.44 mag recoil comparison in 3" and 4", same weight


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EasyT
March 10, 2010, 10:30 PM
After flirting with the idea getting a .41 mag for a backwoods gun, I decided that, as a non handloader, it would be more practical to go with a .44 mag. Simply more options in the ammo department.

I've been eyeing S&W 629's in both the 4 inch Mountain Gun, and the 3 inch Trail Boss (unfluted, nonported). Both weigh about the same (I think the Trail Boss weighs a touch more) and I'm leaning toward the compactness of the Trail Boss.

My question is, everything else being equal, does barrel length play into the recoil, real or perceived, or is it simply a matter of how much the gun weighs?

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FoMoGo
March 10, 2010, 11:03 PM
I honestly dont understand the fear/perception of recoil in a 3" steel .44 magnum.
I have carried -3" .44s for a while now... off and on.
They dont jump bad, the recoil isnt severe, you can put all 6 rounds on target FAST in a combat situation.
I dont notice a lot of difference between a 3 and 4".
As long as it isnt ported, the blast isnt bad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og-6nxJTt04
Minimal rise with WWB 240 gr loads from a 2 5/8" barrel.
If you think the 3" will work better... then by all means get the 3".


Jim

EasyT
March 11, 2010, 02:02 AM
Thanks, Jim. Your video was helpful.

Oro
March 12, 2010, 04:18 AM
I think 3" vs. 4" N frames is a non-starter. Both work well, and a 3" feels little different when shooting and is a fair bit handier when carrying. Here's a good thread where quite a few owner's weighed in:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=493362

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