This thread is not going anywere. Between S&W and Ruger it come down to personal choice. Both are well made. Both have excellent customer service. I have both. Neither one is the clear cut best in my opinion.
When I started shooting in the late sixties a person had three choices. Colt, S&W and Ruger. The price of the Colts was way too much for my budget. S&W revolvers were great but I decided on a Ruger for my first revolver. Reason, great value for the money. Rugers are a "working mans gun". Its like picking a brand of car. Some people like Chevys and some folks like Fords. This thread has proven there is not a clear winner.