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Re: 4.75" vs 5.5" barrel?
« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2022, 08:26:21 AM »

 :) BILTMORE  ;)

That be a right nice Snubbie.  I also have always preferred short(er) barrels.  I have cut the barrel sets I have for my Open Tops at the Ejector Rod Housing (4 7/8) and all of my Cap Guns are SNUBBIES. 

I recently finished a pair 1860 Conversions (8 inch barrels) I haven't cut yet.  Rest assured they will get cut, very difficult and SLOW for me to shoot.  Fun for a day or two but that'll be it.  (Hacksaw MacGurk is drooling).

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Re: 4.75" vs 5.5" barrel?
« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2022, 12:00:21 AM »
I personally prefer 5.5" over 4.75" … and in fact, more of my revolvers are 7.5" than either of the shorter lengths … I'm not very fast, anyway, so I go with the look I like!

Somebody mentioned that many Fast Draw competitors prefer the short barrel, and I gather that similar considerations also drive the preference of many Cowboy Mounted Shooting competitors, based on what I was told recently by a chap considering getting into that sport, who passed on a pair of 5.5" Ruger New Vaqueros I am thinking of selling.  Calibre (.45 Colt) was right for him, but apparently the advice he is getting is to stick with the shorter barrel (4 ⅝" in the Rugers) for ease of clearing the holster and reholstering while mounted …  Of course, in that sport they aren't trying to shoot a bullet accurately … just need to project all that burning powder and fouling in the direction of each balloon ...
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Re: 4.75" vs 5.5" barrel?
« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2022, 09:26:27 PM »
The length didn’t matter to me, but when I went on large bore to small ( .44 to 38) I noticed a difference in handling.  My 4-5/8” 38’s balance the same as my 5-1/2” 44’s. 

Sadly, I sold the 44’s because my hands didn’t like the recoil at the time (regret it :-\). Stayed with the 38’s for ease and economy with 5 of us shooting, even though it is now 3.

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Re: 4.75" vs 5.5" barrel?
« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2022, 11:07:50 PM »

Somebody please stand by with a Defibrillator for Abilene please.  ...

Hey Coffinmaker, ChuteTheMall is the one who brought back this oldie, don't point that defribrillator at me!  :)

As for the original question, 4 3/4" vs 5 1/2", well it's kinda a Ginger or MaryAnn thing.


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