Charter or Ruger .357 ?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Tyrsgodi, May 28, 2020.

  1. G66enigma

    G66enigma Well-Known Member

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    I've shot the Ruger SP-101 and GP-100 in .357. Much prefer the 4.2" bbl length, in both, as I feel they balance better under fire. But, if you're prepared for the relative snappiness of the .357 in a 3" bbl revolver, the SP-101 is hard to beat, IMO. Myself, I'm more accurate (in follow-on shots) with a sidearm that's got a bit more heft and a bit more overall foreend/barrel weight to it. Of course, nearly one and a quarter inches longer, the 4.2" bbl SP-101 will take up a tad more length carrying it.
     
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  2. Tyrsgodi

    Tyrsgodi Active Member

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    Thanks. Very useful. My old model Charter Bulldog can be very "snappy", downright biting!
     
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  3. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Well-Known Member

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    I'd look around for an old Ruger Security Six . They are really great revolvers . and they dont have that horrid gp100 billboard down the barrel/shroud
     
  4. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A 44 guy should get one of these, a 3 inch 44 special. [​IMG]
     
  5. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I shot one ONCE and never had the desire to shot another one. Part of the problem is the sharp cyl release tore the crap out of my thump. ;)
     
  6. Buckeye!

    Buckeye! New Member

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    Charter Builds a 5 shot 357 on the Bulldog frame , which is size wise similar to the Ruger SP101 .. but the Charter is lighter ... comes in barrel lengths of 2.20in, 3in and 4 inches

    Charter now builds a 3 inch barreled 6 shot 357 on the XL frame .. weighs 23 oz all steel .. the XL frame
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  7. Tyrsgodi

    Tyrsgodi Active Member

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    Well, I went and did it! Charter Target Bulldog, .357, adjustable rear sights. Five shots IMG_20200614_173459.jpg
     
  8. Buckeye!

    Buckeye! New Member

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    This is a pic of my older Charter Bulldog Target in 357 mag .. 4 inch barrel with a 4 inch barrel... the barrel shroud is aluminum to keep the weight down F4BFEDB2-4D84-43BF-9BF6-28A781C5A236.jpeg
     
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  9. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Well-Known Member

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    look at that thing ! congrats sir . I was carrying Charter CARR Pitbull in .40S&W . It was a great little gun . Though it was a revolver it didnt even need moon clips thanks to the head space retention system .
     
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  10. Tyrsgodi

    Tyrsgodi Active Member

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    Yeah, but my wife likes .38, so we can share! .44 is a bit heavy for my sweet Southern Belle!
     
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  11. Virginian

    Virginian Well-Known Member

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    I have owned them all. I put Wolff Springs in EVERY revolver I own. I carry a Taurus 605 with a 3" barrel in .357. A little lighter than the Ruger 101 but not much. For woods carry I have a Taurus 431 4" in .44 Spl that I love. Both are quite accurate and have never shown a problem, and the .44 is about 30 years old. Most accurate centerfire revolver I have ever owned was a 65 Smith 4", but it was a tad big for concealed carry. I do not pound away endlessly with heavy loads, I have other guns for that.
     
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