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Old September 24th, 2015, 02:35 PM   #31
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I am a long time wheel gun guy, carried one as a duty gun for 8 years, competed with wheelguns for about 6 of those years. I own both S&W and Ruger revolvers, both are good weapons and will do any job you need to do. S&W customer service is first class, and I would say Ruger is just as good.

Now, in a double action revolver which is my favorite? I would say S&W would be a clear choice, it is a smoother action than Ruger, and IMHO the S&W is better looking, I would equate S&W to a Cadillac and Ruger is more like a Chevy, both will get you there, but one has a bit more panache you might say. You can't go wrong with either one of them.

I own S&W revolvers, model 36, model 13 built into a match gun, 2 model 15's, model 66, model 642, model 629.

I own Ruger revolvers, Speed Six, Service Six, Blackhawk, 2 Vaqueros.

I also own a bunch of S&W and Ruger semi auto pistols.
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Old September 24th, 2015, 04:55 PM   #32
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Old September 28th, 2015, 12:26 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Smith Shooter View Post
I have also owned both. The 686 has an action that can be tuned to the finest trigger pull possible in a revolver and nothing can be done to the GP to match it. You can improve the GP (mine has been smoothed and has a Wolff spring kit) but it's still not the equal.

That said, both are strong, durable revolvers and will take tens of thousands of rounds with out complaint. If you compete, get the 686. If you shoot for fun and/or are a hunter, get the GP and save the money.

Chickenhawk's claim the Ruger will wear out sooner is the first time I've ever read this anywhere.
I agree with everything you have said. As for wearing out sooner, it is highly unlikely anyone would approach the number of rounds out of a revolver that I experience. I have several competition and training 686s, and one is now approaching 15,000 rounds. It works just as well as the day it was new. (Better, in fact.) If I feel the trigger get a bit tighter, a quick cleaning under the ejector star gets it back to new again.

When our two GP100 range guns hit about 3000 rounds, the actions began to get rougher. The trigger would 'stack' and no amount of cleaning would fix it. People just stopped using it.

But very few people would ever approach that number of rounds in their lifetime. This is why I agree with Smith Shooter. Both are good quality revolvers and both are both fun and accurate. Unless you anticipate putting tens of thousands of rounds through them, either is a fine choice. The GP100 is more of an economy handgun, and the 686 is more widely used in competition. Your choice. Find out which one fits your hand better and see which one makes you happier sitting in your gun vault.

The bottom line is that a GP100 is just harder to sell used. A 686 in good shape will usually sell for more than what the person paid for it.

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