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Old January 13th, 2011, 06:41 PM #1
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Ruger GP100 Barrel length....4 or 6 inch?

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My next purchase is going to be a Ruger GP100. I have spent months trying out every .357 revolver I can get my hands on. I decided that I simply love the GP100. I love the way it feels in my hand, the way it shoots, and the way it looks. Now the question is....4" or 6" barrel? I have shot both and this is what I learned. The 6 inch's recoil is lighter than the 4 inch's but yet they are both very manageable. They both fit well in my hand and have a good weight balance. They both cost the same. I found myself accurate with both at 25 yards but more accurate with the 6" at longer distances. The 4" weighs less and is more "portable". Now this gun will not be used for anything other than a range gun and maybe Home Defense if I can't get to my 870 quick enough. I will also not be doing any hunting of any sort. I simply just want a .357 revolver. Having said that, what do you guys think? Any experience with either? Any noticeable differences I didn't mention or didn't look for? P.S. I am not ashamed to also say that the 6" GP100 looks a little more bad ass than the 4". Any suggestions and/or personal thoughts are appreciated.
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Old January 13th, 2011, 06:47 PM #2
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The 6" looks a little nicer, especially blued with the rosewood inset grips. The 4" fits in range bags a bit better and I have enough damn huge revolvers without adding another one. Either way it's an excellent choice.
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Old January 13th, 2011, 06:53 PM #3
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I love the GP-100 I don't have my own yet but grew up shooting my dads 6in stainless with the older wood and rubber grips and loved it. Personally I will get a 6in as they look better, IMO feel better and are more accurate.

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In all seriousness, I personally think the 4" GP100 is probably my favorite double action revolver by a long shot. For some reason the proportions just strike me as perfect with a 4". While the 6" is nice, I personally just prefer the 4".
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6 inches will be great for the range but may be a little unwieldy in close quarters. I like the 4 inch myself I have held a 5 inch as well. The 4 felt less nose heavy. You should look for the 5 inch.
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I have had a 4 for a long time and I really like it. It is a very handy revolver.
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6 inches will be great for the range but may be a little unwieldy in close quarters. I like the 4 inch myself I have held a 5 inch as well. The 4 felt less nose heavy. You should look for the 5 inch.
Thanks everyone. To be honest, I didn't even know they made a 5". Please keep the suggestions coming. Other than my personal preferences, MDS has always been a huge factor in my purchasing decisions.
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Thanks everyone. To be honest, I didn't even know they made a 5". Please keep the suggestions coming. Other than my personal preferences, MDS has always been a huge factor in my purchasing decisions.
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Barrel lengths: 3" (76mm), 4" (102mm), 5" (127mm), and 6" (152mm) The run of 5" GP100 revolvers was the result of a special request from a large distributor.
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I like where you're head's at pal...I would love to have that revolver (4" flavor). I REALLY like the 686 I shot a while back (thanks Lax). Good luck with your purchase, I look forward to test driving it for ya
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I to had the some choice to make.....so I bought both. The 4 inch is plenty accurate, but the 6 inch is legal to take hunting with you in MD. Both fantastic shooters!
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