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Other than the .5 lbs, 2 more rounds in the magazine and $10 in price, is there a signifigant performance difference between a 16" and 20" barrel in a .357 lever action carbine?

I envision it as a survival firearm used for light hunting and self-defense.
 

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also for more precise shots the longer sight radius will help.
 

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Euc: Pretty much #1

I'll be using heavy bullets for the carbine.
Anybody have any experience shooting 158/170/180 grain out of a 4" revolver?

Would 158gr jacketed soft point be a good compromise for both?
 

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I pretty much shoot whatever in that caliber and don't really have a preference, but do keep in mind that for a long time guns with fixed sights were sighted in with 158 grain loads if that makes any difference in your situation. So I guess it depends on your revolver.

If nothing else, there's always adjustable sights.

I do know that a heavy .38 Special load in such a rifle is relatively quiet and has no felt recoil to speak of.
 

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I load for my revo .357's and use same in 16" Win 94.

158 cast SWC's with gas check. Not quite max loads - 14 grains N-110 used - but they give good results and out of lever, very adequate. I doubt the slight extra FPS really matters too much here, tho with my 94' Marlin in .44 mag - do feel that exploits the round a shade better.
 
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