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I bought a 4 inch 357 magnum and I love it. It shoots great.

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Old June 1st, 2011, 09:29 PM   #1
 
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I bought a 4 inch 357 magnum and I love it. It shoots great.

I wanted a revolver just for the fun of shooting it and being able to make up so many different loads in 38 sp. and 357 mag. I got the brand I wanted the thing I question now is. should I have bought a 6 inch or be happy with the 4 inch. I do not carry this gun. It is just for shooting paper. It came pre-drilled for a scope rail. I put a Ultra dot that I had and it worked out great. it has a 4MOA dot and you can adjust the brightness and it has the polarized filter for it in the sun shine. I can shoot about 1 to 1.5 inch groups at 25 yards. at 50 yards I can shoot 1.5 to 2 inch groups. I could load them up so I could shoot on the riffle range but with my bad back I cannot walk more than the 50 yards a few times that is a 100 yard round trip. How much more accurate would a 6 inch barrel of been? Would it of been better for me to wait for the 6 inch or should I be happy with the 4 inch plus the weight of holding a 4 inch verses a 6 inch barrel when shooting free hand? I do not think at 50 yards it would of been more accurate. It is so good at 25 yards I am almost able to put the bullet through the same hole or at least cut each hole with the next bullet. It is very accurate double action also. You just always wonder if you should of got a 4 inch or a 6 inch. The biggest difference was putting on the non powered red dot. It does not magnify your target it just puts a red dot on the place you want to hit. Maybe I should keep my eyes open for a 38 special 6 inch barrel revolver. I am having the gun shop see what it would cost to have Smith install a six inch barrel and fit it so it matches the cylinder. It is probably cheaper to buy a new revolver.
Thanks and let me know what you think...



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Old June 2nd, 2011, 08:48 AM   #2
 
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It seems like you are very happy with this gun so I would keep the 4 inch. If money is not an issue then also get a 6 inch. If money is an issue, take your 4 to a range where you can rent a 6 inch then compare and make a decision.
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Heft them both and see which balances better. If it were me I would just shoot the 4" until my hands hurt and enjoy it.
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 10:49 AM   #4
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You said it in your post. "It shoots great" and the winner is 4'. I have GP100 with the same and I love it.
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I have revolvers with barrel lengths ranging from 1 inch up to 8 3/8 inch all have a purpose and are accurate enough for those purposes. The 6 inch barrel would probably be a bit more accurate from a rest, but it sounds like the 4 inch is plenty accurate for your shooting so I would just keep shooting and enjoy it.
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I've had both a 4" (see avatar, which I LOVE) and a 6" GP100!

For distance shooting, the 6" carries more velocity and accuracy at distance!

For convenience sake, the 4" is more than adequate for closer-in target shooting (up to 25 yards / 75').

If I were to purchase another GP100...for hunting or target shooting...I would get the 5" version (Davidson's) and be happy with that!

With a full-shroud barrel, the 6" can be a bit hefty to hold with the extra weight of the nose hanging out there, making a rest pertinent to the accuracy of your shot! If you get a 6", I would suggest that you look around for a used, 1/2 shroud, 6"...which will reduce your 'nose-weight' enough to take the edge off and improve your accuracy!

From my experience, there is nominal differences between having a 5" full-shrouded barrel and having a 6" 1/2 shroud barrel, for both weight and accuracy!

This is just my 2 cents worth...but if you wanted a 6" version, I would just get a second gun...as there's times when you may want one or the other. But, if you wanted to split the difference and get a 5" version, I would sell the 4" to help purchase the 5"...with the 5" version, you would have the best of both worlds!

Good luck...and keep us posted!

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GP100 for the money is the best deal for a full sized/large frame revolver.

It is the top recommendation for a beginner by me.

4" is the minimum size that I recommend.

I have a 4" Colt Python. It is the best revolver, I've ever shot.
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I acquired a GP100 6". I've only shot to 25 yards indoors. I'm going to try for 75-100 yards with it. Standard sights. I don't mess with the red dots.

I don't care about groups since I'm shooting for combat. I have shot my 4" Model 627 8 shot S&W out to 50 yards. I have yet to fire my Colt Python at that distance. I stand and shoot freehand.
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