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Short barrels and red dots

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Gunner Mike, Mar 12, 2010.

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  1. Gunner Mike

    Gunner Mike Member

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    Is a 4" revolver inherently less accurate than a 8"? I realize that velocity is not up to par, but is it less accurate? With iron sights, I also realize that sight radius may be the problem.

    Would a red dot overcome the barrel difference, notwithstanding the velocity?

    As usual, any comments are appreciated.
     
  2. ArmedBear

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    No. In fact, it will probably be less sensitive to different ammo and changes in your grip than a longer one (not an issue with a .22LR, but a big one with a .44 Magnum). The recoil and torque of heavy loads in long barrels have a lot of effect on where the bullet hits.

    Red dots don't know about sight radius, so a red dot would be an equalizer if sights are presenting a problem.

    That said, I find a shorter revolver to be easier to shoot with irons than a longer one, since I don't have to try so hard to force my eyes to focus on the front sight like I do with a long one. I have a peep sight on a 10 1/2" .44 Magnum that also eliminates this probem.

    To comment any more, I'd have to know what you're asking about with more detail.
     
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  3. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

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    No, and 4 inches isn't exactly what I'd call short. It's a common, "standard" if you will, length.


    6 inches is getting out there, and 8 inches is pretty long to me and my shooting style.
     
  4. Gunner Mike

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    You guys are confirming what I already thought. Just wanted second opinions.

    I just got a Warne Maxima Weaver base for $20 unopened. When I bought my 686, I wanted an "all-rounder" and I've been toying with the idea of using it for hunting. This opened the door.

    Any other thoughts?
     
  5. Gunner Mike

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    BTW, nice vests, Ken. Very good idea. Look nice, with another reason. Like it a lot.

    Would look nice with my Kangol.
     
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