Ruger GP100 or S&W 686

Ruger GP100 or S&W 686

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    Ruger GP100 or S&W 686

    This isn't a CCW question but with the moderators permission I could use some knowledgable advice. I am going to purchase a 4" revolver primarily for home defense and camping/fishing trips. I have narrowed the purchase to a GP100 or S&W 686. I know with a Smith you are somewhat paying for the name. I have fired both and didn't have a preference. Price isn't a factor, and I may also try IDPA or ICORE with the weapon. I am new to revolvers and would appreciate any input that would help in my decision. Thanks!


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    The GP-100 is in the opinion of most the tougher gun - built rugged and all but unburstable. Overall tho I'd say the Smith was a tad more ''refined (and that's nothing against the Ruger). The Smith action is usually that much sweeter and I do marginally prefer the gun's ''feel''.

    Frankly - you won't really go wrong with either .... but if you find a nice 686 then on balance I'd choose that. However if you also were to find a GP-100 that was well ''shot in'' you'd find it smooth enough and of course capable of very many year's service.

    I have an early 686 which with previous owner digested uncountable amounts of very hot .357's and, altho it has some top strap gas erosion is still a stellar gun. I use mine (with barrel weight) for PPC and accurate 25 yard shooting.


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    WEll the smith will have a better trigger you can also get the smith in a 7 shot..

    Both are dang fine wheelies you could flip a coin to choose and not be wrong on either choice..

    But if your going to shoot icore or idpa then my nod goes to the smith

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    Love that barrel weight chris

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    Both are good

    You have named two of the best .357 revolvers on the market, and you would probably be happy with either one. I have owned a 686 for over 10 years, and it is one of the most accurate guns I have, with a great trigger pull. I also own a couple of Ruger revolvers, but not the GP100 model - and they are very well made guns.

    If price is not a big factor, I would tend to go with the S&W 686.

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    Just bought a 686P a few weeks ago. So far I love it, its one nice revolver

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    Just bought the GP100. My wife liked the feel of the trigger and the grip better.

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    It's personal preference. Both are fine weapons. I agree with Chris's assessment. One thing to keep in mind--If you buy a new S&W, you have to get the infernal lock. That's a big deal for some, and not a big deal for others. Good luck, and let us know what you decide on.

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    I'm partial to Ruger, great guns and built like tanks. Also easy to work on to reduce trigger pull weight.

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    I would go for the Ruger. Easier to clean the internals- no side plate. They made some in Target Gray that look real sharp as well.

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    I would go with the Ruger also.But if you could find a used Security Six I would grab that instead.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta Force View Post
    I would go with the Ruger also.But if you could find a used Security Six I would grab that instead.
    I'm not familiar with the Security Six, why would you choose that over the GP100?

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    The Security Six is plenty tough, but it's just a little lighter weight than the GP100. I'm a Service/Speed/Security Six fan as well! I've run LOTS of HOT .357 Mag loads through a Stainless Security Six (4" Heavy Barrel) and it still locks-up like a Volvo Door!
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    I've always been torn between the GP100 and the 686. I chose the GP100 but just 2 days ago Sportsmans Warehouse was on the way home and...well...er....I picked up a 686. Now I own both guns and love em both.

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    +1 on the GP100. My stainless GP100 sits in a dresser drawer, ready for home defense. My wife shoots it well. I'm impressed with strength in anything that I own, and that Ruger is the strongest revolver I have ever held. Rock solid, locks up like a bank vault. Wish they had the 7 shot cylinder option in the GP!
    Slow is smooth.....smooth is fast.

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