Originally Posted by starman
In my own mind I believe the S&W should hold up over time even though its lighter, but most guys are saying the Ruger will out last it. I like the looks and feel of the S&W but if the Ruger will live longer then I guess I'll go with it.
It sounds like your investing in a hunting handgun?
At any rate, to compare the longevity of the two you have to ask yourself just how many full power loads you plan on sending downrange each year.
Most people I know (me included) do the majority
of their shooting with reduced magnum or special rounds to practice hold, sight picture, trigger control and just plain getting in plenty of time with the firearm. Obviously numerous full power loads are used to choose or develop suitable rounds and become proficient with them but are a minority of the rounds fired in practice over a years time.
In your words, you feel the Smith should hold up well enough and you like the looks and more importantly the feel of the Smith better. Do you really think you'd be doing yourself a big favor by purchasing the Ruger instead???