This is a discussion on S&W 686 or Ruger GP100 within the Wheelguns forums, part of the Armory category; 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 ...
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|September 24th, 2015, 02:35 PM||#31|
Join Date: Sep 2006
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.
|September 28th, 2015, 12:26 AM||#33|
Join Date: Feb 2015
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.
Last edited by Chickenhawk; September 28th, 2015 at 12:28 AM.
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