I used to carry a S&W 64 and had a Ruger .357 w/ 6" barrel, I think it was a Security Six. I bought the Ruger for intra-departmental pistol competition and that was the only thing I found it good for.
If you are planning to use it at any time for a carry piece, I would recommend the 4" barrel. It would be easier to carry and present, if needed. If it is strictly a range gun, then I would opt for the 6" barrel.
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I've had a stainless 5" for a few years now, purchased from the days when it was a Davidson's exclusive. Great, perfectly balanced gun as others have voiced and an excellent complement to my 3" GP100. With those two in-hand owning a 4.2" 'tweener' really doesn't make sense anymore.
I'd generally get the 4". The 6" is potentially more accurate, but I prefer the aesthetics and balance of a 4" more. Within 25yards (and maybe a fair amount further) the accuracy difference is going to have more to do with how any particular shooter benefits from the longer sight radius. Everything else being equal I'd bet they'd be within .1s of an inch if shoot out of a ransom rest.
If you plan on shooting further than the 6" will start to look better.
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