Looking for input for a revolver. Looking for a side arm for general all around use while working at hunting properties. I am wanting to stay with a revolver and was just curious what you all think as far as a 357 for a general purpose predator control caliber. Thanks in advance
It's a good choice, large variety of loads available including .38 spcls. Reasonable recoil and accurate. Carried a S&W for years. Switched to a .45 LC just because I had one and kept running into wild hogs that needed a good thumping. Now usually carry .45 acp because it rides a little "softer" and tighter under my jacket. Carry what you are most comfortable with both shooting and accuracy.
I own a LOT of revolvers. My 4" GP100 stainless is the perfect choice for your needs. A 6" bbl will make it easier to shoot longer than 25 yards accurately but you wont want it on your belt all day. Add a solid OWB thumbstrap holster on a good belt and you will be happy.
Check the used guns - Rugers are built like tanks and cannot be shot out. Good deals available on great pre-owned guns.
My 2nd choice [lighter weight] is a K frame S&W. The model 66 .357s are pricey even used but look for an older .38 police trade in and fill it with +P+ loads. One of those never leaves my truck console.
If you want a real deal find a blued model of one of the above with some holster wear or minor cosmetic issues; they can be had cheap from a pawn shop and are still fantastic guns.
.357 can be a handful in a lighter revolver. GP100 comes in 7-shot now and has enough heft to tame the .357 some. If you don't want a heavier revolver strapped on you while working, the SP101 in .327 is a six-shooter in the same class as a lighter .357 and shoots flat for longer distance tries at coyotes. These guns really need a good holster and a good belt to wear comfortably.
I use revolvers for about everything except what you mention. The Kel-Tec PMR30 with a light on it is the ticket for that sort of thing. It rides in a cheap slide holster on a nylon belt.
I have a Ruger SP101 in 357 that I bought for just that purpose and it's a small but beefy 357. It's a great gun but it can be a bit uncomfortable shooting Medium to hot 357 loads. I have since bought a S&W 60-10 J frame that is a much lighter and smaller gun but it is surprisingly more comfortable to shoot. I'm guessing it's the slightly larger Pachmayer Grips. It is an absolute dream trail gun to carry and shoot.
SP101 is a nice gun, as is the GP100... my choice though would be an older Security Six. It just feels better in my hand, an is a rock solid piece of equipment. .357 loads for carry, .38 Spl loads for practice and it is one of the easiest and cheapest rounds to reload
I have a S&W 686 6" barrel in .357 that i carry occasionally...Pocket gun is Taurus 2" .357 that fits nicely in jacket or trouser pocket....Snubby is also fun to shoot with .38, and 38+p loads.. Both are SS guns..