Wanting 357 for hunting side - go with 4" or 6" bbl?

Wanting 357 for hunting side - go with 4" or 6" bbl?

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    Wanting 357 for hunting side - go with 4" or 6" bbl?

    Hi,

    Really trying to decide - knowing I'm going to start looking for 357 revolver that would mainly be used as OWB carry while elk hunting.

    Only question is do I want to be carrying the long 6" barreled model or would a 4" be better? This would not be primary hunting gun - just a side.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fishrmann View Post
    Hi,

    Really trying to decide - knowing I'm going to start looking for 357 revolver that would mainly be used as OWB carry while elk hunting.

    Only question is do I want to be carrying the long 6" barreled model or would a 4" be better? This would not be primary hunting gun - just a side.

    Deja vu! Wanting 357 for hunting side - go with 44" or 6" bbl?

    I still say 4".
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    sorry for double post - tried to edit and it reposted twice......

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    A 6" gets fairly heavy and awkward. I prefer a 4"
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    6 inches. Or bigger. The .357 was origionally designed as a rifle cartrige. It has a very high velocity and flat profile. The longer the pistol barrel, the better. My spouse loves her honking 7 shot M-66 .357 wheel gun (which is set up to take a scope). And there is less recoil.

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    Déjà vu! My concealed carry self-defense woods handgun is a 4" S&W 29-2 .44 magnum. My open carry/hunting handguns are an 8" Colt Anaconda, an 8 3/8" S&W 29-2, or a 10 1/2" Ruger Super Blackhawk all in .44 magnum.
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    All you would have had to do is delete the other post.

    To answer your question;
    I have had a DW .357 mag for 34 years and it has a 6 in. Heavy vent barrel.
    I love this pistol, but for what you want it for, I would also opt for the 4 in.
    I picked up recently a 4 in GP100 and I know I will CC this.
    The DW is only used in a shoulder rig while out in the woods, and it can sometimes give the feeling like it is too long.
    I often thought about getting a shorter barrel, but with what they usually run, I just went and got another pistol.
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    In a decently weighty .357, I'd personally go with the 4in bbl. While I have shot a few with longer barrels, the 4in ones seem more accurate, better balanced, and they're a tad more comfortable to carry.

    A Colt Python or King Cobra ought to do nicely. Many love the Ruger GP100. Can't recall the comparative feel of various larger S&W .357's, but any of the "old school" platforms should do.
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    4inch for a carry sidearm.

    I have a S&W 586 w/4in barrel. Insano accuracy.
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    I would go with 4"

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    Another vote for the 4-inch.
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    I had both the 4 1/2 inch Blackhawk (.357) and the 6" Blackhawk (.41 Mag) I carried while hunting in AK. The weight difference was nil with a good shoulder rig. I much preferred the 6" barrel over the 4 1/2". The longer barrel gives a better sight plane and helps keep the barrel down when fired.
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    4inch ...

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    or a ruger gp be a great choice .. Though they are both very very heavy they are easy to control .... And if all elese fails ...they make handy clubs ...


    Though me I would take a s&w model 29 with soft points or load it with 44 speical soft points ... Or a ruger alskan
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    All you would have had to do is delete the other post...
    A merge would be better so the posts in the other thread aren't deleted. Meaning mine, lol.
    So I'll say it again anyway, 4" if it's just for carry. 6" if you want to actively hunt with it.
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    I too prefer a 8" for a hunting revolver but a 6" is better than 4". 4" to me is a back up , not a, primary. Find one the new DanWesson 715 revolvers from CZ and you can have what ever barrel length you want in 2 minutes . Buying barrels and shrouds from EWKarms is cost effective too.
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