Ruger V.S. Smith

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by stuii, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. stuii

    stuii New Member

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    My boss and his family are going to be buying a .357 revolver and I suggested the Ruger GP100 or the Smith 627 which one do you guys think would be better in terms of durability and price as well as over all comfort.
     
  2. JiroZero713

    JiroZero713 Active Member

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    Smith is the best. Better trigger one reason why the family chose this 681 we got.
     

  3. wadcutter

    wadcutter New Member

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    I don't know that one is necessarily better then the other. I think it's a matter of preferance. The Smith action is more elegant, but the Ruger is more rugged and lacks the trigger lock that many find objectionable on Smith revolvers. Accuracy between the two is on average about equal. The Ruger is cheaper. They are both great guns.

    It's a matter of personal preferance. I prefer Rugers.
     
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  4. c3shooter

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    Tastes great, less filling. Some like A1, some like Heinz 57. Both are good guns, each has their fans.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    627 is a finely crafted N-frame revolver that will likely set you back several hundred more than a Ruger. If he does not like the Smith, he can send it to me, I would love to have a 627 to go with the other 7 N-frames I own.
     
  6. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    They are both great guns, I don't think you'll regret buying either of them. Smiths have a nicer trigger pull in double action, but Rugers are cheaper and ridiculously strong. I like them both, I own three S&W's but I'm planning on adding a Ruger or two to my collection.

    Go with whichever feels better to you.
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Kind of like choosing between a Cadillac and an F-150. Both will get you there, but there is really no comparison.
     
  8. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    Go with a Smith. Best revolvers IMO.
     
  9. stetson

    stetson New Member

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    Both manufactures make good products I prefer ruger it's a personal thing as
    in the area I live ruger were easier to get and always cheaper by at least a hundred bucks.My favorite 357 is security -six stainless that my girl friend
    bought me in 1983 still have it and really like shooting center fire revolvers
    as you don't have to pick up brass.
     
  10. Clem

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    I have both. They are both good, but a little different. The 627 is larger than the GP-100. A more direct comparison with the GP-100 is the 686. My 686 is the SSR. It is a really sweet gun, but so are my 627-5PC and GP-100.
     
  11. Bob Wright

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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.

    Bob Wright
     
  12. stalkingbear

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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.
     
  13. stuii

    stuii New Member

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    wow

    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.
     
  14. Mark F

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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.
     
  15. CA357

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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.
     
  16. Fayettedave

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    Ditto on all points.
     
  17. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  18. Clem

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    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.
     
  19. stalkingbear

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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.





     
  20. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    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.