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#210452 - 04/20/21 11:36 PM Barrel Length Opinions
cshe091
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I know there are probably 100x the number of opinions as there are barrel length options, but I'd be curious to know what everyone thinks. I'm looking to get back into the handgun hunting game. I previously had a Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter in .44 Magnum. These have a 7.5" barrel. It was just too unwieldy for me. It always seemed that it was too long to be comfortable to carry, or use comfortably (for me). I've recently started my search for the next gun to hunt with. I've been looking at Blackhawks with 5.5" and 6.5" barrels. I recently fired one that had a 4 5/8" barrel, and really liked the balance of it. I know that the longer barrel length has a longer sight radius and helps with accuracy, but based on real world experience of everyone, is 4 5/8" too short to regularly hope to hunt with? Most of my shots are less than 30 yards. I'm looking at either .44 Magnum, .45 Colt, or .454 Casull (to shoot .45 Colt). Opinions? Thanks in advance.

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#210462 - 04/21/21 04:51 PM Re: Barrel Length Opinions [Re: cshe091]
Ernie
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30 yards or less....No problem with 4 5/8" barrel.
Any of those cartridges easily kill deer at that distance with a 5.5" barrel length-Go kill stuff!
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#210469 - 04/21/21 08:35 PM Re: Barrel Length Opinions [Re: Ernie]
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that is a fine barrel length for under 50 yards. if you are going to push out further. a longer barrel will help you out IMHO. any of those calibers will kill anything you are looking to hunt at those distances.
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#210473 - 04/22/21 01:47 AM Re: Barrel Length Opinions [Re: gunslingerdad]
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As long as you can shoot it accurately - pick your barrel length. Beware some states have stupid barrel length requirements.
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#210477 - 04/22/21 05:33 AM Re: Barrel Length Opinions [Re: Ernie]
Zee
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 Originally Posted By: Ernie
30 yards or less....No problem with 4 5/8" barrel.
Any of those cartridges easily kill deer at that distance with a 5.5" barrel length-Go kill stuff!


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#210479 - 04/22/21 11:26 AM Re: Barrel Length Opinions [Re: Zee]
jcp161
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What KRal said.

Ohio has a five inch minimum barrel length for deer. Not sure how they came up with that one.

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#210481 - 04/22/21 12:55 PM Re: Barrel Length Opinions [Re: jcp161]
Memtb460
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With your likely shots @ around 30 yards, and your apparent comfort with the 4 5/8” barrel, get the 45 LC.....”go forth and slay game”! memtb
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#210510 - 04/25/21 04:56 AM Re: Barrel Length Opinions [Re: Memtb460]
Vance in AK.
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 Originally Posted By: Memtb460
With your likely shots @ around 30 yards, and your apparent comfort with the 4 5/8” barrel, get the 45 LC.....”go forth and slay game”! memtb


What he said!
And WELCOME to the forum!!!
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#210511 - 04/25/21 10:50 AM Re: Barrel Length Opinions [Re: Vance in AK.]
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#210513 - 04/25/21 01:20 PM Re: Barrel Length Opinions [Re: bluecow]
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My most often carried revolver for deer is my 4 5/8th .45 Colt Ruger. It wears a red dot sight and is my 70 yd and in choice. I also carry a scoped something else, Contender or Striker for longer shots.
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