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back country side arm

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Brad5192, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Brad5192

    Brad5192 Well-Known Member

    Looking to buy a good gun for the woods.

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

    moxie Well-Known Member

    Ruger GP-100, 4".
  3. VegasAR15

    VegasAR15 Well-Known Member

    Taurus Tracker 4" 44mag is what I went with.

    NOLAEMT Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Blue Brick

    Blue Brick Well-Known Member

    Ruger 357.
  6. Brad5192

    Brad5192 Well-Known Member

    I like a 4 in .44mag min.

    I was woundering what about the judge
  7. Brad5192

    Brad5192 Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. RidgwayCO

    RidgwayCO Well-Known Member

    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).
  9. VegasAR15

    VegasAR15 Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. thunder173

    thunder173 Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. sonier

    sonier Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. Brad5192

    Brad5192 Well-Known Member

    VegasAR15 How do you like your .44? How is the accuracy. Can you find a holster and do speed loader work with it.
  13. Peakbagger46

    Peakbagger46 Well-Known Member

    How about a 3" SP 101 .357... or a 4 5/8" Blackhawk .45LC?
  14. VegasAR15

    VegasAR15 Well-Known Member

    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 budsgunshop.com, I think they have a used one now for 419.
  15. RugerDoug

    RugerDoug Well-Known Member

    Ruger GP 100 357 magnum.
  16. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Any 4 inch 357 from Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Dan Wesson
  17. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Dr Rob is exactly right

    He known as the "great compressionalist"
  18. Red Cent

    Red Cent Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    I might have added Taurus but I've never owned one, and Colts are kind of spendy.

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