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Old 04-19-2016, 12:32 PM
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Default Dan Wesson revolver barrel choice question

I have a Monsen eight inch Dan Wesson that I don't shoot much because of the sheer size.

I've long wanted a shorter barrel, not for carry, but to shoot. I've got a grade of snubs, so a 2" is last on the list.

Would you prefer a four or a six inch for general range work? Iron sights, shooting at targets but not target shooting.

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Old 04-19-2016, 12:36 PM
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My vote is for 4 inches. Yes you get a better sight radius with a 6 but you already got an 8 inch which has the ultimate sight radius possible on a revolver. Easier to carry, better balance and pointability with a 4
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I have a 6" one. I think 4" would be too short
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:54 PM
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The obligatory Calguns answer- both. I would probably start with the 4 though...

ETA- Very nice revolver, I hope to add one to the stable some day
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I have a 4" on my early Dan Wesson. It seems to be the best intermediate do it all length.
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Old 04-19-2016, 1:25 PM
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If ever get my hands on a new production 715 that comes stock with a 6" barrel i'd get 4" barrel next followed by a 2" barrel. Anything bigger than 6" is a bit much to handle.
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I'm partial to 4". Just looks to balance better.
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Old 04-19-2016, 2:03 PM
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When I had revolvers, I liked 4".
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5" would seem to be the best compromise but few barrels / guns are available with this length.
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First off, please let me apologize for the condition of my DW. The first owner must have stored the gun in a wet chamois in the bilge of a boat! But she is a shooter, so I have done nothing to "restore" the finish in any way.

Mine came with the 4" barrel and it just didn't seem long enough. Maybe due to the size of the frame, the 4" just "wasn't right" to me.

I contemplated going 8" since I didn't have any other handguns with barrels that long. But I wound up going with 6". And I'm glad that I did. It feels to me to be the perfect length for the frame. It balances very well, and you still have the nice long sight radius of the longer barrel. I never find myself putting the 4" barrel back on, once I tried the 6".

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I was about to say 4" but then i saw tmh1's gun and i must agree with him on the 6".

BTW that's a great looking pistol OP.
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I would go with the 6" tube. Better for target shooting. You don't want someone seeing you shot and say, "and that is a Dan Wesson revolver and the guy can't hit SH_T with it". The 6" will give you a slightly better sight radius. Very nice gun just the way it is. I'm envious.
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does not seem like there is that much difference between the 6 inch and 8 inch
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I have a light vent Pistol Pac and the barrel almost always attached is the 8". Since that's not a mentioned option I would go with the 6" barrel in either light or heavy vent rib. Even the "light" isn't all that light. But I admit to not being partial to 4" barrels, the only one I own is an older Smith 58.
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does not seem like there is that much difference between the 6 inch and 8 inch
Looks like a foot longer.
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4" is the best overall
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I have the 4" not HV an think it's perfect, but still wish for a nice 8"" HV not for full time just for fun, as I'm really partial to the 4"
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Hmm. I like Citadel and am going to use this as a shameless way to show off my Monson Mass Dan Wesson with its 6" vent full underlug barrel, I also have a standard 4" barrel, that to me just doesn't quite look right on the gun. I think the 6" is the way to go. Unless you can find a 4" with the full underlug.





Here it is with the 4" barrel, I've used it maybe two times to see how I would like shooting it. I generally stick with the 6" anymore. I have a 4" Ruger GP100 and 4" S&W Model 10 that I prefer with that length.
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Hmm. I like Citadel and am going to use this as a shameless way to show off my Monson Mass Dan Wesson with its 6" vent full underlug barrel, I also have a standard 4" barrel, that to me just doesn't quite look right on the gun. I think the 6" is the way to go. Unless you can find a 4" with the full underlug.





Here it is with the 4" barrel, I've used it maybe two times to see how I would like shooting it. I generally stick with the 6" anymore. I have a 4" Ruger GP100 and 4" S&W Model 10 that I prefer with that length.
That's a very nice revolver. I am leaning toward the 6, thanks for the input.
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I've had a 22LR DW revolver since the 80's. I finally wore out the 4 inch and bought another (just barrel) and the shroud still looks great. About a year ago I sold the 6 inch and 8 inch due to their value and don't miss them. I kept the 2.5" and have a good 4" on the gun and its awesome. Probably the best revolver I've ever owned. I've just never enjoyed long barreled handguns - the 5" on the 1911 is the limit for me. I had a 6" 357 once and didn't enjoy was eager to move it along the line to people who enjoy them.
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If not carrying it very often, I would go with the 6-inch for target shooting. My carry revolvers are almost all 4-inch barrels, but I like the 6-inch barrel for target shooting and plinking.
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Bump. I have an opportunity to buy either a 4 or a 6 and am still leaning toward the 6. I will not carry this revolver, my CCW card is full.

Informal shooting at targets.

Thanks to all, and thanks for any additional input.
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I have a 44HV Monson. I have a 4" 6" and 10". I shoot the six mostly. (I have both ported and non ported 6" barrels).

You damn near need a bipod with the full lug 10" barrel.........
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12 or 15 inches...go big or go home! I also have the 8inch 44, but 4" or 6" would seem perfect...the Dan Wesson is a heavy freaking gun!
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odd size 3 inch - 5 inch ect were available with the fixed bbl models
don't know if these are adaptable for yours
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Depends on balance.
I like a 6" K frame, but in an L frame 4" tops.
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I have a Dan Wesson and I have 2.5, 4 (half underlug) and 6" barrels.

I far and away prefer the 6" for range work. Maybe it is just me, but I shoot it much better than I do the four. That long sight radius just works for me.
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I have a Dan Wesson and I have 2.5, 4 (half underlug) and 6" barrels.

I far and away prefer the 6" for range work. Maybe it is just me, but I shoot it much better than I do the four. That long sight radius just works for me.
Yes, that's my choice. I'm ordering a 6 inch tomorrow, taking advantage of the 15% off sale.

I'll post up photos and a video when I get it.
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What caliber is your DW?

There is a 6" 44 mag VR barrel and wrench, with red insert sight around here somewhere.
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There is a 6" 44 mag VR barrel and wrench, with red insert sight around here somewhere.
It's a .357. Always wanted a .44, but never got around to it.
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I use 6" scoped and 8" barrels on my Dan Wesson. I have other .357 revolvers to cover 4" and 2" lengths.

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My DW 44. has both the 6" and 8" barrel.

It's mostly a range gun; and for that purpose, I prefer the 8" barrel











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8'' ported for jacket. Loved my 44 Dan. Kick me for selling back in 89.
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It's a .357, no ported version that I know of.

Six inch is ordered. 15% off this weekend really cleaned out CZ. I got an email last week telling me they had made a batch of 4 inch barrels.

As of now, 2, 4, 8, and 10 are sold out for the blued version, and most color insert sights are sold out, too.

Should have it by weds or so. I'll post up some photos.
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