S&W 686 or Ruger KGP-141

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    S&W 686 or Ruger KGP-141

    I know this seems like an on-going discussion and people are generally loyal to one brand or another. But would like to know if anyone out there has shot either of these two weapons and could tell me about how the weapon is balanced, feels and carries. Both are 357 Mag/38 spl. +P. Despite you usually get what you pay for, the Ruger is about $150.00 less than the S&W and it seems to me IMO that you pay just a bit more for the S&W name. Thanks
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    Hmmm, I guess I don't know what a Ruger KGP-141 is. I'll look it up. But, I do have a S&W 686 2-1/2" and 4" and they do what they're supposed to.

    I took them to Gunsite's Advance Tactics Pistol class and didn't have a single problem with them.

    The 686's and I assume the Ruger is similar, are pretty big but not too big to CCW, at least not for me.

    p.s.
    Just took a quick look at the Ruger KGP-141. Looks like a 686. I like the Ruger cylinder release better for some reason.

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    Ick, what a choice! Seriously, I've had both the 686 and GP-100. I would say that if the Smith were pre-lock, and clean, I'd go with that. If it has the lock-Ruger wins. Ruger's frame is heavier, and the parts are "over-built", so it will take more time or work to make the action as smooth as the 686. Not a big deal, but something to consider.

    Ruger and Smith have both made big anti-2nd Amendment concessions, though Smith to a lesser degree. With the lock addition, though, I would simply have to pick the most durable tool- the Ruger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72 View Post
    I would say that if the Smith were pre-lock, and clean, I'd go with that. If it has the lock-Ruger wins.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Ruger, I've never had any Ruger revolver go out of time on me except one that the previous owner monkeyed with.

    Can't say that for my experience with Smith.

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    Ruger hands down.

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    I love 686 - the older ones but yeah - for brutal toughness and reliability I'd go the Ruger route.
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