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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ruger GP100 vs S&W 586

I'm looking to get into target shooting with a 357/38 spcl revolver, maybe even join a revolver league a few guys I know shoot in. The rules for the particular league are fairly loose, and guys shoot with everything from old snubby carry guns to tricked out long barreled target guns.

I've got it narrowed down to either an S&W 586 4in or a Ruger GP100 4in. I'm leaning toward the Ruger, because I can buy a spring kit from brownells, a new grip, and a new front sight and still spend less than what a stock 586 costs. Any thoughts?

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Re: Ruger GP100 vs S&W 586

I like the GP100, I was down to a Blackhawk or the GP100 when I was in the .357/38 market, I went for the Blackhawk. I still want a GP100 just cause they are so well made!

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Re: Ruger GP100 vs S&W 586

Not sure what a S&W 586 is? I only know of the 686, and that is a fine revolver.

With that said I do have a GP100 with a 6" barrel. I love the gun, but the front sight leaves something to be desired. With the money spent on that gun they could have just put on the good sight they want you to buy online for 15-20 bucks. Sort of ticks my off actually as they know the sight that comes with the gun is just wrong.

I painted the sights on my gun with red model paint. It works fine for my purposes.

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Re: Ruger GP100 vs S&W 586

586 is in S&W's current "classics" line. Square butt grip, full lug under the barrel, a very pretty revolver- heres a link
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/s...playErrorView_Y

The front sight on the ruger would have to go. I lose matte black sights against the black of sillouhette targets way too easily. Ruger sells two replacement sights off their website, but I agree. If everyone upgrades to the $15 dollar red front sight (which probably costs .45 cents to make), why not make it standard?

MSRP of the S&W is $800.00
MSRP of the Ruger is $700.00

The difference is that S&W's seem to sell a lot closer to the MSRP at gun shops than Rugers do. $800.00 is a little much for a pistol right now.

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Re: Ruger GP100 vs S&W 586

The GP-100 is a sturdy well built gun. I have one with a 4" bbl. and it has held up to a lot of magnum rounds.

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Re: Ruger GP100 vs S&W 586

I bought my Ruger two years ago for $550. At the time the 686 was running arounf 8-900 bucks. Too rich for my blood.

My GP100 shoot great for what it's worth. The S&W guns seem to have a finer finish than a Ruger. Meaning they are easier to clean.

Dependig on the load being used it takes some major elbow grease to get the crud off the finish of my gun. I will never load with the free bullseye powder I have for that gun ever again. I'm still working to get it off the outside of the gun.

I should note that my gun is stainless. You probably wouldn't notice the difference in a blued gun.

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Re: Ruger GP100 vs S&W 586

HF365 try some Flitz polish. It cleans powder marks on stainless really well without screwing up the finish.

I don't know if they still make the ruger DA revolvers as tight as they used to but I've seen several bind up when they got hot from sustained firing with .357 mags.
Never had that trouble with the S&W's.

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Re: Ruger GP100 vs S&W 586

I have a pistol to trade in on one, so I'll start pricing GP100's at shops around here. Thanks for the inputs guys!

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Re: Ruger GP100 vs S&W 586

I have a 6" Stainless GP 100 that I love. You won't find a more durable revolver. But that being said, the 586/686 Series by Smith are also fine revolvers. You can't go wrong with either choice.

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