something I think about a lot... I shoot handguns at all ranges that are reasonable.. 10-125 yards.. I also handload my ammo.. I also have shot plenty of revolvers including gods gift to revolvers the Colt fucking Python.. But day to day? Look.. I have owned dozens of Smith and Wessons and Rugers and Dan Wessons.. I have shot a Korth... I have lots of gunsmith tools.. soo.. This is a subject I have given thought to.
Ok... the best bar none.. The Dan Wessons of old.. not shot new ones.. but they are great. barrel tensioned at both ends. HIGH quality machining.
Ruger... spotty at best.. I know.. don't get mad till you run some gauges through one. some are great.. most? not worth a fuck tolerance wise.
Smith and Wessons... Ok.. less spotty than a Ruger but? several decades of drunks building em for a brit company. Colts? well.. there are none unless they are old and they are excellent.
Soooooo Smith.. they use laser cut rifling now.. new tooling.. I was skeptical. But the bore is smooth.. the chambers are ............perfect on my 629.. when I say perfect I mean perfect. This gun shot great right out of the box with several load that I make and have proven to shoot well in 44 mag.
Ramp.. red dot front sight.. no goochie for shit.... young eyes may like it... rubber grips? bullshit.. Ok.. this gun.. I converted the sights to night sights but the most important thing is ... SIGHT PICTURE if you do not have a nice clear one? you are fucked.. Patridge is the hot setup.. the sun does not blur it.. Handloads... cast lead.. for expense and accuracy.. 10 different loads till one works. These are semi hot loads.. 255 cast flat nose at 1275 FPS take anything down. inch and a half at 25 yards easy. Grips.........Rosewood for... well.. looks.. and shape for working..... Polished stainless cause I like the look of nickle.. no increase in anything but bragging rights.. trigger... this is important. I did nothing but smooth some obvious burrs.. 2 lbs single action but only down from 3 lb factory.. not a big factor?
Soooo we shot yesterday.. we had sodas spread from 30-100 yards.. I told everyone that they could not miss with this gun. One guy had a springfield armory plastic .40 that no one could keep on paper at 30 yards.. he felt he was a bad shot.. he took the 44 mag and hit sodas at 30 and 40 yards 4 out of six.. everyone did.. this is accuracy. Two guys put deposits down on 629's.. it was that big a deal.. I hit a soda at 100 yards (luck) but hit a head sized target 4 out of six at 75 yards. Sooo.. lots of factors but a good shot will do better with this gun than with anything he owns.. if promise.