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Ruger .357 GP100 - 4.2" or 6" barrel?

January 21 2012 at 8:26 PM
patrick  (Login airgunfan1)
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I've been thinking of getting a revolver (don't have one at all yet) and thought about getting a 357.

Which barrel length should I go for?

I like both lengths and just want to hear why someone would get one over the other?

And I am thinking of trading in my SA 1911-A1 Loaded to offset the cost - since I want to get 9MM instead. (not sure what to get on this one yet)

Thoughts?

Thanks for any input.

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Tallpaul
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WeeLlll. depends on your uses....

January 21 2012, 9:00 PM 

If it is a hunting open carry range gun to just have the six inch is awesome. A bit more power,a bit easier for most to shoot and more likely to be legal for deer hunting if ya ever try it.

For ccw and woods carry a four inch is great, I have a gp in four inch I like. It's a versatile gun in either length.


How much for the 1911? If ya were local ya could shoot it and maybe trade wink.gif

 
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patrick
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Thanks for the input.

January 21 2012, 9:21 PM 

The 6" is nice for the long range shooting and probably would be a good 50 yard shooter too.

The 4.2" one I do like because it won't be as unwieldy as the 6" -- 6" is a bit long for carry (almost like a cowboy gun - happy.gif).

Yeah, too bad you're not local. happy.gif

I am just looking at $425 for the SA 1911 since that is what I can get in trade value. I've only put less than 200 rounds in it too. Darn shooting hobby makes you want to get another one to try.





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shoot me an email they can ship that toy

January 21 2012, 9:44 PM 

can ya get some pictures/info on that springfield to me depending on the ffl costs to ship I am really interested ... all legal.n legit

 
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patrick
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email sent

January 21 2012, 10:18 PM 

You are too fast for me. happy.gif I'm still thinking about it.

It's not easy letting go of toys. lol

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Tallpaul
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my 4 inch gp

January 21 2012, 9:51 PM 

not the best picture but for a "bulletproof" camping/hiking woods gun where big bear are not an issue it works well. I would not be afraid of the 6 inch. My first gun was a six inch 357 and I learned a lot form it and it really helps that round shine a bit brighter. Short of ccw a good holster will make it a decent field gun too.

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RedFeather
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I was just looking at a used Gp 6" stainless

January 21 2012, 10:29 PM 

Googled it a bit and the price seems to be about $400 for a good, used stainless. I'm not sure it would be an even swap for you. Might be better to sell the 1911 outright. Or are you looking at new? I'll say this, the gun felt real nice. Have had a couple of Smith's and this Ruger wasn't giving up much. Nice weight and feel in the hand. Ooo, you're gonna make me go buy it and I done already bought a gun today.


 
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airgunfan1
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I was handling it today too...

January 21 2012, 11:12 PM 

both the 6" and the 4.2" model.

happy.gif

I don't like it when I handle the guns because it will make me want it more. I knew what I was getting into.



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Tallpaul
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I really don't like to sell would rather buy n keep but

January 21 2012, 11:15 PM 

If things work I have done so in the past. Depending which loaded model it is the swap would not necessarily be to heavy to one side or the other. And cash could be added depending.... Hence the asking of email n Picts.

 
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patrick
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:-) I hear ya.

January 22 2012, 9:53 AM 

It is really not easy to sell toys.

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(Login Dutch.22)
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I recommend both...

January 22 2012, 6:15 AM 

I got a 6" 586 that has taken 2 deer both with a 1 shot stop from my reloads.

I got a 4" 686 for a house gun and for taking on trips.

I like having 2 barrel lengths...and the beauty of it is that all 6 of my speed loaders are interchangeable.

.357 is my favorite pistol caliber. .38s for light plinkin...and .357 magnums for blasting milk jugs full of water...

that is how I practice with them...if you can put the bullet in a milk jug...welp its gonna end up dead...that's my theory anyways...

Dutch



Self proclaimed shootinist sumbitch...there ever was almost!!
Its hard bein shootinst sum bitch...welp not its not.
started @ 227 compressor fills in 6/22/08
188 compressor fills and I have broke even
And aaain't it grrreaaat to be livinnn in the USA.
I never whacked a pigeon, starling, or sparrow that didn't deserve it!!!
1523 and countin....on pigeons..
starling count started 11--

 
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patrick
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Thanks Dutch.

January 22 2012, 9:52 AM 

That is probably what I'll end up doing someday but it won't be that soon.

I think I'll go with the 4" barrel first. happy.gif I don't hunt deer.

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(Login Dutch.22)
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Here in Illinois 4" and .30 cal is the minimal

January 22 2012, 10:02 AM 

handgun for taking deer.

That 4" barrel can do.

I also have a .357 black hawk and lever action .357 marlin.

The 2 smiths with matching speedloaders that are able to hit milk jugs at close range and a leveraction carbine that can hit the head sized milk jugs @ 100 yards with iron sights are gonna be great for the upcoming zombie apocalypse.

It used to be that the ruger pistols were much cheaper than the smiths, but they have come up there in price. I am thinking circa very late 90s.

I would suggest getting atleast 2 speedloaders for this pistol. Look on gun broker. I bought mine all at once and hardly used.



