.357 Magnum. That's the answer. The question is 4" or 6"

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  1. Aceman

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    Really thinking hard about a wheel gun. .357 Magnum to go with a Lever carbine.

    The question is: 4" or 6" and why?

    Really looking for a multipurpose .357; Woods, Home Defense, Target, Hunting, etc…

    Which would you say and WHY
     
  2. JoeOU1

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    4" is my favorite due to the better balance.
    4" GP100 in stainless is hard to beat.
     
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    I'll 2nd that; the 4" is easier and faster to handle; and I've carried both.
     
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    It kind of boils down to personal preference, the advantage of 6 over4 is almost a mute point, the difference between 2 and 4 is measurable.

    Until you get into say a leaver action 357 rifle, a 6 inch is not "substantial" .

    I run a 4", its more user/trail friendly, and fits in my Hill People kit bag fine, where a 6" will NOT fit.

    Roll the dice and pick, or give it more thought... I would choose either (but not a 2" for sure). You can google the ballistics of a 2, 4, 6 and rifle is you wanted...


    GL,
    EB
     
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    4" is the only choice unless you need to meet some hunting regs or something.
     
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    Wheel guns are my go to and trusted weapons. In my limited collection most are Smith's and most are revolvers. Of my two 357's both are 4 inch, favorite being a 686-6 (seven shot). The 686-6 is also my nightstand firearm.
    Do I completely trust autos. Of course, when I'm wide awake and at the range! Oh yea, ccw is a J frame!
     
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    You got a long gun in .357 already you say?

    Then the correct answer is a 5" L or N frame.

    I wouldn't turn my nose down to a 3" K frame either tho.

    YMMV
     
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    Like always, it depends. With hot loads you gain quite a bit more velocity with the 6" vs the 4" along with a longer sight radius. Don
     
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    4 inch is the most all-around useful. 6" is too big for most things.

    Of course, with a lever action rifle, you could always go for a 4.6" or 5.5" Ruger single action. Blackhawk if you like modern sights and cheaper prices.
     
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    Well, for what you want a revolver for, I say go for the 6 inch. You get a nice sight radius for shooting targets and hunting and the gun can still be used for home defense. You didn't specify ccw and I wouldn't recommend something that large for that purpose. The 6" gun is fun for target shooting with magnum rounds.

    I like 4" barreled revolvers and you can buy one anywhere. Standard Service revolvers seem to always be 4 inch. But, I really prefer a 3" barrel....a Smith and Wesson 686+ with a 3" barrel ranks up there, in my book. I never really liked the Ruger gp100.
     
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    I just love the look and feel of a 4in revolver! A k frame S&W is the cats meow if you ask me great combo of light weight for carry and power when you need it. image.jpeg What more could you ask for!
     
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    Unless you are gonna hunt with it...
    A 4" will live in a chest rig much more comfortably than a 6", in the woods when you can't reach your rifle a 4" will keep you safe.
    Why 6"?
     
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    6" ... because size does matter.

    Say hello to my little friend:

    SW 686 6"

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    Tucked away in its Bianchi leather holster....

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    4" for me, especially if there is any chance I will ever carry it. I'd probably even go 3" but no less. The one exception would be a 5" S&W TRR8.
     
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    I like the S&W 8-shot wheel guns. bulky and black!
     
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    I am sometimes surprised that four and six inches became somewhat of the standard over three and a half (or three for smaller frames) and five inches.

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