Re: Barrel lenght
To me, there is a big difference between 6 & 8 inch barrels. For me personally, this has become the no-go zone. I just don't care for all the extra weight hanging out front. The only revolver I have with a barrel longer than 6 inches is my old original Ruger Redhawk, which does not get much field use any more. It was used to get my first two handgun bucks.
IMO, a 5 inch N or L frame S&W makes for the perfect packing handgun for general field use. I've shot deer just fine with a 3 inch 44 spl. This year I'll be fielding my, new to me, 44 mountain gun with a 4 inch skinny barrel.
Shoot enough with revolvers and you get to know what you like and what you don't like. Folks stay there isn't much difference, but to me it's a big difference in balance and feel.
I can even feel the difference in rotational mass between a fluted and a non-fluted cylinder shooting double action. I admit I love the look of un-fluted cylinders, but I much prefer shooting double action with fluted (lighter) cylinders.
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