4" vs 6" Barrel

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

  1. Regular Joe

    Regular Joe New Member

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    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

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    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

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    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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