Ruger GP100 or S&W 686 Which one?

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    Ruger GP100 or S&W 686 Which one?

    Ruger GP100 or S&W 686 both in 4" barrel, which one and why? Gun will do double duty as range gun and home defense gun.

    Based on the four Criteria's below:

    Trigger Pull
    Accuracy
    Ruggedness
    Value for Price

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    I'd go with the GP-100. I have one of the first year models. The gun is built like a tank. Plus it's a couple of hundred cheaper than the S&W.
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    Trigger Pull - Smith
    Accuracy - Tie
    Ruggedness - Ruger
    Value for Price - Ruger

    Keep in mind the 686 can be 7 shot where as the ruger is only 6 shot.
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    I like the Smith...sold my 4" but kept the 7 shot 2 1/2"....
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    I'm a long time GP100 owner and I wouldn't think of selling it.

    Nothing wrong with the 686 by any means but the GP100 with SP101 sized grips fits me better than any of the grips I tried on the Smith.

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    can't go wrong with either, both are nice guns - I'd have to say save the money and get the Ruger. I don't see the S&W being worth a third more. I just picked up a taurus 66 6" SS, after only a few rounds the DA trigger felt great. SA started out that way. 107 rounds, 50 38sp,50 357, 7 buffalo bore 180gr at 1500ft/sec. All handled well! 38sp is like shooting a 22! Having not shot a revolver in years i was surprise i could get back on target and shoot DA at 20 yards fairly quick and keep an seven in spread with the buffalo bore. Gun's much better than i am
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    Trigger Pull ....... Smith
    Accuracy ........ Smith
    Ruggedness ....... Ruger
    Value for Price ....... Ruger
    Classic Good Looks ....... Smith ( I needed to break the tie )
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    100% Smith! Hands down game over! The fit and finish and trigger are way better than the ruger. Yes the ruger is indestructible but the Smith is right behind it in ruggedness. The new cost is under $100 difference and used the Smith will bring 100-150 more used all day.
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    Same answer as any other "which one" question: Visit a shop and try both. Hold them in your hand. Feel the balance. Inspect. Try them if you can.

    The 686+ holds 7 rounds, and HKS makes speedloaders for it.
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    I chose S&W! Here is why- Not only do they look great, they shoot great. Trigger accuracy, and nice!
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    If you are going to shoot the snot out of it with full house loads Ruger for sure ; )
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    S&w 686

    I have two Ruger revolvers but a dozen S&W revolvers, and prefer the latter. So I would go with the model 686, which is one of the best revolvers ever made, in my opinion. I have the 6 inch and the 2.5 inch barrels.



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    I love my Ruger SP101, but that's me. Either one of your choices would work well...which ever one call your name the loudest!
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    Some say buy the Ruger because it's built like a tank. I say the Smith is Bo Derek with sleek lines, and the Ruger is Rosie O'donnel, built like a tank.

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    Either would be a fine choice. I have the Ruger GP 100 and I am keeping it.

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