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Thinking about buying one or the other. The GP-100 is 4" while the M60 is 3" with a Hi Viz front site (which seems pretty cool). Both are stainless. This will be my first revolver in a long time. I'm selling my Ruger P95 to get a revolver because I like the simplicity of revolvers. It will be used for target practice and home defense.

I did a search for M60 but came up empty. I know the GP-100 is pretty well liked around these parts and Ruger customer service is good so I'm wondering what I would be missing if I got the M60. Which gun should I get? Can I put a Hi Viz sight on the Ruger? Are there any other revolvers (in any caliber) I should seriously consider? Thanks.

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I'm not familiar with the M60, outside of a .30 cal light machine gun. Can you provide more information on it?

I do, however, have plenty of information on the GP100. I love mine, it's a 6" stainless and one heck of a great revolver for the money. Sure, my sister's S&W 686 is a little smoother and finished a little better, but she paid almost $200 more for it. I am plenty happy with my Ruger.

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I'm not familiar with the M60, outside of a .30 cal light machine gun. Can you provide more information on it?

I do, however, have plenty of information on the GP100. I love mine, it's a 6" stainless and one heck of a great revolver for the money. Sure, my sister's S&W 686 is a little smoother and finished a little better, but she paid almost $200 more for it. I am plenty happy with my Ruger.
You can check out the M60 here.

The smoothness, fit and finish are the kinds of things I'm wondering about. I don't care about the money. I just want the best revolver for my money. I'd get a Ruger $700 .454 Casull if I thought (or am told) it's the best revolver.

I definitely don't want a lemon. My last gun was a lemon which I had to send back to the manufacturer (Ruger) for repair.
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if you want the best revolver colt python is the best 357 out there.

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(insert snide comment about having lots of practice here )

S&W is pretty dang hard to beat. It is a smaller frame than the Ruger, a bit easier to conceal, will kick more. It is the son of the Model 36.
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if you want the best revolver colt python is the best 357 out there.
Wow. I wasn't aware that a revolver could cost that much. I guess I should refine my last post to say that I want a revolver for around $650 that I can buy at Bud's. Thanks.

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The Model 60 is an excellent revolver. However, you don't want to feed it .357's as a steady diet. The frame is a bit light for heavy loads all the time. Practice mostly with .38's and some .357's then carry it with .357 hollowpoints.

The GP100 will eat .357's all day, every day, long after you pass it down to your grandkids. It's considerably heavier than the Model 60, so if you plan on carrying it, that's a consideration.

Either way, you won't go wrong. If it's to strictly be a range gun, I think you can have more fun with the GP100 because you can shoot whatever you want in it without a hiccup.

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Since you're talking about my two favorite wheel guns, ill chime in.

The GP100 is a great gun, built like a tank. Ive had two 6" and one 4", AND they can be found in a 3".

The m60 is a better carry option, and running full house loads isn't going to hurt a thing.....except your palm eventually.

Mine was a 2 1/8" bbl, sweet double pull, with about 1# single. I carried it all the time, but ultimately felt better with 13+1 in my HK compact.

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Thinking about buying one or the other. The GP-100 is 4" while the M60 is 3" It will be used for target practice and home defense.
If you are going to use this for target, I'd go with the extra inch and get the GP100. That one inch will make a huge difference. Plus the GP has a proven track record. I'm not familar with the M60.
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Happy New Year to all. And thanks for the replies.

I just realized something; the M60 is a 5 rounder!

So I think I'm going to get the GP-100.

Is it true that S&W uses MIM (metal injection molding) for parts and Ruger does not? I was reading that in a review for a S&W 686.

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