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I'm considering a (used) DA packing pistol in .357.  The Bisley Colt is too large to pack for a casual day of fishing and the .22 lacks ooomph.  Will most DA .357 cylinders accomodate the length of the 185 gr. FN and will a short 4" barrel eak out useable performance?
 

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Alan...The S&W 586/686's are OK. Seems like some of the team said it was close in the S&W 28's and 27's? It works perfect in the SA Rugers. The 185 would work fine in the 4" barrels ( great packing length), but I think I would consider a med burn powder like AA5 or Unique to lower the flash/blast. You are going to be surprised with the game killing power of the BTB 185!
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Thanks James -

This pistol would primarily be carried for "unfriendly" and or toothy encounters - while fishing a stream bank - camping - In-Laws (JUST KIDDING FOLKS!) etc.

Perhaps a 4 5/8" BH would fit the bill nicely.
 

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Hi, Alan:
  The 185 FN just makes it in my 28-2. It has the older style cylinder with the case rims countersunk into the chamber. I believe the rims don't enter the chambers of newer S&W's and you have another .050" to play with. This is with an O.A.L. (overall length) of 1.620. The bullet comes to within .015" of the front of the cylinder, so you'll need a tight crimp.  The Remington 180 gr. SJHP is too long for these countersunk chambers. Of course you could trim your brass until they fit.

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(Edited by Jack Monteith at 12:45 pm on Sep. 6, 2001)
 

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Alan, with the BTB 185 FNGC, I get an OAL of about 1.620", give or take a few thousandths.  I believe that the SAAMI max for the .357 is 1.590", so the extra 0.030" shouldn't be a problem.  Take yer calipers along to the gun shop and you'll know for sure.
 

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Alan? Is that you? ;*)

Funny thing the gyrations we go through after toting the big guns to the crik for water eh?

Am kinda hopin to run across a 4" GP this winter myself.

I still firmly believe that the .357 is up to most tasks, but my el' cheapo south american carry gun aint up to the load potential avaliable.

Can anyone fill me in as to how the 185's will fit the GP-100?

Just a po' preacher and caint afford another SmiffinWessen 8*)

Blessings Alan. Am off in a couple of days to Moose Camp. Am guiding out of the camp that Larry D. Jones took the big one last year with his Recurve. Good genetics in that area with world class Bullwinkles. (aint takin the .357 there!)

Scotty
 

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LOL Scotty!  I sure do miss carrying my longbow.  I did, after 9 months of no shooting, loose a few arrows the other day out of my lower poundage Saluki.  What a sweet sensation - unfortuantely, my elbow didn't quite feel the same.

Just to set the record straight <!--emo&;)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo-->, I never intended for the Bisley/Redhawk/almost Super Blackhawk & Dan Wesson to be a woods bummin' pistol!  If I had the financial means, I'd carry a Reeder .45 Backpacker.  Daryl Harding tried his best to convince me a 41 Mag Titanium Tracker was the way to go.  It could very well be.  This pistola would be "for just in case" situations.  Sure wish Taurus would offer a 5 shot Tracker in 45 Colt - my problem would be solved.

Anyone out there have suggestions on how to lighten up a 4 5/8" Blackhawk 45 Colt without "over" lightening my wallet in the process?

And good luck with them mooses Scotty.

(Edited by Alan at 8:25 am on Sep. 7, 2001)
 

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Alan,

I think a good .357 will fill the bill nicely. Those nasty putty tats usually don't need a whole lot of lead, or so I've been told. Get yourself a Ruger Security-Six 4" and don't look back. It might take some searching but I think the gun is well worth it. It's just as light as a S&W K-frame but quite a bit more durable when full magnum loads are used on a regular basis. I still prefer the K for general carry or target work, but for your purposes the Security Six is the better handgun.
 
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