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#6253661 - 04/09/16 07:09 PM GP100 vs S&W 686
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Ok, I'm jonesin bad for a new revolver. I've narrowed it down to either a Ruger GP100 .357 w/ 4" barrel or a S&W 686, also .357 w/ 4" barrel. The S&W is about $200 dollars more. Do yall think the S&W is worth the extra $$$$?
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#6253720 - 04/09/16 07:41 PM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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I'm a fan of the gp 100. It fits my hand better than the 686.

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#6253879 - 04/09/16 09:38 PM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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I personally think the 686 is the best 357 mag revolver that has ever been made.
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#6253889 - 04/09/16 09:50 PM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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I think S&W is a finer revolver, but the Ruger is likely tougher (and not a bad gun by any stretch!). Whether it's $200 worth of finer or not is something only you can decide. I think I'd rather have the Smith, though.
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#6253898 - 04/09/16 09:57 PM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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I've always liked the GP100.

Don't have one at the moment, though I do have a vintage Security Six. Great revolver, built like a tank.
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#6253907 - 04/09/16 10:05 PM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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686 was the first gun I ever bought. Couldn't even guess how many thousands of rounds has gone through it, and it's still like a Swiss watch.

That being said I wouldn't pay $200 more for it though. Ruger revolvers are simple and tough. Reminds me of the quote "perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but rather nothing left to take away."
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#6253908 - 04/09/16 10:05 PM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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If I liked them both, I'd save the $200
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#6253992 - 04/10/16 12:17 AM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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I have both the GP100 and the 686. Both are earlier non-locking models. Out of the box the 686 was smoother, both in single and double action. However, with a little simple work the GP100 can rival the 686 in the action area. The plus of the GP100 is that it is much easier to disassemble to its basic parts and easier to clean. That is about all I can say, in my opinion the only way to test for accuracy would be with a Ransom Rest which I no longer have. I can't imagine anyone loading up the 357 mag to such stout loads that "built like tank" would matter, both of these wheelguns are solid.
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#6254190 - 04/10/16 09:22 AM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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I've had a GP100 for 7 years now and I love it. It fits my hand perfectly and is very accurate.

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#6254243 - 04/10/16 10:41 AM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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After some research, I've decided to get the Ruger. The main reason is the point that Blackcoal brought up, it is much easier to break down for cleaning and maintenance/repair. I like that. Any money I save on the purchace, I'll put into a trigger job if I find that I don't like it.
Thanks guys!
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#6254319 - 04/10/16 11:40 AM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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I'm late to this party (story of my life) but for what it's worth the S&W 686 is one of the best .357 revolvers ever made. Operationally smooth, excellent balance and rugged.
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#6254336 - 04/10/16 11:54 AM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Red Cloud]
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Originally Posted By: Red Cloud
I'm late to this party (story of my life) but for what it's worth the S&W 686 is one of the best .357 revolvers ever made. Operationally smooth, excellent balance and rugged.


I don't think that's even close. I understand adding the cost into it changes it for a lot of people, but the gun its the 686 is far and away a better gun.

That said, the very first 686's had a extractor issue, which smith worked hard to correct and replace on every one of them, if it was a used early serial number gun, I'd research that.
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#6254484 - 04/10/16 02:44 PM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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Several years ago I was in the same situation, went to a gun store, held them, carried them, really spent time with both. Ended up getting the Ruger for the lower price and because Smith refused to send me a brochure and catalog after I requested one. Still have the GP and am glad I bought it.

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#6254565 - 04/10/16 04:32 PM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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Rugersupposedly hold up better with hot & heavy loads. Smiths supposedly have better out of the box triggers. I have a gp-100 because I wanted ammo versatility.

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#6254772 - 04/10/16 08:10 PM Re: GP100 vs S&W 686 [Re: Palehorse]
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I'd save the $200. They're both great guns. Ruger fits me better.

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