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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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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 :p . Accuracy should be real close if you do your part.
 

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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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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.
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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You need to stay on point to the OP 1" + 2" (post operation) is still less than the OP was asking about:)
Let me rephrase that. I have .45s with both 4" and 6" barrels. The 6" is more accurate because of the additional barrel length. I can't speak to the .22 caliber though, but I would think the same principle would apply.
 

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I think you would be fine either way for the use you described. I doubt you'll be taking long shots where the extra 2" will matter much and the short barrel will be easier to pack. If it were me, I'd go with a 4" because I already have a 6" 357 but it's really your choice. Handle both, shoot both if you can and see which one you like better.
 

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I just bought a gp100 3 weeks ago. I had my heart set on the 4 inch model, but walked out of the gun show with the 6in in stainless for $392, couldn't pass that up. Now every day, I am glad I got the six incher, I have no plans whatsoever to carry this gun concealed, so the length isn't an issue in that way. I will only shoot it at the range, and toss it in a backpack or open carry leather holster when hiking/camping.
And by the way, it's one of the sweetest revolvers I have ever owned! :)
 

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8, actually.

Oh, wait, you were asking about a gun. =P Six will make it more accurate and more powerful. If concealability and quick-draw arenot necessary for this weapon, there's not much reason not to go for the six.
 

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My extra two inches has been a big advantage for me.
^ Sig worthy right there :D

Before I bought mine I fired both and the 4 was just easier to handle. I felt like it was more accurate (well when I'm using it) and if you are going to be taking this into the woods why deal with the extra weight? Just my .02

Either way, its a great gun and you wont be disappointed.
 
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