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Ammosmoke 08-02-2011 06:06 AM

S&W or Ruger?
So i'm turning 21 in December and i'm planning on going and buying my first handgun then, I want to get a revolver and i'm definitely going .357mag. I have been looking at either a Ruger GP141 or a Smith and Wesson model 627 and I can't decide on one over the other. Is there anybody whoes fired either one and can comment on them? Or are there any other suggestions for a good .357?

danf_fl 08-02-2011 08:42 AM

I would keep an open mind and purchase the first of either one when the time comes and the price is "right".

Olympus 08-02-2011 12:07 PM

I believe the 627 will give you two more rounds in the cylinder than the Ruger will. I just bought a 627 Performance Center and it should be in by the end of the week. I will post some photos for you to look at.

Ruger makes a tough and reliable revolver. I've just never been crazy about all the lawyer disclaimers on their guns. I would rather have an older S&W revolver any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Mandy 08-02-2011 02:14 PM

I can comment on the 686 and the SP101, both are excellent guns and the GP100 is like a SP101, but with 6 rnds.

Get one of each and you'll be happy............

dks7895 08-02-2011 02:53 PM

shootin' from the hip...

Ruger for SA
S&W for DA

i love the .357mag platform. wide variety of ammo and can shoot .38spl to boot. I have a Ruger Blackhawk and Marlin 1894C in .357mag.

Dennis845 08-02-2011 02:57 PM

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S&W 686 plus, .357, with CT laser grips. One round for each day of the week. Great home defense and target gun. Ruger is also a good choice. When I can get the wife her fourth job, in between cooking, cleaning, cutting grass, etc. I'll get me a Ruger too ;)
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OC357 08-02-2011 03:02 PM

Either the Ruger or the Smith are both fine revolvers and .357 is a very versitile caliber. When it comes to revolvers, magnums rule.

Just my opinion.


Overkill0084 08-02-2011 04:29 PM

There is no wrong answer to this.
Personal preference and/or price will be the big issues. Quality will not.
I have a 627 PC and it's been a great revolver. I've been keeping an eye out for a Security Six 6" stainless, just because I like them. I don't believe they can be worn out by the average shooter.

Reaper61 08-04-2011 01:08 PM

I got a S&W 629 with a 4 " barrel .357 mag and it is a solid handgun, shoots great. Cant say about Ruger havent shot them yet.

Olympus 08-04-2011 01:48 PM


Originally Posted by Reaper61
I got a S&W 629 with a 4 " barrel .357 mag and it is a solid handgun, shoots great. Cant say about Ruger havent shot them yet.

Are you sure it's a 629 and not a 627? I believe 29s and 629s were .44 Mags. The 27s and 627s were .357s.

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