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Old 08-24-2014, 12:58 AM   #1
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Default S&W 686 vs Ruger GP100

Got out to the range to shoot the new 686. I shot it side by side with a Ruger GP100 6" that I bought last month and hadn't yet fired. I've got a serious addiction to revolvers.

From my observations there are some real differences between the two brands. I was using the same reloads in both guns and shooting two cylinders in one and the shooting the other. I switched back and forth like this for 100 .38 special loads and then 3 total cylinders of .357 magnum loads. I shot different targets in each gun and shot in both SA and DA.

Here are my observations on the strengths of each gun:

S&W is the more accurate gun, better DA trigger, tie on the SA, it has one more round, better front site.
Ruger is acceptably accurate, stronger gun that sucks up the mag loads better.

These are just my observations. Others mileage may vary.

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Old 08-24-2014, 01:24 AM   #2
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That about Sums up my experience. The Ruger is built like a tank. Not as refined as the S&W. The S&W trigger is one of my favorites, especially in early models. I had a model 29 that was made in the 60s, and haven't found a better DA/SA revolver trigger since.

Both are very good guns. I'd welcome either to my collection.

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Both of the triggers on the two guns tested today are stock. I also have a 5" GP100 that I have done some work on. I've got its DA trigger pull down to around 8lbs. I haven't looked inside the S&W yet but the Ruger has a fairly simple trigger mechanism that takes well to a spring change and some stoning.

One day soon I'll get all 3 of them to the range at the same time.

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If you ever get the chance to shoot a Dan Wesson that's been maintained well do so and you'll want to add one to your collection.

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The double action trigger on the smith is better due to it being a 7 shot. The cylinder doesn't rotate as far. Just something to keep in mind. I love my 686 plus.

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So a N frame 8 shot would be better yet using your analogy. Smoothness is what counts. DW's have a very short stroke on the hammer to begin with.

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I was referring to the seven shot having a "shorter rotation" of the cylinder vs. the six shot. Like an action upgrade so to speak.

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Take you trigger pull gauge And "cock the hammer with a cylinder in the frame and then with no cylinder, pull it out of the frame and see the difference as being so little as to not matter. Maybe 2oz. I guess guality of a parts finish ,lube and maintainence over time could play in this a little bit. Doubt it will change much. Atleast thats what I find with a couple DW's and my old Taurus snubby I have. No s&w's or ruger revolvers in the house

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Great information. I have been looking at both, and also the S&W Model 66. Cannot decide which I want. This will all help.

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I like my GP100!

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