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    I feel the rugers are stronger than the Smith& Wessons.And feel the Smith and Wessons are smoother operating than the Rugers as far as revolvers go.
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    I have the Smith and wesson .44 magnum Performance center with a 12 inch barrel. I shoot the Hornaday lever evolution bullet. Also a Nikon gold series scope. Very low recoil for a .44mag and it is deadly out to 125 yds as a couple coyotes found out this season but It does not seem to shoot straight at 32 yds, At least this year it did not, must be the gun. I do love my S&W . Never had a Ruger Blackhawk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    I'm new around here, and I've been spending some time reading through threads. I recently purchased a S&W Model 686 as my first revolver. I have plenty of previous experience with long guns. hunting and target shooting since I was a kid, but this is my first experience with a revolver. I have yet to shoot it, as I haven't gotten time to get out to the farm since I picked it up a few weeks ago. I have read the comments in this thread about various cartridges and how the S&W and Ruger handle them differently. I got the impression that the conversation was mostly about older, smaller models of revolvers, and not the large frame 686 that I have. My question is, should I be concerned about shooting rounds that are too hot for the gun? I am only planning on shooting manufactured ammunition, I am not loading my own. I just want to be sure I won't be shooting anything that could damage the gun, since this is my first experience with it.

    Thanks for any advice!
    I've shot a great deal of factory ammo through my 686 (and some very hot stuff) and it's a rock. I've been looking into Buffalo Bore and some other hot categorically similar loads, and both Smith and the makers of the ammo are confident that it's not a problem in a 686. Hand loading is something else, it's not my forte, and can obviously be overload anything if you don't know what you're doing. Don't see a problem with the 686 with any factory ammo chambered for that caliber

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