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TigerEye2
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Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"

About to purchase my GP 100 357 Mag. Undecided in barrel length between 4" or 6". Which would you buy? Anyone one have or own either and your opinion.


JAB528
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
Paging downshift


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DeboseKnows
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
Same gun i'm looking to buy.. I like both 4" and 6"


TigerEye2
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
4" more practical. But DAMM the 6" is a sexy gun


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weagle99
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
I would save up some more money and buy something else.


JAB528
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
Why? GP100 is a pretty good six shooter. I'm far from an expert though.


chip207
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6in I had one and it was the most accurate handgun I have ever shot.


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Nascar Fan
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
6", bigger is better


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weagle99
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Don't like the lines of any Ruger DA. A Colt or Smith is much more appealing to me.


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SportTiger1
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You guys are making me want a revolver baaaaad.


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MaroonWhite
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
I have the GP100 6" and love it, although it's obviously not something I would carry concealed (don't think I could if I tried).

Very little recoil since the gun itself is so heavy. My hand hurts more from shooting my S&W J-Frame .38 Special than it does from the GP100 shooting .357 magnum.

I swapped out the front site for a tritium sight.




ETA -
Not a tritium sight, it is a HiViz LitePipe sight.

And this:
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6in I had one and it was the most accurate handgun I have ever shot


I was amazed at how accurate I was with this revolver. Low recoil and a long barrel makes for a very accurate gun.
This post was edited on 2/9 at 7:07 am


Preys on Gumps
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So many LEO and Mil carry wheel guns! I'll postpone my hardon.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
What do you plan on doing with it?

The GP100 is without question the best double action .357mag on the market for under $1000 IMO.


bapple
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
Sexy gun but...

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I swapped out the front site for a tritium site.


Do you mean fiber optic? That doesn't look like a night sight.

As for the OP, I'm with Downshift. It depends what you intend to do with it. Personally, if it's just a general purpose gun, I think a 4" is a good size. Think of it as a full sized, steel framed, semi-auto. That's about the size it is, but slightly bigger.


CoastieGM
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
Be aware that a .357 fired out of a 6 inch barrel will perform/hit darn near like a .44 mag fired out of a 4 inch barrel.

I have a 4" barrel .357 and really enjoy it. Carry it for bear & cougar in New Mexico.

I wish I had a 6" barrel for moose and bear here in Alaska.


Nodust
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I have a 4" barrel .357 and really enjoy it.

I like mine also. Good balance.


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Cadello
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Tried to make a trade with the gunshop but he wanted too much ...
I did just buy a Ruger New BlackHawk .357 SS with a 6½ " barrel. It's on the way from PA.


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MaroonWhite
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
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Do you mean fiber optic? That doesn't look like a night sight.


Doh...you're correct. That is a HiViz LitePipe sight


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Ruger GP100 357 Mag 4" or 6"
.357mag will scoot out of a 6+" barrel with hot loads, but its still no .44 mag.

A .44 is a fine caliber for handgun hunting, where the .357 is considered marginal on its good days.

I think with something like the GP100 (big, heavy) a 6" barrel just seems right. The 4" barrel is sort of the standard length for revolvers, but I'm not a huge fan of it for a few reasons.

The only disadvantages I find with the longer barrel are a longer draw stroke and the weight (which I see as a good thing when launching hot loads).

The advantage of the 6" barrel are a longer sight radius, more weight, much less muzzle flip, easier on the ears, and better performance. Mine has a 6.5" barrel and the length has never bothered me when carrying it.

The .357mag really comes to life at about 6" barrel and the ballistics start to get very impressive.



Nodust
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44mag gives that good shock wave through your body. The 357 is good but not nearly equal.


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