357 Wood's Gun?

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    357 Wood's Gun?

    I need a wood's gun, criteria would be:

    #1. 357 Double Action
    #2. 3" barrel or longer
    #3. Concealable, IWB, OWB, Camera Bag
    #4. Good sights
    #5. Accuracy to 25yards with full power loads (no lite weights please)

    I would like to know your experience with the revolver you suggest for woods carry.

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    Couldn't do better than with a K-Frame Smith & Wesson. Capably handles full-power .357 Magnum loads and is less bulky than L-Frame models. 2 1/2-inch or 4-inch in adjustable sight models. 3-inch or 4-inch in fixed sight models. Holds 6 rounds too.
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    Ruger GP-100 would be a good choice also.

    http://www.ruger.com/products/gp100/models.html
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    Ruger also makes their SP101 with a 3" barrel; although it's only a 5 shot:



    It's a tiny bit smaller than the GP-100, and could double easily as a CCW
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    3" Ruger GP100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Couldn't do better than with a K-Frame Smith & Wesson. Capably handles full-power .357 Magnum loads and is less bulky than L-Frame models. 2 1/2-inch or 4-inch in adjustable sight models. 3-inch or 4-inch in fixed sight models. Holds 6 rounds too.
    A model 13 comes to mind as near perfect for your criteria.

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    if its a .357 mag i would have to have a 4'' barrel in either a S&W L frame or a GP100 both would have to have adjustable sights, preferably fiber optic. if you wasn't going to shoot the gun much with magnum rounds i would get the k frame smith. my woods gun is a glock 357sig.
    i have shot .357s for many years in all forms i suggested and i have found the 4'' .357 to be a great all around gun and is what i used to carry in the woods. the sturdier L frame smith and GP 100 becomes a little heavy after a while though. if you go smaller you loose ballistics, sight radius, increase recoil and blast. to me its just a big package for just 6 rounds, thats why i went with a glock. about the same power as the magnum, smaller package, more rounds, lighter recoil, much lighter weight and i can hit just as good with the glock.

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    All the above mentioned. Can't do any better

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    Since you want 357 Mag I'll recommend two of my "woods" guns. Ruger GP100 and S&W Model 19.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    Ruger also makes their SP101 with a 3" barrel; although it's only a 5 shot:



    It's a tiny bit smaller than the GP-100, and could double easily as a CCW
    This is a great gun. I carry a Ruger Vaquero, but with your critieria, if a GP100 didn't work, an SP101 would be the ideal dual purpose gun.

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    Check out the 4" barrel, 7-shot .357 Smith and Wesson 686+.


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    I've been looking strongly at the Ruger GP100 and S&W 686.
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