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    model 60 2" - no need for adj sights or even a longer barrel.

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    Considering you already have a M69, I would go with the M60. Personally , I went with a M36-6 target to go with my M696. I feel no need for the 357 in a woods bumming gun, just too dang loud for me. If I'm where I might need the slightly more potent 357 then I'll take my 696. You, having a M69 are in like position. I actually have a 3 inch sp101 and like it , but the M60 is really sweet!
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    having a 357mag capable gun doesn't mean it needs to be fed that ammo, but it sure is nice to have that capability when deep in the woods and far from civilization.
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    This may sound low rent, but the newer Rossi's are very nice guns for the money. Frame size is just a smidge bigger than an SP-101 and they hold six rounds.
    Currently casting and loading: .32 Auto, .380 Auto, .38 Special, 9X19, .357 Magnum, .257 Roberts, .30 WCF, .45-70 Gov't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FergusonTO35 View Post
    This may sound low rent, but the newer Rossi's are very nice guns for the money. Frame size is just a smidge bigger than an SP-101 and they hold six rounds.
    If it works time after time there's nothing low rent about it. Affordable yes.
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    My Rossi 511 is a favorite woods gun, a Smith 63 clone, and it shoots better than the 63 I had in the 80s. I think they are better built than the Taurus guns, but then I have had limited samples of both!
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    Or, how about this gem from Ruger? Comes with a custom double sided front sight!

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    Currently casting and loading: .32 Auto, .380 Auto, .38 Special, 9X19, .357 Magnum, .257 Roberts, .30 WCF, .45-70 Gov't.

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    I have the SP the OP mentioned ...

    While just holding it ... it does feel muzzle heavy, bit actually shooting it ... it feels "right" ...

    Just be aware that the front sight is not really any aftermarket options ...

    The last J-frame I bought was anything but "smooth" ... Neither was the last SP!
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    I carry my 5.5" 45 Colt Ruger. Here in the Virginia mountains every sow bear has 2 to 4 cubs. There not shy. Hope I never need it . We have coyotes also but you never see them in the daylight unless your calling them.

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    I have to admit this thread has intrigued me. I say any gun that you would normally carry for self defense would also make a great kit gun. I have a Taurus 85 5shot 38spl that will shoot +Ps and I've been known to throw it in the pack when out on a hike or camping. Its a familiar gun to me...meaning...I shoot it regularly and I can hit with it. Other than the "need for something new"...I can't see a why I'd switch to anything else...but this may be just ME.

    Now...of what you listed for recommendations...I like the SP. But then I'm a Ruger man. I have quite a few of them. Fine built firearm, but easy to get repaired if something does get damaged, and they shoot great. As previously noted...with a good holster you'll never notice the extra few ozs.

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    Groo here
    I have both an SP101 and a M-60-15 pro.
    the biggest thing for either is to find the grips that "FIT"
    For me that is the packmyer thin grip that covers the backstrap [ the "compac " is thicker ]
    Both my guns have shot from WC loads to "Groo monster maulers" [aka 200gr cast with full pressure loads]
    The grip is the key!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    For me ,, the m-60 in a Simple Rugged pancake is about the best.
    Light , thin, good adj sights and enough barrel to get a 357mag going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groo View Post
    Groo here
    I have both an SP101 and a M-60-15 pro.
    the biggest thing for either is to find the grips that "FIT"
    For me that is the packmyer thin grip that covers the backstrap [ the "compac " is thicker ]
    Both my guns have shot from WC loads to "Groo monster maulers" [aka 200gr cast with full pressure loads]
    The grip is the key!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    For me ,, the m-60 in a Simple Rugged pancake is about the best.
    Light , thin, good adj sights and enough barrel to get a 357mag going.
    I agree 100%.
    That is why I like the 3" M60, adj sights a little more weight up front, and usually carried in my wader pocket. By the way mine is a M60-4.

