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8" barrels?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 97guns, Oct 23, 2011.

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  1. 97guns

    97guns Member

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    i had my first experience shooting an 8" revolver, it was a python and it was dead nuts accurate out to 50 yards. the balance on it felt perfect and im guessing the long sight radius aided in the accuracy. it was very impressive and it almost makes me want to start shopping for an 8". was this thing so accurate because it was a python or are most all 8" revolvers accurate?
     
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    A little of both actually.

    Pythons are certainly very accurate guns.

    But so are 8 3/8" Smith & Wesson's.

    The long sight radius just takes an awful lot of aiming error out of the picture.

    rc
     
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    I've passed up more than one 8" Python at what was a good price. I wish I had bought them.
     
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    I am no expert, but I can honestly say that I shoot my 8 3/8" Smith M57 better than my 4" M57. But for toting the gun around in a holster out in the woods, the 4" is more comfortable. The 8 3/8" is better for the range or hunting.

    You need to get an 8 inch-ish revolver. Revolver shooters need at least one.
     
  5. 22lr

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    Longer barreled revolvers arnt the most practical, but dang they are a lot of fun.
     
  6. Missionary

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    Get yourself a Dan Wesson & you can have any barrel length with any barrel gap you so desire. Have 2" to 10" in caliber .357 mag all for the price of one Colt Python. Same for caliber .41 mag Dan Wesson.
    Mike in Peru
     
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    Had a look at an 8 3/8" M29 at the LGS. I was pretty amazed at how well it actually felt in the hand. I expected it to feel much more muzzle heavy.
     
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    You get higher velocity and better accuracy (better for hunting), but for packing they can be a "pain". I would say get one for all seasons and be happy :).
     
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    As I recall, I read somewhere that Python barrels were slightly taper bored so that they were tighter at the muzzle by like .0005" and with a precision crown it made them super accurate.
    Is it true? Well maybe, but I don't have any proof.
    I do know that barrel length (alone) has little to do with accuracy.
    Sight radius is something else and is a big help, also it helps velosity.
    For example, I had a 2" Charter Arms "Undercover" 38 spl. that would shoot a ragged one hole 5 shot group at 50 ft. in front of witnesses, probably the only one they made that would, LOL.
    I had a Dan Wesson with a 6" barrel and a rough bore that was super accurate in spite of it. Go figure.
     
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    Yes, the Python did have a tapered bore.
     
  11. redraidermgr

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    I have shot an 8" Taurus 605 (the 8 shot .357) and it was very accurate as well. I would not hesitate to buy one for the range. Is it more accurate than a 4'' or 6''? I don't know. My 4" &w m19 is incredibly accurate as well. The sight radius on the 605 made it easier for me to hold on target, especially since it was incredibly well balanced.
     
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