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Zecho
April 23, 2009, 11:55 PM
I have been stalk... err.. lurking for a bit, and now am in a position where I could use some advice.

I have a Savage .243, Harris bipod, 6-24x50 scope blah blah blah. Around $1200 invested after the custom camo paint job.

Anywho, I've been looking to trade it for a wheel gun and have had a couple of offers this week and am not sure which way to turn.


First offer is for a Brand Spankin New Ruger GP100 357 6" barrel, still in the case with all of the stuff that gets stuffed in a box (paperwork, receipts etc.) and the full warranty card.

Second is a S&W 629 .44 with 8 3/8 barrel, pretty much same cosmetics. Just a little older and without the paperwork.

Now, if I go to W.Va and hunt bear, I would think I would prefer the 44, but considering I hunt here, in Oh, and for the most part I bow hunt, I would say the 357 would suffice.

So, the caliber doesn't matter that much to me as I will be using this for HUNTING (not shooting, I got enough of the sport of shooting growing up on a Texas farm). I like to hunt. and carrying around a shotgun full of slugs isn't hunting to me. I'm more interested in something I can climb a tree and wait, or stalk if I feel the urge. And if the occasion arises to go gun hunting bears, I can always pack up the AR and take it (yet I would rather take my bow).

So, opinions on which is more of a "hunter" I suppose, and which is a better deal I guess are my questions.

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jbkebert
April 24, 2009, 12:16 AM
The Smith is worth a little bit more than the Ruger. Either one is not worth the price vested in your rifle. I am also a bowhunter and would rather do that than any other form of hunting. I also however handgun hunt and would opt for the .44 over the .357. I use my Smith 29 or Ruger Super Redhawk for deer and hogs. In my personal opinion the .357 is a little light for medium sized game.

Zecho
April 24, 2009, 12:23 AM
To be perfectly honest, I'd be much happier if someone would come off of a Blackhawk or a nice Vaquero... But I don't see that happening.

calaverasslim
April 24, 2009, 08:22 AM
I suspect if your willing to get up off the $1200 price tag a little you may get what you want. In today's economy, that is a chunk o change to put out for a hunting rifle.

You may find a Blackhawk of the cal of your choice for around 400-450. I would seriously consider the 44 Blackhawk with either the 4.63" or the 5.5" barrel. then you would be set with what your looking for.

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