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Old May 4, 2012, 01:30 PM   #26
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Bmjtown said:
"does the 4 5/8 barrel have and draw backs compared to the 5.5? Accuracy? I doubt i would ever use it for anything other than fun but need all the help i can get in that categor."

I'd say not enough to matter on accuracy between the two, especially as you say if mostly for "fun." Especially for some of our older eyes, the 5.5 sight radius (with any caliber)--and thus acquisition--is a bit better. OTOH, especially on an all-steel .357 to me every additional oz really counts, and my 5.5 Ruger NV is just that must heftier than the 4-3/8"--especially on the hip trompin' all day--that I wished I'd opted for the shorter, but not enough of a difference that the "shoulda got a..." is earth shattering though. But even that's not critical enough if you otherwise just like the 5.5 better. I'm normally a 5.5" fan, for overall balance especially with the big bores, and I like the 5.5 looks regardless, so even with the .357 it's a close call. This is truly a very personal, visceral "buy what you like"-- what feels and looks most right to you--distinction that has to be made.

There's no question the 4-5/8" naturally just carries (and draws) that much better as you'd expect. Same dynamic is true of any increment up or down. The 4-5/8" (4-3/4" Colt) is historically supposedly the "gunfghter's" choice and that certainly extends to the CAS'ers. OTOH, the 5.5 is hard to beat as a great "compromise"--dirty word to some, but also describes an overall utilty of "not too short, not too long" for a whole array of duties. If planning any hunting at all (or let's say of at least 30% duty), which is usually reserved for the adjustable sight Blackhawks, etc, but fixed can and are used..., I'd opt for the 5.5. If it helps, Clint's SAAs (first two Spaghettis) were 5.5s.
EDIT: especially if you plan on shooting a lot of "full house" (ie hot) .357 loads, the 5.5 does help with noticeable muzzle flip, but again we're talking "minutes'" here--and not degrees'--worth. Still, an additional factor for some in favor of a longer barrel.

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Old May 4, 2012, 07:35 PM   #27
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First, either barrel length will work; remember there is less than an inch difference.

When I started cowboy action shooting I borrowed a friend's "backup" guns which are New Vaqueros with 5.5 inch tubes. .357 of course, and we load light to medium powered .38 Specials for cowboy.

I think the 5.5 inch barrel is great for a .44 or .45 caliber revolver. In .38-.357, remember that the outside diameter of the barrel and cylinder is the same as the big bores', but the bore and chamber is smaller. This means more steel. I decided I preferred the shorter tube with the .38-.357 chambering so that's what I went with when I bought my own revolvers.

The Rugers are great. Very rugged. Pretty good resale if you ever decide to sell it.

If you want a traditional style revolver (no transfer bar) and cost is a consideration, check out the Uberti Hombre revolver. I has a brass grip frame and a matte black finish. Otherwise it's the same as the more expensive Ubertis. Only available in the 4 3/4 inch barrel, in .357 or .45 Colt. There's a dealer on Gunbroker who has been selling them for $250 each; Academy Sports has the .357 available for about $279. That's a great single action revolver for the price.
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Old May 5, 2012, 02:45 PM   #28
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Under 300? Heck that's my kinda deal! I may just buy one of those to figure out what I want next time
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Old May 6, 2012, 12:50 PM   #29
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SAA? Colt.
.45 Colt cartridge? Lots of 'em.
As some others have said, you have to decide.
Here's a Ruger OMV in .45 Colt and a Colt SAA.
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