat. It was built to last forever.
     
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    I have a 3" GP100 and a 2.25" SP101. I love both, and have no desire to change (I semi-wish my GP had a 4" barrel, though).
     
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    I like both. Which ever one I can lay hands on . I own a Sp-101 2.25 and love it and I want to get a SW686 4in to add to it.
     
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    I've owned both over the years but for some reason the Smith's never really grew on me and have since moved on to new owners. The only one I wish I still had is the pre-lock 629 Mountain Gun. Rugers are more robust not having the removable side panel. I only own two handguns right now, they're both Ruger revolvers, and I'll never get rid of either one.
     
  9. ArmoryDoc

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    Better ? The Ruger will take more punishment but for the average shooter, you aren't gonna wear either of 'em out. I own both and I advocate both. The Smith is nicer looking while the Ruger is more utilitarian. I couldn't decide either so I've kept both.

    BTW, my Ruger GP100 is for heavy pig loads and home defense. My Smith 686 is for personal defense.
     
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    Yes but the S&W has that dumbass lock in it but the Ruder as that dumbass read safey man on the barrel.
     
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    panzer1 NRA MEMBER

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    Thats funny I have a GP100 4" & a SP101 2.25 barrel & semi-wish the SP101 had the 3" barrel. I was thinking if Ruger could put the 3" barrel on it?
     
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    I like S&W, nicer trigger. Ruger is also a great company, depends on what you like more, I would buy what ever fells better to me.
     
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    Well it was a ruger that was used to shoot an adamantium bullet into the Wolverines' forehead... so I pick Ruger!
     
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    S&W N-frames are expensive, but you really don't need one for .357 Magnum.

    With a little luck, you can still find K-frames like the Model 65 stainless steel .357 for $300 in good condition. I picked up this pre-lock, pre-MIM 3" a couple months ago for $300 + tax at a pawn shop. They also had a 4" for $250. Blued guns like the S&W Model 13 can be found regularly for $300 or less.

    http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/9626/dscn2318e.jpg
     
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    As mentioned Rugers are the Toughest. That is generally agreed upon.
    Smiths are classier. And Classic.
    Taurus revolvers are either loved of snubbed at. But I love them.
    Check out the Model 608 Taurus or several of their other models like Ragin bulls.
    The 608 in particular has a better trigger than any Smith or Ruger I have had.
     
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    I like Ruger, but love Smith & Wesson. :)
     
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    I own both and really like Rugers but they lack the soul that S&Ws have. I much prefer S&Ws from the 60's and 70's so I doubt I would ever buy a new one.
     
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    I have owned and enjoyed using both Ruger and S&W revolvers. For fit and finish and simple quality of trigger in single and double action, I prefer the S&W. For shooting heavy .44 Magnum loads, the weight of the Ruger helps dampen recoil. With attention by a good gunsmith, the Ruger trigger is very good. But comparing a nice .44 S&W with a Ruger in .44 Magnum, the S&W simply offers more of what I look for in a revolver. All that being said, I am currently on the look out for another .44 Magnum revolver... and I'm looking for a nice 3 screw .44 Ruger... flattop if I can find it. JMHO. Sincerely. Brucev.
     
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    A Smith & wesson model 66 is really the way to go if you want something that is both a good name and holds up really well.

    If you shop around gun shows etc. you might be able to find a 66 for around the same price as the Ruger.