I have a couple rugers in 357, though they have the 3 inch barrel.
Even with the 3 inch barrel a gp100 in stainless, no I don't know the number system, is not bad for shooting. You just know it is not a 38 special out of the same firearm. I do not consider it punishing, but it is more than my mag fed handguns, though they are in weaker calibers.
The little 101, stainless as well, is a bit more of a handful. I keep two hands on it and do well with it. But I feel no urge to run a box or two through it.
I feel s&w has had a few quality problems when their guns in major chamberings are having problems on more than a few occassions. I decided when I read their agreement with the U.S. government, I would only buy used s&w. My choice, do not feel like I am telling you otherwise, I am simply explaining why I have no s&w.
I have been very happy with ruger, and am currently looking for a single action in 44 mag. But I have to make a choice as to which one first. : ) Luckily there are choices.
Oh, I said stainless cause I do not know if they alter anything when making their guns in stainless.
I do not have the proof to back it up, but when I researched ruger I always came up with people saying they are impossable to get out of time unless you dismantle the thing. Some people said S&W and tarus and others can get out of time if you do things like they do in the movies as far as spinning the cylinder and what not.
For these reasons, I vote ruger every time. : 0 At least I'm consistent.
Mike, I too shoot pins with a 1911 .45 ACP and hunt with a SBH. I'm just tired of picking up the brass from that 1911!!<!--emo&--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=''><!--endemo-->
I just thought that the 357 would be a nice versatile revolver. I could also hunt whitetails with it without the more fierce recoil and muzzleblast of the .44 Mag. You just gotta love them WFN bullets!!!
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