6 vs 5 shooters

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by FlavoredGorilla, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. FlavoredGorilla

    FlavoredGorilla New Member

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    What would you guys say is better? A 6 shooter or a 5 shooter? Ok maybe one or the other is not necessarily better but whats usually the difference between them? I would guess that having only 5 bullets allows the diameters of the bullets to be larger yielding a higher caliber, is this an accurate guess?
     
  2. 1984cj

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    Or they use the same caliber and make the gun smaller.
    As for better.... I guess its in the hands of the owner. Almost all of my revolvers are six guns that I only load five into :)
     

  3. moviezombie

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    interesting.....that's an old habit i can't seem to break: i don't feel comfortable with a loaded self-defense revolver in the house...or out...unless the first chamber is empty....no matter if it is a 5 or 6 shot...with that first chamber empty i'm perfectly comfortable. better 4 or 5 shots than none at all......

    movie zombie
     
  4. Catfish

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    You are definately correct with the old revolvers, but with the ones that have the transfer bar there is no need because you have to pull the hammer back and have the trigger pulled befor the transfer bar will allow the hammer to hit the fireing pin so you can now load all chambers with these guns.
     
  5. quetzalcoatl

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    whats the most rounds it can go? im sure they can hold more than 6

    are there any 10 or 20 shooters or is this something only a batman character would have
     
  6. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    S&W makes the EXCELLENT K 22 in 10 shot,high standard had 9 shot cylinders on some of their models when they were being made,s&w and taurus makes 7 shot .357 mag on larger frames. The main reasons for having 5 shots vs 6 shots are in compact revolvers so the cylinder is smaller,or VerY large cartridges such as .454 casull,.460 s&w,or 500 s&w mag.
     
  7. pioneer461

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    I hope you are talking about single action, "cowboy" revolvers. With some of the SA revolvers this is no longer necessary if there is a transfer bar safety. With double action revolvers, it has never been necessary. A modern DA revolver can be carried with a full load in perfect safety. My particular revolver of choice for carry is a Taurus 617, 7 shot, .357 mag.
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  8. SASD209

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    FWIW, my S&W 360PD 5 shot .38/,357 is usually my carry gun. The frame is a bit small for .357 carry, so I have Federal .38+P loaded. I used to carry a Taurus 7 shot revolver, but this is much more concealable and realistic. Just my $0.02.
     
  9. 1984cj

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    Pioneer,
    I realize that the transfer bar system alleviates the need for the empty chamber under the hammer but not all of my single actions have the transfer bar system and rather than risk accidentally loading 6 into one without the transfer bar I simply treat all of my SA revolvers the same. Seems prudent to me and I don't carry them where an empty chamber would be a problem.

    I beg to differ, the key word here is Modern. Early DA revolvers (and even some of the recent cheap crap think Hi score) were unsafe to carry fully loaded with a round under the hammer. I would say that fair quality and high quality DA revolvers that have been made in the last 20-30 years fit in the safe to carry fully loaded but not all DA's.
     
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  10. Don Lu

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    Taurus and S&W both make 8 shot revolvers !
     
  11. cpttango30

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    The main differance is that most of your 5 shot revolvers are BIG ONES that take BIG Round. Like the BFR in 454 Casull and I think Smith 500 mag.

    Your old single actions had six chambers but you would never laod all six.
     
  12. HadEmAll

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    I can carry a 5-shot Ruger SP101 with spurless hammer in my pocket, but the 6-shot Ruger GP100 requires other concealment means. Same ammo in both. Sometimes I do carry them both at the same time.

    As previously said, most 5-shot revolvers are either pretty small, or pretty big.
     
  13. Tifosi

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    My carry is a S&W 340PD (.357-5 shot) in a Mika pocket holster, light and not so polite. If you worry about round count, there are two answers I see.
    Carry a second one on your ankle or some where else! or Practice,practice,practice till you are happy with your shot placement. My .02.
     
  14. SnowCajun

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    Personally I think the main difference is in the concealability department, the diameter of a 5 shot .38 special Smith model 36 is less than that of a 6 shot .38 special model 19. The 5 shot Smith gives you a smaller frame also, a J-Frame compared to the 6 shot K-Frame. You sacrifice one bullet for better concealment with 5 shot revolvers. Again it comes down to personal preference, my view is this, you shoot what you shoot best with, what you hit best with, it's the first shot or two that counts anyway and that's the important thing about it all!

    SnowCajun
     
  15. will3191

    will3191 New Member

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    the best is the five and its lighther than most six shots
     
  16. logistics

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    just a late question? the rossi revolvers, i believe stillhave thefiring pin on the hammer of their da revolvers. still safe or unsafe? just a question thanks. happy shootin"
     
  17. RONSERESURPLUS

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    6 VS 5 Shooters? 1 shot matter that much?

    Hello all


    Ron L here = SERESURPLUS


    I've carried a snub .38 over the years, I did like and carried a S&W model 36, as well as a Colt Agent and a Detectives Special! The weight of the Alloy Colt Agent, even though it was a bit wider, didn't make it all that hard to conseal? But, did 1 shot matter that much? I usually carried 1 speedloader, so I had 10 shots if I needed them! If you need more than that, your in over your head, or you need to shoot better? LOL Seriously, a 5 or 6 shot is fine, a good Holster, a proven method of consealment, is far more important and shot placement is KEY! No 500 yard shots with a 2" snub, PLEASE? I knew a girl (Woman) than got a Taurus model 85, and it shot as good as my Model 36/37, at a lot lower cost, and was reliable! I did carry an old Charter arms "UNDERCOVER", but it was not of the quality of the Smith, Colt or Taurus! It was cheap, a back up gun and lite, so I got and carried it! Sold it to a good friend when her ex would not stay away and it servers her well to this day! All in al, try what ya like, carry what ya can and for gosh sake pratice, pratice pratice!
     
  18. crossfire

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    The main reason for dropping from 6 to 5 rounds is to put more metal around the cartridge, allowing for both larger calibers and/or higher pressures to be used.