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Old 05-21-2013, 01:32 AM   #41
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If I was living in Alaska living off the land I would buy a ruger. I do own a Ruger so if everything else breaks I will have a pistol. But I like both S&W and Ruger. Rugers are very reliable but S&W does make some nice pistols that are fun to shoot.

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If I was living in Alaska living off the land I would buy a ruger. I do own a Ruger so if everything else breaks I will have a pistol. But I like both S&W and Ruger. Rugers are very reliable but S&W does make some nice pistols that are fun to shoot.
I agree, but alaska?I want to provide food not become food. I would have to settle on as large a caliber rifle pistol combo (1 caliber scenario) And sorry it isnt s+w or ruger.At least not yet.
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Which one is better? Depends on which one you own.

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Which one is better? Depends on which one you own.
But I own equal number of Rugers and Smiths...

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Let me ask my good friend Dirty Harry- oh yeah, S&W
Nothing against Ruger, but I can't argue with that fact!

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I own both and both, and both meet their purpose equally, But not when it comes to price....

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Both look similar, but when taken down they are two totally different animals, i'd say the S&W design is a bit better with the internal mechanisms and frame,so it's smoother shooting, as where the Ruger has a different setup and a tang grip.That being said they are both just fine revolvers, and the choice of which one would depend on the caliber I wanted.

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If we are talking large frame revolvers, and having owned a Redhawk and a M29-2 I will say that out of the box a Smith is MUCH better to shoot. Smoother, lighter, and just a beautiful gun to look at. I don't shoot factory ammo in many calibers, and so when it comes to versatility in loads, a Redhawk is great as you can stoke it with light loads or toss in those long nose, heavy for caliber bullets, 335gr and up, and it will digest any and everything you feed it. Both are great guns, and I wouldn't hesitate to own either (I haven't!).
Now if we are talking about a .357...Smith is all I own.

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I've got a Smith 686 with a 4" barrel. It is a joy to shoot. I was wanting a GP100 but the Smith came along at a great price and I couldn't pass it up. I might still get the GP100 if I can find one in 6". I have a serious revolver addiction going. They are easy to reload for and fun to shoot. I own a couple Taurus revolvers also but they are a step down from the Smiths and probably the Ruger line.

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I've got a Smith 686 with a 4" barrel. It is a joy to shoot. I was wanting a GP100 but the Smith came along at a great price and I couldn't pass it up. I might still get the GP100 if I can find one in 6". I have a serious revolver addiction going. They are easy to reload for and fun to shoot. I own a couple Taurus revolvers also but they are a step down from the Smiths and probably the Ruger line.
That's kind of what I was thinking in my last post, depending on what caliber I might choose would determine whether S&W of Ruger is a better choice.In a .357 mag there is just no doubt that S&W wins that one hands down in full a sized revolver, there is no need for the huge beefy frame that the Ruger has on it's full sized .357 mag, as where in .44 mag I might opt for the Ruger(which I almost did when I got my .44 mag but grabbed the S&W 629 on a whim).
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