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Old May 14th, 2017, 05:42 PM   #1
 
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which one?

so about two years ago now, i totally fell for the s&w classic 29-10 series! i bought a 4", ala elmer keith, and less than a month later a 6", the dirty harry. i love both, but for whatever reason, i seem to shoot just the slightest bit better with the 4" than the 6". the 4" was my first, and i have a deep and abiding love for it, but i'm divesting myself of (basically) duplicates within given calibers, and i'm debating which one should go. i suspect this is a rhetorical question, but if i only keep one, should it be the 4" or the 6" (with the notion that handgun hunting could possibly be in my future.... possibly)..... i'm leaning toward elmer, vs. dirty harry, but that's a Montana thing and a personal vibe thing, so i'd be interested in folks' thoughts.....



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Keep both. There will always be SELLER's remorse.


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Since, you say you shoot-better with the 4" bbl., and it's your 'first' .44 Magnum, then the answer is simple. But you state, handgun hunting might possibly be in your future. You would probably, garner an extra 250 fps from rounds fired from the longer-tube. If the wheelie is used for a defense gun, then I see no over-all advantage between the two different bbl's. My personal-preference if for a 4" gun for all-around utility. Also, do you traverse range country often on horseback, a 4" S&W would be slightly-easier to pack along? Finally, if you sell the 'Dirty Harry' will you be able to acquire another, if you should change your mind someday? Good luck, on your decision friend.
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Exactly this^^^^
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If you only keep one keep the 6 inch.
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They say you'll never forget your first love, 4".
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If it came to keeping one, it would likely be the 4".
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I would keep both but from your own words it's a no brainer the 4 inch was your first .44 magnum & seems to be your favorite keep this one for certain. I dare to bet if you get rid of either .44 magnum revolvers you would really regret it big time!!!
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Only accurate guns are interesting....keep the one you shoot best.

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lololol. it looks like folks are pretty evenly split. eTripper, i don't horseback ride, but i hike a lot, and some of it's in the back country, so i have carried the 4" in a shoulder holster in serious bear country. it's quite comfortable and easy to manage that way, and i think you're right-- the 6" probably wouldn't be AS comfortable and easy.

as to regrets, i very much regretted the first gun i ever sold, but was able to replace it about a year later. funny thing is, i've already sold 5 guns in the past month or so, and i've had far fewer regrets than i anticipated. having others of the same caliber/gauge has, i think, taken the edge off a bit.
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Looks like Dirty Harry lost this round.
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To save any chance of sellers regret just keep them both.. doesn't hurt to have a few favourite guns.
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If possible, I'd keep both! Shooting both a lot would give you a feel for their properties. You can always sell/trade one off later . . . forget I said that.

If I could only have one, I'd keep the 4" simply because it's "handier" and would be a better choice if carry is in the plan.

The 6" might give you a little better long-range capability with its longer sight radius, but that's really minimal. And I suppose you might just find you like it better after a little more shooting.

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