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Caribouriver
10-10-2011, 2:08 PM
I was in a store today and handled both. Yup, the 6" a little more muzzle heavy. It would be for range use. 5" would be ideal but the Ruger GP-100 5" is not on the list. S&W (their 4" and 6" are $140 more than Ruger) has a 686 5" pro model but it's pretty expensive. So, unless I find good used, it will be a GP-100. Have any of you got both or shot both and if so, if you could have just one, which would you choose?

JTROKS
10-10-2011, 3:19 PM
I have a stainless Ruger GP100 w/ 6" barrel. A few years ago I had a 6" blue and another 6" stainless. The purpose for my GP100s were range and side arm when hunting. If you want one for home defense I suggest a 4" version, but there really is no reason why a 6" can be called upon for home defense. The GP100 is bulky, but I have tucked it in a few times while answering the door. If you have a 1911 or Glock you probably won't pick up the GP100 for home defense, but if one 357 revolver is all you can have I suggest a 4" barrel. Ruger have always priced their revolvers 20-25% lower than S&Ws. I own a 6" 686 plus and I still think the GP100 is more robust and can take more punishment. My GP100 have fired thousands of rounds and it is still tight and accurate.

NapaCountyShooter
10-10-2011, 4:03 PM
I have a 4" stainless GP100 and it's great. As an all around .357, I'd choose that length. Plenty heavy for recoil dampening and still short enough to be handy.

Hooligan
10-10-2011, 7:17 PM
2nd the 4". It is a good size for range use. Yes it is big for carry- but it's what I got.

If it was a hunting gun- then I'd opt for 6".


Have had mine for 4 years or so, and being my only pistol - it gets a lot of use. No problems with it so far.

the_t0ny
10-10-2011, 7:21 PM
I just got home from turners dros'ing their last 4in gp100 stainless and I had a difficult time deciding between the 6in and the 4in, I went with the 4in because it felt more balanced and I felt that I could shoot better with it even though the 6in would be more accurate if I did my part. I've shot a 6in 686 before at the range and in single action, the front heavy 6in barrel isn't even noticeable.

and if you're looking to purchase a 4in gp100 ss from turners in west covina, it's in the back waiting for me :D I bought the last one :D and now the 10 day wait begins :(

Clownpuncher
10-10-2011, 7:23 PM
I have shot my buddies 6" on several occasions. I love the gun but I would go with a 4"... I like the mid length barrel over the longer one.

paul0660
10-10-2011, 7:24 PM
Excellent choice. Good length, good brand.

Cali-Shooter
10-10-2011, 7:28 PM
4'' barrel will suit you for a variety of needs, but if you want it more for personal protection, 3'' is handier but also rarer.

I love my 4'' GP-100 to death, also my 5'' S&W 28-2 "Highway Patrolman" .357 magnum.

dr_communist
10-10-2011, 7:38 PM
My grandpa gave me a 3" gp-100 when I turned 18. Im not a revolver fan but comparing it to his 6" gp100. The shorter barrel is more fun.

Fishslayer
10-11-2011, 6:43 AM
I love my 4'' GP-100 to death, also my 5'' S&W 28-2 "Highway Patrolman" .357 magnum.

Where did you get a 5" M28-2?:eek:

You have a pretty rare bird there if it's factory.

As for the OP....
Primarily range use = 6"
General purpose = 4"

The biggest advantage of the 6" barrel is the longer sight radius.

RedFord150
10-11-2011, 7:34 AM
I have a 4" stainless GP100 and it's great. As an all around .357, I'd choose that length. Plenty heavy for recoil dampening and still short enough to be handy.

Add a pair of Hogue Grips, an orange front sight, and a good trigger job and you will never part with it.
I have had mine over 20 years and would not trade it for anything.

redhemi
10-11-2011, 1:23 PM
I have a 4" stainless. It is the first gun I've owned. I did a trigger job on it and changed springs. The double action pull is nice and smooth and not heavy, the single action is real light or in other words don't touch that trigger until your ready to shoot. I would put my GP up against any S&W. But I do also want a 6" model. Good luck with your choice.

Redhemi

Sunday
10-12-2011, 6:02 AM
Years ago I had both 4" and 6" Security Six revolvers,The 6" is a nicer range gun due to the longer sight radius and the 4" is nicer to pack and draw from the holster. You may have to buy both as you can't have just one of each pistol.

