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glock1973
02-28-2010, 9:16 PM
I'm looking for a revolver for work (retail shop)...357 mag: Betweeen S&W or Ruger? Any recommendations?

rgs1975
02-28-2010, 9:19 PM
S&W 586 .357 Magnum, 4" if you're looking for blue
S&W 686 .357 Magnum, 4" if you want stainless

9mmepiphany
02-28-2010, 9:29 PM
S&W unless you can find a Ruger Security/Service/Speed-Six

will227457
02-28-2010, 10:21 PM
S&W model 19

you will have to get it used though...best 357 ever made

nrvnqsrxk
02-28-2010, 10:23 PM
I would go for S&W over any Ruger.

BUt this isn't my lane so I'll just quietly go back :D

Rekrab
02-28-2010, 10:24 PM
I like Rugers over S&W personally. The GP100 is a dream to shoot.

If you want something shorter, grab a SP101.

wrightb
02-28-2010, 10:42 PM
I wish I could say I need a revolver for work

xxsleepyxx
02-28-2010, 10:43 PM
I would go for S&W over Ruger also, If money was not an issue. But for the value of the SP101, it cannot be beat. It is built more rugged than the S&W's. Atleast that's the impression I get; don't cry people

El Gato
02-28-2010, 10:44 PM
Ruger is a tank...and is heavy...
Smith isn't a tank although strong and durable...
we have a number of smith 65's we use to qual guards and for ccw clients...they have had untold thousands of rounds through them... I retimed one, replaced the firing pin on one... and replaced mainsprings...other than that...they still run great...

wrightb
02-28-2010, 10:54 PM
The SP101 is my revolver of choice, though I am limited to a couple Ruger's and one S&W. It definitely has a great feel to it, and handles the hot 357s like a cheap box of 38s.

Echidin
02-28-2010, 11:00 PM
Although I currently own a S&W and I do like them, I would not hesitate to pick up a Ruger GP100. A friend of mine has one in 6" and that thing is built to last.

Cheaper than a S&W without sacrificing reliability.


Regardless of what we all tell you it's all just our opinion. You're best bet is to pick out a couple models of each and try them out at the range until you find what you're looking for.

RogueSniper
02-28-2010, 11:04 PM
I'm a fan of S&W quality (686) but like the others said, the Ruger (GP100) is a tank. I could shoot full power 357 in the GP100 all day and never feel it, but my finger get worn out - the trigger is touch heavy. The trigger on the S&W is like glass, absolutely beautiful.

Whatever you get, get some good grips and practice like hell. My Ruger has the original rubber and wood insert. The S&W has Hogue.

taloft
02-28-2010, 11:21 PM
The S&W 686 is a good choice if you want a full lug gun.

Another good choice is the S&W 66 it was the stainless version of the model 19 combat magnum. The 619 and the 620 are the current versions, the only difference is the sights on the 620 are adjustable. I see a lot of these being used by local security.

Rugers are tanks, something like the GP100 (KGP-141) would serve and it has a full lug as well.

Personally I think it should come down to feel. All are fine reliable firearms that will serve you well. Handle a couple and see which naturally points and balances well in your hand.

Ed_Hazard
02-28-2010, 11:41 PM
I love my GP100 as well as my 586 both are great revolvers. My next buy is going to be a 627, attn Kevin at Ammo Bros, 8 shot SS 357 mag 4" barrel. Cant go wrong with a 357 mag revolver that packs as many rds as your typical 1911.:thumbsup:

9mmepiphany
02-28-2010, 11:58 PM
my opinion of the GP-100 differs somewhat from others here.

my GP-100 reminded me of a Checker Cab...when my first wife and i divorced, i happily let her have it...if that says anything. however i think the Ruger Speed-Six is the ultimate carry .357 Mag...and this from someone who carried a Colt Python as a duty gun

redhemi
03-01-2010, 8:44 AM
Are you going to be carrying it or will it be sitting behind a counter, that should also be a factor in your choice. Counter gun big carry gun small. I haven,t handled smith,s much but I do have a Ruger GP100 4", great gun IMO. Like everyone says pick up a couple different ones and get a feel for them. Redhemi

Legasat
03-01-2010, 8:49 AM
My Ruger Security Six will likely be the last gun I give up. I may be buried with it...so I can use it in the next world and all that ;)

gorenut
03-01-2010, 9:07 AM
I'll chime in for a Ruger GP100 as well. I personally own one in 6", but for your purposes, 4" is probably more practical. Its very good bang for your buck and since I'm guessing it's mainly to be left somewhere in your shop for easy access.. seems like the weight won't be too much of a problem (if anything, good to dampen recoil).

Reason why I say the GP100... my guess is that most of the times, it'll just be sitting there. No reason to spend more for creature comforts. Its reliable as all heck and can double as a bludgeon if you run out of ammo. Workhorse gun for your work. However, if you're getting this gun for recreation purposes as well, then go ahead and get what you like to shoot.

My suggestion if you go with the GP100 is if you ever have some time.. dry fire the thing like crazy. My GP100 can claim to have a trigger smoother than my Sig.

RedFord150
03-01-2010, 12:52 PM
In my area, the Ruger GP100 goes for $500 to $600. The Smith 586 is over $700.
My GP100 is stainless and 4" barrel. It is 20 years old and never failed. It has Hogue grips, an orange front sight, and a great trigger job. I like it better than any other .357 revolver I have ever shot, including the Colt Python.
I think Smth is a little better trigger and more nicely finished out of the box.
I think Ruger is built heavier and more durable.
Personally, I would save $100 to $200 and get the stronger of the 2.
Good luck.