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 4 inch vs 6 inch wheel gun barrels
tayous1  [Team Member]
8/11/2010 9:58:46 PM
I'm looking at buying a wheel gun for plinking and maybe some hunting I think I have the round I'm going to go with 357 mag but now the problem is what would be better a 6 inch or a 4 5/8 inch barrel?

Edited to add:

I do not even live in a state that lets you hunt with any type of pistol or rifle only shotgun. I'm looking at this wheel gun as more of a pistol I could hunt if I needed to if I did have to hunt with it at the time there would not be anyone saying you have to have XYZ. Mostly this is going to just be for shooting for fun.
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Hater  [Member]
8/11/2010 10:14:40 PM
I like a 6 inch (or longer) for hunting. Better sight radius. Are you going to scope it?
tayous1  [Team Member]
8/11/2010 10:35:56 PM
Originally Posted By Hater:
I like a 6 inch (or longer) for hunting. Better sight radius. Are you going to scope it?


Not looking to scope it but I will keep it open for that.
TeeRex  [Team Member]
8/11/2010 10:36:57 PM
For hunting I prefer at least 6 inches.
CoalCracker  [Team Member]
8/11/2010 10:40:16 PM
Six inch for hunting––longer sight picture. 4 inch for woods bumming/ back-up to a long gun or bow if your state allows.
Warhawk  [Team Member]
8/11/2010 11:04:27 PM
Check your state game regs, some states have a minimum barrel length for hunting.

vanilla_gorilla  [Team Member]
8/11/2010 11:31:50 PM
Between the 4 and 6, I cheat and go 5.

gunnut284  [Team Member]
8/11/2010 11:32:14 PM
I have never cared for the longer barrels and have found I shoot my 4" revolvers about the same as the longer barreled ones. Either can be fine, go with what feels best to you.
FMJ  [Team Member]
8/12/2010 12:02:27 AM
I happen to own several 357mags in my day
S&W M19 4inch
S&W 686 4inch
S&W M13 4inch
GP100 6 inch
GP100 3inch
S&W640 & 649 but packed 38spl 158SWCHP +P (125grSJHP 357 loads just to short of barrel)

Could tell a big difference between 4 inch and 6 inch when shooting REAL 357mag handloads

I like the 6 inch for hunting only or target shooting

4 and under for CCW / SD


4inch S&W 357 is so underrated
FMJ  [Team Member]
8/12/2010 12:03:43 AM
Originally Posted By gunnut284:
I have never cared for the longer barrels and have found I shoot my 4" revolvers about the same as the longer barreled ones. Either can be fine, go with what feels best to you.


6inch add extra FPS would be better for Deer
Combat_Jack  [Team Member]
8/12/2010 1:20:32 AM
5 with full underlug. Beyond that I want a half lugged barrel.
ClemY  [Member]
8/12/2010 9:05:59 AM
The matter of a 4” or 6” barrel is a matter of personal preference. I am ok with lighter 6” barrels, but a 6” fully lugged barrel is too muzzle heavy for me. I like my S&W 27-2 with its light 6” barrel and a Ruger GP100 with a 6” half lugged barrel, but I actually like my 5” 627PC best and slightly prefer the 4” 627Pro and 4” GP100 to the 6” guns.

Where I live, state regs require a 6” .357 with 700 ft. lb. loads as a minimum for handgun hunting deer. While my 27-2 and 6” GP100 would make that, I would probably use something a little bigger, like a .44 or .45.
lucky_dog  [Member]
8/12/2010 1:24:30 PM
Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
Between the 4 and 6, I cheat and go 5.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b53/vanilla_gorilla911/gunz003.jpg


That's one fine looking pistol you have there. I must say I do want it.
tayous1  [Team Member]
8/12/2010 7:41:49 PM
Originally Posted By lucky_dog:
Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
Between the 4 and 6, I cheat and go 5.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b53/vanilla_gorilla911/gunz003.jpg


That's one fine looking pistol you have there. I must say I do want it.