Dutch



Self proclaimed shootinist sumbitch...there ever was almost!!
Its hard bein shootinst sum bitch...welp not its not.
started @ 227 compressor fills in 6/22/08
188 compressor fills and I have broke even
And aaain't it grrreaaat to be livinnn in the USA.
I never whacked a pigeon, starling, or sparrow that didn't deserve it!!!
1523 and countin....on pigeons..
starling count started 11--

 
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patrick
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In Wisconsin, a 5 1/2" barrel is required

January 22 2012, 10:30 AM 

with a centerfire caliber .22 or higher.

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Miller
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Patrick...best of both worlds, 5 inch barrel

January 22 2012, 11:17 AM 

http://www.gunauction.com/buy/10709364/revolvers-for-sale/ruger-gp100-357-mag-5-inch-heavy-barrel-stainless

Not easy to find but because the 6" barrel is, to me, a little front heavy this would be the ideal size for distance, power, carryability. I've got the 6" model and I love .357 because of the range of loads you can run through it and this one is pretty dang accurate out to that 50 yards ect. Before I forget to mention it, the stock dbl action pull ain't that great but I don't shoot it that way anyhoo. I'm sure it can be improved.

I wouldn't really call this a CCW gun in any form...even the 3". It's a big hunk of beef made to let you load bigger than you'd feel comfortable with in a S&W. I sold my first one and kicked myself for years. Finaly replaced it and this one is going nowhere! Good luck bud...

 
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patrick
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I'd like to be able to handle it...

January 22 2012, 8:58 PM 

before purchasing so if I can't find the 5" around here, I'll probably go with the 4.2".

Thanks. happy.gif


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Get the 4.2 version.

January 22 2012, 3:14 PM 

I have the 6" stainless. It is a FINE piece of work, but I think the 4.2 is just as fine with better balance.

If TP opts out, send me pics in e-mail about your SA 1911. All legal an legit.

K in NY

 
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patrick
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That's what I'm leaning towards. Thanks KW. nt.

January 22 2012, 8:57 PM 

nt

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Had one and loved it

January 22 2012, 3:54 PM 

Can't remember the barrel length but think it was the 3.5.

Ended up replacing it with a SP101. The GP was a little too big for CC.



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patrick
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I really like the balance on the GP100 4.2" when

January 22 2012, 8:59 PM 

I handled it.

I think that will be what I'm getting.



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patrick
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Yeah, not looking at this as a CCW. I just want a revolver. :-)

January 22 2012, 8:15 PM 

And I think the 4.2" barrel is the one I'll be targeting.

For CCW, I'm looking for a 9mm and TP mentioned that Kahr Cw9 would be a good one to look at. Lots of choices out there and I hope to get one by summer time.

Definitely need to spend some time with the 1911-A1 before I really decide on letting it go. TP will have first refusal when I do decide to part with it. Right now, it's 55/45 in favor of letting it go so it's a bit too close to call at this time.

Thanks for all the input.



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Tallpaul
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CCW is a whole different ball game and has subsets within

January 22 2012, 9:23 PM 

For most of us we do not plan on defending against more than a perp or two and are not needing to lug around full size 20 shot pistols and several reloads. That takes some serious dedication and guys tend to leave the cannons at home after a while because they are big n bulky even with great holsters.

I know we got ccw a few years back and I was a shooter for over 25 years before that wanting CCW. It was a rude awakening when we got it. I found out that holsters make a big difference and most guys will go through several finding one they like for a particular gun. I started big backed down to a keltec .32 then back to a 9mm kahr polymer although a glock 26 rides with me now n again. I had a nice smith n wesson 642 which I loved but personally did not like the new "lock" they put on em so sold it when I heard they were available without... but I bought my cw9 with that money first... ooops I am wanting to get the right holsters for the big guns but it takes money and time and while on the list its not first on the list and I keep getting side tracked by airgun stuff wink.gif

Pistols like airguns have subsets and a few overlaps, to expect one to do it all makes compromise in different areas.

It all boils down to need, the desired ability and how minimalistic or gear whorish ya are. I have seen guys make do with one, a few or one of each.

 
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Tallpaul
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BTW the longer barrel really helps tame the magnum loads

January 22 2012, 9:29 PM 

for a shooter without ccw concerns I would recommend the 6 inch especially for mostly a range gun. with .38's it is like a .22 lr and a joy with plus p's and the mags are toned down a bit and ya get a tad more power out of any given load is nice at times...

but you won't go wrong with the four inch either, ya give up a little but it definitely is handier to carry around.

either way a 4 - 6 inch .357 is one of the most versatile guns a guy can own for the lower 48... every one should own at least one... or a dozen....

 
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Sasquatch
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I have the 6" GP 100 in Stainless

January 22 2012, 11:43 PM 

As many have said, I like it for a range gun. I have a really good holster that makes it fine to carry but I will say that if you are planning on carrying it much, the 4" might be a better direction to head.

I haven't shot the 4" GP but I have shot a 4" Ruger Security Six (very similar) against my 6" barrel. I like the nose heavy feel of the full lug barrel on the 6" and it helps tame the muzzle flip on the range.

I have been looking at Buffalo Bore rounds in the .357. These would be legal for me to hunt with. They list them as having around 510 ft lbs of energy at 100 yards out of a 6" barrel. This is important because where I am at, to be able to hunt with a pistol, it has to shoot a load that has a published ballistics chart that gives over 500 ft lbs of energy at 100 yards. I think these loads would be a strong load but still legal for hunting. Buffalo Bore recommends certain guns for their rounds and they say that ANY Ruger is fair game with their rounds.

Sasq.

 
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