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Which would you prefer, and why?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Quoheleth, Jul 9, 2010.

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If you were to pick...

Poll closed Jul 29, 2010.
  1. Ruger GP100

    63 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. S&W 27

    126 vote(s)
    66.7%
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  1. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Member

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    Of the two, a 6" Ruger GP100 or a 6" Smith 27 (P&R)?

    Love to hear comments...
     
  2. springfield30-06

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    I know Rugers are great guns, but I like the looks of a S&W much better. I've shot a S&W 28 and love it... and the 27 is the same thing but prettier.
     
  3. JellyJar

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    Both are good guns and will get the job done. However, the GP100 is still being made so if you lost the gun to the police for some reason it is easily replaced and is not too expensive. On the other hand the S&W 27 P&Rs are not being made any more, are highly desirable, not easily replaced and would be expensive to buy if you could find a good one. So if you lost it it would be very sad. Not so sad if you lost the GP100.
     
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  4. md7

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    i can't really vote on this. between a current production smith and a ruger, i would choose a ruger. mainly because i just like it overall better. but the older smiths are really cool. hammer mounted pins, deep blueing, they're just plain cool. and the 27 was the smith's cadillac .357 mag.

    if you plan on using this as a range/nuclear reloads/knock around the woods gun-ruger

    if you want a nice, unique, well made example of one of smith's finest (imho)- smith

    either will do. the 27 just does it with more style, if that matters.
     
  5. Tallinar

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    Ruger. Cheaper.
     
  6. CraigC
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    S&W, hands down. I love Ruger single actions but their double actions just don't do much for me. The S&W is a timeless classic. The Ruger is just a tool.

    I can't imagine choosing a sixgun (or a woman for that matter) according to which is easiest to lose. That ain't livin'! :scrutiny:
     
  7. RX-178

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    I just personally prefer the GP100. I like heavy revolvers over light(er) ones.
     
  8. CraigC
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    They weigh about the same.
     
  9. beeenbag

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    cant beat a smitty!
     
  10. 9mmepiphany

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    in the 40+ years i've been shooting, i've never heard any S&W N-frame referred to as lighter...especially not a M-27, which is the heaviest.

    you have to remember that the M-27 is built on their large frame as opposed to the GP-100 which is built on a medium frame.

    i would never occur to me that someone would even compare these two...the usual comparison is between the M-686 medium L-frame and the GP-100.

    a Pinned (barrel) & Recessed (cartridge rims) M-27 is orders higher in quality of workmanship (this isn't a current production M-27 we're talking about) than the GP-100. it would be like comparing a VW Jetta to a Mercedes E-class
     
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  11. oneounceload

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    The GP-100 ranges from 36 to 45 ounces

    The S&W ranges from 37.6 to 44

    Hardly a way to justify it because of weight
     
  12. surbat6

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    I love my S&Ws!
    That said, I'd pick a Ruger for durability.
    But the S&W's trigger pull, both double and single action, is superior, in my experience.
    You could resolve the problem the way I usually do and get both!
     
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    The Smith is far FAR nicer in terms of finish and feel and overall quality, but there is something off-putting to me about the big N-frames in 357. I love my Model 25s, but the traditional Model 27/28 just doesn't seem 'right' to me.

    For this reason, I'd actually be tempted to take the GP100.

    But had you made the comparison between the GP100 and P&R Model 19, the choice would have been lopsidedly in favor of the S&W.
     
  14. Walkalong

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    Yep, and I would go with a 586 or 686 over the Ruger.

    I still have a 28 & a 27, but traded my GP-100. I miss it a little, and would pick one up if I found a great deal.
     
  15. Rexster

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    This one is easily decided by science: the big S&W is too big for my hands; I can't get enough finger on the trigger while holding it properly to control recoil. I do still have one S&W N-frame, for sentimental reasons. I own several GP100s.
     
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    The Smith hands down, I did not even have to think about it. Why, the model 27 is the finest production revolver EVER produced.:D

    I don’t what you consider heavy but at 2 pounds 14 ounces my 6” M-27 is not light.
     
  17. Steve C

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    The S&W 27 is IMO the nicest pistol that S&W made. The blue and polish was better than the standard grade. They fine checkered the top of the fame and rib to reduce glare rather than the flat finish surface used in the lessor models and by most other companies. My 3-1/2" has excellent balance. Just fine machined steel quality from an earlier era.

    Some like to say how Rugers are somehow stronger than other guns. They certainly look that way with thicker frames but they use cast frames and the extra thickness is needed to insure the same strength as a frame that's been machined from bar stock. I've seen several Rugers that where KB'd up by yahoo's that thought they could withstand their "special" hand loads.
     
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    I'd rather have a King Cobra! :D
     
  19. Guillermo

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    if money is no object there is no comparison

    The Smith is the superior gun in so many ways.

    If money is a consideration the Ruger is a lot of gun for the money.

    Think of the Smith as a Lexus and the Ruger as a Camry.
     
  20. Quickstrike

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    I like robustness and durability. The trigger can be spiffed up real nice, and it will probably still cost less than the smith after the trigger job.

    I also hate the internal lock. Saw a blued GP100 with a 4 inch barrel the other day. It looked nice!
     
  21. Nasty

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    Bill Ruger sold us out with his own money that was earned from us when he actively supported and testified before Congress that none of us had any legitimate need for high capacity magazines.

    No matter how good Ruger firearms are (and I freely admit that they are), I will never contribute any of my money to his family.

    I know...Bill is dead.

    I'm now looking forward to the death of Jane Fonda.
     
  22. md7

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    nasty,

    not trying to argue with you or to hi jack this thread. thats your opinion and i respect that. serious question. who is in charge of ruger nowadays? is bill ruger's family still running it? thanks.

    sorry for getting off topic everybody, please continue.
     
  23. Nasty

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    I don't know about who is running it, but Bill's family is still drawing funds.

    As I said, great firearms, but I can't stomach supporting a traitor or their family.
     
  24. JoelSteinbach

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    Ruger GP looks nice, but smith looks nicer, and with smoother, better feeling how could you not love the S&W
     
  25. Quoheleth

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    Bill Ruger sold us out.
    S&W sold us out.

    Water under the bridge.

    I have the GP100 and am working on a deal to acquire the S&W. I was basically reassuring myself that the Smith was a good acquisition.

    She's a purty blue, too. The Ruger is more industrial, I guess you might say, and doesn't have the lines of the Smith. I'm looking forward to having both in the stable.

    Q
     
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