slab-side bull-barrel and a fiber optic front sight is a winning combo. I like the 357 but the 38 is good for newer shooters which I have in my life. You will just have to finger each and see which one feels best in your hand as they are BOTH world class guns. Both had cylinder problems where the cylinder would lock up on me during both single and double action shooting. The .357 will kick harder (you can also go in-between, with .38 Special +P). As a reloader of stupid plasma hot .357, I think the gp100 was greatly worth it over the 686. The GP100 is and always has been an incredibly strong revolver. The 686 is an extra $170 but I'm leaning towards it because I like the tapered barrel and I believe they have better triggers. It too has become quite rare and expensive as well. Never had a GP100 however the ruger wheel guns ive owned did not have favorable triggers and I've not been associated with anyone who dealt with making the trigger better .38 special and .357 magnum, as many already pointed out, share identical dimensions save for the case length, essentially. I think the front sight may depend on the specific model of S&W. If you buy a stainless GP100, you can do a cheap and easy trigger job on it as follows: take it apart following the instructions in the manual (don't disassemble the trigger group, just remove it from the gun). I've owned two GP100's and a few different SW revolvers and for me Smith is generally a small step above Ruger out of the box. I swapped out the one on my 686+ in about 20 seconds with no tools. Smith & Wesson 150853 686 Plus Magnum Single/Double Action .357. Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Maine?
Yes with a valid concealed carry permit, however it cannot be used to shoot a deer or dispatch a wounded deer. We compare the Ruger GP 100 Match Champion to the Smith and Wesson 686. The Ruger GP100 and the Smith & Wesson 686. I had Greg Derr do a trigger job and it was $85 if I recall. The single action New Model Blackhawk (NMBH) is quite different in look and feel to the 686. Since then there have been numerous attempts to do the same with GP-100 vs 686. Any input is appreciated. There are areas like the hammer and top strap on the GP100 that show where Ruger saves a few pennies to deliver a less expensive gun. When you can do that on demand you're going to be very pleased with how well you can do at the range. Press J to jump to the feed. Thread Tools. Mind you, both guns never saw 50 rounds before I had to send them back to S&W for service. I've never disassembled the Smith, but takedown on the Ruger was pretty easy. The SP101 is great if you're thinking of carrying, and I like the GP100 too (although I own a Speed Six) but I'd say 686 over it. They are tough and will last forever if not abused. Different but close. Just make sure the revolver you buy is chambered for .357 magnum, because .38 special-chambered revolvers CANNOT fire .357 magnum. With the 686 i'll have a thinner frame along with the unsightly interior lock, however i'm a huge fan of smiths and the quality of their firearms. I second the one of each school... plus a Colt Python and then a Dan Wesson... just to have a choice on Range Day. Both guns are new and have hogue rubber grips. This will make your hands ache but it does not take as long as you might think. Do 500 single action, 500 double. Older 686 if you want something a little more refined and have to take care of a bit more. (Forged/milled frame vs. Investment case/milled frame). I blasted several boxes of .38 special rounds but regrettably didn't shoot any .357 through it. I’ve had L frame Smiths and Ruger GP-100s. We put two iconic revolvers together to compare and contrast differences and similarities. Then disassemble again, hose it down again, let it dry, and spray it down good with your favorite gun lube (not WD40, it turns to shellac over time). Messages: 2,309 Likes Received: 1,507. when it went a piece of me went with it. My second gun purchase was a 6" stainless GP100 and love it. GP100- The hogue rubber grip is thick and absorbs lots of recoil. Love my 3 inch .44 mag... lots of love going down range in a hurry! Either choice is good and both weapons are just beautiful. I think the 686 is the better looking gun of the two, but looks are subjective. I think the difference between the 686 and 60 is that 686 is … I personally prefer the trigger and the looks of Smith and Wesson revolvers. And hot .357 is really fun to shoot. .38 Special through it is really not bad, a bit less recoil than 9mm out of my Glock 19. In der Handhabung gab es leichte Unterschiede aber ich bin mit beiden zurechtgekommen. Another thing, are all the internal components metal with the exception of the grip? The GP 101 and 686 are great. Im leaning towards the ruger because as I understand it, the front sight is easier to remove and in general it's easier to disassemble than the 686. Both will likely be fine, though the Ruger is simpler, more overbuilt, and a bit less refined. But the GP100 is a quality revolver that is rugged and reliable. Since the Ruger is less expensive, if I go with the GP100, I will be able to afford a trigger job too. The Ruger GP100 Match Champion's barrel is a departure from the usual GP100 barrel. Then reassemble and you're good to go. I just picked up a GP100 3". on May 2, 2000 at 1:28PM PDT. To be honest I hardly even notice the lock on any revolver, I guess I'm just used to it, either that or I don't really care. I've had both and just like the "feel" of the 686 better. The Smith has a better trigger, and it isn't really close. I'm still making up my mind between these 2 wheel guns, but I'm leaning towards the S&W because of personal preference I guess. I’ve narrowed it down to two options. This post is part of the series: SMART Goal Resources & Strategies, Team management and coaching are key soft skills for managers. Mine are for home defense, range, and just personal enjoyment. Both guns are new and have hogue rubber grips. I'm too lazy to Google it at the moment, but as I recall the case diameters are identical, and the difference in .357 and .38 has something to do with what part of the bullet was measured to come up with the caliber. It is well-supported by the aftermarket, with a wide range of grips, speedloaders, sights, and other accessories. Picking one among the three will be a matter of personal preference and intended use. It's also been used by certain military units that operate in and around water. 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