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I got my first 686 SSR used for $600, and it was canted. The recessed target crown was also rough (burrs). Sent it back for the crown and also told them about the cant. They fixed it. I don't know what they did to fix the cant, but it's gone, and it's a great gun now. Similar thing happened with my oldest son's 64. Slightly canted. Can't tolerate that with fixed sights. They fixed it. Great gun now. I don't mean just OK, I mean great. I think any misapprehension that S&W is so much better than Ruger out of the box is just wishful thinking by people who want to think that. In general you have to be willing to follow up with these manufacturers, make them fix things, or else I don't like the odds.Wow, that's not good.
I just stumbled onto this video of another unhappy S&W customer: