Ruger VS S&W Revolvers

Ruger VS S&W Revolvers

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    Ruger VS S&W Revolvers

    I am sure this has been addressed before but searches revealed nothing. I noticed in the gun stores lately that the Smith & Wesson pistols were a couple hundred dollars higher than the Ruger pistols. Why is that? Are they both made in US?

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    Both are excellent revolvers, the main difference is in the name, Smiths have been around longer and it is a more established name. The main difference is with the Smith you get a little better fit and finish and better trigger (referring to pre Klinton models) than the Ruger models.
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    Ruger revolvers have stronger frames, so if you are in the market for a magnum and you'll be running very hot loads through it, you'd be better served with a Ruger.

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    My general take is:

    S&W - Smoother and more "refined," but not quite as tough as a Ruger.

    Ruger - Stronger build quality, but not as "slick" feeling as a Smith.

    You really can't go wrong with either, but I would pick the Ruger to take to bear country and the Smith for the range.
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    I'm not sure, so don't chew on me if I'm wrong but...

    Isn't S&W made from relatively expensive forgings and Rugers from less expensive lost-wax castings? Could it just be related to manufacturing expenses? I do think the fit of the Smits is better personally, but it's my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpringerXD View Post
    My general take is:

    S&W - Smoother and more "refined," but not quite as tough as a Ruger.

    Ruger - Stronger built quality, but not as "slick" feeling as a Smith.

    You really can't go wrong with either, but I would pick the Ruger to take to bear country and the Smith for the range.
    To me it's something akin to asking if you prefer blonde or brunette women. I own and carry both S&Ws and Rugers and think highly of both. My GP100 usually sees service in the back country.
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    Can't go wrong with either one. Yes they are both made in U.S.A.
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    "To me it's something akin to asking if you prefer blonde or brunette women. I own and carry both..." (WMhawth)

    Careful, statements like this can get you trouble!

    So that's how the media get people in trouble! He is correct, there are differences but that is what makes them Rugers or Smiths. Ruger did not have an airweight type revo until the LCR...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpringerXD View Post
    My general take is:

    S&W - Smoother and more "refined," but not quite as tough as a Ruger.

    Ruger - Stronger built quality, but not as "slick" feeling as a Smith.

    You really can't go wrong with either, but I would pick the Ruger to take to bear country and the Smith for the range.
    I think that is a fair summation. I have some of both...
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    Ruger frames tend to be bigger, but they are not stronger. S&W uses forged frames. Rugers are cast. That’s why Ruger frames are larger than S&W.

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    [QUOTE=JT;1710930]Ruger frames tend to be bigger, but they are not stronger. S&W uses forged frames. Rugers are cast. That’s why Ruger frames are larger than S&W.]

    I've seen alot more S&W Go out of timing than Rugers ; )
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    Quote Originally Posted by hogdaddy View Post
    I've seen alot more S&W Go out of timing than Rugers ; )
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    I haven't.
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    I agree with your summations, I need 1 of each!

    Thanks for the feedback.

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