4" vs 6" Barrel

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Casey, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Regular Joe

    Regular Joe New Member

    Sep 28, 2010
    There's rather more to it than barrel length though. Powder burn rate, and primer intensity contribute to making that difference more or less. Let's say you have a 4" .357, and you're accustomed to loading with near max using W296 in a 6" barrel. With bullet weights at the lighter end, you can almost equal performance in a 4" barrel using Alliant Blue Dot instead. That's just one vague example. There are people who reload, and then there are Reloaders.
    FWIW, the only revolver I have ever been able to shoot consistent one hole 6 shot groups with @ 25 yards was a 7.5" Ruger Stainless Super Blackhawk.
  2. hogger129

    hogger129 Active Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Easier to line up your sights more precisely with a longer barrel/longer sight radius... There is no difference in accuracy.
  3. redwing carson

    redwing carson Former Guest

    Dec 11, 2010
    western wyoming
    You are more likely to carry the shorter 4" handgun. A longer barreled handgun at home in the safe is never as good as one on your belt.
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