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Old 01-17-2013, 06:50 PM   #71
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I looked hard at both and went w 686 & my bud bought a GP100 both w 6" barrels. We shot them together and accuracy was approx the same but the trigger on SW was noticeably better. SW just looks sexier while the Ruger is kinda boxy. Yet, there is no doubt the Ruger design is built stronger.

You can't go wrong w either one. Handle both and whichever gives you a warm fuzzy - buy it. Nothing wrong w Ruger trigger that a good gunsmith can't fix. SW - buy older model w no Hillary hole. Case hardened - Target hammer n trigger is a plus !

Note: SW - K frame, L frame, N frame - pick the size, weight, balance that suits you - 6, 7, 8 shot. Ruger - also has SP101 5 shot or GP 100 6 shot.

Ruger has a Wiley Clapp - TALO - edition that looks sweet.

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Both are excellent firearms. Accuracy and velocity are dependent on the individual specimen. It is not unusual to find a longer barrel revolver developing less velocity than a shorter one
Mass isn't necessarily a determinant of strength. A number of years ago Shooting Times ran a picture of two 44 revolvers that some fool had first blown one up with bad hand loads and then blown up the second with the same hand load.
The Smith 29 had a bulged top strap and cylinder while the Ruger Blackhawk had a portion of the cylinder blown off. Most readers seemed to be shocked at the outcome as was I.
Choose whatever fells best and comes up on target without moving your hand to get it to fit.

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Both are excellent firearms. Accuracy and velocity are dependent on the individual specimen. It is not unusual to find a longer barrel revolver developing less velocity than a shorter one
Mass isn't necessarily a determinant of strength. A number of years ago Shooting Times ran a picture of two 44 revolvers that some fool had first blown one up with bad hand loads and then blown up the second with the same hand load.
The Smith 29 had a bulged top strap and cylinder while the Ruger Blackhawk had a portion of the cylinder blown off. Most readers seemed to be shocked at the outcome as was I.
Choose whatever fells best and comes up on target without moving your hand to get it to fit.
Regarding strength, stainless steel is weaker than blued steel (one of the engineers can comment on this with as to how much so). Given that a given gun made from either material has identical dimensions the stainless one will be a weaker one due to this fact.
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I have an older 586. That gun is a work of art. The sweetest trigger I have ever felt. Even nicer than my 1911. I also have a 629 and a 642. Never had a problem with any of them. The 629 is a great gun. But the trigger is not as good as my 586. By the way, incase you dont know...the 586 is the same as the 686 except it is blued.

I have not had a problem with the "Hilary Hole" on my 629 or my 642. And I do shoot heavy loads in both. My wife has a 22 mag J frame. It has the internal safety as well. No problems with hers either. She only has about 300-400 rounds through hers though. Each of mine has to be near the 1000 round mark.

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Gotta love the GP100 my first revolver was a .22 when i was about 5 years old the second one i learned to shoot was my dad's GP100 with an 8 inch barrel i still love that gun

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This is my 1984, 6" Model 686, along with the 2 1/2" I purchased shortly after. My wife gave me the 6" as a gift. It was the first gun she ever bought me shortly after we met.

Sweet pair - . Only Icon that has Green for Envy !
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