Long-Barreled .357 Magnum Revolvers: Taurus, Ruger, S&W
Of the three companies’ wares, we preferred the accurate, smooth 686, but we’d also buy the strong and well-made New Model Blackhawk. We’d have to think about the Taurus M66.
In contrast, target and hunting revolvers traditionally sport longer barrels. Keeping the bullet in front of expanding gases adds velocity without the use of additional powder. Also, when weight up front is increased, recoil is reduced. The longer barrel also moves the front sight blade farther from the shooters eyes, increasing sight radius and improving targeting. Finally, the longer barrel is easier to use
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