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Helpme choose Ruger-S&W

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Chilean, Apr 22, 2007.

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  1. Chilean

    Chilean Member

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    Hi guys

    I've been looking for a good 357 revolver for a while and I need help with my choice (price is the same for the 2 guns here in Chile US$1100, yeah i know is very expensive....:barf: , but I don`t want to buy a taurus, I want american weapons like others that I have)

    - S&W 686, 6 inches barrel, stainless,DA
    - Ruger Blackhack(BN36-x), Convertible model includes an extra cylinder 9mm. 6 1/2 in barrel,SA

    Both are new weapons - Which is more durable?, more accurate? more rugged?
    Thanks in advance for any info or advice
     
  2. Don Lu

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    You wont go wrong w/either... I dont own any Rugers, but I have shot plenty. I think I'd go for the ruger just b/c it comes w/2 cylinders, you basically be getting 2 guns for the price of one. I own a smith 520, Its an L-frame just like the 686 and I love it. But the Ruger seems cooler.

    P.S. Taurus makes fine guns also.
     
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  3. 19-3Ben

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    Well, you are comparing two different types of revolvers. Were it me, I'd think a more appropriate comparison might be the 686 with a Ruger GP-100.

    Rugers have the reputation for reliability, strength, and durability. But S&W's are no slouch either.

    FIgure out if you want DA or SA, and make the diecision based on that.
     
  4. Chilean

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    mmm there are no GP-100 over here :(
     
  5. 19-3Ben

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    Well then I think the only solution is immigration into the USA.
    A GP100 is worth leaving any homeland.;) :rolleyes:
     
  6. DWARREN123

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    Both are great revolvers so pick the one that makes you giggle like a school girl when you hold it.
    Just my experience.:D
     
  7. Chilean

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    I think I need a green card :neener:
     
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    Both are great.
     
  9. glockman19

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    and since the GP-100 isn't available the winner by default is the S&W 686. I have one and likeit very much. I've shot both and personally like the trigger better on the S&W than the Ruger. Personal preferance.
     
  10. Eskimo Jim

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    You have quite a dilemma.

    The blackhawk from Ruger is single action so that you have to pull the hammer back each time you want to fire the revolver. The S&W is double action so you can pull the trigger to fire or you can shoot it single action.

    The S&W will fire .38 special and .357 magnum only. The convertible cylinder on the Blackhawk will add 9mm to the calibers that you can shoot safely.

    The trade off becomes do you want to give up the versitility in calber for being able to shoot double action or vice versa.

    If it were me, I'd choose the S&W.

    Jim
     
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    What's your ammo availability like? If your more apt to find good deals on 9mm then I'd say Blackhawk. I don't find single-action to be a drawback but then that's me, what's your preference? Both guns will last forever if cared for, but if rugged and strong are your criteria then the Blackhawk is way overbuilt for the .357 and your hands down choice in strength, way easier to work on too as it's a much simpler mechanism.

    Were it me, I'd take the Blackhawk for versatility of the extra cylinder, strength and simplicity of design.
     
  12. Chilean

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    Thank guys, I've bought the Blackhawk!!!
     
  13. tasco 74

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    i was wondering if a .355 dia. 9mm bullet would fit the tube on a .357 mag/.38 spl revolver tight enough to have accuracy?????????
     
  14. Bula

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    Now you can start saving up for that 686!!!
    Blackhawks are really great guns. Strong and accurate.
    I'm sure you'll be very happy with it.
     
  15. 19-3Ben

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    Good man. Well done.
     
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