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Old May 9th, 2017, 02:17 PM   #1
 
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Favorite Blackhawk 357 barrel length?

I am considering getting a Blackhawk in .357. Although I have a Security Six and GP100, There is just something about the Blackhawk that makes me feel like Johnny Ringo.

My current Blackhawk is a 45 Convertible in 4-5/8. It seems fine to me, but I've never tried anything else. Just curious what some of the more experienced single action shooters prefer.



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I like 3" best for GP-sized guns. 4 5/8 works well for the BH. Those are my preferences.
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What is it you like about the 6.5. I can get one locally for very cheap, but didn't think I'd like the long barrel. I'm not much for punching paper, but I will sling lead at steel from time to time.

I'm wanting a companion for my lever action 357 rifle instead of my Security Six.
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What is it you like about the 6.5. I can get one locally for very cheap, but didn't think I'd like the long barrel. I'm not much for punching paper, but I will sling lead at steel from time to time.

I'm wanting a companion for my lever action 357 rifle instead of my Security Six.
I use my BH's mainly for hunting and my old eyes need the extra sight radius!

Your mileage may vary...

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I think the 5 1/2 is a fair compromise between "handy" and accurate.
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I like 4 5/8 for 357.
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61/2 for me.Best with my 60 year old eyes.
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I have 4 5/8" but would consider a 5.5 also. If you can hold both do so and see which one feels better. If mostly plinking I'd go with the shorter gun. If longer shots of 25+ yards are expected the longer barrel may work better. I've never considered the 6.5. Seems very long to me, but accuracy is probably good.
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4 5/8" is all I need. I shoot mostly close range. I have a lot of fun with this gun. I can shoot it well in the convertible 9mm/357 up to around 25 yds with either caliber. 357 is more fun, the recoil is easy to handle and like a little kick.
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My .357 Blackhawk is 6.5" and it is very accurate. I think I would prefer one with a 5.5" barrel in .357 but they didn't make them when I bought mine. I have a Super Blackhawk with a 5.5" barrel and I really like it.
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My 4 5/8" balances great but accuracy is best with the longer 6 1/2" barrel. The 5 1/2" barrel is probably a good compromise. but I don't own one. Here's my 6 1/2" BH in 357 Mag. I call this my "357 Mag Super Blackhawk" because it has a SBH hammer and steel grip frame .... a real tack driver, good eye candy, and with the steel grip frame, it balances really well.

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My .357 with 4 5/8" is my preference for handiness:


As Iowegan mentioned, the 6 1/2" gives a little more accuracy. Here's mine in .41mag:


I also have a 7 1/2" Super Blackhawk, but have, of late, only shot it with the scope on it, so can't testify to the sight radius...


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5 1/2". Had/have a 6 1/2" BH for years, and finally the flattop came out with the 5 1/2". No looking back. Right size, right length. My 4 5/8 50th flattop and 6 1/2" BH has virtually been mothballed.
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I like my 6.5" Blackhawk 9mm Convertible. The extra sight radius and barrel length help with accuracy. I'm an average shot at best with my 4" GP100, but I usually do pretty well with my 6.5" Blackhawk.

Also, I love the way a 6.5" barrel looks on a single-action. It's not too long, but not too short.
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