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S&W 686 or Ruger GP100

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Old March 31st, 2010, 11:32 AM   #1
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I am stuck between the 686 and GP100. I am looking at both in the 4" barrel. Does anyone have any experience with either of these? I know they are both fine wheelguns. I like the 7 round option with the 686P, but I am leaning towards the Ruger due to the $200 savings. Is the smith worth the extra $$?



Also, anyone had any experience with Ruger customer service. I KNOW that S&W stands by their products 100% and that alone could be worth the extra $$.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 12:10 PM   #2
 
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Is the smith worth the extra $$?


Once upon a time? Maybe. Nowadays? Not a chance. As for the rest, Ruger stands behind their product, but with a GP, you'll likely never need it.
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I've got a couple of 686s, one is a 6 shot, the other a 7. Both are older models without the frame mounted keys. I've shot Rugers and my preference is the S&W. My impression is the Ruger is a very stout piece and probably could live longer with a steady diet of stout handloads. However, I don't think their actions are as smooth as Smith's. Now the lawyer springs they put in the actions these days would make you think otherwise, but swap out the springs with one of Wilson's spring kits and you'll have a fine revolver. But I understand the pricing issue. My first 686 was probably around $350. I'm sure it's worth more than that today.
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Smith wheel guns are always worth the extra money



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Old March 31st, 2010, 02:01 PM   #5
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I've had both and liked both... but kept the S&W.



Which one is best.... the one you like the best.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 03:13 PM   #6
 
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It's like a Cadillac (smith) vs. Buick (ruger) ......







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Old March 31st, 2010, 03:20 PM   #7
 
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It's like a Cadillac (smith) vs. Buick (ruger) ......









Maybe if the Caddie were built of the cheapest materials the factory could possibly foist on the consumer as opposed to the stellar products of their hey day and now also "featured for your own safety" a fugly non-optional breathalyzer eye sore in the dashboard. Meanwhile the Buick just remained the solid and non-flashy choice it always was.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 03:41 PM   #8
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Maybe if the Caddie were built of the cheapest materials the factory could possibly foist on the consumer as opposed to the stellar products of their hey day and now also "featured for your own safety" a fugly non-optional breathalyzer eye sore in the dashboard. Meanwhile the Buick just remained the solid and non-flashy choice it always was.


I have a 4" 686 and a 4" GP100. Either would be a good choice. And the best choice would be the one you like. My preference is the GP100. I bought the GP100 a week after shooting one because I believed it was the best revolver I've fired. The 686 I bought because the price was right and I'd been thinking I "needed" one. I'm not at all disappointed with the 686. Shoots well. I get excellent accuracy and haven't seen anything that would lead me believe the 686 is cheaply made.



Your choice, based on what you like. As far as a good shooter, my M65, I like better than the 686.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 04:34 PM   #9
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Either one will perform fine and both are backed by great companies. Both are made with the finest materials by American workers and are tried and proven with over 20 years of production of the models.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 05:29 PM   #10
 
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I've put 500+ rounds through a 686 produced in the early 90s, and I can say I have never shot a smoother gun. Then again the only other revolver I have to compare it to is an old Rossi that would jam every 25 rounds because the cylinder would get out of sync of the hammer.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 07:10 PM   #11
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It's a matter of preference, as both guns are well-built. Style-wise, I prefer the 686, having had several in the 80's. Smooth actions. Also I take into consideration the resale value of the gun, should I have to sell (heaven forbid!).
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I buy my guns to shoot not sell. I chose a GP-100 and am pleased with the choice.
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Very true ..... and I'm a fan of both S&W and Ruger .... but as mentioned... we all have our personal preference. That's what makes handgun owners special. There are many options ... but we usually don't have enough $$ to purchase every pistol we crave ...





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Very true ..... and I'm a fan of both S&W and Ruger .... but as mentioned... we all have our personal preference. That's what makes handgun owners special. There are many options ... but we usually don't have enough $$ to purchase every pistol we crave ...









I can only compare the Smith 629 I own to my GP100. I am not a great shooter and can't feel a world of difference between the two actions in DA mode. I am actually thinking of getting a Ruger SuperRedHawk in .44 as well, and may buy a 4" .357.



I lean toward the Ruger for the simple reason that I feel I can shoot any load and not worry about safety, whereas some of the ammo makers say not to use certain [.44] rounds in anything other than DanWilson or Rugers.



I think both are great. Would I pay $200 more for a Smith that is essentially the same? Personally, no. But I like Rugers firearms. They aren't [generally] sexy but they handle about any load [NATO/SAAMI/etc], go bang every time and are more accurate than I am. If I factor in the 3 rugers I have it accounts for the money I spent on my S&W M&P. If I'd bought S&W's instead of those Rugers I'd have 3 fine weapons, but only those three.



Use snap caps and see which action feels best, and buy what you like. Taurus now, that is another story....
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I agree with Greener:



They are both excellent revolvers. I sold my Ruger but still have my S&W, I would be pleased with either if I had to make the selection again. It comes down to preference since both are dead nuts accurate.



If you plan on competing in say the Stock Service Revolver class, make sure that the hangdun you purchase qualifies. It may make it a more valuable piece in the long run.



Buy them both!



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