back country side arm


June 22, 2010, 01:31 PM
Looking to buy a good gun for the woods.

Do you guys have any good ideas of what to get for under $600?

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June 22, 2010, 01:36 PM
Ruger GP-100, 4".

June 22, 2010, 01:48 PM
Taurus Tracker 4" 44mag is what I went with.

June 22, 2010, 01:51 PM
where are you going to be?

I went with a S&W 686p, as where I spend my time I am unlikely to see anything larger than a feral hog or black bear, and 357 is enough gun i think. If you're going where you'll see the big bears I would think about something larger.

Blue Brick
June 22, 2010, 01:55 PM
Ruger 357.

June 22, 2010, 02:04 PM
I like a 4 in .44mag min.

I was woundering what about the judge

June 22, 2010, 02:12 PM
I have a .454 raging bull now with a 6-1/2 barrel the draw is to long. I would like a little shorter draw. Besides my dad is buy the .454.

June 22, 2010, 02:23 PM
Unless you absolutely need the magnum's fire, roar, and recoil, how about a .44 Special?

A S&W 396 Mountain Lite holds 5 rounds of .44 Special and mine weighs 18oz empty. A pleasure to carry and surprisingly controllable to shoot. It might be difficult to find one for $600 though...

A Rossi 720 is made of stainless steel, has a 3" barrel, weighs 30 oz, and also holds 5 rounds of .44 Special. They can usually be found on GunBroker or GunsAmerica for $250 to $300. Mine is dead reliable (and might be the best "pickup gun" ever made).

June 22, 2010, 02:32 PM
I was woundering what about the judge

I don't think that the judge would stand up to the hot 45colt loads you would want for your purposes. Unless, you are simply wanting it for snakes you may come across.

June 22, 2010, 02:35 PM
I own Tauri,..and I love .410's and .45 LC. But I can tell you,..any sidearm I would carry back country,..wouldn't be the Judge......period. Just my take,...ymmv

Depending on where you are, nearly any decent quality .357/.41/.44 Mag will get it done. If you are partial to Single Actions,..look at the Rugers,....I favor a .44 Mag Ruger Super Blackhawk in 4 5/8 barrel myself,...and occasionally carry others,..including a 4 inch .357 Taurus Tracker.

June 22, 2010, 02:43 PM
357 mag in a ruger GP-100 would be perfect, the 357 mag is the most versatile cartidge i think out there. single actions i would go with ruger for sure, double actions id go with taurus or ruger.

June 22, 2010, 03:00 PM
VegasAR15 How do you like your .44? How is the accuracy. Can you find a holster and do speed loader work with it.

June 22, 2010, 03:08 PM
How about a 3" SP 101 .357... or a 4 5/8" Blackhawk .45LC?

June 22, 2010, 03:11 PM
Its the first and only 44mag that I have fired, so I can't really compare it to others. The first time I shot it I could not wipe the smile off of my face, and pretty much everytime since then too. I am not a great shot, but it seems to be very accurate for me. I have not yet purchased a holster or speed loader for it. After some searching on forums I found a speed loader that works with it, can't remember which one at the moment. There is not a huge holster selection, but you should be able to find some for it. The porting helps with recoil, but it is a very loud gun. I got mine for 471 shipped from, I think they have a used one now for 419.

June 22, 2010, 03:38 PM
Ruger GP 100 357 magnum.

June 22, 2010, 03:46 PM
Any 4 inch 357 from Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Dan Wesson

June 22, 2010, 03:51 PM
Dr Rob is exactly right

He known as the "great compressionalist"

Red Cent
June 22, 2010, 03:55 PM
Ruger Blackhawk 4 5/8". 45 Colt/ 45ACP. With 200, 225, 250gr bullet you can approach the 44 Mag AND you have a forty five. The versatile Ruger convertible allows the owner to play with a lot of toys.

Arkansas Paul
June 22, 2010, 05:41 PM
Ruger Blackhawk in your barrel length of choice. For carrying around a lot in the woods, I'd probably go with the 5 1/2". Caliber wise, I'd go with the .357, .45 Colt or .41 Mag. They make it in .30 carbine, but I'm not a fan, you may be. Can't beat a Ruger IMO.

June 22, 2010, 05:47 PM
I might have added Taurus but I've never owned one, and Colts are kind of spendy.

June 22, 2010, 06:34 PM
I might have added Taurus but I've never owned one, and Colts are kind of spendy.

quit it!
You are harming your efficiency! :neener:

June 22, 2010, 06:57 PM
Hello friends and neighbors// 4" for speedier draw--- 6" for hunting

I like this set up for the woods;
S&W 586, 6" .357/.38 and Interarms (Rossi) Model 92 .357/.38

June 22, 2010, 07:18 PM
$500 Uberti SAA, 45 Colt, 250gr bullet, 35 gr FFF black powder

Dirty Bob
June 22, 2010, 07:33 PM
A used Blackhawk in .357, .44 Mag., or .45 Colt might work for you, but I would only recommend .45 Colt if you reload. I find my BH to be fairly mild in recoil, while sending a 255 grain SWC out with quite a bit of force. It penetrated seven gallon milk jugs of water and kept going. My only regret was not having more jugs with you that day. This is a modest handload, but it works for me. The .45 "LC" is very pricey in factory loads, however.

All my best,
Dirty Bob

June 22, 2010, 07:39 PM
Ruger GP-100, 4".

+1 to that. Stainless if possible.

Erik M
June 23, 2010, 12:02 AM
Ruger GP-100, 4".
The first reply in the thread got it right, I prefer my GP100 in the 6" blued flavor. I had a Taurus Tracker 44 mag, Ive shot handguns for years and in my hands it was just to much noise and recoil to be a reliable sidearm.

Mr. T
June 23, 2010, 12:16 AM
Ruger GP-100 in 6". I don't know how the 4" shoots as far as accuracy, but the 6" is very accurate out to 75 yards for me and I'm only average with a pistol by my estimation. I love my Ruger GP-100 and would have to recommend it to anyone looking for a revolver.

June 23, 2010, 12:24 AM
It's a big, heavy N frame that had been re finished. I got it for less than $400.
I have a couple of holsters for it including an old pancake holster that I can use to carry it under an untucked shirt.
To me, the Judge is a waste of time and money, but hey, it's your money...


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