Which Revolver?

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  1. May 22, 2011 #1
    chrisfreitas1983

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    S&W 686, or Ruger GP100? I WANT the Python, but it's a little out of my budget. Currently, I'm leaning towards the Ruger because it's roughly $150 cheaper. Any feedback would be much appreciated. :)

     
  2. May 22, 2011 #2
    Fullclip

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    Imo, Pythons are to nice and expensive to go out and shoot anyway. Owned a S&W mod 14 didn't like trigger but wish I wouldn't have sold it all the same.

    Don't own either but have been looking at the GP100. Below is a link that has lot of info on it.

    Ruger GP100 Book of Knowledge « Gunner’s Journal
     
  3. May 22, 2011 #3
    chrisfreitas1983

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    Thanks for the link. That's why I was leaning away from the Python; if I got one, I'd pry only shoot it twice annually. $1500-$3000 is WAY TOO much for a safe queen (on my budget).
     
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    You named three manufacturers' revolvers... none of which would be a wrong choice. I happen to like the looks and feel of S&W, and that's the path I chose. In .357 mag I have a Model 19 and a Model 686. Others prefer Ruger because of the more rugged look and feel. If I had an unlimited budget, I'd have a Python or Anaconda already!

    ETA: Don't dismiss used revolvers... there are great bargains out there. All my revolvers, save my Model 29, were purchased used. The Model 19 cost me $450 (was LNIB) and the 686 ran me $345.


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    Well, it depends. The GP100 is a freakin' tank. A friend of mine once said that the only things that would survive a nuclear holocaust would be cockroaches and Ruger GP100's. If you just want a tank of a revolver that you don't need to care for other than a quick wipe and a boresnaking here and there then get the Ruger. On the other hand, the S&W's can have the crap upgraded out of 'em. They are great for, say, IDPA competitions. So if you want something you can trick out a little and really make your own then I'd get the S&W. Hope that helps.
     
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    If you want pretty and a better trigger pull S&W, if you want an affordable revolver built like a tank Ruger.
     
  7. May 22, 2011 #7
    chrisfreitas1983

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    Thanks buddy. $345 for a 686 is a heck of a deal! The cheapest used one I've found up in Minnesota is $560!
     
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    I bought mine over 30 years ago. This is the "grand daddy" of the GP100.


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    Ruger Police Service 6 in .357 Mag.
     
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    Spews

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    This is a fair summation. I have owned both. The Ruger SP100, like most Ruger revolvers, including their Redhawk and Super Redhawk are built extremely heavy. Overkill is a way to put it. I sold my Redhawk and my SP100 after shooting Smith and Wesson 66s, 686s, 29s and 629s. I have pretty much washed my hands of Ruger handguns. Not that they are inferior or anything, I just found that I never carried them after purchasing my Smith revolvers.

    The Smith revolvers are just more refined, plenty strong and lighter to carry in general. I also like their triggers much better.
     
  10. May 22, 2011 #10
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    They both are quality pistols, but I would give the edge to the 686. The triggers on Rugers are heavy and rough.
     

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