Smith & Wesson 460: go with 5" or 8-3/8" barrel?

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    Smith & Wesson 460: go with 5" or 8-3/8" barrel?

    My next firearms purchase is going to be a Smith & Wesson 460 revolver. My question is pretty simple: Should I go with the 8-3/8" barrel, or the 5" barrel?

    I'm not worried about possibly losing 50-100fps muzzle velocity. This will be a 95% range gun, 5% hiking/backpacking gun (or any other circumstance where I feel that I need to carry overkill ). As such, I'm leaning towards the 5". But if there are any compelling reasons other than a possible slight gain in velocity to go with the longer barrel, I'm all ears. Thanks for any help guys.

    Oh and for what it's worth, i'll probably be shooting ~80% .45LC, 15% .454 Casull, and 5% .460 out of this puppy in the long run (rough estimate, anyway).
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    Having shot the 460 full house , I would think you would really like the extra barrel for those special times. Both in recoil management , and with sight plane since basicly you are holding a compact rifle take all the sight you can get to get range .
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    5" inch is a lot easier to handle than a 8"

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    not at 100 yrds plus bud , there the extra inches shine , and i happen to know that the .460 will take prarie dogs at 150 to 190 or so fairly consistantly , even with my bad eyes .

    Heck i am considering one for antalope and deer out here on the plains myself , just turned down a .500 since i would rather have the .460.
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    true but most people don't shoot that range

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    True bud , i tend to forget where i live and how free i am with day to day shooting . After you get past the .gov and the weather , heck ranching is the way to go , other than the hours and the pay lol .
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    I'm not adversed to using it at those ranges, but at the moment the longest range I have near me is 100 yards. I'm sure if I have the chance, I'll try it at longer ranges, but the default will be 100 yards or less.
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    the 5" works very well the caliber is very accurate reason i say 5" is better is its handier and c an be worn on hip for hiking and be put into use easier

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    If it were to be a 100 and under gun like bud says i would go the 5" for ease of carry hikeing ect.. If you have plans of coming west to hunt or plink at range tho go for the longer , you will see why when you get out here lol . As i understand yall phrase things out east that is a " beanfield " pistol if set up right .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White View Post
    the 5" works very well the caliber is very accurate reason i say 5" is better is its handier and c an be worn on hip for hiking and be put into use easier
    That's what I was thinking, Bud.


    edit; RR, if at some point in the future I decide that I'll need a longer range gun, I'll just buy the longer barrel version to keep my 5 incher company. :)
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    I have the 5" and i hunt with it i dont like any handgun over 6" just becomes to unwieldy to me

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    yea bud but a 100 yrd shot out there is most likely a middling to long shot , here 1/4 mile is not uncommon . the .460 has the horsepower to do this on antalope anyway and with a trajectory that is reasonable .
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    hear your lucky for 100 yards with a rifle i dont shoot over 25 yards or so

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    lol other than snakes and bunnys it seems i never shoot under 100 . but then i burn rounds when i have the time like all of us and most likely burn less a month than most since its one or two rounds or a mag or two at a time . I have all the area in the world , but allways something else to do , and having the area i never scedule range days .
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    That is to bad

    i have shot to 100 yards with my 460 and its easy to hit at that range but that is only at the range

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