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Ruger SP-101 vs. S&W Model 60

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    Ruger SP101 357 3" barrel all the way, easy to carry and built like a tank. Took me 6 months to find mine, the search was worth it.
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    I just love my SP101....... It rides in my car 24X7. Fits the hand so well, and built like a tank. I have a bunch of revolvers, but this Ruger is my favorite......

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    Ruger SP-101 vs. S&W Model 60

    I kept reading how hard it was to find 3" SP101s, and happened across one while shopping for a 642 and bought it. It's a solid gun and I like it a lot.

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    Before I bought my first SP101 I miked the cylinder wall thickness of a S&W Model 60 & the SP101 & Rugers walls were .015 thicker. Since I like stout handloads I bought the SP101.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gglass View Post
    I love almost everything that S&W has ever produced, but I have to say that the SP-101 takes this contest. The SP-101 is as tough as you will ever find in a small framed revolver... Yes it is stronger than the Model 60.

    I also have to say that the SP and GP Rugers are just about the easiest revolvers to rework. A trigger job on a SP-101 is about as simple and straight forward as it gets. I did my own IBOK trigger job and the trigger breaks cleanly at 2.5lbs in SA and 4lbs in DA.

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    Hi, Can you tell me where you had all this work done? Great looking gun! As a matter of fact, the best looking gun I have ever seen. My email is: tapout123@sbcglobal.net Thanks again. CC

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    I own & shoot both the Model 60 (3 inch barrel) and a Ruger SP 101 (3 inch barrel). The M60 is nice and a very attractive and fine shooting weapon. My SP 101 with the spring kit I installed and a Trijicon front sight shooting magnum loads will be a pleasure to shoot all day. Not the case with my M60. PLease do not misunderstand what I'm saying, the M60 for home defense will be fine for a few rounds (I said a few rounds). The M60 shooting 38 spcls is fine if they're not loaded to +P capacities. If I grab my SP 101 with magnum loads I don't have to worry about limited firing ability with magnums. I like both weapons for different reasons. For defending my life and my family..............My SP 101. For just a fun day at the range.....both!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by patrol View Post
    The Smith mdl 60 and 36 is a 38special not .357 magnum.
    Wrong. Current Model 60s are in fact chambered in .357 magnum.

    I don't think the OP can go wrong with either gun. They are both excellent CCW choices. In the end it really comes down to personal preference.

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    Keep both, like the SP an Smith equally the SP for me is more accurate but its really splitting hairs what ever you can find will work. image.jpgimage.jpg
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    I have the 2.25" SP 101 and love it. However I was visiting a LGS a few weeks back and held a 3" S&W model 60 from the Pro shop and all I can say is, I would have traded my SP 101 in a second for that revolver. While the Ruger feels like a tank, that S&W was just such a nice revolver. I plan to add one to my collection at my earliest opportunity.
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    I have never owned a S&W 60, so I can't speak with any authority, but I did own a 442 and hated it. I know that this is an apples to oranges comparison, but that 442 turned me off to S&W snubs. My 442 felt so good in my hand and it carried so well, but it hurt to shoot. It was painful to shoot. I started to flinch every time I shot it so I traded it. I know the 60 is heavier so I am probably just blowing smoke, but I own a 2.25" SP101 and it handles .357 like a dream. Get a good belt, a good holster, and the extra three ounces amount to nothing. I'd go SP101 in a heart beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    I have the 2.25" SP 101 and love it. However I was visiting a LGS a few weeks back and held a 3" S&W model 60 from the Pro shop and all I can say is, I would have traded my SP 101 in a second for that revolver. While the Ruger feels like a tank, that S&W was just such a nice revolver. I plan to add one to my collection at my earliest opportunity.
    I've got that model and, as a matter of fact, it's sitting right here with me. I've had it about a year now and it just keeps getting better. Sooner or later I'll get the 101 in 3" and be proud to own it. They are beef cakes. But I really like shooting the 3" Model 60 Pro and as a field carry, it's a dream. And the Pro model is about all you'll find these days. The classic 3" Model 60 has evaporated for the past year or so.
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    I have the SP101 in 2",3" and 4" guess which one I go with?
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    If you get the SP101 do yourself a favor and don't buy any grips like are on mine in the picture below. With 357's it will bang into the front of your middle finger with the trigger guard. My finger has been sore all week. Mine is about 25 years old and was a lot cheaper to buy back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldy49 View Post
    I have never owned a S&W 60, so I can't speak with any authority, but I did own a 442 and hated it. I know that this is an apples to oranges comparison, but that 442 turned me off to S&W snubs. My 442 felt so good in my hand and it carried so well, but it hurt to shoot. It was painful to shoot. I started to flinch every time I shot it so I traded it. I know the 60 is heavier so I am probably just blowing smoke, but I own a 2.25" SP101 and it handles .357 like a dream. Get a good belt, a good holster, and the extra three ounces amount to nothing. I'd go SP101 in a heart beat.
    I felt the same way about my 642. I now own a model 60 and to me it's night and day. I've also owned a sp 101 but considering I won't shoot 357 from either I love my 60

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    I own both a S&W Mod. 66 no dash and a Mod. 60 don't remember the dash (.38 Spec.) bought in the mid 1980's The 60 is my BUG if I ever need one.

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