The .357 Hunter
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Author:  bisleyfan41 [ Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:10 pm ]
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So on a dedicated Ruger forum with thousands of Ruger fanatics, the topic of a 357 Hunter has generated a whopping 15 posts; only 7 in which the poster says they'd buy one. With that "overwhelming" drum beat....ain't gonna happen. Sorry, and I hope Ruger makes one for those who'd enjoy it, but not to be a downer, Ruger's not gonna produce a model with practically no support.

Author:  biglmbass [ Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:52 am ]
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I'd be interested in one. So that's 8 of us......... :D

Author:  hdrk1111 [ Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:08 pm ]
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Plus one here ! I would buy the hunter in a .357 magnum for sure. So there's 9 democracy in action. Get on it Ruger we are a waiting.

Author:  Galaxiedan [ Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:07 pm ]
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I'd buy a gp100 hunter with a 7.5 barrel

Author:  Missedagain [ Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:25 pm ]
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Make it 10; I'd definitely buy one. I have emailed Jason and the CEO as well asking for it to be made.

Author:  k22fan [ Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:45 am ]
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My stainless .357 BH 6 1/2" has great heft for a dedicated target pistol but feels heavy in a belt holster. My guess is that 7 1/2" SBH .357 Hunters have not been built because they'd weigh more than most hunters would want to carry and be too muzzle heavy. If Ruger did nothing but reduce the caliber of the .44 SBH Hunter it would wind up like my 7 1/2" .357 RH, a range gun that does not go any where else. On the other hand if the weight was trimmed by using the mid-size frame combined with a thinner barrel they'd be more practical and sell better. I'd buy one.

Author:  Malpaso [ Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:40 pm ]
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Put me down for a Bisley Hunter in 357!

Author:  700xcr [ Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:12 pm ]
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I would like a 357mag Bisley Hunter too!

Author:  s4s4u [ Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:02 pm ]
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I think it might make a good candidate to punch out to 360 DW

Author:  SteelBlue [ Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:30 am ]
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Here's the problem: if Ruger came out with a .357 Hunter, you'd have a hundred posts saying they would buy one if it came out with Bisley grips or a different length barrel. This is a story that gets played over and over again.

Author:  s4s4u [ Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:38 am ]
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Bisley grips

Definitely a must-have.

Author:  lshines [ Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:44 pm ]
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well, add me to this - definitely Bisley (addicted), stainless, t'wood be neat with the unfluted cylinder, heck, with a 6" barrel is fine with me. I like my Single Six Hunter, and just ordered a SBH Bis Hunter, but a .357 would be fine for close deer, lightened for turkey, and just a fun one without .44 and up recoil. Put my name on the paper for one!

Author:  mohavesam [ Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:08 am ]
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This is an interesting concept. If they introduced it as a regular-production item.

My trouble is that, in my travels at least, not many distributor "exclusives" are commonly seen on shelves, and handling a handgun in the store is what gets good folks to pull money out of their pockets. I am a 357M fan, and in any discussion of "which guns will I never shed" the 6" 357 always stays at the top of the list. I have made venison with my BLackhawk and 686, etc many times. It is quite versatile and capable in the field, especially with so many fine 21st-century bullets and loads available now.

A 7-ish" with a Hunter barrel/rings, stainless materials, real field sights (it is time to revise the aluminum assembly used for decades), and the Bisley configuration in 357 S&W Magnum... that would be a fun gun for short range hunting - ala tree stand hunters up to whitetail. I'd add the lock-screw cylinder pin design used on the 480R/454C SA guns for heaviest loads. What is not to like?

And yes I agree, Ruger will never re-open the 357 Maximum debacle. Those SRM guns are true "collectibles" akin to the Hawkeye handgun , in that they won't be made again.

Author:  Prescut [ Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:21 pm ]
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A year has gone by and no 357 Hunter of any kind.

Still a great idea.


Author:  1ruger [ Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:16 pm ]
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I personally don't like revolvers with barrel longer than 6".
Most of my "hunting" revolvers are between 4"-5 1/2" and one 6".
Revolvers belong on the belt and anything longer than 6" becomes hassle to carry.

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