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Old May 10th, 2017, 09:56 AM   #16
 
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Personally, I'm with Lowegan, as I too own a older model .357 with the 6.5" barrel that I found very accurate, I can ring steel out to 100 yards off hand with out any problem. Of course the steel is a big hunk of steel in the shape of a silhouette. My old eyes aren't getting any better so I figured the longer sight radius is a big plus.



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My preference in a Blackhawk is 4 5/8"; in a fixed sight Vaquero, I prefer the 5.5" barrel...

Here's my 1979-vintage New Model .357/9mm Convertible, as customized and tuned by Ruger: (Tanker-style holster is a custom one by Tactical Tailor, as is the other coyote-color kit; leather holster is an old Safariland (yes, Safariland...)

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My flattop convertible has the 5.5 inch barrel. I like it. Seems to be a good compromise.
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Personally, I'm with Lowegan, as I too own a older model .357 with the 6.5" barrel that I found very accurate, I can ring steel out to 100 yards off hand with out any problem. Of course the steel is a big hunk of steel in the shape of a silhouette. My old eyes aren't getting any better so I figured the longer sight radius is a big plus.
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I no longer have a single-action Ruger, but over the years that I was buying and trading them away, I trended to shorter barrels. Thinking of getting back into the game with a Blackhawk convertible, but have been stung by Ruger QC too much to take the plunge quite yet.

In my case - my eyes have over 60 years on the clock - the theoretical advantage of increased sight radius does not actually translate into better shooting, as the farther apart the front and rear sights, the bigger my problem with visual accomodation (i.e., "focus"). I have arrived at the point where a shorter sight radius (within reason) and a nice wide front blade with a rear notch that allows sufficient space on either side of the blade is the combination to both comfort and speed… or whatever it is I have that passes for speed these days.

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4 5/8s, 5 1/2, 6 1/2, not crazy about 7 1/2 or longer. But I carry mine a lot.
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My preference in a Blackhawk is 4 5/8"; in a fixed sight Vaquero, I prefer the 5.5" barrel...

Here's my 1979-vintage New Model .357/9mm Convertible, as customized and tuned by Ruger: (Tanker-style holster is a custom one by Tactical Tailor, as is the other coyote-color kit; leather holster is an old Safariland (yes, Safariland...)

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I think that will be my next acquisition. I like my 45 convertible quite a bit, but I'm really a .357 guy.
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It's all about what the OP plans to use the gun for. I love the .357magnum, and own three revolvers in the caliber. I have two double-actions (3" S&W M65LS, and 4" Colt Trooper MkIII) for carry and defense uses. My Blackhawk is my woods carry/ hunting back-up revolver. I want accuracy and maximum velocity to get the full power and effectiveness the .357 is capable of. Mine wears a 6.5" tube and isn't too much of a burden in a hip holster.
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I like my 6.5 NM Blackhawk .357 mag and I can shoot it pretty well, for me anyway. I also have a single six in 32H&R with a 6.5, again, shoots great for me. I guess I like that length best but the others are great in other ways..
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Great balance, not too bad to carry, & I like accuracy.
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6.5 for me. I'm a fan of longer barrels and you can hardly feel it when shooting 38's.
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I personally wish they were in 5.5". That said, I have to go with 6.5".
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You can get a flattop .357 is 5 1/2" . I have one. Perfect size for the .357. The BH on the large frame is just overkill for the peanut round.
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I have always liked the looks , balance and always wanted a 4 5/8 inch barreled blackhawk.
My 1970 3 screw came with a 5 1/2 inch barrel , I bought it in 1971 because the gunshop owner agreed to take $75.00....a deal I couldn't refuse. He said Dirty Harry had made 357 SA's impossible to get rid of . Everybody wanted 44 magnums.
I thought I would learn to love it....it's ok , I like it but I still like the 4 5/8 barrel better ,
I watched too many TV westerns and cowboy movies I guess.
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Another vote for the 4 5/8, and not just because it's the only BH I have. I like the look (proportions) and the balance. It's also fun and easy to shoot with that big frame.
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