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Old 01-14-2009, 02:59 PM   #11
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In my opinion, the L-Frame Smiths are a better choice than the N-framed .357 Magnums. The slightly smaller grips is more easily controlled in rapid DA fire, along with a slightly lower bore axis. My favorite .357 Magnum DA revolvers are my Model 586 Distinguished Combat Magnums.

For everyday carry, its my Model 19 Smith. The Smith & Wessons, of the vintage I own, have the smoothest DA operation of any sixgun I've every tried. Never found a Colt nor a Ruger to equal that, including the vaunted Python.

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Old 01-14-2009, 03:22 PM   #12
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You can't go wrong with either. The S&W will have better/slicker out of box trigger/action but the Ruger is bombproof and timing will remain perfect in the Ruger long after the S&W requires retiming. Now keep in mind this means shooting untold thousands of full power magnum rounds to get to that point. Regardless, the Ruger can be made extremely slick with an good action/polish job. I'm an HUGE Ruger fan so naturally most of my revolvers are Ruger, with a few S&W.

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Old 01-15-2009, 09:55 PM   #13
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wow the Smiths are so much more in price. But i will tell him to dry fire them to see if the action will blind him from the price.

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I have both and favor Ruger "slightly" for durability. I also have a Colt KC and it is a magnificent revolver.

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I think the Smiths are a more elegant looking and feeling revolver. The Ruger is more stout and will handle heavy loads on a regular basis. I own both. Both have a place.

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I think the Smiths are a more elegant looking and feeling revolver. The Ruger is more stout and will handle heavy loads on a regular basis. I own both. Both have a place.
Ditto on all points.
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I think the Smiths are a more elegant looking and feeling revolver. The Ruger is more stout and will handle heavy loads on a regular basis. I own both. Both have a place.
I,the Ruger is more stout. The forged steel of the Smith is pound for pound stronger than the investment cast steel of the Rugers.

The 627 is a larger frame than the GP-100 and not really comparable. The 686 would be a better head to head comparison. The 627 is the finest .357 revolver available today, IMHO. The Ruger is a good solid revolver but the 627 is a work of art.
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I,the Ruger is more stout. The forged steel of the Smith is pound for pound stronger than the investment cast steel of the Rugers.

The 627 is a larger frame than the GP-100 and not really comparable. The 686 would be a better head to head comparison. The 627 is the finest .357 revolver available today, IMHO. The Ruger is a good solid revolver but the 627 is a work of art.
I have the 627-5PC. It really is a work of art: 5" barrel, N frame, stainless, 8 shot, shoots beautifully, has enough weight to dampen recoil with full power loads (46 oz.), but is light enough to be packable in the field.
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Robocop-you should feel good that just on this post, this is the 1st time I MUST disagree with you. You're wrong in my opinion. The Ruger investment cast steel is exactly same strength pound for pound as S&W forged. I realize this isn't what you want to hear, but the quality/components of the raw steel matter MUCH more than the method of manufacture. You realize that ALL steel is 1st made by casting-mixing carbon and chromium in with iron in a blast furnace results in steel. Also the Ruger revolvers are stronger due to absence of side plate, front & rear locking, and location of the cylinder locking bolt-or latch as Ruger calls it. So basically a Ruger GP100 IS as strong as an N frame S&W due to those features. And yes, I DO own, and shoot both.





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Robocop-you should feel good that just on this post, this is the 1st time I MUST disagree with you. You're wrong in my opinion. The Ruger investment cast steel is exactly same strength pound for pound as S&W forged. I realize this isn't what you want to hear, but the quality/components of the raw steel matter MUCH more than the method of manufacture. You realize that ALL steel is 1st made by casting-mixing carbon and chromium in with iron in a blast furnace results in steel. Also the Ruger revolvers are stronger due to absence of side plate, front & rear locking, and location of the cylinder locking bolt-or latch as Ruger calls it. So basically a Ruger GP100 IS as strong as an N frame S&W due to those features. And yes, I DO own, and shoot both.
Dream on! You must be the only person in the world that believes that. Ruger acnowledges it and makes the frame (slightly) bulkier to compensate. Saying cast steel is the same as forged completely ignores the truth.
The flea market sword is just a strong as a 16th century Mamoru Katana? Forging changes the density and strength of steel. Ruger makes many good products. Some even have features superior to the Smiths.
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