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Old 02-08-2011, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default 357 mag. revolver 4'' or 6''?

I'm consitering a ruger gp100 blue for a carry while back woods hunting.need some input on a 4'' or should it be 6''? i have a glock 40 but i would like a revolver. thanks for your help. Bill


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Old 02-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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For general woods carry, I'd go with 4".

4 inchers shoot just fine, why carry the extra length and weight?

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Old 02-08-2011, 08:10 PM   #3
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Go with 4"....you'll pack it much easier and you'll pack it much more than you'll shoot it. If it's a pleasure to carry you'll more likely carry it when you need it....6" barrels are a pain to carry.
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Depends where ya carrying and what ya shootin at..hip-6 belt-4 shoulder-4-6 boot-neither If your a bad shot at combat distance..good luck with both..!...just my's
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I'm partial to 6" + barrels for the accuracy benefit of the longer sight radius.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:53 AM   #6
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If you're going to carry it, get a 4 inch. If you're going to just target shoot, a six is fine.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:09 AM   #7
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I have a 6-1/2 that I use when bow hunting. I like to think it would be the min Velosity with the max range for hounding out a bruin with a arrow stuck in em. I wouldnt hesitate to use it for big game hunting either. Its more about when you need it than how heavy it is for me. I carry mine in a triple K quick draw leather drop holster with a big fat belt and the holster tyed to my leg. It packs fine and I walk alot. It is versitile when huting back country. In the concret woods I just tuck a tiny 380 auto in my back pocket.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:16 AM   #8
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Go with 4"....you'll pack it much easier and you'll pack it much more than you'll shoot it. If it's a pleasure to carry you'll more likely carry it when you need it....6" barrels are a pain to carry.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:23 AM   #9
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I have had a GP100 stainless 6'' for about 15 years now and love this handgun.
6'' 45oz - 4'' 40oz, It is beefy pistol to pack but still my favorite one.
I shoot barrel heavy handguns better than short ones.
Mine will raghole groups at 25 yds with the right handloads.
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4'....that bad boy will get heavy a few miles into your hunt. i'm a little guy, so just my 2 cents
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4, with a ported barrel.
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I have a 6-1/2 that I use when bow hunting. I like to think it would be the min Velosity with the max range for hounding out a bruin with a arrow stuck in em. I wouldnt hesitate to use it for big game hunting either. Its more about when you need it than how heavy it is for me. I carry mine in a triple K quick draw leather drop holster with a big fat belt and the holster tyed to my leg. It packs fine and I walk alot. It is versitile when huting back country.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:54 AM   #13
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For general woods carry, I'd go with 4".

4 inchers shoot just fine, why carry the extra length and weight?

Agree with 4" as the most practical, and own one as well.
If I ever wanted to hunt with it, I'd want a 6 inch.
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Agree with 4" as the most practical, and own one as well.
If I ever wanted to hunt with it, I'd want a 6 inch.
FWIW, my next 357 will be a 6" SW 386...best of both worlds.
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I've seen my buddy from work shoot his 6" .357 100 yards and hit pop cans with open sights great gun!

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FWIW, my next 357 will be a 6" SW 386...best of both worlds.
Actually, having tried and shot most lengths of S&W revolvers, THIS is my fav "woods carry" revolver...small and light!

It's S&W's 3" (Heavy Barrel-Underlug-Ported) Model 60


(Actual Size!)

Yeah I know, there are newer alloy-framed models, but this is what I have and it works just fine so I'm not about to dump this one in favor of something else.

I do have a 4" 686 and there's a big difference in the size (and weight).

The way I see it "Woods Carry Pistol" means CARRY more than Shoot.



If I'm using a revolver to hunt animals with then the barrel will jump 2" and the caliber will go up to .44 Mag.



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4'....that bad boy will get heavy a few miles into your hunt. i'm a little guy, so just my 2 cents

My regular pack revolver for in the woods carry is a 7 1/2" Ruger & don't even notice it after a full day.
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My regular pack revolver for in the woods carry is a 7 1/2" Ruger & don't even notice it after a full day.
Come back and tell me that in 20 years!

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Old 02-09-2011, 01:28 PM   #19
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Come back and tell me that in 20 years!


Why? I don't believe that the weight is going to change & its not that much more than my preferred CCW a 1911 5" & it rides every where I go that its legal to possess it. BTW while I like light arms I very often find myself reaching for rifles in the 10-14 # range when going on long walks in the tall trees or short brush.
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I prefer my 4", but you'll get the most power out of a 6". Don't go smaller than 4" or you might as well shoot a +P .38 round.
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For general woods carry, I'd go with 4".

4 inchers shoot just fine, why carry the extra length and weight?

One must contemplate the question as a angry bear is fast approaching. frankly It seems really easy to answer. 357 is light for bear protection, although reasonable for black bears, Shot placement, muzz velosity and a penatrating round can mean alot.
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:29 PM   #22
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Just picked up blued 6" GP100 & love it, whats 5 more ouncs.
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One must contemplate the question as a angry bear is fast approaching. frankly It seems really easy to answer. 357 is light for bear protection, although reasonable for black bears, Shot placement, muzz velosity and a penatrating round can mean alot.
I guess that's always a possibility?

(But it seems MUCH more likely to happen if you were in Canada or Alaska than here? )

I'm thinking that you'd be ~100 times MORE likely that it would be a pot grower or twe*ker out in the woods looking for trouble.

For that, a typical "self-defense" pistol would still work fine.

Amazingly the difference between a 2" sight radius and a 3" sight radius makes a pretty substantial difference. I can easily hit a man-sized target at 30' and more easily at closer range.

I'm thinking a .357 (even in a short barrel) should be adequate for most things you're LIKELY come across out in the woods.

Anything more than "likely", I'm switching to a 12 gauge.

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