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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:43 pm 
Bearcat

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I once bought a 2" S&W snubby to carry and found its accuracy was lousy. Moved up to a 3" and it was perfect.

Later had a 4" Security Six and it was perfect. Moved to a 6" and it was even better.

For single actions, the best is a 7 1/2" barrel.

Next, I bought a S&W 8 3/8" and that was the best of all.

Finally, added a 9 1/2 incher to my Single Six collection and that's my new goto.

I guess you need to try them all....


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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:54 pm 
Hunter

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Location: Southern California
My first handgun was a Colt Trooper 357 4". I was working at the cop shop when I was 19 and the guy I got it from stepped up to a 6" Python. He was about 6'4" and said the 4" looked like a toy in his hand - it was about a year old when I got it and I still have it. I also have a 7.5 Super Blackhawk but prefer the 4" for general all round use. Bedside is a 2" S&W 642 and an easy to access AR15 in 458 Socom.
I have been hounding a guy at work to sell me his 8 3/8" S&W 29-1 in a presentation box. He bought it new and has only put about 100 rounds through it.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:57 am 
Hawkeye

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Location: Woodbury, Tn
I prefer the 4 inch, since the whole reason to have a handgun, is because a rifle or shotgun is too big. Most of my handguns are for SD, whether in urban or rural environment. Draw time is a biggy! 1 7/8 inch barreled snubs are the fastest, the times go up from there. Think about it try it out.
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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:49 pm 
Single-Sixer
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Location: Ia
I have owned GP100 revolvers in 3 inch, 4 inch, 6 inch, and finally settled on a 5 incher.


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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:57 pm 
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Haven't carried a 357 much. Quick shots of opportunity are too hard on my ears but I do hunt wit one using plugs. I use a 7 1/2" for that.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:40 pm 
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gunzo wrote:
Five.

Amen. 5” to me is the perfect double action revolver length.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:39 am 
Buckeye

Joined: Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:01 am
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Location: North East Ohio
My .357 history.

1981 bought a Blackhawk with a 6.5'' barrel, wish I still owned it !
Replaced it with a stainless 6'' Security Six, wish I still owned it !

Replaced with a 4'' plated S&W model 586....not a fan.
Good quality gun,just not a good fit for me.

Late 80's found THE GUN everybody wants.
Gun store going out of business, bought a new stainless,6'' Colt Python for 525 dollars!
SWEET,RIGHT?

Dang thing rusted easily and pitted,and had to send it back to Colt twice cause (my fault) it couldn't handle my hand loads.

Traded it in and got lucky...for a stainless 6'' GP100 , full under-lug barrel , that's as accurate
as the Python! And it refuses to rust.
Never gonna sell/trade this gun. ;)

As the GP100 is a tad hard to conceal, bought a SP101, 2.25'' barrel.

Had it Magnaported,replaced the front site with one with a bright orange insert,and replaced
the grips with Crimson Trace laser grips.

Between the GP & the SP, think I got the barrel length question covered.

Own other handguns,but if was limited to one...it would be a .357 magnum.


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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:33 pm 
Single-Sixer

Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:10 pm
Posts: 120
Location: Nevada
GhosT wrote:
My .357 history.

1981 bought a Blackhawk with a 6.5'' barrel, wish I still owned it !
Replaced it with a stainless 6'' Security Six, wish I still owned it !

Replaced with a 4'' plated S&W model 586....not a fan.
Good quality gun,just not a good fit for me.

Late 80's found THE GUN everybody wants.
Gun store going out of business, bought a new stainless,6'' Colt Python for 525 dollars!
SWEET,RIGHT?

Dang thing rusted easily and pitted,and had to send it back to Colt twice cause (my fault) it couldn't handle my hand loads.

Traded it in and got lucky...for a stainless 6'' GP100 , full under-lug barrel , that's as accurate
as the Python! And it refuses to rust.
Never gonna sell/trade this gun. ;)

As the GP100 is a tad hard to conceal, bought a SP101, 2.25'' barrel.

Had it Magnaported,replaced the front site with one with a bright orange insert,and replaced
the grips with Crimson Trace laser grips.

Between the GP & the SP, think I got the barrel length question covered.

Own other handguns,but if was limited to one...it would be a .357 magnum.

Thank you Sir


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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:31 pm 
Blackhawk

Joined: Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:43 am
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Location: Kentucky
Bbl. length would depend on your intended use. I prefer 4" bbl's for their convenience when riding in any modern conveyance. (4x4, Jeep, tractor et. al.) In that length, the OWB holstered gun does not push up into my ribs. For me, that length of a bit more, also balances better than any of the longer tubes. I live and do chore work on our farm and I'm on and off a variety of vehicles every day...the shorter barrels are less of an inconvenience for me.

The 6" and greater length bbl's, stick down too far when worn on the belt. They work out ok in a shoulder rig or "tanker" cross chest outfit, but are too long on the belt unless you're on horseback.

A good compromise if you prefer a longer bbl. is a 5". I have a Smith M27 in that length, as well as a cpl. Rugers at 5-1/2" and it's just possible to carry them in an OWB holster without the gun poking up into my short ribs.

If it's a range gun only, then any bbl. length is possible, the longer ones offering a greater inter-sight distance with some increased accuracy. In my use, however, I find no real accuracy difference between Ruger's 4-5/8" and 5-1/2" bbls out to 50 yds. I do see some improvement when shooting a 6-1/2" bbl. however, but not much.

Best Regards, YMMv, Rod

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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:13 pm 
Single-Sixer

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Location: SC
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 Post subject: Re: 6 inch or 4 inch
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:55 pm 
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Location: Southwest Washington
4" 686 S&W 357 is perfect for ME...... Go with your preference.

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