Smith Wesson

What are the differences in the Smith & Wesson 357 mag. Revolver VS the Ruger 357 mag. How do I know which one?

will be better. I'm seriously thinking of buying one for personal & target shooting, & want to know which one will be best for me ?

Smith & Wesson has several models of .357 Magnum revolver which are currently being produced. They're all excellent firearms. The Models 586/686 or 340 are two of the most popular, while the Models 60, 649, 640, 360, 386, 27, 627, 327, M&P R8, and TRR8 are all Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolvers. I'm not trying to confuse you- I'm simply pointing out that it's not JUST manufacturer. The size of the revolver and the features you want make a big difference in what you should purchase.

Ruger has two main .357 Magnum pistols- the GP100 and the SP101. That is excluding the various single-action "cowboy action shooting" and double-action hunting pistols they make, which really aren't what you seem to be looking for. The same rules apply- the size and features you want should determine what you buy.

Both S&W and Ruger make excellent products. I personally prefer S&W, but I wouldn't turn down a Ruger.

If you only intend on using the gun for target shooting and home defense, then the GP100 is the better of the two Ruger guns. It's a full-size pistol that holds 6 rounds. A comparable S&W would be the 586 or 686, which are 6-shot revolvers (586 is blued finish, 686 is stainless). The S&W 686 Plus holds 7 rounds, and the R8 and TRR8 hold 8 rounds.

If you want something that you might possibly use as a concealed carry gun, the Ruger SP101 or S&W 340 would be ideal.

A note about compact Smith & Wesson guns: if you do purchase one, they offer the Scandinum-alloy frame on guns like the 340. Unless you are ONLY going to use the gun for self-defense, do not buy one! Not only does it cost more, but it greatly reduced the weight of the gun. That may seem like a good thing, but when you realize that the weight of the gun determines recoil, it isn't. All else being equal, the heavier the gun, the less recoil. A Scandium-framed 340PD will make it hard for you to enjoy shooting. If you plan on target shooting, get a steel-framed pistol. While it will be heavier for concealed carry, it will be much lighter in recoil. If you want a light gun for concealed carry, buy a different gun and only shoot it enough to be familiar with it.

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