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Old July 13, 2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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which is the best

I'm looking into 2 types of revolvers, A short nose n a long nose. I was wondering what are the differances bar from the size of the barrels.
which is the best at.
Target shooting
Recoil
Size of ammo required
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Old July 13, 2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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Old July 14, 2013, 09:10 AM   #3
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A longer barrel gives a longer distance between front and rear site. That makes it more accurate, better for range shooting. A longer barrel helps reduce felt recoil.

A short barrel is meant for concealed carry or more comfortable carry.

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Are you referring to bullet weight, or caliber?

Bullet weight is determined by your target. For paper use what you like. For small game hunting use light for caliber bullets. For big game you want penetration, so heavy for caliber bullets. For personal defence, I like heavy expanding type bullets. Others have their preferences that may be different.

Your choice of calibers is large. You can get short and long barrels for almost every caliber that is suitable for revolvers.
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Old July 14, 2013, 01:10 PM   #4
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I'm looking into 2 types of revolvers, A short nose n a long nose. I was wondering what are the differances bar from the size of the barrels.
which is the best at.
Target shooting
Recoil
Size of ammo required
These guys said it.

Barrel lengths -- 4" is very common, and pretty general purpose.

A 2" is a "snub nose" (and might actually be a bit shorter or longer than that), where accuracy and muzzle velocity are sacrificed in favor of weight and concealability.

2" and 4" are the most common.

A lot of people like 3" barrels for general handiness, but they are nowhere near as common.

Barrels longer than 4" would be more specialized for hunting and target use. You get better accuracy and more bullet velocity, at the cost of greater weight and ungainliness.

"Size of ammo required" is orthogonal to barrel length, in the sense of unrelated and varying freely. In other words, you could have anything from a little .22 tor a big monster .44 Magnum or above, in all the different available barrel lengths.
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Old July 19, 2013, 10:26 AM   #5
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Come on, I keep being told that size/length isn't important......
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Old July 19, 2013, 01:41 PM   #6
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Which is best depends on it's purpose. If the intended usage is for target shooting with a minimum of recoil, longer barrels give one a longer sight plane making it easier for novices to be accurate. The longer barrels extra weight and the center of balance being more forward tends to make felt recoil less, and shooting larger amounts of ammo for longer periods of time is more pleasurable. Longer barrels will usually generate more velocity than short barrels when using the same ammo. While is the ideal barrel length is subjective and a personal preference. Folks with numerous revolvers generally have more than one barrel length because the intended purposes are different. Folks with one revolver generally go with 4-6 inch barrels as a compromise between snubbie and long pipes.
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