Which barrel length do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by TravisBickle, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. TravisBickle

    TravisBickle New Member

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    I like the 8 3/8" length on my model 29 .44 Magnum. If I am not mistaken the other stock barrel lengths of the time period (1970's) were 4 and 6.5
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Actually the Model 29 came in the following Barrel Lengths either Standard Production or from the S&W Custom Shop
    They were: 3/ 4/ 5/ 6/ 6 1/2/ 8 3/8/ 10 5/8".
    I preferred the 6 ". A little easier to carry than the longer barrels.

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  3. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    All around use, 4 in, hunting 6+ in, CCW, 3- in.
     
  4. PaBushMan

    PaBushMan Well-Known Member

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    My super blackhawk 44 is 7.5 inch and my SW 25-5 45 Colt is 8 3/8 very happy with both.
     
  5. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I prefer 6 inch as the best all around compromise length for everything from hunting/hiking to CCW.

    Short enough to easily conceal in a proper holster, yet long enough to get respectable sight radius and velocity.
     
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  6. freefall

    freefall Well-Known Member

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    I prefer 4", have 3 single actions I have had cut from 7 1/2 to about 5". I have a Smith 25-5 in .45 Colt that has a 6 1/2, I'd like it better if it was 4 or 5".
    More than 5" HAS to go in a shoulder rig for me.
     
  7. Nod

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    My old Ruger Blackhawk .357 had a 6 1/2" barrel. Loved that gun.
     
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  8. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I like the looks of a 3" barrell on revolvers
     
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  9. EclecticShooter

    EclecticShooter Well-Known Member

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    I prefer a 3" or 4" for concealed carry. 6" on my guns for woods carry and hunting. 7.5" or 8" barrels on my BP revolvers for increased sighting plane and powder burn. Barrel length is important with bp guns to get a proper charge to burn.
     
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  10. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes and no. I usually use shoulder rigs for CCW, but a good high rise can work quite well. Especially on a Sam Brown (police) gunbelt.

    I have a custom made Sam Brown that uses a normal "western" style buckle. It looks like a standard western pants belt unless I take my jacket/vest off.
     
  11. freefall

    freefall Well-Known Member

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    I'm happy for you. I can't sit with a 6" bbl in a hip holster.
     
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  12. BVAL

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    All my hunting handguns are 6" or more. Carry is 4" or less.
    My S&W 29 has a 8 3/8 barrel, it is carried in an Uncle Mikes Sidekick Bandolier holster.
     
  13. PaBushMan

    PaBushMan Well-Known Member

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    I gotta show off my looooong barrel to the new guy hehe.
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  14. IowaShooter

    IowaShooter Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My 5.5" has always been a favorite

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  15. TravisBickle

    TravisBickle New Member

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    Interesting and informative answers/replies. I like the look of an 8 3/8 barrel on a 44 Magnum. Plus the longer barrel gives me a better sight radius. When you go from a long barrel to a short one as in a smaller back-up you do loose velocity according to the sources I have read. I am not a hunter and it is fun to see people's reaction when I shoot the 44 at the range. I nicknamed it "Thumper" because it thumps the targets. Lol.
     
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  16. PaBushMan

    PaBushMan Well-Known Member

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    Yes the 44 mag is quite the round. It was king of the handgun for awhile.
     
  17. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    In .44 mags my custom 629 has a 4” skinny 624 barrel and it rocks for all around portability. If I’m just going to sit and expect longer shots I might take out my 6” Anaconda but I have to use a crossdraw holster or it becomes highly annoying to sit. My Ruger BH is a 4.6” and I LOVE that gun. The again I love my original Vaquero 7.5” so I guess I really don’t have a favorite... all depends on use and circumstances the day I’ll be carrying it.

    Over the years I’ve owned a few 29s with 8.5” barrels and never really fell in love with them so they’ve moved on.
     
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  18. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Something about a 3" 357 almost mystic.

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  19. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Over about a 5" barrel and I want a shoulder stock on the other end.
     
  20. EclecticShooter

    EclecticShooter Well-Known Member

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    I wish we could. Lord knows stocked revolvers are a criminal's desired weapon today though, so I guess it's 'for our own good' we can't.
     
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