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Old 04-07-2013, 01:34 AM   #31
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Let's see...I have two Ruger SINGLE actions and five Smith DOUBLE actions, and those are a variety of ages from late 1960's up to mid-2000's and I love my Smiths. As for durability, Smith had an issue with using MIM parts (hammers, etc.) in the late 1990's but when the anti-gun Brits sold them off, a lot of their quality issues went away. As for the locks, I would trust my life to my 625 45 Colt Mountain Gun, and have shown it capable in IDPA, etc. despite being "plagued" by the lock. Its trigger isn't as nice as my 13 or my 686, but it holds its own quite well. As for my 686, it is a rugged, reliable revolver that brings home the bacon and is a dream to shoot.
The Ruger vs. Smith argument is old hat, much like the Ford vs. Chevy, but here is another way to look at it if you're a gear head; forged vs. cast. Smith forges their revolver frames and Ruger casts theirs. This is why Ruger's are bigger and clunky looking, the are overengineered as a CYA in case of a flaw in the casting process. Smith's are forged and machined in house by their own people.
Ruger does their own casting. http://ruger.com/casting/index.html
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My double action revolvers are S&W, single actions are Ruger. It's hard to beat that S&W deep blue, though.

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You cant go wrong with either one. I own several of each. Rugers are tough guns. So are Smith and Wesson. But a S&W revolver is like a work of art as far as I am concerned. I have an old 586 that has a trigger like nothing else. In single action it is better than my 1911. That is saying a lot. But I have several Rugers that I don't plan on getting rid of either.

Find one that fits your hand. Then shoot the crap out of it. You will be happy either way.

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For a small revolver the SP101 is superior. The S&W is smoother but the frame can not hold up to full house 357 loads. The S&W small frame revolvers are why the 357 was emasculated in the 90s. Larger frame revolvers it is a toss up buy what you trust.

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Ruger makes a good revolver....but Smith & Wesson makes a Fine revolver. I love Smith! Simply sublime.

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For a small revolver the SP101 is superior. The S&W is smoother but the frame can not hold up to full house 357 loads. The S&W small frame revolvers are why the 357 was emasculated in the 90s. Larger frame revolvers it is a toss up buy what you trust.
Apples and oranges again. S&W small frame revolvers are the J-Frame. These are much smaller and lighter than the SP101. The next size up is the K-Frame and is more in line with the size of the SP101. Thousands and thousands of rounds of 357 have been shot out of K-Frame guns without any problems.
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Apples and oranges again. S&W small frame revolvers are the J-Frame. These are much smaller and lighter than the SP101. The next size up is the K-Frame and is more in line with the size of the SP101. Thousands and thousands of rounds of 357 have been shot out of K-Frame guns without any problems.
Amen brother! I have shot many of those through my K frames and am still here to testify!
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I for one vote in the Ruger GP100. Great gun! Built tough! Nothing against Smith's. I just lean harder to the GP100.

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Both companies make nice revolvers,it all comes down to personal preference.

I happen to favor S&W DA revolvers.
That doesn't mean I won't some day purchase a Ruger revolver,I do like the Redhawks and their single actions.

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I'm a S&W fan myself but Ruger makes excellent revolvers----
Same here, but I also prefer S&W revolver especially the older models with the pinned barrels and recessed cylinders.
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