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Old 02-08-2020, 10:34 AM
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I'm having a discussion with a friend who does not like revolvers unless they are 5" ones. I will admit I am not great with them I did shoot a 625 in USPSA a couple of times with less than great results. Anyway I suggested for casual shooting having the same frame, N frame he should not be much more uncomfortable with a 3" than a 5" plus it gives him a more comfortable carry. Comments.
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Old 02-08-2020, 11:42 AM
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No revolvers under 4" for me. If I'm going to shoot a handgun with a stubby barrel it had better be a small pocket gun. For my revolvers anything from 4-8" is fine, depending on the model.
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Old 02-08-2020, 12:16 PM
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I'm a revolver fan and my favorites are mostly in the 4-5" range. Depends a little on the purpose. Plinking I like the 4", serious targets or long rang I like them closer to 6". Out of the revolvers I have if it came down to only keeping one of them it would probably be a 5" S&W 27-2 though as I get older I find a 4" K-frame a lot easier to shoot for extended range sessions. Carrying in the woods it's a short barreled Ruger Speed-six..
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Old 02-08-2020, 02:05 PM
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For me.....any caliber in an N frame.....357, .41 mag, 44mag, 45 LC.....a 5" gun is a whole lot more comfortable to shoot than a 3".

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Old 02-08-2020, 09:37 PM
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I have a preference on barrel length, based on frame size. Purely anesthetics, but I think that J-frames look best in 2", K-frames in 3", and N-frames in 4". A 3" barrel on a J just doesn't look right to me. Strange, but that is my opinion.
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:44 PM
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A 5" S&W balances nearly perfectly. It's not too short, and not too long to be ungainly. It is the perfect barrel length.
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:50 PM
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A 3" barrel on a J just doesn't look right to me. Strange, but that is my opinion.
I actually had a 3" stainless J-frame once, a Model 60 in .357 w/adjustable sights. It was cute as a button but I had little use for it so I sold it. Despite that I do wish I had it back.
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:52 PM
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I carry an N frame a lot in the mtns. most of our mtns. are bear country, Grizzlys & Black & I want it to start .4. To me a 4" carries easily & is long enough to shoot well.
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Old 02-08-2020, 11:41 PM
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I like a 5" barrel the best, but 6" isn't far behind.
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Old 02-09-2020, 12:36 AM
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4-5” in revolvers for me too. The only downside to the hunting calibers in my state is they have to be 5” or longer to be able to hunt with. I still like a snub by for a pocket gun.
I have S&W matching 4” 357 an 22 10 shot revolvers that to me just feel perfect but then I guess I’m the same with 1911’s. If, God forbid, I was only allowed one 1911 it would be a Commander size regardless of caliber. Even in a SA revolver. My favorite SA I ever owned was a 4 1/4 inch Ruger Blackhawk in 41 mag. Just kick myself for ever letting that go.
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Old 02-09-2020, 01:46 AM
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A 5" S&W balances nearly perfectly. It's not too short, and not too long to be ungainly. It is the perfect barrel length.
I gravitate to the 3" and 5" Smiths, the only 4" Smiths I own are fixed sight - Model 58 and the NYSP Model 520. Adjustable sights seem to me to belong on 5" barrels or greater.

The only 5" barrel revolvers I own are a Smith HD and a Smith 544 in 44/40. It's a not too garish commemorative and handles really well. And reloading for 44/40 isn't the PITA some make it out to be.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:15 AM
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Depending on his use, the answer might be different. Managing ones expectations of caliber and barrel length is important too. Around town, HD, my J 2 inch frame shoots pretty darn good, better than I expected. In the woods in the east, range, HD , my k frame 6 inch in 357.
My N frame in 44 magnum would cover most bases, as an all of the above including carrying it in the woods out west. With a 4 inch barrel, its very accurate after shooting it 10-25 yards.
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:03 AM
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Thanks for all the responses even if they didn't go along with what I thought.
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Old 02-09-2020, 01:35 PM
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A lot depends on what you're shooting in it, and what it's made from---steel or ss, as opposed to a lw alloy. Barrel length not only contributes to balance, but powder burn time and velocity.

You can shoot a J frame very accurately, but it takes work to get there.
Our late range master could put five from a Chief's Special into a teacup saucer bullseye
at 25 yards.
Of course he was semi retired and had little to do all day but cast bullets and shoot.
Nice gig!
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:59 AM
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I'm having a discussion with a friend who does not like revolvers unless they are 5" ones. I will admit I am not great with them I did shoot a 625 in USPSA a couple of times with less than great results. Anyway I suggested for casual shooting having the same frame, N frame he should not be much more uncomfortable with a 3" than a 5" plus it gives him a more comfortable carry. Comments.
Okay, but who carries an N-frame? I think such a gun is better balanced at 5", getting nose heavy at more than 6", while minimum 4". The 3" barrel I associate with a carry gun like my 41 Special GP100 conversion, which itself is pretty bulky and heavy, about the max I would consider for concealment. The 3" reduces weight and clears a holster more easily. It rides better IWB, while a 4" helps keep an OWB from tipping away from the fluffy body.
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:49 AM
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Okay, but who carries an N-frame?
25 oz of N-frame .45 ACP goodness...



'nuff said.

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Old 02-10-2020, 12:56 PM
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Okay, but who carries an N-frame? .
I do when chest deep in the Kenai during the July salmon run.....
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Old 02-10-2020, 01:14 PM
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Okay, but who carries an N-frame?
Not exactly an N frame but I carry my 4" Anaconda when trekking in the woods.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:36 PM
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I had a S&W 27-2 3.5" barrel .357 magnum.

Had because I showed it to a guy that had a pocket full of $100 dollar bills.

I should have kept the S&W. I could hit a milk jug at 100 yards with it, and ring steel at 50 yards with ease.

There is a photo of one of Reagans secret service detail with a 27-2 3.5" in his hand when Reagan was shot.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:01 PM
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Looks like we'll have to agree on what we mean by "N-frame" and "carry". There are exceptions, sometimes tedious, to most anything. I too have an Alaska rig that fits my 625, formerly other N-frames I used to own, but I am not a wilderness walker so never use it.
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:11 PM
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I carry an N frame a lot. You see most of our mountains are grizzly country & a 4" carries very easily!
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Old 02-16-2020, 04:10 PM
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A 3" barrel on a J just doesn't look right to me. Strange, but that is my opinion.

Really? I like a 3" because you get a full-stroke of the ejector to clear the empty brass.
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Old 02-16-2020, 05:06 PM
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If I had to shoot my S&W 325PD much I would also change the grips. Even with 45ACP there is recoil. Of course the Aluminum alloy frame and Titanium cylinder make for a 21 oz. unloaded pistol in mine at least.

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Old 02-27-2020, 07:22 PM
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I have a couple of 3” Model 657 .41 Magnums that I occasionally carry in a Milt Sparks PMK. Loaded up some nice 250 grain SWCs that are accurate and hard hitting.

I also like my 4”, 5”, 6”, and 6 1/2” N frames in various calibers.
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Old 02-27-2020, 09:25 PM
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My 329PD 4" .44 mag.

In an El Paso saddlery tanker rig is the best woods rig that I have ever had. It has a lot of miles worth of carry on it.
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