Decided to post a couple of photos showing these revolvers together for comparison sake. The BFR is a 5.5 inch model (really 6 inches) 500 JRH. Fit and finish actually shocked me as to how well it was put together. Trigger pull is about 3.5 pounds without a hint of creep. Picked it up at grabagun for about $850 by the time shipping and transfer fee's were paid. It weighs 54 ounces.
The S&W is their 4 inch model. I removed the comp from the end of the barrel and replaced it with a solid piece of metal as I dislike any style of "muzzle brake". Have not shot it yet with the solid comp installed. Fit and finish is as good as any Smith I've owned and it weighs in at 57 ounces. For 3 more ounces you get DA and a cartridge with more power, although I don't think it is needed. Not sure what they cost nowadays but my records showed I paid $900 for it in 2004.
The second photo shows a 500 JRH case and a S&W 500 case for comparison purposes. Not here to say one is better than the other. Just wanted to show both side by side. My opinion of them both is if I were going to carry one for protection in Alaska it would be the S&W. But the BFR would be the one I would grab if I were handgun hunting. This is the first BFR I owned. For the money it seems like a better value (as far as fit and finish) than a Freedom Arms. Have not shot it yet but hope to soon.