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Old February 16th, 2018, 07:02 PM #1
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Ever regret a 6in barrel on your .357?

The first handgun I purchased when I turned 21 was a .357 revolver with a 2 in barrel. 24 years later, I still have an shoot that pistol, but I want something with a bigger barrel. In the next month or two I'd like to pick one up. I've been dreaming of a 586 with a 6 inch barrel for years, but I often wonder if any of you that own 6 inch barreled revolvers prefer 4 inches instead.

Although my heart is set on a 586, I most likely will buy a Taurus 66 due to price difference. Just wondering if I should go with the 4 in vs the 6 in.
I'm only going to be using it for target shooting but don't want to regret my barrel length decision ha...

Thanks for any advice.
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Old February 16th, 2018, 07:17 PM #2
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I personally donít like a 6 inch barrel on a 357. I think that 4 inch models are optimal particularly in a L frame size. Itís a balance thing for me. I think K frame in 6 inch is much more comfortable than in an L frame. I shoot very hot hand loads in my 357s and the 4 inch 686 handles them very well.
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My Father has a 4" 686 and I have a 6" 686. I hate to admit it but I prefer the 4"
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I love the 8" bbl on my old Dan Wesson, but with the 2" barrel, it's a bit of a beast..

Target shooting? The 8" no doubt, but don't even try to conceal carry that sucker! I'd go 6" for a target pistol in 357 personally. That said, I have never tried a 4" bbl on it..
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I've never regretted 6 inch and longer barrels on revolvers intended for target (or for hunting for that matter). But I've never owned longer tubes exclusively either.

If the 66 is what you intend to buy, try to rent or otherwise shoot an example of each barrel length. You're almost certain to have a preference. And there's really no better way to find out.
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Thanks for the replies! One thing that makes me happy is looking at the Taurus website, it looks as though they've brought back the true blued finish vs the flat black parkerized like finish theyve had the past cpl years. At least I hope so.
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At one level , the longer sight radius would be an advantage .
6 inch would be advantage if you ever wished to hunt with it in Md .
6 inch harder to conceal , but with proper holster isn't too onerous to carry for field/ range use .

But main thing is your personal preference for balance . Very rough comparison is 4in 586 have similar balance to 6in M66 , while a 6in L frame would have a Python-esque balance . Some people Like that, matter of preference .
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Only setup where I don't like a 6" barrel is with a full underlug. Makes the revolver too nose heavy, for me anyway. 6" barrel with half underlug is very nice. Maybe the best of both worlds is the 5" Ruger GP100. I've got several 4" S&W and Ruger revolvers and all of them are great.

Don't buy the Taurus based on price. It's half the gun of the S&W and has poor resale value. You'd be better off buying a nice, used S&W or Ruger.
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While the 4 inch might be a little easier to carry, the 6 inch barrel is pretty unmatched for accuracy.



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*****I have a 586 with the 6 inch barrel and it's an absolute tack driver. The full lug under the barrel helps me with recoil control as well as the heavier recoil of .357 rounds versus .38's. The longer sight radius really helps for shots at 25 yards or more using the stock iron sights. I've seen several 586's on sale relatively recently for $600 ish. They are a bit less expensive than the 686. The $600 ish is for used (previously owned!) btw..
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