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Old May 21, 2013, 10:23 PM   #26
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I've owned 4,6, 71/2 and 10 inch .44s.. My preference is the 6 inch.
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Old May 22, 2013, 01:10 AM   #27
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No hogs here in Montana, but I have shot Whitetail. My 5.5" Redhawk has been a champ.

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Old May 22, 2013, 10:37 AM   #28
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I own a colt 44 anaconda with 8" barrel and red dot .......have no problem hitting 12" plate at 100 yards shooting plate !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old May 23, 2013, 01:21 AM   #29
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Pick what you want, its your money. For me though, I don't want any handgun I intend to walk any distance with to have a tube much longer than 4-5/8"-5", autos included.

I had a wonderful M29 and a M27, both 6" guns, and traded both away 'cause I found both to be just to clunk when walking any distance.

My Dad had a Ruger Super-B with the 10-1/4 or whatever tube and it shot like a carbine, but was very awkward to get carry anywhere, and a carbine seemed nearly as convenient, and easier to shoot.

Shorter barrels for me
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Old May 23, 2013, 11:27 AM   #30
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I can't imagine anyone having an issue getting around with a 6" N-frame on the hip. We're only talking a couple ounces difference. My 6½" 24-3 weighs only 2oz more than my 4" 629MG. That 6½" N-frame .44Spl weighs only 3oz more than a 4¾" USFA SAA replica in the same chambering. Imperceptible on the hip. Assuming, of course, that you have proper gunleather.
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Old May 23, 2013, 02:08 PM   #31
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NewFrontier, when I was younger, I carried a 6" python on my belt (primarily in the woods) in a good leather holster and as the day wore on, I grew tired of the barrel length versus a 4". So I can see why some people would not like to carry a 6" revolver on their belt.

I carried it because it was fun and a bit of a novelty to carry a handgun at the time. It wasn't so much the weight as it was the length of the holster for me. Years later, I don't have a huge issue with a 6" revolver on my belt.
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Old May 26, 2013, 01:39 AM   #32
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not weight, length

Its not so much the weight as the length/dimensions. And target grips. Awkward in and out of a vehicle (why LE almost universally went to 4" guns in the long run, and once the short comings of the swivel holster were recognized) ATV, mtn bike, through the woods, my 6" guns just seemed cumbersome.

Years ago, plenty healthy and able bodied, I took a long hard walk over a ridge near Crystal Springs AR, down to Lake Ouachita and return. My pet M29/6'' seemed in the way of everything. Hung on my pack, wacked my staff, seemed to catch every sapling I walked past. I kinda swore off toting 6 inchers after that.
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