The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The North Corral > Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old January 5, 2008, 11:50 PM   #1
kru
Junior Member
 
Join Date: January 5, 2008
Posts: 1
barrel lengths

I am going to be purchasing my first CB revolver. I going with the 1858 Remmington from Cabelas, but I can't decide on the 5 1/2 inch barrel or the 8 inch one. It will be used for target and maybe cowboy action shooting. Any opinions on what would be best for my purposes?
kru is offline  
Old January 6, 2008, 12:00 AM   #2
mykeal
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 8, 2006
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 2,760
The difference between 5 1/2 and 8 barrels has little effect on accuracy in a revolver, except for the longer sight distance. If your eyes are good enough, and your hand steady enough, it can matter.

Oh, and the longer barrel is a little bit heavier, which some (very few) folks feel helps perceived recoil and thus accuracy.
mykeal is offline  
Old January 6, 2008, 05:21 AM   #3
Hawg
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 8, 2007
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 11,727
I like the eight but it's whatever floats your boat. If you like short barrels in modern guns go with the 5 1/2.
Hawg is offline  
Old January 6, 2008, 05:22 AM   #4
FL-Flinter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 24, 2007
Location: West Central Florida
Posts: 207
I agree with mykeal, the longer barrel will give you more sight radius but won't have any affect on actual accuracy, it only helps the user interface. You'll probably do better with the longer barrel for slow-fire and long range shooting but for CAS the shorter barrel will cut the weight and give you a much faster responce time.
__________________
"Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything."
Harry S. Truman
mark@fire-iron.biz
FL-Flinter is offline  
Old January 6, 2008, 12:36 PM   #5
Pahoo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 16, 2006
Location: IOWA
Posts: 5,601
In these models, I have a .36 in 6-1/2 and that .44 you are looking at, in 5-1/2". I Personally like the way the 5-1/2" handles and looks not to mention that it shoots great. Fits in my bandolier holster just fine. I don't think you can go wrong with either length and if you need to advantage of the sight radius, then go for it.
Pahoo is online now  
Old January 7, 2008, 03:15 PM   #6
grymster2007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 22, 2007
Location: In the oak studded hills near Napa
Posts: 2,203
My 5 1/2" is pretty sweet!

Take a look!
Gyrmster's 44
__________________
grym
grymster2007 is offline  
Old January 7, 2008, 06:07 PM   #7
dalegribble
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 4, 2007
Posts: 861
I have the long barreled 1851 and 1858 and I am surprised at how well balanced they are. They look like the civil war revolvers they are supposed to be and I like that too. I am glad I choose the long barreled guns to start with and having said that I would like to add the shorter models too. I for don't know how well they handle but I'm sure they are fine. It does surprise me that you pay more money for the shorter versions less gun.
dalegribble is offline  
Old January 7, 2008, 08:16 PM   #8
grymster2007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 22, 2007
Location: In the oak studded hills near Napa
Posts: 2,203
Quote:
It does surprise me that you pay more money for the shorter versions less gun
Have to pay Guido 20 bucks to hacksaw that 2 1/2" off then remount the front sight.

Easy now, I have some Italian blood too!
__________________
grym
grymster2007 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07585 seconds with 9 queries