BamBam-31
10-12-2011, 8:36 AM
Definitely a 4" for an all-around revolver. I would only get a 6" barrel again (sold two) if I either wanted to squeeze every ounce of accuracy out of it (longer sight radius) or wanted to squeeze every last fps from some choice load. A 4" barrel does both well enough as is, plus it's better balanced.

powaybob
10-12-2011, 9:42 AM
4 inch would be my choice for what you want. I have a 4 inch Security Six that was my defense weapon for years, only recently replaced with an XD-45. I have a GP-100 6 inch and it is massive compared to the others. It is intimidating just as a club. You can carry it, but you better be 6'3" and 300 lbs like I am.

jyo
10-12-2011, 5:25 PM
Personally, I went old school with the older Security Six 4" stainless---great revolver---I prefer the 4" myself over the 6" (yes, I've owned both)---easier packin'---about the same to shoot.

CA Cowboy
10-12-2011, 8:44 PM
6" blue GP100 was the first handgun I ever bought and I still rely on it for home defense.I've never owned any SW revolvers but I have 3 Rugers the GP a .357 SP and a .22 single six you cant go wrong with em.

kazman
10-12-2011, 9:08 PM
Have a 4" but the only time I thought I'd like a 6" is when I was at the range shooting at 100yds.

mlevans66
10-12-2011, 9:16 PM
I have 6" GP100 and I love that gun! My Ruger is one tuff MF! I only hear good thing about the 4" version so I give my thumbs up to that. Now I also have a S&W 686 and I like it but the trigger on RUgers are good outside the box. I say get a Ruger!

DrGonzo615
10-12-2011, 10:09 PM
Im pretty set on picking up a Gp100 6" sometime in the near future...anyone heard of any good deals on these?

mlevans66
10-12-2011, 10:11 PM
Im pretty set on picking up a Gp100 6" sometime in the near future...anyone heard of any good deals on these?

Whrere you at in Kali? Are you military? Reason why cause the base has a good deal and if someone within 50 milies has better they have to price match.

DrGonzo615
10-12-2011, 10:28 PM
Whrere you at in Kali? Are you military? Reason why cause the base has a good deal and if someone within 50 milies has better they have to price match.

Im in southern California...like Riverside county....nope not military

b.thomas
10-13-2011, 2:33 AM
I was looking at both the 4" and 6" gp100, 6" was too barrel heavy. The 4" was what i was going to buy till I noticed a 6" stainless Security six setting in the gun case. I picked up the S6 and never put it down.
Just to bad they don't make a 5" or 6" gp100 with a 1/2 lug barrel...........................I would have bought one in a heart beat!:D

the_t0ny
10-13-2011, 7:33 AM
Im in southern California...like Riverside county....nope not military
Today is the last day turners has the stainless 4 or 6 inch on sale for $579. Comes out to about $662 (depending where you buy from and the tax, that's how much mine came out to).

mlevans66
10-13-2011, 8:46 AM
Im in southern California...like Riverside county....nope not military

Try Faith Armory also. They have good deals.

albacore1401
10-14-2011, 9:41 PM
Im pretty set on picking up a Gp100 6" sometime in the near future...anyone heard of any good deals on these?

I just ordered a GP100 SS 6" .357 online from Bud's Gun Shop for $550.00 on credit card including free shipping and no tax (3% cash discount would be $534.00). My local FFL transfers for $68 including DROS. That's $618.00 OTD! That's about as cheap as they get new.

BigBoyPinoy
10-16-2011, 6:34 PM
Get the 4" much better all around length for GP100 and accurate enough.

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honeywalnutshrimp
10-16-2011, 10:47 PM
I bought a 6inch gp100 stainless last year on calguns for 400.. I would def recommend buying one used if you can find it.. They are built so tough and so well I wasn't worried about buying used one bit and mine came mint no cylinder movement trigger break was like glass and the da pull isn't nearly as bad as people say... My uncle shoots a 6inch blue he's had for years no work done just shot after shot and that trigger is extremely crisp and light after seeing and shooting his gun I had to have one of my own... I like the 6 inch I feel the accuracy and muzzle velocity of the 6 inch just makes it that much more fun to shoot.. I didn't buy it to holster crry it everywhere but I wouldn't hesitate to use it easily in hd and I backpack with it when I'm fishing/hunting/camping all the time.. If your that worried about the mobility of the weapon then I'd say get the 4 inch if you wanna show off outdoors or at the range and smoke a can 100 feet from you all six shots I'd say get the 6inch