As much as I like Rugers for plinking, I believe that I like Hi-Standard HDs better. You can still find 'em at bargain prices if you look carefully. Here's ours in its Brauer Bros. holster. My dad got it in the late 1940s.
Mine is at the 'Smiths. It is well worn but still shoots like a dream. One of the grip screw holes in the grip frame got stripped, the sccrew backed out and got lost. So the stock was moving upward in to the slide action and preventing it from cycling. I should have it back in a week. I too, prefer mine over a Ruger any day. My brother owns a short barreled HD, that has so many rounds fired through it someone before my brother actually drilled and then sleeved the factory barrel on it. Even though its had that sort of repair done, it still shoots dead on, amazing accuracy. His has the Roper stocks on it.