S&W 617 or Ruger GP 100?

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S&W 617 or Ruger GP 100?

Postby Twinn » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:53 pm

Im thinking of getting a new 22lr revolver this year.
The revolver im thinking of is S&W 617 or the Ruger GP 100.
I havent handled non of them. I have tested the 686, M17 before and liked them.
But my question is have you any experience of them even bether can if there have been any problems.
If you have would pic one, wich one?

I will probably have 6 inch barrel.
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Re: S&W 617 or Ruger GP 100?

Postby stokesrj » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:49 am

It depends on what you intend to use it for. If you want a well made elegant gun for target shooting and small game hunting then get the S&W617. However, If you intend to repair a barbed wire fence by using the but of the gun to hammer in new staples then the Ruger GP100 would be the better choice. :)

Seriously, to get the Ruger timed, forcing cone recut, and trigger smoothed would cost you another $1,200 and it still wouldn't be as good as the Smith. I don't have anything against Ruger pistols in general, they are rugged and dependable but are not in the same class as the Smith. If you were to talk semi auto 22 pistols then the Ruger 22/45 is better than the S&W Victory which are competing pistols in that market slot but the S&W 41 is a huge step up compared to either of those.
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Re: S&W 617 or Ruger GP 100?

Postby dchamp » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:07 am

If you are a left hand shooter, as I am, then get the Ruger. The reason I say this is that when holding the revolver in your shooting hand, if left handed, you use your trigger finger to press the cylinder release. This is much easier to do with the Ruger as you push down towards the frame instead of pushing forward towards the muzzle as you would on the S&W. Being left handed I find the Colt's and Ruger's the easiest to manipulate and the S&W's and there various clones the most difficult.
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Re: S&W 617 or Ruger GP 100?

Postby Rod » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:24 am

Only ever owned one Ruger revolver and that was enough for me to concur with what Stokesrj said.
Get the S&W.

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Re: S&W 617 or Ruger GP 100?

Postby Twinn » Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:41 pm

Thanks for al answers!
Im righthanded guy shooting (dominated righteye, writing with lefthand.....). So problem using both hands.
My use will be precisionshooting on target at 25m range. Perhapes some hunting in the future. As i have foind out there are more aftermarket stuff to the smith. And havent checked the ruger yet in real life but as u say its more like sledgehammar then a gun.
But its realy giving to get a second opion from you guys that have big knowledge of both recolvers!

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Re: S&W 617 or Ruger GP 100?

Postby stokesrj » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:10 pm

Are Semi Auto pistols not allowed in Sweden? The reason I asked is that the Ruger standard auto, now in MKIV configuration is much more capable for precision target work. The revolvers have the disadvantage of each chamber in the cylinder having the opportunity for misalignment. One or more chambers may shoot to a slightly different spot from the others. It is possible to line fore the chambers in the cylinder so that they are in perfect alignment with the bore but this is very costly. The only US revolver to my knowledge manufactured this way is the Freedom Arms model 83 and 97. The model 83 .22 LR dominates the small bore handgun metallic silhouette competitions followed by the Ruger standard auto and Browning buckmark, both of which are readily upgraded with components from Tandem Cross and Volquartsen. I like the model 83 so well I have three of them, they are truly unique in revolver accuracy.
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Re: S&W 617 or Ruger GP 100?

Postby dchamp » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:31 pm

I too am a right eye dominate lefty but I shoot two handed and am not a precision shooter. I can't speak to the GP100 in .22 LR but I do have and shoot a GP 100 Match Competition. I find that it shoots well is accurate and has a very nice trigger.
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Re: S&W 617 or Ruger GP 100?

Postby Twinn » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:03 pm

Semis is legal in sweden but i shoot bether with revolvers. I sold my Beretta 76 and my CZ 85 duetone cause i nevee got any high resolts with them. Borrowed a old smith and made higher resolts directly. Thats why im changing from semis to revolvers.

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Re: S&W 617 or Ruger GP 100?

Postby stokesrj » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:25 pm

I shoot some revolvers better than autos but in the case of a .22LR I shoot semi-auto's better. My favorite is a Ruger standard auto in the Ultra Light 1911 grip frame. This is a polymer grip frame pistol with an aluminum tension barrel that is threaded for a moderator. I have a Volquartsen trigger, extractor, and ejector in the pistol and an Aimpoint H1 micro on top. It is a real tack driver, head shots on rabbits at 50 yards are very doable. I love the K frame Smith and Wesson and shoot them well but not as well as the Ruger 22/45 set up the way it is set up. https://gundigest.com/reviews/featherwe ... ite-review
Don't get me wrong the 617 is a great gun, I just thought you might want to consider the Ruger 22/45 and it has now been upgraded to the MKIV version which overcomes the difficult dissasembly/reassembly issues of the MI, II,and III.
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