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Gentlemen,

Please help me make up my mind. I am looking for a 6" heavy barreled .357. I plan on hunting with it and also using it in bowling pin shoots.

Which one of those two guns would you prefer and why?

Thanks for the help,

Ray C.
 

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The bull-barreled GP100's are quite heavy and would probably shoot off-hand very well (great for bowling pins).

On the other hand you might get tired of carrying that extra weight around all day while hunting, and so perhaps the Smith has the edge.

Almost certainly the Smith trigger is either better right out of the box, or can be tuned to perfection by a good gunsmith.

On the other hand you'll not likely be able to wear out the Ruger.....

As you can see they both have strong points.  Guess you have to just add them up and decide which is more important.

Am I being wishy-washy.... I guess so, but that's probably because I shoot bowling pins with a .45 ACP and hunt with single actions....

(Edited by MikeG at 11:19 pm on Jan. 5, 2002)
 

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I have a couple rugers in 357, though they have the 3 inch barrel.

Even with the 3 inch barrel a gp100 in stainless, no I don't know the number system, is not bad for shooting.  You just know it is not a 38 special out of the same firearm.  I do not consider it punishing, but it is more than my mag fed handguns, though they are in weaker calibers.

The little 101, stainless as well, is a bit more of a handful.  I keep two hands on it and do well with it.  But I feel no urge to run a box or two through it.

I feel s&w has had a few quality problems when their guns in major chamberings are having problems on more than a few occassions.  I decided when I read their agreement with the U.S. government, I would only buy used s&w.  My choice, do not feel like I am telling you otherwise, I am simply explaining why I have no s&w.

I have been very happy with ruger, and am currently looking for a single action in 44 mag.  But I have to make a choice as to which one first.  : )  Luckily there are choices.

Oh, I said stainless cause I do not know if they alter anything when making their guns in stainless.

I do not have the proof to back it up, but when I researched ruger I always came up with people saying they are impossable to get out of time unless you dismantle the thing.  Some people said S&W and tarus and others can get out of time if you do things like they do in the movies as far as spinning the cylinder and what not.

For these reasons, I vote ruger every time.  : 0   At least I'm consistent.
 

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Thank you for the replys.

Mike, I too shoot pins with a 1911 .45 ACP and hunt with a SBH. I'm just tired of picking up the brass from that 1911!!<!--emo&:)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'><!--endemo-->

I just thought that the 357 would be a nice versatile revolver. I could also hunt whitetails with it without the more  fierce recoil and muzzleblast of the .44 Mag. You just gotta love them WFN bullets!!!

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Ray C.
 

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Hey Sixgun, if you want to kill whitetails with as little muzzle blast as possible, go for a .45 Colt with the factory-equivalent loads or perhaps a tad heavier (say 250-260gr. @ 1,000fps).

I guarantee you that it will be easier on the ears than a .357!

I've shot a couple of whitetails with the .357 also, it works fine too....
 

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i vote gp100...more durable than a s&w...also my gp100 (a 4") shoots under 1" at 25 yards with several different loads.
 
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