That is nice wheel gun I want a 5 inch 45 acp
oldschool63  [Team Member]
8/12/2010 8:20:50 PM
For hunting and plinking go with the 6".

shadowcop  [Team Member]
8/12/2010 8:34:17 PM
6" for hunting and survival. 4" for carry or duty.
I like the balance of a 4" 686 better than the 6" but for hunting, I would still go 6".
In the case of a .44 mag, I like the balance of a 6" better than the 4".

6" .44 mag would be my choice of weapon if it was the only one I could have in a survival scenario.
Still small enough to conceal if needed, but has enough power to bring down just about any game in North America.
sdrct  [Member]
8/13/2010 7:42:22 PM
Never had to make that choice, my Dan Wessons can run 2-1/2, 4, 6, 8 at a moments notice (literally 1-2 minutes to change barrel length), but not 10, 12, or 15 just because I don't own any
desertmoon  [Team Member]
8/13/2010 10:48:04 PM

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
Between the 4 and 6, I cheat and go 5.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b53/vanilla_gorilla911/gunz003.jpg


Tell me you crimp the shit out of those cases, VG!!!!!

Talk about OAL!!!!!!!!!
vanilla_gorilla  [Team Member]
8/13/2010 11:13:04 PM

Originally Posted By desertmoon:

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
Between the 4 and 6, I cheat and go 5.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b53/vanilla_gorilla911/gunz003.jpg


Tell me you crimp the shit out of those cases, VG!!!!!

Talk about OAL!!!!!!!!!

Crimped on the middle of the driving band to keep rounds to cylinder length. I've since stopped doing that due to inconsistent velocities. Now I just crimp over the driving band.
Weldingrod  [Member]
8/14/2010 2:58:02 AM
I would go with the 6". Better sight radius and more weight out front. I think a 6" GP with a trigger job would make a fine wheel gun.
desertmoon  [Team Member]
8/14/2010 11:38:51 AM

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:

Originally Posted By desertmoon:

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
Between the 4 and 6, I cheat and go 5.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b53/vanilla_gorilla911/gunz003.jpg


Tell me you crimp the shit out of those cases, VG!!!!!

Talk about OAL!!!!!!!!!

Crimped on the middle of the driving band to keep rounds to cylinder length. I've since stopped doing that due to inconsistent velocities. Now I just crimp over the driving band.


WHEW!!!!

Just hate to see her lock up on ya if you needed it. I've loaded long a few times myself and do the same.
SignManIam  [Member]
8/14/2010 1:03:34 PM
Originally Posted By tayous1:
I'm looking at buying a wheel gun for plinking and maybe some hunting I think I have the round I'm going to go with 357 mag but now the problem is what would be better a 6 inch or a 4 5/8 inch barrel?

Edited to add:

I do not even live in a state that lets you hunt with any type of pistol or rifle only shotgun. I'm looking at this wheel gun as more of a pistol I could hunt if I needed to if I did have to hunt with it at the time there would not be anyone saying you have to have XYZ. Mostly this is going to just be for shooting for fun.




For hunting nothing less than six. IMO
JoshD  [Member]
8/29/2010 9:19:13 PM
Originally Posted By tayous1:
I'm looking at buying a wheel gun for plinking and maybe some hunting I think I have the round I'm going to go with 357 mag but now the problem is what would be better a 6 inch or a 4 5/8 inch barrel?

Edited to add:

I do not even live in a state that lets you hunt with any type of pistol or rifle only shotgun. I'm looking at this wheel gun as more of a pistol I could hunt if I needed to if I did have to hunt with it at the time there would not be anyone saying you have to have XYZ. Mostly this is going to just be for shooting for fun.


Your profile says IL, if you still live in IL you can hunt with a pistol. You can hunt coyotes, rabbits, deer, etc. There are specific regs when deer hunting with a pistol but you can use one.
machinisttx  [Team Member]
8/29/2010 9:29:34 PM
With a .357, you can hunt with a 4", but IMHO, the longer barrel will be much better.
CEFPARTS  [Team Member]
8/29/2010 11:07:31 PM

IMHO, 4" is the most handy size. Carry, HD, Target, or Hunting. Not like you will should be taking long range shots with a pistol. I mean, sure an 8-7/8 .41mag would be a formidable long range pistol but not very practical for the other areas.
Lost_River  [Member]
9/8/2010 10:26:08 PM
5" 44 Magnums RULE!



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