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Old March 14th, 2012, 09:12 PM   #1
 
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Ruger Security Six 4 inch or 6 inch!?!?!

So I've decided I want to purchase a Ruger Security Six 357 magnum in stainless steel. I am however having a VERY hard time figuring out whether I want the 4 inch or the 6 inch barrel.

How much do both of these guns weigh? And does the 6 inch version have a heavy muzzle, or is it all in the rear. Accuracy wise does anyone notice a difference between the two?

I personally seem to shoot better with my shorter 3 inch SP101 than I do with my 4.6" new model blackhawk.

Any help would be appreciated.
Is the 4" or the 6" any harder to find than eachother?
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Old March 15th, 2012, 02:38 AM   #2
 
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I got'em both, actually all 3, the 4" is the most practical but I find the 6" the most elegant. The 6" (to me) has excellent balance, not snoot heavy at all. In my area the 6" are scarcer than the 4" and demand more of your $.
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What are you going to use it for?

Peronal carry? the 4 inch.

I like the 4 inch in general, but there are times a longer barrel is needed.
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Prefer the 4'' just as accurate and can conceal better,and YES they are extremely hard to find,good luck
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I prefer the 4 inch version myself.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 04:50 AM   #6
 
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I feel like most of the people on this forum are more of 4" kind of guys than 6"-ers....
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Most would agree the 4" just feel better do to a better balance.

All other things being equal the 6" will have better potential accuracy due to the longer sight radius.
But the difference is small and accuracy is going to be more dependent on the shooters abilities.
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My wife prefers the 8 incher
Sorry, but I'm not having my barrel cut down for any woman.

It think most folks are comfortable with a 4" for some intersting reasons that have more to do with sight radius than anything. a 2" "Looks steady, but subtle differences in sight picture can open groups, On the other hand the 6" may be too "demanding" in that misalignments are more obvious and can either be "tiring" or force some to rush the shot while it still looks good. The 4" splits the difference and gives the best results for the average shooter.

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I prefer the 4" model but I find myself picking up my 2 3/4" Security Six more and more.
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I've had no experience with a 6", but I've had my 4" stainless Security Six for about thirty years and it's by far my favorite gun of all I've ever owned.
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i have always preferd 6 inch revolvers over 4 inch. Even when my eyes got old I sstill shoot better with 6 inch than 4 inch. In nj and ny for many years 4 and 6 inch always sold for about the same price ans the nj state police carried 6 inch sec six for about 6 years late 70s to early 80s. They repalced it with one of my favorite 9s the hk p7. One of the only agencies in the country to issue that 9. but now over 25 years after the nj state police issued the 6 in ruger the 6 inch will carry about a 75-100 dollar premium over 4 inch.
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So I've decided I want to purchase a Ruger Security Six 357 magnum in stainless steel. I am however having a VERY hard time figuring out whether I want the 4 inch or the 6 inch barrel.
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How much do both of these guns weigh? And does the 6 inch version have a heavy muzzle, or is it all in the rear. Accuracy wise does anyone notice a difference between the two?
Get the weights off the Ruger web site.

The 6-inch barrel is heavy, especially if full lugged. The weight, esp. on the barrel with a full lug, tames recoil and helps with muzzle flip. I like it!

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I personally seem to shoot better with my shorter 3 inch SP101 than I do with my 4.6" new model blackhawk.
Probably the gun; normally the longer the sight radius the more precise a sight image. Between 4 and 6 inches I suspect no real big difference. Hunters may dispute this. But then they require being able to shoot a 6inch group (minimum) at 50 yards. In the final analysis accuracy, of course, is almost always limited by the shooter rather than the gun.

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Any help would be appreciated.
Is the 4" or the 6" any harder to find than eachother?
Thanks
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The 4-inch appears (to me) to be the most popular. I suspect because one has a hope of wearing it concealed.

IMHO, if you have no hunting plans for the gun, can shoot a 3-inch barreled gun to the accuracy you need then go for the shorter barrel.

{My preference is for the fully lugged 6 inch barrel with hogue grips- very pleasant shooting.}
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The security series did not come fully lugged but the gp100 series does.
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The security series did not come fully lugged but the gp100 series does.

Not all Gp-100s are full lugged (Just FWIW)
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One of the things I like about the Security Six is the balance. The square butt and half lug design shift the weight more to the back end. My brother-in-law brought over his 6" GP half lug and they were similar, but the GP was a little heavier on the front end, but not by much. I'm not a fan of the 6" full lug, but some prefer the weight to help steady their shot.

As far as 4" and 6" goes, tough decision, they both have their advantages. If I were looking for a target/hunting handgun I would go with the 6", accuracy and velocity are generally better. If I were looking for a general purpose home/hiking defense weapon I would go with the 4". Neither would do you wrong and both would make you , but since you already have a 3" and 4.6", I would probably go with the 6".

My two Security Sixes.


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