S&W Model 610 vs. Ruger GP 161

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  1. wookie810

    wookie810 New Member

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    I am interested in buying my first revolver. I have two choices in mind The S&W 10mm model 610 and the Ruger .357 mag GP161. I was wondering the advantages and disadvantages of both of the guns as far as ballistics, cost, durability, accuracy and overall performance as a hunting side arm and a recreational target shooter as well as a home defense firearm. I am kind of partial to the S&W because I used to own a .40 caliber S&W semi-auto but want something with a little bit more power and accuracy. I am new to revolvers and would like some honest opinions on the pros and cons before I go out and purchase either of these guns.
  2. demented

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    I'd take a pre-lock Smith over Ruger most any day. By that same token, I doubt I'll ever buy a trigger locked, MIM parts Smith. As for your caliber choices, the .357 will cost less to shoot, either factory or reloads. What are you planning on hunting? I consider the .357 to be a 50 yard shooter at best when going after deer size game. Either caliber will do fine for self/home defense. I prefer a big bore non magnum revolver due to the blast and flash of the .357, I would think full load 10mm's would be as bad.
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    I plan on hunting deer, but where I hunt in the U.P. there are a lot of black bears and would feel a lot safer with something that would stop one if the need should arise. I highly doubt that would ever happen but I would rather have it if I need it. I would use this gun as a backup. Mostly I hunt deer with my .308 Winchester but if it didn't work or I had to close a shot it would be the one I use.
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  4. demented

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    Some might say the .357 will do for Black bear, not for the price of my hide! The 10mm with heavier bullets would, I feel, be better than the average, off the shelf .357 load. A .44 magnum double action revolver sounds even better! How big the Blacks get up your way? Here, a 300#'r would be big. Those Canadian bears I see being hunted are big enough that I'd insist on a .44!
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    I second demented's thoughts. If there is any possibility of encountering a bear, a .44 Magnum is the smallest caliber I would consider. S & W and Ruger both make excellent .44's. S & W's have better triggers, while the Rugers are stronger. A .44 Mag revolver will handle a wide variety of loads, including .44 Special. Another possibility is a .45 Long Colt revolver in a S & W or Ruger. Their large heavy bullets are proven stoppers, especially at short range and there is a variety of good ammo available for them now.
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    Need a Ruger RedHawk in 10mm!
    I only wish they made them.
  7. wookie810

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    The bears around here are 300 easy. I Have shot a .44 and think it is a little to much gun for me though. At least to shoot effectively after the first shot. After thinking about it I guess the gun would be used for primarily hunting, and recreation. The home defense could be covered by my mossburg 500 tactical.
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    wookie810: Sir; I know little about the 10mm and much more about the 161.
    Being able to walk into a country store, general store, and ask the counter person for a box of shells. Around here; 10mm come from gun stores only.
    Ballistics on the 10mm are very good, .357 can be a very formidable weapon.
    Ruger GP100
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    They do, and much better. The Ruger Redhawk in .41magnum. I have been using this caliber for large game hunting for over 25 years. Heres my 3.

    A Leupold scoped 7.5", a 5.5" and my custom 4"....all three stainless.

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