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Posted: 2/10/2002 3:55:32 PM EDT
I prefer the S&W, but Ruger also makes a nice line, very over built.
Link Posted: 2/11/2002 4:16:49 AM EDT
Back in the dark ages, I got my first S&W when I turned 18 and graduated High School on the same day as a present from my parents.
I've owned many since then along with a few Rugers and Colts.
I've carried all 3 brands at different times.
Probably more S&W's than the other 2 combined.
Beach
Link Posted: 2/11/2002 5:26:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/11/2002 5:30:15 AM EDT by Hannah_Reitsch]
I love S&W revolvers. Smith and Colt both make great wheelguns, it's all in what you become accustomed to. I like my cylinder latches to open when you push *forward*, I like the cylinder to rotate from right to left, and I like the side plate on the right. The old 5 screw Smiths are the smoothest actions I have ever felt.
I like the old recessed cylinders, and the pinned barrels too.
Link Posted: 2/12/2002 6:12:44 AM EDT
I am shocked that Colt doesn't have any votes yet...their revolvers are very accurate, but I personally prefer the action (and look) of the S&W.
Link Posted: 2/13/2002 10:59:47 AM EDT
I like my Ruger Black hawk. But I would never give up my S&W 4" model 19.
Link Posted: 2/17/2002 7:47:49 PM EDT
No place to vote for Clerke or RG...so I pick S&W. I shot a new model 28, 4 in. that was in storage many years. Using Samson 125s, I had a few one holers and a few cloverleafs...this one outshoots me! Like Hannah says, "pinned and recessed". I agree the *forward* cylinder release is natural, not back, Colt, down, Dan Wesson or in, Ruger.
Link Posted: 3/16/2002 3:49:04 PM EDT
S&W for double action, Ruger for single action.
Link Posted: 3/16/2002 6:27:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Malpaso:
S&W for double action, Ruger for single action.



Ditto
Link Posted: 3/16/2002 7:44:42 PM EDT
Taurus makes some very fine, inexpensive and practical revolvers. I just wish they wouldn't put compensators on all of them.
Link Posted: 3/18/2002 6:27:51 AM EDT
S&W... all the way. Of course I'm sentimentally attached to my baby and wouldn't want to say anything that would hurt her feelings...

But I do agree that Taurus has some nice revolvers... had a snubbie .357 that was very nice.
Link Posted: 3/18/2002 7:12:07 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/18/2002 8:37:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/18/2002 12:16:07 PM EDT
Me thinks this is more of a popularity contest than "best" since everyone listed makes top line products.............some models better than other...by each mfg....a matter of which.....smith quality is probably more consistent overall.......
Link Posted: 3/18/2002 12:40:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2002 12:44:21 PM EDT by wlynn5]
I like my Smiths and really want to get another Python. Ruger is my favorite SA. In terms of accuracy my 8" Dan Wesson take first place. I often go to the rifle range and shoot beer cans placed on the 100M berm, shooting off hand I have about a 60% hit rate. When people watch this they almost always want to try it.
From a bench the hit rate is about 98%.
Fredom Arms makes the highesy quality single action in the world but their price is right up there with the quality.
Link Posted: 3/20/2002 4:18:52 PM EDT
The best IMHO is the S&W N frames. Second best is the S&W K & L frames. Then there's Colt.
Link Posted: 3/20/2002 7:02:41 PM EDT
I voted for S&W but Ruger would be my second for pure durability.
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 1:54:30 PM EDT
Smith. Tho I do own Rugers and Colt as well.

Link Posted: 3/22/2002 2:30:07 PM EDT
But then again, I never owned or fired a Korth. You can get one of each of afore mentioned brands for the price of the Korth, with change left over! Oh well, they never made 'em in stainless, so I passed.
Link Posted: 3/27/2002 8:20:30 AM EDT
Just my humble opinion,Ruger is affordable,user friendly,and will take any handload...
Link Posted: 3/27/2002 3:53:32 PM EDT
During the latter half of the 19th Century (post Civil War) it was Colt.

For most of the 20th Century it was S&W.

In the 21st Century it is probably Ruger, but the century is young. Hard to tell what lays ahead.
Link Posted: 4/2/2002 2:49:41 PM EDT
Smith, hands down! Like em, carry em, have for a long time.
Link Posted: 4/3/2002 5:49:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/4/2002 4:58:23 PM EDT
Freedom Arms makes the finest single-action revolver in the world -HANDS DOWN!! Unfortunately, it's also the most expensive.
Ruger makes the best single-acton for the money, I own several Rugers and they're great.
Link Posted: 4/4/2002 10:38:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fireguy:
Freedom Arms makes the finest single-action revolver in the world -HANDS DOWN!! Unfortunately, it's also the most expensive.
Ruger makes the best single-acton for the money, I own several Rugers and they're great.



Yup, I also think Ruger make one hell of a tough double action. Smith is probably my favorite though
Link Posted: 4/5/2002 4:54:37 AM EDT
That`s why I said what I did earlier...no doubt freedom are fine......those dan wessons are excellent also.....sometimes a 357 d/w (used) is priced unbelievably low.....since many apparently don`t realize what good shooters they are........
Link Posted: 4/5/2002 6:04:34 PM EDT

Love my S&Ws and my Rugers!

S&W is like a Cadillac of revolvers - classy and good looking; great actions

On the other hand Rugers are like Harleys - rougher and stronger. I've been thrown from a horse and landed on my ruger - only damage was a scrape to the rubber grip.

But if I have to vote for one it would be S&W.
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