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    S&W praise has been temporarily recanted due to problems with a 2nd purchased 686, firing pin bushing problem. See reply below.

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    I chose S&W because I have owned a few, and handled and fired several others. They are consistently good guns - accurate, reliable, durable, and often with very nice triggers. The people I know personally who own them, usually keep them. Also, they have maintained a good reputation for over a hundred years, with very few bad revolvers, during that time.

    On the other hand, the Taurus guns that I have handled are good sometimes, and not so good at other times. I have seen more than one with rough machine work and misaligned parts in important places. I have heard about an equal number of good and bad reports from people who have owned them, and noticed that a lot of the folks who really brag on them don't really shoot them very often. Most of the firsthand bad reports I have heard have come from people who have put a lot rounds through them.

    Granted that this is anecdotal information, and others may have entirely different experiences. But I will not buy a Taurus to see for myself, unless it is just too good of a deal to pass up, and then I will 'wring it out hard' to see if it is dependable.

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    If it has to be between these 2, it's a no brainer to go with S&W. From what I have read, you don't want to ever have to mess with Taurus CS.

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    Well, this is my experience so far. I purchased a s/w 686 6"-6 shot on a wed. I shot 45 rds thru it and the cylinder yoke had a problem, along with the screw/spring holding it in place. There was damage to both. I took it back to Bass Pro Shop and they bought it back from me in order to sell me another. (that's just the way the paper work has to be done). This was 3 days after I bought the gun. I bought the 2nd gun, same model as the first, and realized after 100 rds of flawless shooting, the "firing pin bushing" was partially misdrilled, see: http://smith-wessonforum.com/eve/for...243#7181053243
    I had this gun 3 days as well. Maybe it's luck of the draw, so to speak, but you'll have a hard time right now convincing me that the Smith is as great as you think it is, and as great as I thought it was. Two new guns in about 1 week had problems? I'll believe it when I see it, as far as their quality. Right now, as I type this reply, 3 weeks have gone by, $670 has been spent, and I still don't have a gun to show for it. This is not a sigh of quality to me . How would you feel???

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    Well Revolvers aren't going to give u many problems either way!!! Simple mechanics that rarely fail. But in my opinion I'd Still choose the S&W!!! I have a .357 Highway patrolmen, my father gave to me and its survived Decades with NOT ONE problem at all!!! I just bought a Taurus "Judge" and i do like it, but when you talk about Taurus people give you 50/50 reviews S&W is a gun a lot of people normally talk very highly about!!! My money is on S&W!!!

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    Vague question (understatement).

    Which model?

    Have you held any of each make?

    Shook hands with a S/W 686 once, worst grip ever for me. It was awful. Gave it back and didn't shoot it. Didn't even feel like a Smith to me.

    SP's and GP's are like slippers. Same with Taurus.

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    So- while remaining as vague as the question and sticking to the two Brands mentioned, IMHO-

    S&W's are the prettyest, but, not the strongest by a large margin. And most expensive (read WAY overpriced, but, I guess someone has to pay for all the recond's and CR). Good CR and skilled laborers. Smith's are eye candy to me. Worth the investment so long as they can afford to stay in business.

    Taurus is the least expensive (cheap, unskilled labor from God knows where) with the most features. Made in Brazil. YMMV. Never called or dealt with thier CR. They make some way bitchen wheel guns. They hold and shoot great. Depends on who puts it together though. Getta good one and enjoy the savings and shoot the beans outta it. If it flubs send it to a local smith, screw sending it back to Brazil or wherever.

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    Well,
    I just called s/w and my 686 will be back from warranty work tomorrow(fri). I guess Bass Pro Shop (BPS) was able to put a rush on it due to new gun problems. It was only gone 1.5 weeks. Crossing my fingers and hoping something else isn't ^&*&*ed up. I will say the 100 rounds thru the gun before it was sent back would be catagorized as "very satisfactoy shooting". I hope it continues. I will see tomorrow.

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    Almost every revolver will shoot loose after "x" number of full-house rounds. Smith's, as expensive as they are, are not immune to this by a long shot. Neither is Taurus.

    And- I'm willing to bet a box of ammo there's way more safe-queen Smith's than Taurus's.



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    I'd go Smith or Ruger. I know guys love their Tauri just fine, but I think they are hit and miss, and I do trade guns... I think the Smith or Ruger would holf better value. The used Smith revolvers are darned near full retail...

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    Just bought my first revolver yesterday..A S&W Model 686-1 blue with a 6 in barrel and a wooden grip (square bottom)..I love this gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy View Post
    Just bought my first revolver yesterday..A S&W Model 686-1 blue with a 6 in barrel and a wooden grip (square bottom)..I love this gun.

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    Excellent score.

    Post a thread about it with a pic.

    Nice piece.

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    S & W is nice but overpriced. Taurus is nice and priced right. Both have had their issues but both are good guns. I prefer the Large frame Taurus to the mid size Trackers.

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    Those who buy a taurus buy it because it is cheaper or at least that is why I bought one. I soon sold it. It didn't have that solid feel to it. Now, I wait until I have the money for a S&W or Ruger when it comes to revolvers.

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    If money was not an issue I would go with a S&W.

    If you are just looking for something to use a few times a year I would go with a Taurus. I own the Taurus's, two are revolvers. So far no problems.



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    Get the smith, take care of it, and leave it to your grandkids. Enough said...

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    I have a Taurus 617CH in polished SS. I've never had any trouble with it.

    Barry

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    I would get the Taurus.
    I have both and carry them equally.

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    there definitely both nice but if i had the extra money i would go with the s&w but seeing as how i dont have the extra cash i would choose the taurus

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vftq9hNpvBc

    easy question


    although i vote ruger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braddubya View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vftq9hNpvBc

    easy question

    although i vote ruger
    I'm sorry but that guy was just too calm. I've shot doe years and if that happened to me I'd do more than calmly show it to the camera guy.

    I'm not saying everyone needs to run out and get a Taurus revolver but that video looked staged to me.

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