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    Dillon m134d is a nice revolver little on the heavy side but if weight concerns you you could leave your pants at home I know Im not going to give anybody i bump into out in the woods any guff about not wearing pants that is toting one of those!
    I just threw that it because i think that is about the only one that hasnt been suggested yet I mostly carry a smith 625 4” loaded with heavy semi wadcutters but sometimes i go light and carry a 3” sp101 fixed sight. loaded with whatever i havent shot up in my gp100.

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    I carried a now old RUGER Service-Six with a 3"bbl in .357 from 1977 until 1998 (got busted up, no more "woodswalking"). It's a stainless gun that I round-butted to fit the old Pachmyar Compac grips. I got a ROY'S Pancake holster for it. Carried on a seperate belt I never even felt the weight. 2 .38 shotshells backed by .358429 over a heavy charge of UNIQUE in a .38spl case. That pancake holster really distributed the weight. The 3" bbl is a rarity. If I'd known that when I bought it I'd have never have taken a file to the grip frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redhawk0 View Post
    I have to admit this thread has intrigued me. I say any gun that you would normally carry for self defense would also make a great kit gun. I have a Taurus 85 5shot 38spl that will shoot +Ps and I've been known to throw it in the pack when out on a hike or camping. Its a familiar gun to me...meaning...I shoot it regularly and I can hit with it. Other than the "need for something new"...I can't see a why I'd switch to anything else...but this may be just ME.

    Now...of what you listed for recommendations...I like the SP. But then I'm a Ruger man. I have quite a few of them. Fine built firearm, but easy to get repaired if something does get damaged, and they shoot great. As previously noted...with a good holster you'll never notice the extra few ozs.

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    I've been thinking about an SP-101 or steel frame Taurus 85 for a woods/farm gun. Compact but with more weight and grip than my little S&W 637 so energetic loads will be easier to shoot. The Taurus 85 is a really good bargain right now, and my local guy sells bunches of 'em with few complaints.
    Currently casting and loading: .32 Auto, .380 Auto, .38 Special, 9X19, .357 Magnum, .257 Roberts, .30 WCF, .45-70 Gov't.

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    Since you have gotten 74 different opinions on this I will include mine as #75.

    I feel the 38/.357 is inadequate for anything above rodents or small vermin.

    My choice for the Woods gun is a S&W 696 in .44 Special, mainly since I have one and love it. I have hit Silhouette Rams at 200 meters with it, so it will shoot. It has a 3" barrel so it is compact as well and the .44 Special cartridge with 240 gr 429421's is a very formidable cartridge suitable for taking large animals if necessary. Nobody can argue against that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FergusonTO35 View Post
    Or, how about this gem from Ruger? Comes with a custom double sided front sight!

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    That's so the bad guy will know you have the sights lined up on him! its a Feature!


    I like a .357 for woods bumming when Bears are not present That's what I carry while Snow Shoeing. If I'm likely to happen upon a bear I'll carry a .45 Colt or my .480 both of which are Ruger Blackhawks.

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    My favorite is the S&W Model 10 wearing a 6 inch barrel. In warmer weather the first 2 rounds are shot shell loads, otherwise all loads will be stout WC or SWC profiles.

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    May as well toss in my nickel's worth. What I pack for a 'woods gun' depends upon where I am. My 'everyday carry' is a 3" SP-101 stuffed with +P 125 gr JHPs. For woodsy walks in this part of the country, I just swap the JHPs for four of 'Skeeter's Load' and 1 birdshot round. In areas where larger, less friendly critters might be encountered, I go with my 3" S&W M24, loaded with five cast HPs and one birdshot.

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    kit gun, gotta go with the cheaper option as long as it's bullet proof, runs like old faithful, and won't cause a tear when the grip gets chipped or the cylinder gets a scratch.

    Pretty sure the SP-101 is the winner here.

    But for my money, the vaquero 45 is what topped the list



    If it's too heavy, maybe you need less barrel and gripframe

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