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Old 01-11-2011, 12:25 AM   #1
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Default Need some advice on barrel length

I'm in the market for a revolver. I've always like them. .357 is my caliber choice. My question has to do with barrel length. I'm stuck on a 4 inch barrel. I'm just not a fan of snubbies. Carrying is not an issue. I'm just wondering is there much of a difference in the 4 inch barrel and the 6 inch barrel? I wouldn't carry this daily, just now and then. Any help will be appreciative.

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Old 01-11-2011, 12:33 AM   #2
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While the 6 in. may give a better sight radius, I prefer the 4 in. myself (and I am talking barrel length).

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MUDSLINGER,

I would have to say if I was going to carry it I would go with the 4". There are several good quality ccw holsters in the market for them. Pancake, Clip, In the pants clipped to the belt, shoulder and others. Ballistics is not hampered by going with the 4". Agreed the sight radius is longer on the 6 which is a plus for target shooting. But the versatile choice between the two choices would be the 4". And as you know the quality of the weapon means a lot.

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6 inch revolvers are big but they will let you get a better perfomance out magnum loads cause more powder will burn inside the barrell ,how much difference 2 inches it will make I don't know,but I'm sure somebody here will enlighten us about this matter, do you plan to use the revolver for hunting?
By the way,and I don't use it for hunting ,I own a Ruger GP 100 with a 3 inch barrell,very sturdy gun (they also come with 4 and 6 inches barrells)

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It will be mainly for home/self defense. It isn't a must have but more of something I'd really like to own. That and some type of lever action rifle. I enjoy classic/antique firearms.

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If you are going to carry it (other than hunting) then the 4" is the better choice. For all other purposes the 6" is the way to go, higher mv (175 fps), more accurate, less felt recoil. Or you can always split the difference, get an older S&W Mod. 27 with a 5" barrel.

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Get a 4" barreled version and don't look back. It's about as good as you can get for a compromise. You'll have a good range gun as well as a carry gun and home defense gun with a 4".

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For plinking and target shooting the 6 in. is better. If it will be carried some go with the 4 in. barrel though.

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sight plane is the only real advantage ....going longer ...for what you want to do 4'' is plenty .also if you go with something like a colt python or a s&w 586..the value would stay high .

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For carry, go with the shortest barrel you feel comfortable with. In your post, use the 4". I have a S&W .38 Special, Model 10-5, with a 2", and find it very accurate. I've always been told that you couldn't hit a car over 20 feet away with a 2" BBL, but this one will (with a rest over sandbags) put all 6 rounds in a 3 - 4 inch group at 25 yards. I can even hit a 2 - liter soda bottle at 25 yards off-hand 4 out of 6 rounds with it! Don't let the "experts" tell you otherwise until you try it out. The main thing is....practice. If you need it quick, the bad guy isn't going to give you the time to get into a good firing position and take a good, steady, supported aim! SSG Tipton, USA, Military Police, (Retired)

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