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Old 05-23-2007, 04:27 PM   #1
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Considering the Ruger GP-100 (for the purposes of toting around in the woods for rabid skunk protection), does the 4 inch barrel shoot as well as the 6 inch barrel to make the extra 2 inches worth it?
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:57 PM   #2
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You'll have to try them yourself, I'm afraid.
I shoot the 4" better than the six, even though there is a theoretical advantage to the longer sight radius. Although I never tried the full-lug 6", only the full-lug 4" and the half-lug 6".
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I'm partial to the 4" barrels myself. Makes packing it a lot easier. You will lose some velocity by going with the 4", not enough a skunk will notice . Accuracy should be real close if you do your part.
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i would get the 6 inch barrel but i like a long barrel on a gun
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The extra 2" will reduce the recoil and noise. So unless you expect to have to fast draw the 6" barrel is a better choice IMO.
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6" is more accurite but harder to pull & carry plus added weight
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I've had the 4", the half lug 6" as well as the full lug 6" and liked them all. I prefer the 4" for portability and there's not that much difference in accuracy unless you're taking really, really long shots.
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I have the Ruger GP100 6" full lug stainless. I use a crossdraw holster in the woods. I like it a lot. Built to last.
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My extra two inches has been a big advantage for me.
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My extra two inches has been a big advantage for me.
You need to stay on point to the OP 1" + 2" (post operation) is still less than the OP was asking about
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