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357 mag Accuracy from different barrel lengths

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by engle's-wilder, Mar 8, 2011.

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  1. engle's-wilder

    engle's-wilder Member

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    Hey all,

    I've really been contemplating getting a 357 levergun, but before I do, I'd be real interested in the accuracy of the round through different barrel lengths. If I were to get a 16" saddle ring carbine, how much distance am I losing when compared to an 18" or a 20" carbine? I love the handiness of those 16 inchers, but, I want to be taking confident shots with it from at least 125 yards... Am I expecting too much from such a short barrel?

    First hand experience would be fantastic!

    thanks all!
     
  2. hardluk1

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    You will lose between10 and 150 fps between the 16" and the 18 to 20" Fps can be near 1800 with hotter 180gr and that would work out to your 125 yards fine with pratice. Something like tc would be more accurate but with lever rifles the marlin might be the best.
     
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    The magnum revolver rounds tend to reach peak velocity in around 18" so velocity loss would be insignificant. Accuracy is unrelated to barrel length.
     
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    I agree.

    The only difference in accuracy would be the result of the shorter sight radius on the shorter carbines.

    But in my experience, the limiting factor with any pistol caliber carbine is the rainbow trajectory of the cartridge itself, not the barrel length.

    rc
     
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    I shoot my 2 1/2" 686 at 100 yards. It is more challenging than shooting my 6" Trooper Mk II at 100, but does very well with proper concentration. Popping a clay pigeon at 100 yards will puff your chest out a little. :)
     
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    What does that have to with lever action rifles?
     
  7. Walkalong

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    Hmm. Not a dang thing. Should have read the post more carefully. Same thing goes though. :)
     
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