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Ruger SP-101 vs. S&W Model 60

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    I have my eyes on a SP-101 in the near future, I can't decide between the 2" or 3" barrel, either would be fine I suppose. Model 60 is too expensive for me, they seem like fine guns, I have a 642 and like it real well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MichSteve View Post
    I have my eyes on a SP-101 in the near future, I can't decide between the 2" or 3" barrel, either would be fine I suppose. Model 60 is too expensive for me, they seem like fine guns, I have a 642 and like it real well.
    If you are indifferent between the 2" & 3" from a carry/concealment perspective I would go with the 3". I believe the ballistic performance is better from the 3" as more of the powder burns in the barrel.
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    I own both, see avatar. That said for other than pocket go with the SP-101.

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    The only .357 I'd get would be one of the Rugers. From what I've read, the ratio for full power loads in a Smith are 1-10, so 1 full house .357 for every ten .38 Spl. A full diet of .357 would shake it loose. This isn't the case for the Rugers.

    The only thing I'll say, though, is that both SP101s I've had required a trigger job and Wolff springs to really bring out their abilities. Easy enough to do, though, and it's nice seeing how they're put together.

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    S&W simply makes the very best revolvers. I have a model 60 and a 649. For pocket carry there is simply nothing better than the 649. Enjoy.
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    When shooting .357 rounds the 2oz added weight is a big plus. Also, Ruger's are tough as nails and will last a lifetime.

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    The Smith mdl 60 and 36 is a 38special not .357 magnum. I have both a Jframe model 638 which is a Airweight 38special and a Ruger SP101 double action only flush hammer and I carry them both. If I had to bring it down to one choice I'd go with the .357 because you can shoot 38 special as well for target. Not that 38 special isn't a good defensive round, nowadays with all the quality ammo available either will work.
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    The S&W model 60 that I have seen are 357.

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    well i be damned, you are right. they do make a longer version of the 60 in 357 smith just has too many models for its own good...but the original model 36 and 60 was in 2.5 inch 38 special
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    SP101..still waiting for that refund check from NYS. "Come on and send it..I want my new 101 !!"
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    Case closed. Bought the Ruger.
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    Ah Shucks! i was gonna vote for the Glock!

    Just Kidding! Either one is a good pick.

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    I would have said the Ruger. From everything I have read lately it seems S&W has some quality control issues. I have 6 different model Smiths and only 2 Rugers but my next purchase will be an LCR in .357

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    Quote Originally Posted by cz75luver View Post
    The only .357 I'd get would be one of the Rugers. From what I've read, the ratio for full power loads in a Smith are 1-10, so 1 full house .357 for every ten .38 Spl. A full diet of .357 would shake it loose. This isn't the case for the Rugers.

    The only thing I'll say, though, is that both SP101s I've had required a trigger job and Wolff springs to really bring out their abilities. Easy enough to do, though, and it's nice seeing how they're put together.

    WHAT? do you have some proof of this? Because last time I checked S&W was still the best wheel gun makers in the HISTORY of revolvers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patrol View Post
    well i be damned, you are right. they do make a longer version of the 60 in 357 smith just has too many models for its own good...but the original model 36 and 60 was in 2.5 inch 38 special
    With a Smith the Model # is often half the story. Someone helped me out on another forum so I'll pass the model 60 dash history along:

    60 - introduced in 1965
    60-1 (1972) 3 in square butt limited production
    60-2 (1987) DAO NYPD?
    60-3 (1988) New yoke retention system
    60-4 (1990) 3 in target sights full underlug barrel
    60-5 (1990) DAO for NYPD with new yoke retention
    60-6 (1989) Ladysmith version
    60-7 (1990) front sight 1/8 inch wide, new heat treatment
    60-8 (1990) same as 60-7 for NYPD
    60-9 (1996) change to J magnum frame
    60-10 (1996) Target variation on J magnum frame
    60-11 (1996) New frame design for 38 Special version only
    60-12 (1996) new frame nose cut
    60-13 (1996) same as 60-12 but target version
    60-14 (2001) Ladysmith with internal lock
    60-15 (2001) internal lock on 357 mag target version
    60-16 (2001) internal lock on 38 Special 2 in
    60-17 (2001) internal lock on 38 Special 3 inch target
    60-18 (2005) internal lock 357 Mag 5 inch target 2 pc barrel

    OP - I would go with a SW 60, but I'm partial to Smiths. If you have a range nearby, you may want to try an rent both and see which one you like. Bottom line is you really can't go wrong with either gun. They are both fine weapons.

    Woah. Talk about reviving a post! Oh well.
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