Originally Posted by nitestalker
Ruger uses harder steel in their Pawls "Hands" than other companies?? Where did you come up with that one? Do you know which Pawls are cast and which are machined? The principles of leverage differs between S&W and Colt. Colt uses a system that locks in place during battery. S&W uses a forgiving system that allows the chamber to align with the forcing cone during battery.
Which one best. Well you can purchase a S&W double action Colt left the market place. For a Colt DA to remain in perfect timing they needed an over haul every 6 Mos. This ruined Colt DA revolver sales to police and military. As for Ruger and timming. They work but are not in the class of Colt or S&W.
On a Ruger GP100 the pawl is not a wear item, thats why it fits a bit looser then on the equivalent Smiths and others.
You wont see as tight a lockup form a GP100 for that reason and it is not an indication of excessive wear unless its, well, excessive