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Thanks for all the good answers to my 44 mag vs. 45 Colt question. A follow-up: if you were buying a new SA revolver,what barrel

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  • Thanks for all the good answers to my 44 mag vs. 45 Colt question. A follow-up: if you were buying a new SA revolver,what barrel

    Thanks for all the good answers to my 44 mag vs. 45 Colt question. A follow-up: if you were buying a new SA revolver,what barrel length would you choose, 4 1/2, 5 1/2, or 7 1/2 inches?

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    For hunting I would suggest a 51/2 or 7 1/2 mine has a 4 5/8 but thats what I wanted and it'll shoot the Buffalo Bore 260's pretty good or I shoot 250 handloads. You should get a better sight picture with longer barrel also. Hope this helps

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    • #3
      I prefer the long barrel-higher velocity and longer sight plane.

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      • #4
        I have the 7 1/2 on my blackhawk, its a little too long for me. But you might like it. Next one i get will be 51/2.

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        • #5
          Depends on your intended use. CCW go with the short barrel, primarily hunting go with the longest, everday all around use go in between.

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          • #6
            I prefer a barrel around 5", even for hunting. Easier to carry and works fine for the range I am capable of with open sights.

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            • #7
              If you plan on hunting with it then go with the 7.5 if you are just carrying it then a 5.5 will be fine.

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              • #8
                For hunting 7.5", for protection 4.5".

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                • #9
                  longer for accuacy. or if your out of ammo you can use the long barrel as a weapon lol

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                  • #10
                    I feel that the 5.5" on my smith is a good compromise for most situations, but my dad loves his 7.5" red-hawk.

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                    • #11
                      5 1/2". Better for self defense from critters, easier to draw.

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                      • #12
                        yeah i agree completely with jim in mo. if you're going to use it for protection against dangerous game, you might as well go with a shorter barrel. but if you're gonna hunt with it, get the long barrel.

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                        • #13
                          5 1/2" on my Super Blackhawk. Long enough for an adequate sighting plane and realistic velocity, short enough to carry comfortably. If you need that much longer sighting plane or accuracy, get a rifle, or at least a Contender.

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                          • #14
                            I would like a 5.5, but if this is a dedicated hunting gun, I would go with 7.5.

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                            • #15
                              I had a 7 1/2 and a 12. I'd go for the 12.

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