Post By TAPnRACK
Hi. I am wanting to get a 357 revolver with a 2 to 3 inch barrel. There are a couple that I am considering. A local gun shop has a mint condition Ruger Police Service Six. It is blued with original box and papers. Locally an individual is selling a S&W 66-3 with a 3 inch barrel. No box or papers. Owner is not the original owner. He has never shot it. Side plate has been polished. Both are comparably priced ($500). Which should I go for or neither? Is there a new revolver that would be better?
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I still own my service six, very solid piece. Bought it in the 80's.
don't know much about the other
Not that your choices are bad, but check out the Ruger GP100 WC Talo edition... love mine.
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I have owned a Ruger Security Six, which is from the same general era as the Service Six, and I presently own a S&W Model 66-3 in 4". My personal preference is the S&W, because of general appearance, a much better DA trigger, and general handling characteristics. The Ruger is a well-built revolver that is probably much stronger than the S&W, for shooting a lot of heavy loads. However, the S&W is strong enough and probably easier to shoot well, unless the Ruger has had trigger work.
My two favorite revolvers are the S&W 66-3 and the Ruger GP-100, which is a significant improvement over earlier Ruger DA revolvers, in my opinion. If you want a 3" barrel, you might also want to check out the Ruger SP-101
I currently own both a S&W model 19 and a Ruger Security Six with short barrels. Dollar for dollar (comparing factory prices), the Ruger was a better gun than the S&W, but not by much. (Being a bit of snob, I still prefer the S&W.) You can still get after market grips for the Security Six to make it more suitable for carry and use - as long as the Ruger has a 151- or later serial number. Ain't no luck for the 150- series (the grip shape was changed with the 151- and later).
I'm sure the GP 100 Ruger is tough and well built. However, it's a bigger revolver; sort of like the difference between the K and L frame S&W revolvers. I'd prefer the Security Six over the GP 100 for carry.
The Ruger SP 101 (mentioned already) is a very good revolver, but is lighter and somewhat less pleasant to shoot with heavy loads and lengthy sessions.
I like the WC GP100, Colt Detective, S&W 27-2 3.5", S&W 28-2 and Ruger SP101 3 inch. also my S&W 21 & 29, 38/44 HD.
I would choose the one that feels comfortable and fits your hand. jmo
1) The revolver that shoots the best with pet loads , is my S&W mod. 19 , 4in. Blued.
2) For sentimental reasons ; and for the finishing shots on game animals ... my S&W mod. 58 , 4in. Blued in .41mag.
3rd place goes to my safe queen ; a Colt Python 8 in. Bright Nickel ,